The noble aspect of college athletics, men and women competing for the sheer joy of playing sports and engaging in competition has long been deceased. In its place is a corrupt system where college athletics dominate college education and where violations of the rules are bad only if you get caught. And now getting caught is not that big a deal.
The N.C.A.A.’s infractions committee found that Chip Kelly, the team’s former coach, who is now the coach of the N.F.L.’s
Eagles, had not adequately
supervised the program. The committee penalized him by putting conditions on
his return to the college ranks, should he try to return. Philadelphia
The investigation, which began more than two years ago, centered on
’s ties to a
recruiting service provider, who assisted the university’s football program in
trying to attract players. The committee’s report said that the provider gave
cash and lodging to a prospect and violated other N.C.A.A. rules through calls
and contacts. Oregon
What went on here is simple to understand. The
of Oregon paid money to a recruiting service
provider who then gave money to recruits to try and convince them to go to Oregon to play football.
This blatant violation of the rules resulted in this penalty.
The committee issued a series of penalties, including three years of probation, the loss of a scholarship and a ban on subscription to recruiting services, but it stopped short of barring the university from participating in bowl games.
“The sanctions were pretty lenient,” said Justin Sievert, senior counsel to the Michael L. Buckner Law Firm in
which specializes in enforcement cases. “You don’t have a lot of penalties that
have a lot of teeth.” Pompano Beach, Fla.
The lesson learned at the
don’t get caught, but if you do, it’s ok.
The lesson learned by the Coach.
When the going gets tough, quit. The
lesson learned for higher education. None
they will probably never learn their lesson. University of Oregon