Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Morality Famine

Does NCAA stand for "No Conscience at All?"

There are times when I look at the big BCS bowl games and I really get jealous about all the things we miss out on in the Ivy League.

But the ridiculous charade the NCAA is playing regarding Ohio State right now is making me feel anything but jealous.

In case you haven’t heard, five Buckeye players have been caught selling items like championships rings and have been suspended for five games.

Beginning next season.

So, all those Buckeyes will still be playing in the Sugar Bowl against Arkansas. That’s because the NCAA can’t let a premiere game like that go on without the key players from one of the teams.

Hypocrisy overflow on aisle 10!

Just to be clear: five players are being punished by the NCAA for making some extra money, but their punishment is being delayed so the NCAA can make some extra money.


Incidents like this make me ashamed that Columbia and the rest of the Ivies are even involved in the NCAA.

Bowl Blizzard

Speaking of big, or bigger time college football, college football returns to Yankee Stadium this Thursday with the Pinstripe Bowl.

Before the big blizzard hit the city yesterday, Kansas State was supposed to hold team workouts at the Baker Athletics Complex, but they have been moved to the NY Giants indoor training site in New Jersey for the time being.

I can understand about today, but if were Kansas State I’d get my guys onto the field at Wien Stadium as soon as possible to get them ready for the kinds of conditions they’re likely to face on Thursday.

Remember, Wien Stadium and Yankee Stadium are just a couple miles apart.


At Tue Dec 28, 02:00:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The NCAA has some very strange rulings this year. AJ Green at Georgia suspended 4 games for selling a jersey (agent involved). Cam Newton suspended by Auburn, reinstated by NCAA even though his Father admits to asking Mississipi State for money (investigation still ongoing). USC getting as close to a death penalty for the primarily Reggie Bush fiasco with his parents and him. Maybe the OSU players should have had their parents sell the items and disclaim knowledge. A serious question, with 70 teams playing in bowl games this year and all players receiving electronics, etc., how many of these players will sell their items to a friend and the NCAA will never know? The OSU players were caught and these other players won't be. The sad conclusion to me is that this happens frequently and if caught the NCAA appears to have no plan to deal with the issue. One serious question - at what point do these gifts become the property of the player, and when can they sell without NCAA repercussions?

At Tue Dec 28, 06:55:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Herein lies the difference between the Ivy League and these football-driven so-called universities like Ohio State. Our schools are about integrity, intelligence and academics. Theirs are about money, bowl appearances and winning at any cost. It is what it is and there is nothing we can do about it on this blog if the NCAA is looking the other way.

But we can be proud of our schools and their moral code

At Tue Dec 28, 07:00:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Jake,

Thank you for not yet announcing that Coach Brown will not be returning to Columbia. He is no longer listed as a coach on GoColumbiaLions.com, and there is no one listed as DC.

At Tue Dec 28, 09:24:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Greg Abbruzzese CC '91 said...

Happy Holidays to all Lions fans! Great posts Jake! Anxious to see who the new DC will be? Dare we ask Santa for a belated gift... new OC as well? Any other coaching shake-ups?

Any word on any transfers?

Jake, can you please find out why Ivy Football cannot compete in post season play? As you know, basketball, baseball, soccer, etc. are allowed to. I would love to have seen Penn compete against some of these teams this year.

At Tue Dec 28, 11:40:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess football players can sell their stuff if they are seniors -- because their suspensions won't begin until the following season. What a joke.

At Wed Dec 29, 11:07:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm glad that you pointed out the huge inconsistency about Ohio State and the NCAA. The NCAA and the bowl set ups are the most outrageous and corrupt athletic endeavors in America. Close to pro wrestling. How does Newton at Auburn and Ohio State walk free when the departed Reggie Bush loses his Heisman? They are just a bunch of bullies with no guts chasing the $$$$$$$.

At Mon Jan 03, 09:10:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We will see tomorrow. If Tressel is the coach they say he is, he should take action against these players regardless of the NCAA. I think the best thing would be to not play them for the first quarter.

I also thing the 5 game suspension is excessive and will be reduced upon appeal.

At Tue Jan 04, 05:54:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This would be funny stuff if it wasn't so disappointing.


Unfortunately, I think it also provides the single best explanation for why the Ivy Presidents keep such tight reins on football.


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