Hurricane of a Mess

18 08 2011
International Money Pile in Cash and Coins

If losing to the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals didn’t give the city of Miami enough grief, now ”The U” is providing additional frustration.

The NCAA is currently investigating the Miami Hurricanes football program for connection with a football booster – Nevin Shapiro – who is currently in jail for running a $930 million Ponzi scheme. In the past 10 years, he claims to have provided over 70 Miami athletes with illegal benefits while coaches were fully aware that this was occurring. The possible consequences are potentially devastating, and many speculate that this could turn out worse than the SMU debacle. The NCAA might not be happy with the way they have approached violators over the past couple of years as they have been way too lenient in these types of situations. They might choose this opportunity to make a strong statement so they can get these ridiculous benefits under control.

Football was not the only sport implicated by Shapiro. During this time, Frank Haith was the Hurricanes basketball coach, and it is alleged that basketball recruit DeQuan Jones received as much as $10,000 from boosters.  Of course, as is the case in almost all of these types of situations, it is hard to imagine that the coach didn’t know what was going on, so Haith, now the head coach at the University of Missouri, is in trouble. This might be harsh, but after seeing the prolonged downfall of Bruce Pearl, not to mention many other college coaches, it would be advantageous if Missouri didn’t allow this to drag out and made a firm decision soon. It might hurt the program in the upcoming seasons, but in the long run, it will be better for the program to have a clean coach in command.

There are many experts out there that have proposed granting college athletes the ability to have contracts or make endorsements during their college years. Many of these points are valid, but I see a couple of big flaws. For one, if you allow this in football and basketball, does that mean you have to pay every athlete in every sport in order to be fair? Will ping-pong players begin to be paid by the hour? I can’t see where all this money will come from and how it will be distributed to the thousands of students around the nation. Also, one of the greatest attractions of college sports, in my opinion, is the fact that the players aren’t playing the game because there’s a paycheck in it for them. When you see college players step on the field or court, you hope to sense the passion flowing through their veins, and sometimes this deteriorates once the millions of dollars start to come in later on. Putting cash into the players’ pockets is not the right way to go about fixing this fiasco. Instead of adjusting the sport to alleviate the problem, the NCAA needs to tackle their issues head on and not let the money control the sport. End of story.

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19 08 2011
Anonymous

strictly in terms of $$, the U surpassed SMU in violations. there is no reason why the U should not get the death penalty. however, knowing the ncaa’s track record on penalties, the U should be headed to vacated bowl wins and 5 years of probation.

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