Indiana faces NCAA firing squad

I bet Indiana wishes they had Bobby Knight right now.

IU’s head basketball coach allegedly provided false or misleading information to the institution, and horror of horror’s the NCAA.

The allegations were obtained by the Indianapolis Star and published this morning:

Sampson “failed to deport himself … with the generally recognized high standard of honesty” and “failed to promote an atmosphere for compliance within the men’s basketball program,” according to the allegations. The cover letter was signed by David Price, NCAA vice president for enforcement.

Huh? What generally recognized high standard of honesty exists in college sports?

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College sports, and college coaches aren’t known for their honesty and integrity. Whether it is Free Shoes U., or Oklahoma players working for a car dealer, or Alabama boosters buying fat kids from Memphis, or Tennstud, collegiate sports is a cesspool—surrounded by scum.

The situation is made worse by the idiotic rules foisted by the pointed head academics who run the NCAA. As I posted earlier, the report from the San Diego Union-Tribune exposed the NCAA rule book ballooned from 25 pages in 1950’s to over 1,000 this year.

The Indiana fiasco raises several familiar problems in modern athletics. Coaches providing benefits to a recruit, and coaches having excessive contacts with recruits.

In the Indiana case, the coach had the audacity to give a recruit a t-shirt. He had the audacity to call recruits.

I’m not trying to defend the conduct of IU’s coach Kelvin Sampson. In fact, Sampson appears to have flouted the rules.

But the real issue shouldn’t be the specific rule violations, or IU’s impending appearance before the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions. The real issue is excessive regulation created by the NCAA. Every coach will violate NCAA rules because the rule book is larger than the Atlanta yellow pages.

Here’s the UPI story on the IU case:

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    Well not to defend the NCAA, but Indiana knew Sampson was a cheater when they hired him. He’s got a track record. And while the rules may be stupid and overreaching…ok…are stupid and overreaching, you still have to at least try to keep them. And when you get caught with your hand in the cookie jar, lying about it just makes it worse.

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