The recent allegations concerning direct cash payments to OJ Mayo and the academic fraud associated with Derrick Rose just turns my stomach. You would think that this would trigger a "sonic boom" size pop coming from the collective head of the NCAA coming out of their arse! But I do not hear anything coming from the stained institution. Here is some pointed advice:
- Stop being used as a minor league system for the NBA and make them invest in their own developmental league system.
- Make ethics their top priority, requiring each member to sign a code of ethics with clear understanding of the consequences.
- Start issuing "death penalties" to coaches and athletic directors that violate their code of ethics. If Calipari is involved in this fraud case - life time ban. Floyd - life time ban. These guys cannot be allowed to pull down $3 million with if they have no ethical content in their makeup.
- Start issuing fines and taking money from ADs and coaches' pockets. Stop the silliness of punishing a program while the perps prosper. Assuming Calipari is involved (not an allegation), would it not be ridiculous to allow him to collect on the richest contract in NCAA basketball history while Memphis is stripped of conference titles and denied scholarships?
So now comes the downside. We may be denied watching the talent of up to 50% of the "one year wonders" that improve the overall athleticism of NCAA basketball. Does this bother you? Would your interest be less? Or would March madness still have the same magical appeal it has today.