I hate the fact that no matter what my opinion or anyone’s opinion is on the way the NCAA conducts their business. For one, I can’t stand the fact that the NCAA makes so much money. I hate the bowl system and it upsets me to the point every season that I consider boycotting college football in protest of a playoff system. Recently New York Times columnist Joe Nocera, told told an audience on the Chapel Hill campus that the NCAA “should be blown up.” He wrote a terrific column supporting his opinion that college football and basketball players should be paid. All points that I agree with. Why do these kids that literally make the money for the Universities and the NCAA have to go through college basically poor? What’s the NCAA need with all that money (estimated $6 billion/year)?
But you know what? That’s my opinion, it’s Mr.Nocera’s opinion, and you know what they say about opinions right? The fact is, rules are in place for a reason, and the University of North Carolina Tar Heels football program led by ex-head coach Butch Davis, broke those rules, a lot of them. Nobody likes to be punished, especially if you think the rule is bogus. Everybody remembers being sent to their room or grounded by their parents for something we didn’t agree with. Remember that assistant principle in school you despised for constantly handing you those detentions? You very well might have been right, the rule that you broke might not have made any sense in the world. But it was a rule, and it was a rule that you knew was in existence or at least something you knew would get you into trouble if you were caught.
Look, it’s easy to stick up the middle finger at the NCAA. I do every single bowl season, and every time they discuss tinkering with my favorite thing on this Earth, March Madness and the great NCAA Tournament. It’s easy to dismiss the sanctions and proclaim, “this goes on at 90% of schools” or “the 1 year post season ban and the 15 lost scholarships is too harsh” again, you probably are right in this opinion. Just as that same high school principle told you, everywhere in a society there must be rules. Without rules, there is no semblance of order. And the one thing that scares me more than the governing body of college sports the NCAA being too strict when enforcing their rules or punishing violators is the absence of just that.
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