NCAA steps in its own hypocrisy

Memphis got the book tossed at it for allegations of playing an ineligible player the NCAA twice cleared to play; Duke played a player that admitted he took cash and was thus never eligible to play college basketball, and faced no sanctions. The contrast in the cases shows just how selective the NCAA is in enforcing its rules.

That fragrant fecal odor emitting from the NCAA headquarters is the stench of the aftermath of the NCAA's ruling against the Memphis Tigers. The NCAA caused the stench when it stepped in its own hypocrisy in the Memphis case, and then rolled around in it to make sure it coated itself well, much the way swine are prone to do to escape the heat of August days.

The NCAA needs to stop the erroneous use of the misnomer "NCAA Committee on Infractions", as it would be more appropriate to call it the "NCAA Committee on Selective Infractions."

You see, that is what the NCAA does best, it selectively enforces, and selectively punishes those members that it wants to punish. At the same time certain programs get free rides for violations committed on a school's watch.

"This is a situation of strict liability," Paul Dee, the chairman for the COI said. "If he (in this case Rose) is ineligible and does not meet initial requirements, the penalties are related back to that time and a determination is then made: Did he play in any contests after the fact? In this case, he did."

Using Dee's logic, then Duke should have had its final four appearance vacated following Corey Maggette's one season in Durham. In Maggette's case there were admissions of wrong doing by the parties involved, when the NCAA determined that Maggette was paid prior to his becoming a Duke Blue Devil; thus making him ineligible to play college basketball.

Every other player and school involved with Myron Piggie's play for pay plan suffered consequences. Maggette played his entire season at Duke, when others were suspended for games. Other schools had to deal with the negative fallout.

Not Duke.

Why did the alleged use of an ineligible player cost Memphis 38 wins and an NCAA championship, with little actual proof used in making a determination; yet Duke's Maggette and Piggie are on record and admitted to Maggette receiving money prior to enrolling at Duke. There have been no repercussions for the use of an ineligible player for an entire season in the Duke case.

Using Dee's interpretation Duke should have forfeited the Final Four appearance, and every win during the season in which Maggette competed for Duke.

In many ways this is all on the NCAA. The NCAA faults Memphis for using Rose, yet the NCAA itself gave Memphis the go ahead to play Rose, not once, but twice.

The NCAA has bouts of blatant bias, and one must wonder if Memphis catered to the more economically affluent students, as Duke does, if they would have gotten a different punishment?

The NCAA sent a loud and clear message today. If you are Duke, then it will bend over backwards to allow rules to be broken and look the other way the entire time. If you aren't the NCAA's fair haired boy, then they will come down hard, based the flimsiest of evidence.

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