The question came to mind last week
while reading of the NCAA's punishment of
Some things never seem to change – although having to forfeit all of its eight victories of 2005 seems pretty harsh, particularly, in essence, for not following the kids around in order to check on their work routines. That would be difficult for any school to monitor every single athlete and his job duties – and pay scales.
This isn't dismissing the wrong-doing by the players, and they should be punished for it. But hitting the school for not keeping constant check on more than 80 athletes seems a little overboard. This coming from a governing body that can't get the goods on a higher profile program like Southern Cal and a higher profile player like Reggie Bush and the living arrangements for him and his family while he was a Trojan.
What's hard to shake is the notion
that the NCAA is being extra severe just because this is
This is a place, remember, where long ago one of its presidents once famously said he aspired to build a university in which the football team could be proud.
From the days of Bud Wilkinson who
first forged a long line of Dust Bowl champions starting in the 1940s through
the very tarnished regime of Barry Switzer in the 1970s and '80s, to now to Bob
Stoops, OU coaches have often caught the eye of sports police. Along with Texas
A&M football and
Everything can affect anything
else, whether we know it or not. One of the greatest football games ever was the
classic 1973 Sugar Bowl between Notre Dame and
Well, where was the No. 2 team,
which happened to be
The Sooners were on NCAA probation
for recruiting violations and banned from post-season play. If they had been
Here's the answer, sort of, to the
trivia question: The year earlier,
Three months after that victory
there was a question of having to change the score: A joint investigation by the
So the trivia question is moot.
But, despite overly harsh sanctions of 2007, no one can argue that some things – and some programs – never seem to change.
Marty Mule' can be reached at MJM981@Bellsouth.net