The UConn women’s hoops team finally lost a game, as Mississippi State’s Morgan William drops in the winning shot at the buzzer in overtime. What a run by Geno Auriemma and his group of young women.
The debacle in North Carolina poses a real problem for the NCAA. The North Carolina basketball program is one of the premier brands in college basketball, but the NCAA makes billions with the NCAA Tournament.
The NCAA slammed Ohio State and USC over tattoos and improper benefits, but here we have a situation where football players, basketball players and other athletes were funneled though “no show” classes that were a complete farce.
The people involved seem to have connections to basketball coach Roy Williams:
The last paragraph seems ridiculous. So Walden has a close relationship with Williams and he’s steering players into these classes, but Williams is totally in the dark. If we’re to believe that, the whole arrangement seems intentional. The head coach can’t be sucked into the scheme, so you have to have a designated person who can take the fall. Doesn’t that sound more plausible?
Unfortunately things like this happen everywhere given the farce of college athletics, especially in basketball where everyone knows the best players are making a one-year cameo appearance at the school. The classes are just window dressing.
But the level of fraud at North Carolina, the systematic nature of it, and the denial by Williams he knew anything about it all adds up to a mess that seems impossible to explain away.
But the highlights from the report suggest that the investigators were more than willing to accept the “I didn’t know” or “I don’t remember” defenses when it comes to implicating Williams.
How will the incompetent NCAA react? Who knows? They won’t do anything like the death penalty, but let’s see if they’re willing to punish one of the cash cows helping to drive their basketball revenues.
It’s fashionable these days to bust on the stupidity of the NCAA, but they keep making it so easy. The latest fiasco involves Mitch McGary being suspended for a full season for failing one marijuana drug test. Now he’s heading off to the NBA.
The NCAA has archaic and idiotic rules. Everyone knows that. Now we’re learning that it takes years to get rid of some of the dumbest rules, like the restrictions on meals for athletes. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that the NCAA is nowhere near keeping up with evolving public opinion on marijuana use. The notion of banning a player for a year as a result of one joint sounds logical in the hysterical “War on Drugs” mentality of the 1980s. Today it sounds silly, and offers up another example of how this organization needs to be reformed.
Which team provided the biggest underdog moment in NCAA history? 2013 Florida Gulf Coast? 1983 NC State? 1996 Princeton?
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Marcus Smart was suspended for three games following his altercation with a fan. This shouldn’t be a suprise, as pushing a fan for saying something, even something really bad, can’t be tolerated. Both Smart and the fan have apologized, though the fan is insisting he did not use a racial slur. Jay Bilas discusses the situation in the video above and points out how Smart needs to address this issue going forward.