NCAA proves again it has lost its way

October, 22, 2013
10/22/13
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The Emery envelope memorably exploded and with it came the implosion of Kentucky basketball:

A two-year postseason ban, no televised appearances for one season, scholarship reductions, records expunged and NCAA tournament money returned or, as then-Kentucky president David Roselle explained, "about 4 feet" from the death penalty.

That was in 1989.

Fast forward to 2008. Kelvin Sampson texts like a teenage girl with a mad crush and Indiana basketball is brought to its knees.

Or how about 2010, when Bruce Pearl suddenly finds it impossible to recognize his own home and the Tennessee coach becomes an ex-Tennessee coach with a three-year show cause penalty?

That all happened, courtesy of grievous athletic misdeeds followed by justifiable NCAA punishments.

Of course, that was back when the NCAA had teeth and some integrity of its own, before it had to investigate its own investigations and redo punishments it never had the authority to make in the first place.

The organization has all but jumped the shark now, gone from tough guy, greaser Fonzi to geeky, unintimidating Arthur Fonzarelli.

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Dana O'Neil | email

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