The tearful news conference and the endless throat-clearing of reports on the length and frequency of Michigan football practices is a case study in part of what I believe to be wrong in college athletics. NCAA rules are, in too many cases, arbitrary and not easily understood. Yet they are believed by too many to be sacred scrolls that provide for those accused of violations to be stoned to death, with innocence revealed only when the suspected witch does not float but drowns. The NCAA process is dessert before dinner. You get to watch the public hanging before the private trial. It is the only business that consistently shoots first and asks questions later.
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