The true losers in sanction situations
When sanctions hit, walk-ons are the most affected. Mark Titus knows first-hand.
- Getty ImagesJim Calhoun and his squad have been self-sanctioned; but a walk-on may pay the price.Following a highly publicized investigation concerning alleged recruiting violations, the Connecticut Huskies self-sanctioned their men's basketball program during the offseason. They placed the team on probation, limited recruiting by coaches, and took away two scholarships over the next two seasons. While it's hard to say just how much the probation and limited recruiting will affect UConn in the long run (or if the NCAA will tack on more penalties), I'd argue the loss of scholarships won't have much of an effect on the team. This is because -- more often than not with these cases -- taking away one scholarship per year does nothing to punish the program or people who actually committed the violations. Instead it places the punishment on players who are the furthest removed from the infractions -- the ones sitting at the end of the bench. I know, because it happened to me.
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Mark Titus, a former Ohio State Buckeye (a walk-on from 2006 to 2010), came to renown for writing the blog Club Trillion, billed as "Life views from the end of the bench." His lesser renown comes from holding the school record for the most wins in a four-year career. Seriously. He will contribute on a semi-regular basis to ESPN Insider throughout this college basketball season.
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