There’s nothing like a heated college football debate to get the collective blood boiling of some of the most passionate sports fans in America.
Over the past several years college football fans have mainly wanted to discuss the merits of a playoff system compared to the BCS, which eventually crowns a national champion. In recent years the mistakes of many players on high profile teams have dominated sports radio and sent shockwaves throughout campuses across America.
Ohio State is suffering through a brutal offseason after vacating their 2010 record of 12-1, Big Ten championship and Sugar Bowl victory. The football program is still being investigated by the NCAA after admitting to improper benefits to student athletes.
USC had to vacate Reggie Bush‘s Heisman Trophy and BCS national championship from the 2004 season, drawing a two-year postseason ban because Bush set up his mother and step father with a home in San Diego. The proud football program was sited for a lack of institutional control and also lost 30 scholarships.
Last year’s Heisman trophy quarterback Cam Newton had to fight through adversity on his way to winning a national championship because everyone in the media realized that his father was trying to shop his services to other teams in the SEC.
Also, North Carolina head coach Butch Davis was fired because of the damage to the university’s reputation, and Boise State Athletic Director Gene Bleymaier was relieved of his duties because of sanctions to the football program and other sports including men’s and women’s tennis.
Now we find out that the NCAA is investigating the Miami Hurricanes football program and their relationship to convicted felon Nevin Shapiro, who is currently serving a 20-year prison term for conducting a ponzi scheme. School President Donna Shalala is cooperating with NCAA officials and I believe it won’t take much time to connect several Hurricane players to Shapiro and his lavish yacht parties and other improper benefits. Read more…