What does this mean?
With ongoing NCAA investigations at institutions like the University of North Carolina where improper contact and benefits received from sport agents have been identified as a major cause of recent student-athlete suspensions, the establishment of the panel seems to indicate the first time that an attempt will be made between collegiate and professional sport administrators to ‘close to loop’ on providing accountability to rules violation offenders during and after their college careeers are complete. Student-athletes such as UNC’s Kendric Burney, Deunta Williams, Greg Little, and Robert Quinn have all been publicly recognized as violating NCAA rules and have received their punishments which more or less has ended their collegiate playing careers.
As the system currently stands, there is not much more punishment that each can recieve and there is a good likelihood that a few of them will still make the NFL through the draft or via free agency at worst. If they are successful in getting to the professional level without any further sanctions, then they will not have been made fully accountable for this scandal and embarrassment to the University of North Carolina’s athletic program and the University as a whole. In addition to the athletes, there are many to blame in this situation including coaches, administrators, sports agents and the entire system that has evolved between the collegiate and professional ranks.
Give praise to Reggie Bush
The NCAA’s presentation of a working panel to address and deal with the issues surrounding sports agents involvement with amateur student-athletes in incollegiate athletics is a step in the right direction and one that has been discussed, but not publicly announced until now. The sports agent issue is not new to anyone involved on that panel, but the intensity and broad scope of the situation that currently exists now tests everyone’s reputation, credibility, and integrity. This is the reason for action, and hopefully there will be something that results from it. Otherwise, it will just be another loud bark that has no bite behind it as the dollars continue to flow in at all levels.
Who knew that Reggie Bush giving back the Heisman trophy would be the first step and example of how to do the right thing.
This is the ninth segment in an on-going series throughout the 2010-2011 season looking into the current and recent past of NCAA investigations and impacts they are having, and have had on college athletics programs throughout the country. Stay tuned to learn more about the NCAA, its athletes and administrators, and how college sports fans and media influence the operation and administration of college athletics in the United States.