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Kop's Korner: How the NCAA Could Get Its Groove Back

10/22/13 in NCAA Athletics   |   Alex_Kopilow   |   10 respect

Oct 17, 2013; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; Miami Hurricanes mascot celebrates after the game. The Miami Hurricanes defeated the North Carolina Tar Heels 27-23 at Kenan Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY SportsIt only took four years, but the NCAA finally laid out its sanctions for the University of Miami.

Of the most notable penalties, the athletic program was placed on three years probation, losing nine football scholarships  and three basketball scholarships over the next three years.

As you can see there is no bowl ban for the football team. Take in mind Miami self imposed bowl bans in 2011-12 including not participating in the 2012 ACC title game.

That certainly came into play with the final decision, but it also had a lot to do with how the NCAA botched this case. In turn, the NCAA could not unleash as much of a penalty it handed down to programs like USC, Penn State, and Ohio State.

Clearly the NCAA dropped the ball in this case, and that's not what needs our attention. Yes, the NCAA mishandled this investigation, which is infuriating, but to me the bigger offense is the lack of consistency in penalties.

Lets review (vacation of wins not included below).

USC: Banned from postseason play for two years. Docked 10 scholarships each year for three years (2011-2013). Roster limited to 75 scholarship players (10 fewer than the typical allotment) until 2014.

Penn State: Fined $60 million, and banned from postseason play from 2012 to 2015. Docked 10 scholarships each year over those four years. Five years probation (penalties have been slightly reduced). 

Ohio State: One year postseason ban. Loss of three scholarships over three years.

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