Now that we know that some of the people who prosecute the cheaters in college sports are cheaters themselves, maybe it's time to reexamine the entire enterprise. In light of NCAA president Mark Emmert's admission on Wednesday that the organization essentially hired an attorney for convicted Ponzi schemer Nevin Shapiro to hijack a deposition in a federal bankruptcy case with questions designed to aid the NCAA's investigation into the University of Miami athletic department, perhaps it's better to stop trying to apply a Band-Aid to an ax wound. Maybe the schools that run the NCAA should look hard at exactly what the NCAA is trying to protect with its aggressive prosecution of transgressions involving dollar amounts that are laughably small in comparison to the take at most major football schools.
The NCAA, working in tandem with quite a few members of my profession, has done an excellent job throughout the years of making you believe people who break the NCAA's rules are evil. Don't believe me? Let's play a name association game.
If you've followed college sports for the past few years and you aren't a fan of the schools associated with these particular individuals, here are the phrases that probably popped immediately into your head.
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