The current problems at Penn State, Miami, Ohio State, and USC, continue to be a symptom of a bigger problem. The real problem is the effective control of major college sports, specifically football and basketball. Let’s face it, this is big business. The NCAA needs to go back to its original purpose, which is managing, monitoring and creating an environment for success for all stakeholders.
Specifically, this means minor sports. The NCAA has no way to punish individuals. USC is on severe probation and the university and all its stakeholders suffer. The key offenders, Reggie Bush and Coach Pete Carroll, are home free. Individual players who accept illegal payments should be prosecuted. Former University of Oklahoma quarterback Rhett Bomar accepted illegal benefits. He should have been prosecuted by the Oklahoma attorney general. Oklahoma State University player Terrell Pryor should be facing prosecution instead of turning pro. The attorney general of each state should prosecute offenders.
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