Was watching "College Football Live" yesterday, and Andre Ware absolutely irritated me. I know, my first mistake was watching an ESPN program, let alone one about college football..... but I'm still blown away when someone makes the argument, such as he did, that the NCAA (despite being the screw up that it is) should quit investigating the Miami athletic dept. on the merit of the botched investigation. He tried to sugarcoat his argument by stating that Miami has already punished itself enough with the two self-imposed bowl bans, minor scholly losses, etc. But not once did he give the context of each of those bowl bans. BOTH times, Miami removed themselves from the postseason well into each respective regular season, and AFTER it became apparent that they would not be going to anything resembling a major bowl. This is not being proactive. Being proactive would've meant they removed themselves from bowl consideration for two seasons BEFORE the first season even started. Sorry.... I do not applaud Miami for taking these actions. IMO, the NCAA should lightly consider these "bowl bans" when making their ultimate judgment.
As for the botched investigation..... from what I understand, the portion of the investigation that was compromised, has already been thrown out, but b/c of the sheer volume and complete disregard for the rules over such a long period of time by the individuals being investigated, I don't think you can simply drop the entire case. The people responsible for fouling up the case have been punished and dealt with. That part cannot be held against Miami, I get that.... but there's a ton of other allegations that Miami should still have to answer to. I don't agree with Mark Emmert on a lot, but I agree with him in his decision to not give up in pursuing a fair and just punishment for this athletic program. Miami is a repeat offender, not only in the football program, but in other athletic programs as well. They have a long history of cheating and major scandals. This cannot be ignored.
I try not to get worked up over silly things like this, but it just baffles me when someone takes Miami's side on this case. I know the NCAA doesn't have subpoena power, but let's just say..... where there's smoke, there's fire. Plus, since Tatgate I tend to compare every major NCAA case to that case based on the fact that I still think OSU got way more punishment than what was deserved. (Freaking DiGeronimo!!) My general hope is that those under investigation for major violations get nailed to the wall.
While I'm on the topic..... has anyone heard of the latest with this investigation?