The NCAA does some things very well. Putting on a season-ending basketball tournament that is the focus of the nation for a few weeks every spring jumps to mind as a relevant example.
But when it comes to many of the things one might expect the governing body of college sports to do well, the Association comes up just a wee bit short. Take, as case in point, the transition to the NIL era in college sports: it's been an utter disaster from a governance standpoint.
After spending the better part of the era's first year doing nothing of substance aside from convening a blue-ribbon panel, the NCAA finally realized that things have gotten out of hand with schools and supports doing their level best to weaponize their ability to land coveted players real adult money legally.
And with that realization, they want to put the proverbial genie back in the bottle by putting out some super-vague references to existing bylaws and rules related to boosters and recruiting violations.
But – and this is a really big but – it is utterly unclear as to what kind of enforcement of these existing rules is realistically possible. With no subpoena power, the organization is more or less relegated to hoping member schools will do the right thing, and if they don't, that they'll tattle on themselves.
Hey, good luck with that.
After we bask in the glow of the conflagration that is the current NCAA, we'll have an extended Ask Us Anything segment this week. And you should absolutely Ask Us Anything by emailing your question to email@example.com!
RUN OF THE SHOW
0:00 After doing nothing to speak of in the first year of the NIL era, the NCAA finally enters the chat. Good luck getting that horse back in the barn!
6:15 We take a brief digression to talk about The Untouchables, Kevin Costner movies we loved and laughed about (Robin Hood, anyone?), as well as the retelling the story of how Carlos Hyde because El Guapo.
10:45 Back to the NCAA's latest guidance on NIL!
14:45 Ohio State will – in theory – play a home-and-home series with Boston College sometime before Johnny and I head to the old folks' home. Maybe. Football scheduling is dumb and let's talk about how dumb it is and why.
21:48 Texas football is basically Nebraska, but with twice as many 4-star recruits and the same win-loss record over the past decade! Horns very much down, baby.
24:05 Ask Us Anything! Let's talk about our favorite streaming services, the best amusement parks, and what musical instrument we'd love to play if we could play any instrument instantly.
52:27 Buckshots: Mitchell Melton will miss his second straight season, Marcus Crowley is medically retired from football, and we talk about Ohio State's current All-NFL team.