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SEC Leads The Way In Major Infractions

The 2010-11 academic year was The Year of Scandal in the NCAA.  North Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio State and Auburn.  AJ Green, Terrelle Pryor, Willie Lyles and the Newtons (Cam and Cecil).

One bad story has seemingly led to another and that’s led NCAA president Mark Emmert to call for a “how can we fix things?” meeting with several college presidents next month.  It’s also led many in the media to shout that things are worse than ever… and deliver proof in various multi-part reports.

We at believe that cheating has simply changed over the years.  As new rules have been written, cheaters have found new ways to break them.  But in our view, there’s no more cheating today than there was 50 years ago.  There’s just more media to cover it and more places for fans to talk about it.

The way we see it, making grand declarations like “the system is broken” is ridiculous.  The vast majority of college athletes go to school, get their grades, take no cash, and then move on into non-athletic occupations.  The system works well for most.

That said, the folks at are digging into the cheating problem — in a five-part series, no less — and their kickoff was a look-see at the numbers of cheaters across the nation.

Dating back to 1987 when SMU was given the death penalty, the SEC has led the way in major infractions according to NCAA records:

Major Infractions
Big 12
Big Ten
Conference USA
Big East
Sun Belt
Notre Dame

Those numbers reflect each conference’s current make-up.  Also, as you well know, there are quite a few cases pending right now.

If you’re wondering, 10 of the SEC’s 12 schools have been hit with a major violation charge since 1987.  On the downside, Alabama’s three major infractions in that span tie it with Texas Tech for the most in the NCAA.  (Congratulations?)  But on the positive side, Vanderbilt and LSU have both dodged the word “major” in the last quarter-century. 

Of course, Tiger fans had better hope that the aforementioned Lyles had as little to do with LSU’s program as folks in Baton Rouge are currently claiming or else Vandy could be the last SEC school left standing in terms of keeping its nose clean.



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