The only surprising part is that the NCAA is actually seeming for a change to move ahead quickly, decisively and, in the case of the non-Miami players and not letting the trivial, almost certainly "non-starter"-issues entangle what must and should be the real focus: the details and history in the "culture of abuse" at UM. Hell, the "holes in the net" that have shown in previous NCAA "investigations" made the idea of going after the eligibility of players who DIDN'T go to "da U", the ones that refused their offer(s) whatever form they took, absolutely absurd.
Meanwhile, all these scUM apologists disavowing Nevil Shapiro now have no leg to stand on; even y'all referring to him as "rogue agent" is ingenuous, a subtle adaption of apologists' rush to distance themselves. Shapiro was "one of their guys", for a while there he was THE GUY":
He has a student lounge named after him! For years the heart of that team was over at his houses, on his yacht, out at restaurants and openly receiving cash from he and (by witnessed accounts) some of the coaches...the Head Coaches of both the football and basketball teams rushed to his side in public, they and UM officials right up to the President fell over themselves getting their pictures taken with him. Don't tell us this was some "rogue agent" operating in the shadows. They are all going down, school and fans together, because it WAS out in the open--and in their arrogance they thought since no one had stopped them the last few times, it could and would just go on, getting bigger and better. The really sick part is that it might well HAVE, except the latest "little rich guy" who filled the necessary cash-vacuum such a gravy train always requires ended up getting popped, and rolled over. That's how "criminal conspiracies always get broken up these days--no surprise there, really. Jimmy Johnson and others like him oughta shut their pie-holes on this whole deal, too--that spotlight is going to be going back further and further into the past, and he could talk his way right off his OWN gravy train.
Of the 70+ players named in Yahoo! Sports investigation into Miami’s football program, four had some tie to the Southeastern Conference. Within two days, all four have been cleared.
Question: Have you ever known the NCAA to clear a player of eligibility issues in two days?
Question: Isn’t it odd that all three schools (Florida, Georgia and Kansas State… where ex-Tennessee tailback Bryce Brown wound up) all put out similarly worded statements?
Take a look…
Kansas State: “Kansas State University has been in communication with the NCAA. Regarding Arthur Brown and Bryce Brown, the NCAA staff has informed the institution that it has no concerns about their eligibility to compete at K-State. Kansas State University does not comment on NCAA investigations at other institutions… and will have no further comment.”
Georgia: “The University of Georgia is aware of the article mentioning Orson Charles and has been in communication with the NCAA. There are no issues with UGA or eligibility issues with Orson Charles. UGA will have no further comment regarding this matter.”
Florida: “We have been in communication with the NCAA and there are no eligibility issues with Andre Debose and Matt Patchan as it relates to recent reports. Andre, Matt nor the University of Florida will have any additional comments regarding this matter.”
As noted above, eligibility issues tend to drag out when the NCAA is concerned. Rapid clearance — especially over such serious matters as the possible receipt of illegal benefits — is unusual. After all, there’s no way the NCAA could have already found the aforementioned players to be innocent or guilty of dealing illegally with booster Nevin Shapiro.
So our best guess as to what’s up? This is the NCAA’s first major step toward focusing on the big picture.
NCAA president Mark Emmert and his staff have tried to streamline NCAA investigation and enforcement procedures. Emmert and several college presidents have spoken often about the need to properly focus the NCAA’s attention on big issues, not the minutiae.
It appears that that’s what’s happening here. With all of these players being cleared so quickly — and with all of the institutions releasing statements that appear to be riffs on a standard boilerplate — it’s as if the NCAA is saying, “We don’t have time to sweat the small stuff in this case.”
If so, that’s a good move. While the acceptance of any illegal benefits is wrong and is worth checking into, Miami’s apparent rampant disregard for the rules is by far the biggest at play here. (Add in the fact that the NCAA is also currently investigating Ohio State, North Carolina, Auburn, etc, etc, and these players eligibility issues become even less important.)
Georgia, Florida, and Kansas State seem to be benefiting from this new NCAA direction, but that’s A-OK with us. Those schools did nothing wrong aside from signing players who might have done something wrong while being recruited to another school several years ago. Miami is the serious wrongdoer in this case — it appears — and the Hurricanes should bear the brunt of the NCAA’s fury.