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NCAA Wants To Get Tougher On Cheaters

As the NCAA wrapped up its presidential retreat today, two things have become clear:

1) The NCAA wants to simplify its rulebooks.

2) The NCAA feels it needs to deliver harsher punishments for serious rule violations.

Nothing new there.  Mark Emmert has been saying as much for several months.  Oregon State president Ed Ray — who is also the chairman of the NCAA’s executive committee — broke down the chatter at this week’s retreat as follows:

“I think there is a very strong sense among presidents and chancellors that we need to be very clear and very severe where infractions do exist and that we want to send a message about certain behaviors.  There needs to be very serious penalties for very serious violations.”

If you’re an SEC fan, that can’t sound good.  Not with the amount of dirt being flung around the league these days.

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