College Football: Glut of Recent NCAA Violations Means It’s Time for Change

The University of Miami, University of Oregon, Ohio State University, and University of Southern California have been in quite some trouble these past few years.

Currently Miami is under investigation after booster Nevin Shapiro claimed that he had provided improper benefits to countless Hurricane football players.

Yahoo Sports Charles Robinison reported what the benefits were:

Cash, prostitutes, entertainment in his multimillion-dollar homes and yacht, paid trips to high-end restaurants and nightclubs, jewelry, bounties for on-field play (including bounties for injuring opposing players), travel and on one occasion, an abortion.

According to Robinson, Shapiro claims that University officials knew Shapiro provided these improper benefits between the years 2002-2010.

Shapiro was sent to prison in April of 2010 after running a $930 million Ponzi Scheme.

And the University of Oregon? They're under investigation after paying Will Lyes, a scout, $25,000 not long after 5-star prospect Lache Seastrunk signed his National Letter of Intent for the Ducks. Lyles reportedly had a mentor relationship with Seastrunk.

The Ohio State University is still dealing with violations after five players traded memorabilia for tattoos and other items, all while former Head Coach Jim Tressel knew of the wrong doing.

Tressel has since resigned and four-of-the-five players will serve five-game suspensions after quarterback Terrell Pryor jumped ship.

USC is still on a two-year bowl ban and loss of scholarships after former Heisman winning running back, Reggie Bush, received improper benefits.

Countless other school's have committed NCAA violations or are under current investigation. This means it is time for the NCAA to change and restructure itself to stop these violations dead in their tracks.

Many fans and writers are calling for the infamous "Death Penalty" at several of these schools and there is a good chance that The U could receive the harshest of punishments.

I, however, believe that it's time for the "Death Penalty" to go. While yes, many were involved in the Miami scandal, not everyone is involved in every violation that is committed. For every person that is guilty, I'll show you 10 from the same program that are innocent.

Do we really want to punish those that have done nothing wrong because a few (a lot in Miami's case) players, coaches, and administrators made horrible mistakes? Especially newly hired Hurricane coach Al Golden who wasn't even around for any of these violations. I feel for every Hurricane fan and all of those who are involved in the Hurricane football program that are innocent. You don't deserved to be punished from the mistakes of others.

As with USC, there are many players that will never get to experience a bowl game just because of Reggie Bush. That is completely unfair.

The NCAA can no longer go under the,"investigate and punish years later" system that they have used for far to long.

What the NCAA needs to do is put multiple compliance officials in each program to oversee everything that goes on there. Yes, they already have the Compliance Office, but obviously that isn't working. All they do is assist whenever the NCAA investigates a school and are used merely for the PUNISHMENT factor. I believe it is time to move to the PREVENT factor.

Have these NCAA, not school, officials oversee every aspect of the program. All of the players, coaches, administrators, recruiting, and academics of that program.

If they sense something weird,  like in the case of Lyles and Oregon ($25,000 going to a single person), they should immediately investigate it and put the program on a temporary suspension. No practices or contact with coaches for those involved until either someone comes clean or until the official finds out what happened. If the official finds something, punish only the coach, player, or administrator that were involved. Not the whole program.

Paying the players isn't going to fix anything. It will most likely make things much worse. Those players are getting payed with a College Education and get to play the game that they love. In these tough economic times it's time they realize what's important and not take anything for granted.

The NCAA creating harsher penalties and having a no tolerance policy? Once again we look at all of those who are innocent who are being wrongly punished.

Whether you agree with my restructuring or not, the NCAA needs to change. Things are getting out of hand now and too many innocent people are being punished. No more bowl bans or "Death Penalty." Punish only those involved with suspension, fines, and loss of scholarships if coaches and administrators are involved.

It's time to move more to prevention instead of punishment.

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