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CoMoChief
04-23-2006, 08:18 PM
NCAA enforcing only myths
JASON WHITLOCK
The Kansas City Star


What you have to understand is that it’s all a myth — NCAA investigations, self-investigations and the appearance of doing everything by the book.

Not to appear cynical, but when it comes to the NCAA, its rulebook and college sports played with the express purpose of making money, I’m extremely cynical. There’s very little I take at face value.

So forgive me for expressing little shock that the University of Kansas’ self-investigation led the NCAA to claim the school demonstrated a lack of institutional control within its athletic department in the late 1990s and early in the new millennium.

The outcomes of these investigations — NCAA or self-directed — are totally dependant upon the agendas and level of involvement of the people controlling the investigations.

Come on, Jack Bauer and Chloe O’Brian weren’t given the schematics of the Kansas athletic department and a Level 5 protocol. No. The NCAA won’t even spring for Inspector Clouseau. And no athletic department truly committed to turning a profit has any real interest in finding out how Johnny Bluechipper got straight A’s at four different prep schools in two years.

It’s all a game, and the winners are good at keeping up appearances, which is basically what the Jayhawks were convicted of — keeping up appearances from 1997 to 2003.

You follow?

During that time frame, Kansas’ athletic department was a one-man band. Roy Williams played guitar, drums and piano, and sang the chorus and lead vocals and choreographed all the dance steps. He was the Artist Formerly Known as Prince.

Roy and his squeaky image cast a huge shadow and covered a lot of dirt and incompetence.

It’s not a coincidence that the start of KU’s lack of institutional control coincided with the end of the Jacque Vaughn and Jerod Haase era and the departure of football coach Glen Mason.

Vaughn and Haase, top-flight students, athletes and human beings, made the Kansas basketball program feel like Princeton with pro prospects. Even without a Final Four appearance — much less a national championship — Kansas basketball with Vaughn, Haase, Raef LaFrentz, Scot Pollard and Paul Pierce was the envy of college athletics, a symbol for playing and recruiting the right way.

Kansas fans were arrogant, and so were the men and women employed by the school’s athletic department. You really couldn’t blame them. There was good reason to be proud of Roy and his boys.

When Mason bolted for Minnesota after the 1996 season and the Kansas football program fell deeper into sustained mediocrity, the more dependant KU’s athletic department became on sustaining and upholding Williams’ pristine image.

It’s all KU had.

So I’m not surprised secondary NCAA violations weren’t reported or that KU went 20 months without a compliance auditor or that there was little emphasis on educating coaches about NCAA guidelines.

Roy Williams’ squeaky clean basketball program was the total face of the Kansas athletic department. And it was important that that program operate in an athletic department that appeared to be as squeaky clean as Vaughn, Haase and all the kids who followed behind them and benefited from the image they established.

I don’t think Bob Frederick, Al Bohl or any of their underlings set out to intentionally circumvent the NCAA’s hypocritical rules. They all just got caught up in the hype, believed the press clippings Williams and his basketball program generated, and then they eventually understood the value in keeping the appearance of cleanliness. Plus, they got lazy and complacent.

It happens across the country. The same thing happened at Indiana when Bobby Knight and his “good” kids dominated IU’s athletics department. Mike Krzyzewski and Duke experience the same phenomenon.

It’s impossible to follow the NCAA’s rulebook to the letter. Why do you think Quin Snyder had so much trouble at Missouri? He played at Duke, coached under Krzyzewski and then became an “outlaw?” No. In my opinion, he picked up some bad habits at Duke because Coach K’s reputation means Duke comes under a lot less NCAA scrutiny than Missouri. The NCAA and the TV networks have a lot of money tied up in Coach K’s reputation. It’s like pro wrestling. You have to have good guys and bad guys.

It’s all a myth. They’re all in it for the money and fame, and they hope they get to help a few kids along the way.

CoMoChief
04-23-2006, 08:23 PM
IMO every major college sports program will do almost anything to land certain players even if it means stretching the NCAA rules to the very extent or even breaking them in sort of fashion. You would be dumb to think that they dont do it. It's all about how you cover it up and so on.

JBucc
04-23-2006, 08:24 PM
Bullcrap. Only MU, KU, KSU, and USC cheat.

hypersensitiveZO6
04-23-2006, 08:26 PM
Bullcrap. Only MU, KU, KSU, and USC cheat.


So who is the most effective cheater?

Skip Towne
04-23-2006, 08:31 PM
Bullcrap. Only MU, KU, KSU, and USC cheat.
KSU doesn't cheat. They lose.

Braincase
04-24-2006, 06:38 AM
So who is the most effective cheater?

Who's played for more national championships in any sport the last few years?

Deberg_1990
04-24-2006, 06:55 AM
It’s impossible to follow the NCAA’s rulebook to the letter. Why do you think Quin Snyder had so much trouble at Missouri? He played at Duke, coached under Krzyzewski and then became an “outlaw?” No. In my opinion, he picked up some bad habits at Duke because Coach K’s reputation means Duke comes under a lot less NCAA scrutiny than Missouri. The NCAA and the TV networks have a lot of money tied up in Coach K’s reputation. It’s like pro wrestling. You have to have good guys and bad guys.

It’s all a myth. They’re all in it for the money and fame, and they hope they get to help a few kids along the way.


Wow, JW is on a heck of a roll with his columns lately. He couldnt be more right here. Pehaps its time to just start paying these top college players upfront and get rid of the myth that they are there for a "real" education??

Demonpenz
04-26-2006, 01:55 AM
oh's no's