ESPN. com: NCF - Death of the penalty. For the better part of his six years at the University of Memphis, Rip Scherer lived in a fog.
One by one, some of the best local prospects left town without giving the Tigers even a chance to make the case for staying home. No one expected Scherer to sign most of the city's finest recruits, but still, this was embarrassing. The fog has lifted, forming as clouds over the Alabama and Kentucky football programs. Representatives of those schools stand accused by the NCAA of lavishing cash and gifts on Memphis high school coaches in exchange for steering players their way.
Define penalty: punishment for breaking a rule or law — penalty in a sentence. Florida Escapes NCAA's 'Death Penalty' : Colleges: The Gators' football and basketball programs get probation. Penalties are relatively light. Among the decisions made at that meeting was to reinforce the NCAA's power to shut down athletic programs found guilty of. NCAA's death penalty against the SMU football program. INDIANAPOLIS -- NCAA president Mark Emmert says he's willing to back up his tough talk on punishing rule-breakers -- even using the 'death penalty' as a deterrent. With salacious allegations swirling around Miami's football.
And, supposedly, several coaches from Miami’s football and basketball programs were aware of these behaviors. And we’re not talking about the occasional free. One of Washington State’s winningest high school football programs was banned four years from postseason play and from receiving outside donations Tuesday by a Seattle-area athletic conference, according to the Seattle Times. In an October 10 statement commemorating World Day Against the Death Penalty, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon (pictured) urged the global abolition of capital punishment and called the death penalty ineffective.
The NCAA Committee on Infractions is expected to announce sanctions in a few weeks. He was fired last December for failing to turn around the perennial second- tier program. If the NCAA keeps giving out minimal sanctions, the (rewards) of cheating will continue to outweigh the consequences.
In contrast to its popular reputation as a monolithic, near- sighted organization prone to dispensing justice for even the slightest of rules offenses, the NCAA rarely issues stern sentences anymore to Division I- A football programs. No television ban in seven. The trend represents a near- total retreat from the draconian sentences used to strike fear in cheaters since the NCAA got into the enforcement business in the 1. Yet, these are two of the biggest rules violations cases in a decade. Greater awareness of the impact of certain penalties.
UAB has shut down its football program. We got the death penalty without any NCAA violations.'. Players at other programs turned to social media to support UAB.
High- powered defense teams. Rising conference influence. Skepticism of the fairness of NCAA rules. Others say it's just more sophisticated and harder to prove.
This list includes the period after the NCAA imposed the Death Penalty on SMU up until the end of 2007. It's amazing that both A&M and Tech were caught cheating less than a year after the Ponies were nuked.
Using the NCAA infractions database, ESPN. Division I- A football teams since SMU was whacked in 1. The findings: Death penalty: Teams guilty of major violations within five years after the school was last involved in a major infractions case are considered . Since the SMU sanctions, 1. NCAA considered major rules violations within that five- year window, most recently Wisconsin in August.
Some programs got little more than a lecture from the infractions committee. In 1. 99. 9, a Kansas State running back was found to have received $2. The Wildcats received no penalties, just a one- year probation. The results were so catastrophic that now we'll do anything to avoid dropping another one. Nothing served as such a daily reminder that cheating has a price than the experience of playing for nothing other than pride, and the assurance that come holiday season, fans and players must stay home. Since then, 1. 1 teams have have been cited for major violations but escaped that punishment. But the last team to endure such a penalty was Ole Miss in 1.
Billy Brewer. He cites the impact it has on the team's opponents, whose fans are prevented from watching their team's games against the sanctioned program. Scholarships: To focus penalties more squarely on the guilty programs, infractions committee members say they now try to hit teams with scholarship reductions. Made up largely of professors, athletic directors and lawyers from outside the NCAA membership, the committee has come to believe that limiting the number of new recruits is the most effective way to limit a team's competitiveness. It's like what happened after we dropped the (atom) bomb in World War II. The results were so catastrophic that now we'll do anything to avoid dropping another one. The last time any team lost as many as 2. Miami's recruiting classes over a three- year period were reduced by a potential of 3.
And the Hurricanes showed that even those limitations could be managed, building national championship contenders the past two seasons despite the downsized recruiting classes. How many bowl games is your conference guaranteed?' An 1. Brent Clark, a former NCAA investigator who has studied the organization for three decades. The NCAA markets a product, fiercely protects that product, and will defend that product to the end. Once you understand that, everything begins to make sense.
Now, teams that qualify for one of the four BCS bowls can receive more than $1. NCAA enforcement staff officially leveled more than a dozen charges against the legendary program. The most damaging charges include allegations of large cash payments from boosters in the recruitment of two players.
They say one Alabama booster offered $1. Memphis high school coach to steer a highly recruited defensive tackle, Albert Means, to Tuscaloosa last year. The NCAA says another booster promised $1. Stevenson, Ala., prospect Kenny Smith in the mid- 1. Alabama. By all accounts, Means had no idea he was being sold to Alabama and didn't receive any of the booster money - - the kind of act NCAA officials like to say you don't need a rule book to figure out if it's wrong. The NCAA says Means' high school coach allegedly kept $3. In 1. 99. 5, the Tide was hit with a one- year bowl ban and a loss of 1.
Antonio Langham, whom the school allegedly knew had signed with an agent, and running back Gene Jelks, who was cited for receiving $2. Then in 1. 99. 9 came another major violation at Alabama - - an assistant men's basketball coach attempted to obtain cash from boosters to give to a prospect's high school coach. Alabama would seem to be a prime candidate if the SMU case is used for comparison and the dollars alone are the standard. The Mustangs were shuttered for operating a slush fund in which $6. The death penalty decimated a program that has yet to return to national prominence, although getting back to the top has been made more difficult by self- imposed constraints.
Shaken by the scandal, the school administration raised the academic entrance standards for athletes and insisted on a smaller- is- better role for sports on campus. Last week, SMU fired Mike Cavan, who had been the Mustangs' coach for the past five years, effective at the end of the season. I don't see why not, if circumstances warrant. In a sign of how unthinkable the death penalty has become since the SMU case, Alabama president Andrew Sorensen declared well before the NCAA charges even arrived that there's no chance the Tide will be kept from fielding a team. The school hasn't made public its official response to the NCAA responding to the charges, but the Birmingham News, citing sources, has reported that the school's package of self- imposed sanctions is limited to scholarship cuts - - no more than 2.
But the sanctions they reportedly have suggested to the NCAA indicate they are keenly aware of the penalties given other programs in recent years. Consider the resources on the Alabama side. Joining him are university attorney Stan Murphy; athletics department rules compliance coordinator Marie Robbins; and Gene Marsh, the school's faculty athletics representative and a law school professor who happens to be one of the eight members of the NCAA infractions committee. Marsh is recused from the committee's deliberations on the Alabama case due to conflict of interest, although he is free to help the Crimson Tide prepare its defense. Each of the coaches in the case is represented by lawyers. And just for good measure, Kramer, the NCAA infractions committee veteran, is advising Alabama. The NCAA enforcement staff declined to levy two of its most dreaded charges - - .
Those charges typically trigger some of the strongest sanctions, as the NCAA expects member schools to take measures to know about potential rules violations involving its athletes, coaches and boosters. So shape up the individuals. Alabama recently told three boosters, including Young, that they were officially . Already gone by the time the NCAA charges came down were two assistant coaches, Ivy Williams and Ronnie Cottrell, originally facing . The same goes for former head coach Mike Du. Bose, who was not named in the charges even though most of them occurred during his tenure.
He was fired after the 2. Increasingly, that appeal has been effective. NCAA rules say standard penalties for a major violation should include a combination of bowl ban, scholarship cuts and recruiting restrictions, although those sanctions can be waived or adjusted. Which they are, routinely. We understand that (sentiment). Lombardi argues that the pressure to avoid serious penalties has been heightened by the stadium arms race. Football is the cash cow that pays off the 3.
Members are nominated by conference offices and, if elected, serve three- year renewable terms up to a maximum of nine years. Here are the current members: Tom Yeager, chair, also Colonial Association commissioner. Paul Dee, Miami AD. Craig Littlepage, Virginia AD.
Gene Marsh, Alabama faculty rep*. Andrea Myers, Indiana State AD.
Josephine Potuto, Nebraska faculty rep. Fred Lacey, retired judge from Newark. Jim Park, retired judge from Lexington, Ky.*.
Due to conflict of interest, Marsh is recused from Alabama and Kentucky cases; Park is recused from Kentucky case. Fans get to watch their teams on television. Athletics directors don't have to endure shocks to the budget. Fewer school presidents end up losing their jobs over angry trustees.
The Spartans decided against it and took their chances before the NCAA infractions committee. Michigan State president Peter Mc.
Pherson announced, . Those coaches and their players are the victims.
He took the Memphis job in 1. Still he improved graduation rates, infused the team with a family ethic and kept the school out of NCAA trouble.
Eight of the team's 1. Albert Means. After the NCAA swooped in, Memphis did well in local recruiting this year. And Means is now in a Memphis uniform, starting for new coach Tommy West after transferring from Alabama and talking with Scherer about his options. Jerry Tarkanian made it tougher.
Part 2 in an ESPN. NCAA's enforcement arm. Tom Farrey is an ESPN.