I don't know who's the bigger crybaby, you or Pat Haden. The bottom line is this: Southern Cal cheated. They got caught. Take your punishment like a man.
Glenn M. Langdon
Haden is definitely the older crybaby, but I'm not sure I get your point. No one is disputing the punishment so long as there's some semblance of consistency.
It's not OK for one guy to rob a bank and get 50 years in prison and another guy to rob the same bank and get one year.
What happened at Miami was far worse than what happened at USC. At Miami, you had a known booster, Nevin Shapiro, lavishing players with goodies over the course of a decade.
I understand it helps when a school cooperates with the NCAA, but that should not change the facts of a case. The Trojans fought some of the charges because they didn't think they were true, and a court of law may prove USC to be correct.
The chair of the NCAA committee on infractions, Paul Dee, is a former athletic director at Miami. This is a man who presided over a program in the 1990s that was so scandal-riddled that Sports Illustrated, in a cover story, called for the program to be shut down.
It was startling to some that Dee could say USC should have known what was going on with Reggie Bush. "High profile athletes demand high profile compliance," Dee said in his report.
This was someone who didn't know what was going on at Miami.
Have you ever thought of writing a book exposing the injustice of the NCAA/USC case?
Great idea, although some have suggested I should read a book before I write one.
I do think this is a fascinating topic worthy of literary exploration.
First you would need to a catchy title:
"Adventures of Huckleberry Dee"
"The 39 Sanctions"
"Of Mice and Miami"
"The NCAA Always Rings Twice"
"A Farewell to Championships"
"A Passage to Emerald Bowl"
"Fahrenheit Pac-12 South"
"A (Training) Room with a View"
"The Hunt For Red Athletic Tape"
"12 Angry Committee Men (who all hate USC)"
"Go Tell It on the Mountain (West)"
"Tommy Trojan's Complaint"
"Lord of the (Infractions) Files"
"Reason on the Brink"
"Slime and Punishment"
Writing a book, though, would take me away from the more important work I do tackling the weekly mailbag and providing comments for the Saturday TV games.
USC should not have to beg for justice. Miami should have received the death penalty, period. What say you?
I would have opted for life in probation prison without the possibility of bowl parole.
Listen, no school is ever again going to get the death penalty. The NCAA decided that shutting down Southern Methodist a few decades ago was cruel and unusual program punishment.
The problem when you take a program off the air is that you hurt other schools that had nothing to do with the violations.
Mike Garrett said it all along — the NCAA was envious of USC. What I don't understand is why USC hasn't taken on the NCAA in federal court?
I'm not a lawyer, but you have to remember the NCAA is not a monolithic outside organization. It is composed of member schools that hire the president. Schools that choose to be members agree to the terms of the organization. USC can leave the NCAA and join the NAIA.
That makes lawsuits tricky. Penn State sought legal recourse against the NCAA but got nowhere because the school basically agreed to the terms of membership.
Todd McNair's defamation case against the NCAA is a different matter. He can personally take on the NCAA the way basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian did many years ago.
Tarkanian, by the way, won his lawsuit. The details that emerge from McNair's should shed some light as to exactly what happened during the USC investigation.
This could get very, very interesting.
Why are the games that those players played in not being vacated by Miami?
Because the Hurricanes got a sweetheart NCAA deal? Because the NCAA botched the Miami investigation so bad it felt it had to go easy?
Otherwise, someone might ask: "Why are the games that those players played in not being vacated by Miami?"
Oh wait: You asked that.
Fresno State? Was it their 16-point victory over Cal Poly SLO that convinced you? Maybe the strength-of-schedule rank of 119? Come on, you're better than this.
Thanks, and I love your early Aerosmith work, but I see no harm in ranking Fresno State at No. 12. That's only three positions better than the Bulldogs are ranked by the Associated Press and five positions removed from their No. 17 spot in the first Bowl Championship Series standings.
Sounds like you might have a mid-major bias, or think Fresno State is going to knock your alma mater out of an at-large BCS bid. You seem to have no problem with Baylor at No. 5 despite a schedule rank of No. 100. And I love when people look at a final score without knowing what actually happened in the game.
Fresno only beat Cal Poly by 16, but did you know the lead was 41-3 with 10:52 left in the third quarter? I'd say Fresno State had things under control before the losing team scored a few meaningless, mop-up points.
This is the sort of out-of-context stuff that skews voters and fans who don't stay up and watch the late Saturday games.
A big Bruins alum here, but the BCS rankings were flawed last week with the Bruins at No. 9. Now even more flawed at 12. Can UCLA in its current decimated state and being one of the most penalized teams in the nation beat anybody? Are we not 6-4 or 5-5 over the last 10 games?
I may frame your question and hang it on the wall because you are the first mailbag writer in history to advocate that your team should be ranked lower than where it is.
You also might be right. The Bruins are beat up and limp into Eugene on Saturday and may start three offensive linemen who were in high school last year.
Your Bruins are 5-4 in their last nine games, have lost three straight to Stanford and got blown out by Baylor in the Holiday Bowl.
But you may get your UCLA citizenship revoked for not trying to inflate your team's worthiness. You wouldn't last a week in the Southeastern Conference.
Did you watch the Florida State vs. Clemson game? If you did, you know FSU has a really good player at tight end: Nick O'Leary. He is the grandson of famous golfer Jack Nicklaus. He is a terrific blocker. Stays with his man until the whistle blows.
It doesn't surprise me one bit because Grandpa Jack was an excellent all-around athlete who could have played football at Ohio State.
Woody Hayes was a family friend, but told Jack to focus on golf.
Nick O'Leary is having a good junior season for Florida State, with 16 catches for 293 yards and five touchdowns.
Here's what Coach Jimbo Fisher said this week about Jack's grandson: "I think he's being much more consistent. I think he's learning blocking, on the ball, off the ball, being able to move. I think his routes have gotten better because of the knowledge of the offense .… We're allowing a lot of freedom and how we're getting him the ball and it's working."
Who selected the College Football Selection Committee?
It was the college football commissioners, I think with help from the Keebler Elves.
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