Irony and hypocrisy
What should Paul Dee have known and when should he have known it?
The irony is not lost on USC fans. Dee was chair of the NCAA infractions committee that sent the Trojans to Probation Island. The crux of the NCAA's argument was that USC should have known about violations involving Reggie Bush.
Well, well. Dee was AD at Miami from 1993 to 2008. Dee wasn't at Miami while he was sitting in judgment of USC, but Yahoo Sports revelations are another blow to the NCAA's credibility. It exposes the hypocrisy and conflict of interest when an organization tries to regulate itself. Dee's time in intercollegiate athletics was already up, but the mess he leaves behind is everyone's mess.
No harm, but foul
Dee is old, retired and almost undoubtedly rich, so the cluster bomb of sordid Yahoo Sports revelations about Miami football won't directly cause him harm. He won't struggle to pay the cable bill.
But Dee's hubris and shamelessness has nuked any remaining particles of confidence in college administrators. As infractions committee chair, he tsk-tsk'd USC and Memphis when his own department was an utter disgrace. Bare hypocrisy like that undermines anyone who actually has good ideas for reform.
Paul Dee is an arrogant, dopey blowhard. There are more where he came from. College athletics seems utterly incapable of proving otherwise.
Dee's reputation takes the biggest hit of anyone's if even a third of the Nevin Shapiro allegations are true.
While the Committee of Infractions chairman for the NCAA last summer, Dee mounted his high horse when handing down severe penalties to USC for its handling of star players Reggie Bush and O.J. Mayo.
Meanwhile, Miami apparently suffered two separate bouts with a lack of institutional control while Dee was athletic director there from 1993-2008. In 1995, UM was involved with the disastrous Pell Grant scandal. And now, the story alleges that Dee's final six years in Coral Gables allowed for a cash-tossing termite booster to penetrate the football team right underneath his nose.
Ignorance no excuse
The one person who should share most of the blame for the situation won't even be affected by its outcome.
Dee, who was Miami athletic director from 1993 to 2008, should have known what was going on under his watch. It was right there in black and white, but all Dee was seeing was green.
Dee had no excuse. He was the former chairman of the NCAA Committee on Infractions. He knew exactly what would happen, because he witnessed it. If it was one or two players, you might give him a pass for not knowing, but it was 72 players and seven coaches implicated. Ignorance is no excuse.