Sixteen Alabama athletic teams will be forced by the NCAA to vacate wins, for improperly engaging in such dastardly deeds as helping scholarship athletes obtain free textbooks and other illicit goods. The football team will vacate 21 wins between 2005 and 2007 and pay a $43,900.00 fine. Not exactly the death penalty, is it? I am sure it will take Alabama’s athletic director at least 10 minutes to search his couch cushions and raid the ash tray in his car to find enough change to pay the fine. This sanction is so impotent that to call it a punishment is a disgrace to sadists everywhere. But I think we can all agree, the most shocking thing is this story is Alabama football players even having textbooks.
Once again the NCAA proves that big programs really don’t get punished … even for crimes as sexy as giving a 19 year old kid a free “Intro to Golf Course Management” textbook. Vacating wins? A paltry fine? Ha. Bama won’t even lose a scholarship.
Let’s face it, Nick Saban or Pete Carroll could pay recruits in pure Columbian nose candy (or in Saban’s case clubbed seal pelts) on camera while banging Myles Brand’s wife and recieve a punishment no stiffer than a slap from a wet noodle. But if Tennessee Tech so much as looks at a recruit funny Brand will do this to them.
No doubt the NCAA’s attempt to look tough on big programs = Epic Fail.