Posts Tagged ‘NCAA’

As a society, we preach discipline. We teach structure, values, and morals, all while secretly undermining these ideals with the utmost hypocrisy. I’m not the ‘perfect person,’ nor is anyone else for that matter, so when I see an institution of higher learning — like BYU — make an example of a student for failing to achieve unrealistic expectations, my mind boggles (thanks for that wonderful phrase, D-Wade).

I have no problem with a religious university setting its own rules. When a student makes the decision to attend such a place, they forfeit some of their social rights as well. What I do have difficulty grasping is when the rules are seldom enforced, allowed to be broken by some, at the advantage of those writing them.

From my understanding of the Brandon Davies situation, he engaged in pre-marital sex with his current girlfriend which, under any other circumstances, would be commonplace for today’s youths; however, under the BYU code of conduct, this is strictly prohibited — along with drinking and the using of curse words.

What bothers me is that while BYU punishes Davies, thousands of other students get away with a weekend party binge, the occasional curse word, and even sexual activity. You see, a large school like this will obviously not act like a prison and monitor what each and every student is doing on a daily basis.

Drinking happens. Drugs are consumed. Love is ‘made.’ The only mistake a high-profile student athlete like Davies made was to succumb to the Mormon tradition of baby making (for shame!) Basically, he got caught, and the school moved swiftly to avoid the spread of this story acting as a blemish to their image.

The Mormons, like many other religions, naively put their beliefs on a pedestal while condemning those who are against them. But where does this false sense of entitlement end? When is the line crossed? I’d say when one of ‘your own’ has his hopes and dreams crushed, left with his future in shambles, and stuck in, all of places, crappy Utah.

Meanwhile, the NCAA sits back and allows athletes like Cam Newton and O.J. Mayo to collect bigger dollar paychecks and new Escalades. Oh, how financial priorities affect these ‘neutral’ figures.

– Carlos Sanchez

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Some might think it’s all rainbows and sunshine in Southern California, but today the USC football program was dealt some dark clouds as the 6-foot-8, 330-pound offensive lineman Seantrel Henderson was released from his letter of content.  Seantrel asked for the release after the NCAA handed down a two-year bowl ban and reduction in scholarships thanks to the Reggie Bush debacle that ensued back in 2005.  It’s no wonder why former coach Pete Carroll darted to the Seattle Seahawks when he did…….lucky him! 

College football experts consider Seantrel the best prospect in the nation in the 2010 class and right now the three schools he is considering are Miami, Ohio State and a possible return to USC.  I don’t at all blame Seantrel for wanting out of USC especially with the next two seasons counting for as much as a bag of horse manure.   How in the world do the Trojans expect to recruit and keep top-level talent when the program is always under scrutiny or sanctions?   It seems like the president of the school needs to do a complete overhaul of all athletic personnel and start from scratch as these problems are not only arising in the football program, but the basketball one as well.  The Mole thinks Mr. Henderson would look damn good in a Miami Hurricane’s jersey, but do what’s best for you young fella!

From what I am seeing and hearing from rumor mills, Web sites, blogs, coaches and NCAA men’s basketball correspondents, it’s looking more and more likely that March Madness is moving towards a field of 96 participants.  I’m sorry, but I guess this year’s March Madness wasn’t exciting enough even though it’s already been dubbed by many as the most exciting in history?  What is the purpose of expanding the field from 45 to 96?  There is none at all!  It really can only be described as simply dumb!  I’ve heard arguments that there would be more of these great upsets we saw this year like Ohio upsetting Georgetown or Murray State beating Vanderbilt if we had a larger field, but that’s the farthest thing from the truth.  All that happens by expanding the field is that for the first week of play we will see 17 seeds take on 15 seeds!  Is that what we really want because the top seeded teams would have a bye that first week of play. 
 
I would argue and argue hard that by expanding the March Madness field to 96 you are taking away all of the prestige and glam that comes with hearing your school named on Selection Sunday.  Doesn’t it?  It has to!  Did Connecticut, UCLA and North Carolina really belong in the NCAA Tournament this year?  Absolutely not!  By expanding the field to 96, it means that teams with sub-500 records would be getting in.  This means that teams are essentially wasting their entire regular season since it really means nothing.  It’s pathetic to know that this expansion is almost inevitable and the real reason for it is obviously the dollar bills that the next network would reap with a new contract being ready to bid on and guess who the front-runner is to land it?  Wow, ESPN, go figure.  Lastly, you think there is pressure on coaches now to make the NCAA tournament?  Well imagine if you don’t get into the field after they expand it to 96?  Poo will hit the fan and coaches will be fired left and right.  If you had it your way, what would you like to see happen moving forward?  Do we need to expand the field to 96 for any other reason that dollar signs?