Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Where's the Justice?

Today it was announced by the NCAA that the University of Oklahoma football team will be forfeiting all of it's 2005 season and for the next two football seasons the Sooners will lose a combined 4 scholarships. Once again it is crystal clear the NCAA did not rightfully serve justice.

As the story goes, Rhett Bomar the quarterback of Oklahoma at the time, and teammate J.D. Quinn were accepting money from a local car dealership, despite the fact the two men where not actually doing any work. Turned out the teammates had accepted around $8,000 a piece. Oklahoma found out this past season prior to the kickoff of the college football year. In response to the situation, Coach Bob Stoops booted Bomar and Quinn off the team.

The NCAA's so called "justice" in this circumstance is nothing short of garbage. That image we all use to have that the NCAA administration consisted of a bunch of righteous, noble employees is about as true as OJ Simpson is innocent. (Keep in mind these "noble" NCAA men were accepting $400 just to let people in through the gates without a ticket at the Texas/USC National Championship. How do I know this? My older brother went to the game and witnessed it.)

Remember back in 2006 when scandals were popping up involving Reggie Bush and how he accepted money while at USC? The figure was somewhere around $300,000. My question is whatever happen to that situation? Simple: it's USC. Before you bash me on my ridiculous comments let me assure you there are indeed certain teams that do get "favored." (Cough! Notre Dame for sure.)

So simply put the USC scandal "rolls over" and the Oklahoma one does not? Say what you want but even in the world of sports, the NCAA being biased towards another school does exist. If the NCAA wants to pose the image to the public that they are an effective organization, they must follow one rule: fairness. Favoring big time schools such as USC is not a myth, rather a well-known fact. Just look at Norman, Oklahoma where the University of Oklahoma is being severly punished for illegal actions by some former players.

As for Los Angeles, California home of USC? Well come on don't be silly! It's USC, they can do no wrong.


Josh Centor said...

You have every right to share your thoughts about the Oklahoma case, and I invite you to do so on the Double-A Zone, the official blog of the NCAA.

The insinuation that NCAA employees were accepting money to let people into the national championship game is beyond absurd. The NCAA doesn't administer bowl games or the highest level of college football. While schools derive most of their revenue from football, the NCAA doesn't see any of it.

Chris Ballay said...

Josh Centor,

I understand your statement, but again I stand behind mine. In most instances providing enough support for my outlandish NCAA remarks would be necessary, but in this instance my article focused more towards a different topic. Furthermore, I did not devote as much time on this article as I have on past stories. This was a spur of the moment story I wanted my readers to see my thoughts on as soon as possible. With that said, I still feel my brother's word was enough proof in itself. I never have, and never will make false accusations. Thank you for your time.