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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Money is the Ultimate Punishment

Ohio State.  Oregon.  Auburn.  Miami.  The list goes on and on of the major football powers that are getting popped for minor/major violations over the last year.  And even to the average football fan, the list of punishments reads the same: 

Loss of X number of scholarships, a number which will not have a serious effect on schools who get 25 5-star and 4-star players every year.

X Years of Probation, which is basically like the NCAA’s way of saying “Never do it again” but not actually spanking you.  How did that work out with your parents?

Vacation of X number of wins.  Funny how fanbases don’t care about that, as they still consider those wins and enjoy bragging about them.  Hell, Kentucky recognized vacated Calipari wins this season (which they should have held strong on, but nonetheless)

X years bowl ban, usually 1 or 2 for the major violators.  Wanna know why this really doesn’t matter?  Because conferences just split up the bowl money, and the schools in trouble still get that money.  Plus, schools are FORCED to buy bowl tickets, so when they are banned from a bowl, in many cases they actually catch a break in not having to buy tickets that they can’t sell (SEE UCONN THIS SEASON)

All of that above is fine and good and has been the standard procedure of the NCAA for as long as I can remember.  There are two things missing from above that the NCAA has not implemented in the major era and if they want to show any teeth, need to find quickly: MONEY AND JOB TERMINATION.

First, job termination.  Yes, the NCAA has instituted show causes in several cases, for example Kelvin Sampson.  But they only instituted that show cause AFTER Sampson had been canned at Indiana and clearly would not be hired by another college.  They only institute it after the fact.  To my knowledge, the NCAA has never placed a show cause on a coach that was in a job.  Imagine if the NCAA slapped a show cause onto Auburn coach Gene Chizik, essentially eliminating him from Auburn.  I certainly think his violations are justification to place such a penalty.  Can you imagine the fear running through head coaches in the this country if they knew the NCAA could fire them for violations?  Don’t you think these coaches would monitor their programs more closely and not jam their heads in the sand as much?  I would think so. 

But, the main change in punishment has to come with MONEY.  Andy Staples of CNNSI put out a great blurb about a change he would make in punishment a few weeks ago:

A school guilty of a major violation owes the NCAA a year’s worth of athletic department revenue, payable over a 10-year period. So if Texas gets nailed, it owes $143 million. If Ohio State gets nailed, it owes $123 million. If Vanderbilt gets nailed — hey, stranger things have happened — it would owe $49.9 million.

That penalty would be fair, would be serious, but would not completely destroy a program.  But, I want to take that punishment one step further.  I want a system where the member institutions monitor themselves and their conference brethren more.  So, I would take Staples’ idea above and add this caveat:

-A SCHOOL MUST GIVE BACK A YEAR’S WORTH OF ATHLETIC REVENUE TO THE NCAA OVER A 10-YEAR PERIOD, AND THAT REVENUE WILL BE DIVIDED EQUALLY AMONGST THAT TEAM’S CONFERENCE OPPONENTS. 

Not only is the offender hurt, but the rest of the conference would benefit off those violations.  Conference teams generally recruit the same areas and those coaches and recruiters see each other a lot.  They see these violations or potential violations often.  Don’t you think a school like Kentucky would be more willing to turn in Tennessee if it knew it would get a chuck of UT’s revenue if the violation turned out true? 

Let’s take Auburn for instance.  In the 2009-10 year, Auburn reported a revenue of 92-million dollars.  I would guess they made more this athletic year due to their national championship football team, but we will go with the 92-million dollar figure.  Over a 10-year period, Auburn would have to give back 9.2 million dollars a year, and that yearly number would be divided up amongst the other 11 SEC schools.  That means each SEC school would receive $836,363 from Auburn for 10 straight years. 

Now, a smart person would say that’s too simplistic because several schools in major conference are generally on probation or under investigation every year.  Well, I would add in this in my money plan: 

-Any school under probation for MAJOR violations would not be awarded any money.  Minor violators would still be eligible to receive penalties from it’s conference brothers. 

Even big money schools like Auburn would find a 9.2 million dollar yearly fine costly.  You know what Auburn doesn’t find costly: vacated wins.  Probation.  Loss of 5 scholarships.  Those are things a major program trucks right on through.  Losing in the checkbook is not. 

(And let’s be clear: The NCAA will NEVER institute such a policy because they are a gutless organization who want the money that football provides as much as the schools themselves. They would never attempt anything that would prevent their cash cow programs from making as much money as possible.  In the same way they would never change their precious bowl system out of fear of losing money.)

Article written by Bryan the Intern

19 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Money is the Ultimate Punishment



  1. Poco Chang
    9:23 am August 22, 2011 Permalink

    Fixing the NCAA is like fixing the government – The people in a position to affect change are making a lot money from the current system.

    Serious NCAA reform will never happen. It will have to be replaced.



  2. Hoss
    9:25 am August 22, 2011 Permalink

    Chip Cosby is a blooming moron.

    UK wants a Thursday night game like a UL fan wants a bath.



  3. Assassin Number 2
    9:37 am August 22, 2011 Permalink

    nice article



  4. Al's IndiCats
    9:41 am August 22, 2011 Permalink

    #1, I whole heartedly agree. For the NCAA to grow a pair and really go after the OSUs and USCs and putting them on probation is like trying to fix the leak on the Titanic with a wad of chewing gum. They are making money hand over fists from these Universities and will never put another school with a post season ban…In Football anyway!



  5. Wow
    9:45 am August 22, 2011 Permalink

    This is the worst article I have ever read



  6. Barry Obama
    9:55 am August 22, 2011 Permalink

    You know, the people have spoken, ya know. Ya know, when I get back from my, you know, vacation, I mean you know, working vacation, I’m gonna get congress together and we’re gonna look into this NCAA mess, ya know. While I’ve, you know, been up here in Martha’s Vineyard, I’ve been reading alot about this Miami mess. Now, ya know, none of those boys, ya know, should be in any trouble. The economy is a mess, ya know, thanks to George Bush, ya know. And,ya know, never you mind the fact that I’ve been in control for ya know, 2.5 years and Bubba Clinton was running stuff for 8 years, these poor folks have, ya know, been over looked by Republicans since, you know, the beginning of time. Damn, ya know, damn you George Bush for making those boys take that ya know, money.



  7. Brad Couch
    10:04 am August 22, 2011 Permalink

    Absolutely not– Any Major violation? If the University in question had to pay the NCAA based on the NCAA’s findings? I think not. Every school would be getting Major violations just for pulling up a recruits restricted Facebook homepage. The NCAA can literally SUCK MY D*&(



  8. White House Teleprompter
    10:06 am August 22, 2011 Permalink

    Hell, I should run this country. That dude doesn’t speak too well without me. And I’ve got an idea about the economy and I don’t take vacations. I also don’t have an over-bearing wife.

    Paid for by the ‘Elect White House Teleprompter 2012 campaign.’



  9. Lycanthrope
    10:23 am August 22, 2011 Permalink

    Highly unusual cat toys. Must be high on the nip. As far as monetary sanctions the magnitude of which you’re suggesting, I believe you are taking things to a bit of an extreme. I’m in favor of chopping off fingers and then toes if need be.



  10. Whatever
    10:50 am August 22, 2011 Permalink

    Be careful what you wish for. Asking an athletic department to pay penalties for 10 years could be akin to a death sentence for those lower tier programs that don’t make $92M per year. Secondarily, what types of infractions would warrant such severe penalties? I think you may be misplacing your NCAA hatred and placing it on the guilty schools. I don’t see how this “solution” really impacts the NCAA’s revenue stream.



  11. awesometron
    11:11 am August 22, 2011 Permalink

    #6 Not to start a political debate, but this whole right-wing slamming the President for being on a working vacation is ridiculous. You realize that President Obama has taken 61 days of vacation time in his 2 1/2 years as President. In the same amount of time, George W. Bush spent 180 days at his ranch and Ronald Reagan spent 112 days at his ranch. Was that mentioned on Fox and Friends?

    Sorry everyone, but when stupid political talking points are reiterated (from either party) in the comments, people should be called out.



  12. Kanter Banter
    11:41 am August 22, 2011 Permalink

    BTI at it again…..must have pictures of Matt naked or something….why are you allowed to post on here!!!!!!!!! YOU ARE KILLING KSR…Matt please do something!



  13. twnky
    12:06 pm August 22, 2011 Permalink

    8-22-2011 will be remembered as the day BTI had a good idea. Im as shocked as everyone else.



  14. Spurious
    12:35 pm August 22, 2011 Permalink

    This is a premise that looks amazingly like Swiss cheese, full of holes. The biggest hole being the BCS controls nearly all football money. The NCAA has its finger in the basketball pie.



  15. Roggensak
    1:05 pm August 22, 2011 Permalink

    11) and thats just the point… Bush would go to HIS ranch to vacation, unlike obama AND his wife who spend millions upon millions of the peoples money to take his vacation across the country or world.



  16. Dirk Diggler
    1:30 pm August 22, 2011 Permalink

    Until they blow the entire thing up the NCAA will never work. Here’s an intersting take, and it all starts with paying players.

    http://www.mrsec.com/2011/08/tylers-take-time-for-players-to-get-paid/



  17. Musehobo
    1:40 pm August 22, 2011 Permalink

    How would you feel if Kentucky recruited some jackwipe and we had to pay back a year’s revenue because of one idiot? #FireBTI



  18. Tokyo now Tampa Satchel
    10:46 pm August 22, 2011 Permalink

    “X years bowl ban, usually 1 or 2 for the major violators. Wanna know why this really doesn’t matter? Because conferences just split up the bowl money, and the schools in trouble still get that money. ”

    Actually, this is not true. If a team is on probation their cut is kept by the SEC.



  19. J Renshaw
    11:22 am August 23, 2011 Permalink