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The NCAA’s explanation of why Missouri was punished and UNC was not is another reminder they’re the worst

Earlier today, the NCAA handed down postseason bans, recruiting restrictions, and fines to the Missouri football, baseball and softball programs for academic fraud, specifically a tutor completing academic work for 12 student-athletes. Compared to the slap on the wrist North Carolina received for 18 years of academic fraud, Mizzou’s punishment is pretty harsh, and the Committee of Infraction’s explanation for why Mizzou got hammered and North Carolina did not is yet another reminder of why the NCAA is totally ridiculous.

Before we get into it, it’s important to point out that the cases are different. While UNC’s paper classes were a total cakewalk, the students athletes did do their own work, whereas a tutor completed some — and in one case, all — of the academic work for Missouri’s student athletes. Also, the fact that non-athletes also took the paper classes at UNC meant that the student athletes weren’t getting special treatment; however, according to the Committee of Infractions, because Missouri admitted to the fraud, they got punished.

“The conduct at issue in this case is also distinguishable from the COI’s decision in University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2017). Among other differences, UNC stood by the courses and the grades it awarded student-athletes. In support of that position, UNC asserted that although courses were created and graded by an office secretary, student-athletes completed their own work. Here, by contrast, Missouri acknowledged that the tutor completed student-athletes’ work and, in most instances, this conduct violated its honor code.”

Not to open a pandora’s box of rage, but if you remember, North Carolina actually did admit to academic fraud initially, but when the NCAA asked them about it, their lawyers claimed it was a typo. If you think that will just encourage schools to deny, deny, deny moving forward, you’re right.

What an awesome precedent to set. Way to go, NCAA.


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39 Comments for The NCAA’s explanation of why Missouri was punished and UNC was not is another reminder they’re the worst

  1. Realme
    2:45 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

    This is so infuriating I wish I had skipped over it. Why in the world is Emmert still in charge? What has happened under him that is good or fair?

    • snoopjdawg
      2:48 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

      Carolina cheated, no doubt, no question, ever. Academic Fraud. Louisville goes down (separate reasons) and so does Missouri?? Yet UNC slides on by and everyone loves them. The 2017 UNC title should have come down as well. Let the same situation happen to us and see what happens….

    • JTHinton
      2:51 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

      Don’t forget about their 05 and 09 titles too…

    • Iamheasyouarehe
      2:56 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

      Realme I would bet it has something to do with him being controllable, someone owns him and that’s how he keeps the job.

    • snoopjdawg
      2:57 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

      Bring those down too. It’s pathetic. A phantom Emery package just happened to pop open at with what $1,000 in it for Chris Mills dad in 1988 and we bit the dust. Unreal.

    • J-Dub421
      2:58 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

      I still don’t understand how they get around the fact that UNC kept athletes eligible with fake classes. They played dudes who would have otherwise flunked out and/or been ineligible without the fake classes. How is that not a violation? Guess we should have just thrown a few fake A’s Jordan Jones way and he could have played in the Citrus Bowl….

    • Iamheasyouarehe
      3:00 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

      It only works consistently in the ACC J-Dub.

    • J-Dub421
      3:04 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

      That whole scandal was a set-up. Dwane Casey sued for defamation and won millions.

    • magimae
      6:30 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

      They were afraid that old Roy would start crying

  2. binarysolo
    2:55 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

    Aha! As long as the school lowers the bar on academics so athletes don’t have to cheat, then you’re off the hook.

    How is that still not cheating?

  3. J-Dub421
    2:56 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

    Meanwhile, the FBI has Bill Self on tape arranging for payment to Silvio DeSousa through Adidas to get him to Kansas, but he’s still coaching….

    • Iamheasyouarehe
      2:57 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

      Nothing to see here, move along folks!

    • snoopjdawg
      3:00 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

      J-Dub, Sean Miller still coaching too. Self is holding the kid out….is that admission of guilt or what?

    • J-Dub421
      3:05 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

      And Kansas is trying to get him reinstated!!! No, just no.

    • Iamheasyouarehe
      3:17 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

      It’s the good ol’ boy club.

    • RealCatsFan
      5:12 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

      Bill Self must have a Teflon coating on him because the sh!t never sticks to him or his hairpiece.

  4. Sentient Third Eye
    4:21 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

    Sounds like a clear case of deciding the outcome and then attempting to justify it. Missouri was clearly negligent in their failure to be located in the state of North Carolina.

  5. unbridled
    4:55 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

    Par for the course. It’s just stupid.

  6. RealCatsFan
    4:57 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

    Kind of off topic here, but exactly how many cans of hairspray does Emmert use every morning to keep that helmet in place?

  7. RealCatsFan
    5:10 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

    Have said for years that several of these schools that have been wronged by the NCAA should come together and file a class action lawsuit against them. I’m sure they could find enough evidence of collusion and inconsistent enforcement to make it stand up in court long enough to at least get their attention that universities outside the “golden calf club” are not going to stand for this uneven and capricious enforcement or lack thereof.

    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      5:38 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

      They need to file an anti-trust lawsuit on the fact that they don’t have an outside party review their findings and remove the NCAA from power. Corruption, favoritism, and possible fraud are each enough to file the claim under. It also helps that the NCAA is technically a monopoly and there is no alternative association to play high end college sports under.

    • notFromhere
      6:28 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

      Theyll just propagandize the press that “this will end the NCAA as we know it” and “the athletes will be the ones hurt by this,” like they did the last time someone sued them

  8. a21CATSfan
    5:16 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

    Just bringing it up is hilarious. That might as well be an admission of guilt and favoritism itself. Are they going to cite the UNC case every time someone gets in trouble now? CATS

    • Cletis75
      8:15 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

      UNC should be brought up every time the NCAA punishes anyone for academic issues. They should have their noses rubbed on it every day. They should be investigated by the feds for corruption. If I was Mizzou, I would file suit for being discriminated against by the NCAA. They set the precedent when they allowed organized and institutionalized cheating by UNC. I would love to see the NCAA crumble.

  9. runningunnin.454
    5:33 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

    Selective enforcement will continue as long as other schools do nothing. There is a little known codicil in the NCAA constitution, at least according to Dean Wormer, that NCAA signatories are required to compete against only those schools that are compliant with NCAA rules.
    Therefore, the ACC member schools could vote to not schedule UNCheat until the NCAA fulfills it’s judicial obligation. Other NCAA signatories could honor this boycott.
    Or not…I’m not a lawyer.

    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      5:39 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

      Why I said an anti-trust lawsuit against a monopoly.

    • runningunnin.454
      5:46 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

      That’s a thought. On the other hand, and I’m just spit balling, I believe schools enter into a contract to play each other. If we don’t want to play Indiana, we don’t play Indiana.
      If the other 350 Division I schools don’t schedule UNC…what would/could the dunces at the NCAA do?

    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      2:13 am February 1, 2019 Permalink

      Sorry I was agreeing with you. I was just pointing out this comment is in a way a proof of a monopoly and who is fraudulent in their own contracts. By saying you can only play against teams following the rules then every team should recieve the death penalty for even a minor violation regardless of who that team is.

  10. sincitycat
    5:43 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

    I do wish we would stop scheduling UNCheat period. And as a retired letter carrier I assure you that packages don’t just pop open unless there is a bomb in them (or they are illegally opened).

  11. dhard
    5:54 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

    It is actually very simple; they are still mad at North Carolina, so they punished Missouri.

  12. notFromhere
    6:26 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

    Maybe Emmert will choke on his dinner at a Washington alumni event, nearly die, and then finally realize he is worse than a piece of dog turd and reverse all of his self-serving, arrogant, elitist, and at best hypocritical rulings and policies since he’s been fraud-in-chief of the NCAA and cocksucker of the century. Maybe.

    Maybe someone with real character and concern for the athletes will stand up and lead the creation of a non-criminal athletic association to take its place.

  13. notFromhere
    6:31 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

    “We punish who we want… You will soon learn this…” -EMMERT’S NCAA

  14. zoupman
    8:03 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

    NCAA is pathetic. KHSAA is following suit with selective enforcement also.

  15. shepdog3720
    8:28 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

    NCAA is straight fraud

  16. Clyde X
    9:19 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

    I don’t want to paint with too broad a brush here but, every single person at the NCAA is a lying, incompetent thief. And, that’s their good points.

    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      2:17 am February 1, 2019 Permalink

      That brush was to narrow. I believe conferences technically could punish teams that the NCAA didn’t but that would mean less money in their pockets as well.