More on The U

Yesterday the University of Miami story was running full tilt on sports talk radio. It’s an incredible story that obviously deserved all of the attention. After a couple of hours of listening, though, it became painfully obvious that all of the hosts and guests were very good at stating the obvious.

Yes, it’s very bad. Yes, the death penalty is an option. Yes, the coaches involved are in very hot water. Yes, Al Golden appears to have gotten a raw deal.

It’s also painfully obvious that every single news organization in the world was scooped by Yahoo! Sports. Ouch. I guess maybe it’s a reaction to being scooped that makes all of the other news groups want to inject themselves into the story by creating consensus “reactions” to the story.

I noticed a couple of consistent reactions by the press: “All the major programs do it” and “this means the rules need to be changed.”

I guess since “all the major programs do it” that’s an excuse for all of the news organizations in the world, except for Yahoo, to never break any stories of wrong doing. Think about that. “All the major programs do it,” but you never catch them.

And since all the major programs do it, we should use that as an excuse to reform all the other rules. Not the rules that were broken mind you, the minor ones. Like that type of reform will stop partying on motor yachts with hookers.

Yes, there probably should be some reform of NCAA rules, but it’s hardly the time talk about rule book reform when the worst violations in 25 years have just been uncovered. That’s like saying IRS mileage reimbursement rates should be adjusted because someone committed tax fraud. This is nonsense.

If this story is true, it could be the worst case of NCAA violations in history, even eclipsing the SMU story from the mid-80s. Perhaps the media should be taken to task for whiffing on this story (and others) instead of listening to how they divert attention from the real story

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