Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Scandals Provide a Constant Drumbeat for College Sports

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Scandals Provide a Constant Drumbeat for College Sports

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Another day, another scandal in college athletics.

What's next?

Is that a frightening thought or what?

Ohio State's investigation into Urban Meyer's handling of domestic-abuse allegations against one of his assistants barely had started when news broke during the weekend that Maryland football coach DJ Durkin and three staff members were put on indefinite administrative leave amid allegations they are running a toxic program, including their possible roles in the death of one of their players.

All of this comes after sexual-abuse misconduct charges at Michigan State and Baylor, luring recruits with strippers and prostitutes at Louisville, the arrest of assistant basketball coaches at Auburn, Southern California, Oklahoma State and Arizona on bribery and fraud charges and, of course, the cover-up of child molestation at Penn State.

Oh, for the good, old days when schools merely cheated to win by paying players.

It's not exactly breaking news that college athletics are sleazy and have been for years. There have been point-shaving scandals. There have been improper-benefit scandals, notably the fall of the Fab Five at Michigan and Jim Tressel at Ohio State for his role in TattooGate. There was the cover-up of murder of one of the basketball players at Baylor. There was the death penalty given to Southern Methodist football.

But it seems as if it is getting worse every day, hard as that is to believe. Look at the list of big-name coaches who have lost their jobs because of a recent scandal at their school. Art Briles at Baylor. Rick Pitino at Louisville. Hugh Freeze at Mississippi. Joe Paterno at Penn State. Meyer probably will survive at Ohio State because he wins and brings in millions to the university. That's why Tom Izzo and Mark Dantonio are still at Michigan State despite being linked to a culture that condones sexual abuse. Larry Nassar, anyone? …

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