MANAGING THE SYSTEM
I must say that I thought the NCAA was very fair. —Peter McPherson, President of Michigan State University, commenting on the light NCAA penalties imposed after the school was found guilty of fraud in 1997 for helping three athletes become eligible to play
We were thankful with what they gave us.
—Gary Abernathy, Sports Information Director at Texas Southern University, commenting on NCAA penalties imposed in 1997 following numerous violations in several sports going back five years
The NCAA is so mad at Kentucky they're gonna give Cleveland State two more years' probation.
—Jerry Tarkanian, head basketball coach at Fresno State University, remarking on a common perception that the NCAA makes exemplary penalties of athletically less important schools and treats the big-time schools with kid gloves
JUST as the Bible distinguishes between venial and mortal sin, the NCAA has two categories of infractions: secondary and major. And just as God created night and day, the NCAA Manual in Article 17, Section 1, Subsection 5 provides humanity with a “Definition of Day”: “A day shall be defined as a calendar day (i.e., 12:01 A.M. to midnight). Adopted 1/10/91,” leaving one to wonder how “Genesis” could have been written before the NCAA Manual.
One might think that with 964 schools, 3 volumes, and 1,268 pages of rules and regulations, and an annual budget of $283 million, the NCAA might have more than 15 investigators looking into infractions by its member schools. The budget of its enforcement staff is not