I’m Mad as Hell!

Posted: August 22, 2011 in sports

In the Oscar-winning movie “Network” the news anchor became so frustrated with how his network was treating the news as if it were entertainment that he went on the air one night and screamed into the camera, “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!”

I keep imagining that movie scene being relived in the offices of university presidents from coast to coast. With athletic scandals at such major universities as Ohio State, North Carolina, Oregon, Auburn, Georgia Tech, Tennessee, Southern Cal and now Miami rocking the college sports world, I get a sense the presidents are mad as hell – not to mention embarrassed – and are ready finally do something to stop it.

That’s why I don’t think it’s going overboard to think Miami’s football program could get the “death penalty”. College administrators are mad as hell and Miami is a relatively is easy target because of its checked past and the fact the charges span a decade, revealing a culture of ignoring the rules.

I’m not suggesting Miami deserves the “death penalty” more than some other schools, but I can see the Hurricanes becoming an example for other schools to fear. It is clear college football and basketball have gotten out of control. The money involved is ridiculous; academics have been ignored; boosters are out of control; coaches have become more important than school presidents; players are being shopped by third parties; NCAA investigations and punishment are laughable, making it worth the risk of being caught.

Most believe college football has gotten too big to be stopped. It is a billion-dollar business run by television networks. TV’s influence became obvious when punishment didn’t include a TV ban for the offenders. The reasoning was you’d be hurting innocent schools if you banned a school from TV. Wouldn’t handing Miami the death penalty create major problems for the Atlantic Coast Conference?

Yes.

Miami defenders point out the school is a victim of the lies of a bitter convicted felon (Nevin Shapiro). Indeed, Shapiro is a scumbag. He’s in prison for defrauding people out of $950 million. He says he spent some of his ill-gotten wealth entertaining Hurricane athletes with gifts, booze, women and cash. Anyone who accepted Shapiro’s handouts had to know they were breaking the rules. Understand, too, Shapiro didn’t operate in the shadows. He was visible on the sideline at games and at Miami functions. Those who didn’t know didn’t want to see what was going on.

Miami defenders also point out other schools have Shapiro-type characters hovering around their athletes and coaches. Indeed, jock sniffers with money are everywhere, but that doesn’t excuse what appears to have been going on at Miami.

College presidents face the dilemma of totally losing control of their athletic programs or making some major sacrifices. NOW!

Call it bad timing for Miami.

 

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Comments
  1. College football is intrinsically corrupt. Any job where you pay everybody but the folks doing the actual work is doomed to fail…PEACE.

  2. Although I apologize for not being able to name them, I have seen college basketball games I believe were fixed in some way. I know too little about football to say the same, but I must assume with all the scandals, there is a high probability of football and basketball games at the college and pro levels being fixed. These folks don’t seem to draw a line they refuse to cross, so as long as the NBA and NFL continue to accept tainted players, it makes sense to assume sooner or later, someone will take a bribe to throw or alter the outcome of a game, despite the huges sums players make today. Why would a legitimate NBA or NFL want to risk that possibility by taking tainted players, when they have a choice?

    There is no question in my mind Miami U. should get the Death Penalty. Last night I read a Miami Herald story on the U. of Miami’s troubles. Most comments favored U. of Miami. Loyalty is one thing, defending corruption is another. Some folks can’t see the truth. Ohio State should get the Death Penalty, as well. Acceptance of this stuff is what troubles me the most. The fact that professional sports have overlooked and accepted it too makes them corrupt by association. Just as baseball “chose’ to ignore its steroid problems, then act shocked when forced to act, so too have the NBA and NFL been repeating over and over this flawed sense of their morality.

    Sports and Society have become so corrupt both refuse to see the obvious, while marching around proclaiming their holiness. The values sports teaches today, you wouldn’t want your grandchildren to learn.

  3. BigBlackRod says:

    What I don’t understand is why we call the players “tainted” when they are the ones being exploited. Why are the players immoral, when everybody else is making money off their labors but them? You mean to tell me that Reggie Bush SHOULDN’T get a house, when SOMEbody is making enough money to buy a NEIGHBORHOOD with every game he played? GTFOH…PEACE.

  4. BigBlackRod, you care or you wouldn’t comment. In big time sports today, if you added up the dollars of all the scholarships and other aide athlete’s get, large as that dollar figure would be, it would pale in comparison to what a university makes off the players. Might even pale compared to what some coaches make. That’s a worthy topic I hear discussed every year now. It does at least have a loose connection to the events at U. of Miami; a what-if connection.

    Maybe our ideas of morality and integrity are different. The players didn’t form a union, then strike for a better deal. They accepted money and other perks. That’s against the rules governing their scholarship and their sport. Some accepted bonuses for hits. That could bring a felony assault charge, if I am not mistaken. Payoffs, bribes, hit money, and various perks received, causes me to see them as “tainted” and “suspect” at the next level. Whatever an NFL owner pays one of these guys, can he be sure the player won’t take money to throw a game or take money to alter the point spread of a game? No, he can’t be sure, seems the logical answer. That to me, “taints” them. Apparently not to you or the NFL.

    🙂 Have a nice day BigBlackRod. If it helps, I grew up poor. See you around. Enjoyed the exchange.

  5. Nice article, but I’ve long been aware the NCAA lacks integrity. Not being snarky, Roderick Bryant. I haven’t followed sports closely since the mid 1990s. David Lamm and you—thanks for the link—present excellent evidence for why I don’t follow sports much now. Most of what led me to walk away from sports would be considered minor stuff compared to what goes on today.

    I’m moving on now. David’s keeps on writing. Maybe we will meet again on some issue or this one again. I’m more concerned with the crooks who destroyed our economy and the politicians they own at the moment. I would like to see people back at work, earning living wages. That’s something I don’t expect to happen soon. I respect that you researched this issue and brought relevant facts to the discussion. I write what’s in my head and heart, especially on sports, now.

    I look forward to learning more from you in the future. I have other things to do now. I’ll be looking for future comments from you on Lamm’s posts and the Times-Union, if I find you there. Oh yeah, the name is Wyman, people get it wrong all the time, so no big deal.

  6. If it’s so immoral, shut it down…PEACE.

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