In a strange season, idea of justice is drastically skewed
Instead of docking them games, perhaps we could put Oregon's
This is the season of the punishment failing to fit the crime. Blount, the Oregon running back who was expected to return this week, is still on the Ducks scout team; this week he gave the Oregon defense a taste of Stanford battering ram
I'm not sure what the holdup is. Ducks coach
The simple truth is that Blount is being punished for his bad timing as much as his bad judgment. If he doesn't slug Boise State's
Then there is the unsettling case of Spikes, a team leader and heretofore stand-up guy whose attempted vitrectomy on Georgia's
But Spikes lapse in judgment made its way onto YouTube, the vignette went viral. Urban Meyer's less-than-Solomonic verdict: a half-game suspension against Vandy. (Seriously, Urban, half a game? Why bother?)
Stunned by the blowback, Meyer met with Spikes and defensive coordinator Charlie Strong. The three of them decided to up the suspension to a full game. Well played, Mr. Spikes. Now do us all a favor and keep your hands out of people's facemasks for the rest of your career.
Sadly and quietly, beneath the Spikes hubbub, the college career of Bryant came to an ignominious end. I'm tempted to describe Bryant as one of the finest wideouts in recent NCAA history, but we don't really know, having been deprived of his artistry for all but four games this season.
His crime? Bryant lied NCAA investigators who were probing his offseason visit to the home of
While such a decision allows the adults to pat themselves on the back for their probity and righteousness, it fails miserably at upholding what should be the NCAA's core mission: advocating for and doing right by student-athletes. As Baker told the AP, "I don't know that there's much about this type of decision that would help improve a person."
So let's make room in those stocks -- or build a few more -- for the members of the NCAA's Student Athlete Reinstatement Committee, for their tone deafness and hard-heartedness. And by all means, get
In a season dominated by such questions as "Are there
Where is the justice?