The eye of the storm

Move over Major League Baseball, college football is now the most corrupt sport in the world of athletics.

It wasn’t long ago when Major League Baseball topped the list because of the steroid era. The league was losing interest, Bud Selig needed a spark and turning a blind eye as players got jacked up on steroids and hit moon shots out of the stadium provided just that.

Now that the league has cracked down on its testing and suspensions, Major League Baseball is finally recovering from the damage caused by steroids.

College football was already number two on the list because of its absurd postseason format and was steadily gaining on the MLB each year as mid-major after mid-major was robbed at a chance at a national championship.

The Miami mascot may be no more. With some speculating that the Hurricanes could face the death penalty, it could be a while before we hear from the Hurricanes again. (Image via bleacherreport.com)

There is a great saying that “If you ain’t cheating, then you ain’t trying.”

College football has taken that saying to a whole new level: “If you aint cheating, you can’t win.”

In the past year, Auburn, Oregon, Ohio State, and now Miami, have all felt — or will feel — the heat of the NCAA.

Auburn and Oregon faced off in the national championship game last year. Ohio State is coming off one of the best ten year stretches it has ever accomplished, including three trips — and one title — to the national championship game.

The allegations brought forth by Nevin Shapiro in the Yahoo! Sports report date back to 2002, the golden days of the Hurricanes when they assembled more talent than your average NFL team.

In a way, college football is the new “steroids era.” So many teams — including high profile teams — are cheating, that it is becoming hard to distinguish between the teams doing it the right way, and teams cheating their way to victory. In the past year, I have lost so much faith in college football that I don’t know who or what to believe anymore.

I plan on watching college football just as I sat through Major League Baseball’s steroid era. On the other hand, some people may stop watching college football altogether. Unfortunately for the NCAA, this is just one of the problems it will face with its fans.

Some fans, including myself, will start second guessing every player and every team that achieves success. It was bad enough guessing who should play in the NCAA Championship game, now we get to guess whether the teams playing are clean or not.

Until the NCAA cleans up college football and restores its integrity, there will be a cloud of doubt over the current era.

I feel bad for Al Golden and the Hurricanes’ fans. Golden, who left Temple to become the Hurricanes new coach is now in a program where it could be impossible to win. The Hurricanes’ fans have faced the storm with courage, but with Shapiro stating that more allegations will be brought forth, it seems as if they are just sitting in the eye of the storm waiting for second wave to come through.

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  1. Lets take a look at who this guy making these allegations is…

    He stole 930 million dollars from his stepfathers clients in a ponzi scheme.

    He then used some of the money to buy Miami heat floor seats and buy private yachts.

    Then his scheme fell apart and now he is in jail and forced to repay 83 million dollars. And he’s currently writing a book called “The Real U: 2001 to 2010. Inside the Eye of the Hurricane”.

    And he’s hurt because “Once the players turned pro, they turned their back on me. It made me feel like a used friend.”

    Here’s a guy who’s taken advantage of everyone he’s ever worked with, and now Miami U is going to absorb some harsh penalties because of this asshole. Obviously the University could have done a better job watching their players, but at the end of the day all it takes is one asshole to ruin a program.

    • Dan,

      Not exactly sure what your point was but I agree, Shapiro is complete trash and if I was looking into the credibility of the allegations then it would be smart to look at the credibility of the source. Right now, nobody knows whether or not his allegations are true but IF they are true, then Miami would be in some serious trouble. Also, some of the improper benefits he provided along with the Ohio State case provides a big problem for the NCAA.

      Another thought: Ohio State and Miami were losing out on recruits. Ohio State played in three National Championship games and although Miami was rebuilding, they are still a historic program and have a ton of in-state talent to choose from. Add in the improper benefits being thrown around in both programs and it makes you wonder what other schools are doing to pick these players away.

      One last point: It takes more than one dirtbag like Shapiro to ruin a program. You need players to break the rules and not care about it, which is what the Miami case seems like. Whether or not the rules are correct is another story, but if the players broke the rules, the university has to pay the price.

  2. It would be awful to see the death penalty again, but it might just have to come to that.

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