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.
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.