It’s less than one hour until game time and all I can think of is how the old saying “cheaters never win” doesn’t apply in this day and age anymore.
Wherever you go in the wide world of sports, you’re bound to find someone who has cheated and been successful doing so. Whether it be A-Rod in baseball, Jim Tressel at OSU, Cam Newton at Auburn and now Jim Calhoun at UConn, “Cheaters Sometimes Win”.
Our own John Calipari has taken more than his fair share of slack in regards to cheating but has never been found personally guilty for any wrong doings. That is not a misquote, HE HAS NEVER BEEN FOUND GUILTY OF ANY WRONG DOINGS. What’s worse about his situation is that several coaches in the same, or even worse position, have incurred more lenient punishment.
After committing 8 MAJOR VIOLATIONS, Calhoun was cited by the NCAA for failing to create an atmosphere of compliance within his program and will merely be suspended for the first three Big East games during the 2011-12 season. Whoop-di-do. No post season ban this year? Three games, that’s it? Like I said, MORE LENIENT PUNISHMENT.
So while I hope that Butler wins tonight, because they seem like the only honest program left in sports of any kind, it would be great to see the NCAA work in a more fair and efficient manner. Teams like Auburn who won the National Championship and UConn, who are playing for a National Championship, don’t deserve the honor, and it’s a shame the NCAA can’t get it right. When someone is found guilty of cheating or wrong doings, the punishment imposed needs to be the same across the board.
Whether it’s Kentucky or Duke, UConn or Louisville, Morehead State or George Mason, the NCAA shouldn’t have a problem doing the right thing all the time, and not just when it’s convenient.