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Joe Bo: NCAA Rushes to Judgement on Michigan But Takes Five Years to Investigate USC

February 25, 2010
Rules Violations Pale Compared to USC’s Litany of Wrong
By Joe Bodolai © 2010, All rights reserved

The troubled Michigan football program has been once again sabotaged by head coach Rich Rodriguez. The program was called onto the carpet for serious violations including hiring five too many ”quality control“ coaches and enforcing more practice time and workouts than the NCAA allows.
This came less than a year after the charges were made public by an article in the Detroit Free Press.
USC, on the other hand, has been scot-free for five years after the much publicized circumstances surrounding Reggie Bush and his acceptance of gifts and cash amounting to well over $300,000 including a house for his parents to live rent free.
Head coach Pete Carroll left coincidentally after his worst season at the school and just months before the NCAA finally held a hearing on the Bush matter and other improprieties. Lane ”Secondary Violation“ Kiffin returns now as head coach and immediately poached recruits from his one year stint as head coach at Tennessee. He is reviled in that state where he repeatedly ran afoul of the NCAA and other SEC coaches. His recruiting buddy Ed ”Oh we’re clean“ Orgeron joins him, with his stellar recruiting record.
Michigan may face loss of scholarships or perhaps merely loss of wins, although they really have only eight in two seasons under Rodriguez. There is little likelihood of them actually having to give up a bowl appearance, but they may just lose that big win over Division II Delaware State. Who knew there was a Delaware State? Not even people in Delaware.
USC, on the other hand, is clearly running scared. They sacrificed their basketball program to appear to be ”shocked“ by improprieties and to make the NCAA look unfair if they impose harsh sanctions. The losers so far are the student-athletes in the basketball program, while the former coach Tim Floyd and the bribery-recruited athlete O.J. Mayo are free from any punishment. Mayo, of course, plays for the Memphis Grizzlies, so he’s just fine.
This mess does affect Ohio State indirectly. The nation’s number one recruit, Seantrel Henderson, a 6-8 300-some pound offensive tackle, verbally committed to USC but has put off signing his letter of intent pending the results of the investigation. Henderson was reportedly favoring Ohio State and if USC looks as if they will be hit, he may reconsider, with the Buckeyes and Miami (another storied violation program) being his next choices. Henderson’s father thought coach Jim Tressel’s recruiting approach was ”boring“. I’ll tell you what’s boring Seantrel. Watching Ohio State in a bowl game and in the running for a national championship again instead of playing. Oh, and USC is picked to finish anywhere from fourth to sixth in the PAC-10. How’s the Emerald Bowl sound to you?
As much as I am a Buckeyes fan, I need Michigan to be good again. This hearing isn’t going to speed up that process. While Rich Rodriguez has been a godsend to Ohio State fans, he may just be gone after this season. Anybody got Les Miles on speed dial?

Too Many Coaches, Too Much Practice Time Violations Pale Compared to USC’s Litany of Wrong
By Joe Bodolai © 2010, All rights reserved
The troubled Michigan football program has been once again sabotaged by head coach Rich Rodriguez. The program was called onto the carpet for serious violations including hiring five too many ”quality control“ coaches and enforcing more practice time and workouts than the NCAA allows.
This came less than a year after the charges were made public by an article in the Detroit Free Press.
USC, on the other hand, has been scot-free for five years after the much publicized circumstances surrounding Reggie Bush and his acceptance of gifts and cash amounting to well over $300,000 including a house for his parents to live rent free.
Head coach Pete Carroll left coincidentally after his worst season at the school and just months before the NCAA finally held a hearing on the Bush matter and other improprieties. Lane ”Secondary Violation“ Kiffin returns now as head coach and immediately poached recruits from his one year stint as head coach at Tennessee. He is reviled in that state where he repeatedly ran afoul of the NCAA and other SEC coaches. His recruiting buddy Ed ”Oh we’re clean“ Orgeron joins him, with his stellar recruiting record.
Michigan may face loss of scholarships or perhaps merely loss of wins, although they really have only eight in two seasons under Rodriguez. There is little likelihood of them actually having to give up a bowl appearance, but they may just lose that big win over Division II Delaware State. Who knew there was a Delaware State? Not even people in Delaware.
USC, on the other hand, is clearly running scared. They sacrificed their basketball program to appear to be ”shocked“ by improprieties and to make the NCAA look unfair if they impose harsh sanctions. The losers so far are the student-athletes in the basketball program, while the former coach Tim Floyd and the bribery-recruited athlete O.J. Mayo are free from any punishment. Mayo, of course, plays for the Memphis Grizzlies so he’s just fine. Except for playing for the Grizzlies.
This mess does affect Ohio State indirectly. The nation’s number one recruit, Seantrel Henderson, a 6-8 300-some pound offensive tackle, verbally committed to USC but has put off signing his letter of intent pending the results of the investigation. Henderson was reportedly favoring Ohio State and if USC looks as if they will be hit, he may reconsider, with the Buckeyes and Miami (another storied violation program) being his next choices. Henderson’s father thought coach Jim Tressel’s recruiting approach was ”boring“. I’ll tell you what’s boring Seantrel. Watching Ohio State in a bowl game and in the running for a national championship again instead of playing. Oh, and USC is picked to finish anywhere from fourth to sixth in the PAC-10. How’s the Emerald Bowl sound to you?
As much as I am a Buckeyes fan, I need Michigan to be good again. This hearing isn’t going to speed up that process. While Rich Rodriguez has been a godsend to Ohio State fans, he may just be gone after this season. Anybody got Les Miles on speed dial?

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