Not until USC’s 2004 BCS and AP national titles were vacated had a football or men’s basketball championship been vacated. By the NCAA’s own definition, all the other championships are clean. .... Put another way, how many national championships in football and men’s basketball were won by programs with no major violations? As you might guess, the answer here is a bit less encouraging:
- Men’s Basketball: 8/73 titles – Georgetown, Holy Cross, Loyola (Chicago), Marquette, Oklahoma State (2), Stanford, Wyoming
- Football: 4/89 titles (Poll Era) – Penn State (2), BYU (2)
Thursday, June 30, 2011
If you ain't cheatin, you ain't tryin
Bylaw Blog is back. If you are unfamiliar with it's former incantation before the author was outed, go check it out and spend some time when you have it to spare. The site is an excellent resources for fans of college athletes on how compliance works in practice and in theory.
On Monday, he pointed out an interesting fact.
If you've paid attention, you've noticed how uneven and inconsistent NCAA penalties are, so the fact that just UCS's title was vacated doesn't mean prior titles weren't tainted (see the connection between Duke, Corey Magette, and Myron Piggie). So the question remains, just how "pure" is this amateur athletics we call NCAA sports? And is an upstanding man like Mark Richt the type of guy who, as history is showing, capable of winning national titles if he's not willing to break a little rule here or there to get the job done? Hopefully signs like this one indicate he's more willing to shade into the gray areas of NCAA ethics than his often holier-than-thou fanbase would admit. But the question still remains, are we deceiving ourselves by holding to the idea of "student-athletes" and "amateurism" when it comes to major college athletics, especially the two primary revenue sports of football and men's hoops.