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Mark Emmert says he's 'fine with' death penalty

Posted on: August 18, 2011 2:54 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

vice president of enforcement Julie Roe Lach said Wednesday the "majority of ... support" she encounters within the organization is for sanctions like bowl bans and scholarship reductions that stop short of the death penalty--even in the event of mammoth scandals like the one unfolding at Miami. But apparently, she didn't talk to the NCAA's own president.

Mark Emmert, having already taken the unusual step of commenting on an ongoing NCAA investigation with his initial statement on the Hurricane allegations, told the USA Today Thursday that the death penalty ought to be one "tool" at the Committee on Infractions' disposal:
"We need to make sure that we've got, for the committee on infractions, all the tools they need to create those kinds of deterrents. If that includes the death penalty, I'm fine with that."
Emmert said those deterrents should "provide serious second thoughts for anybody who thinks they can engage in this kind of behavior with impunity." He also commented on the Miami case directly again, saying that "if these allegations are true," they are "very troubling, and ... point out the real need for us to make changes and to make them thoughtfully and aggressively."

All of that certainly sounds noble enough. But Emmert's tough talk of change and nuclear-option sanctions won't mean much in the public eye if his organization doesn't back it up with legitimate reform, and penalties with teeth in cases of wanton rule-breaking (like, say, Jim Tressel's cover-up at Ohio State).

Discussing the death penalty is one thing, and it's fine as far as it goes. (Though the seemingly contradictory statements from Emmert and Roe Lach don't exactly portray the NCAA as an entity whose left hand knows what its right is doing.) But all the talk in the world won't do as much for Emmert's crusdade as one sensibly firm decision in a case like Miami's--and that decision doesn't have to be death penalty-caliber to prove the NCAA is serious.


Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: August 20, 2011 6:03 pm

Mark Emmert says he's 'fine with' death penalty

This is true becausethey are still bottom feeders to getting recruits compared to all the other Texas schoos.  
 That was the problem back then and that is the problem now.  

Since: Apr 19, 2008
Posted on: August 20, 2011 5:15 pm

Mark Emmert says he's 'fine with' death penalty

Are bob69`s comments for real... "don`t punish the fans"?  This is not a pro sport for entertainement these are not pro atheletes.  These are students palying an extra curricular varsity sport.  College sports should never be about "the fans".  College is about education.  Your comment is the very reason why the "death penalty" should be given to schools like Miami and Ohio and any one elso who breaks the rules.  If college is an institute for higher learning then why aren't these schools learning the lesson.  Yo would think that SMAU would have scared every one straight. apparently we need more examples.  As a fan giving these schools will not affect the overall qaulity of the collegiate game.  it just means that other schools wil fil lthe spots in the schedule.  to a fan of the game... I care more about a good clean game than who is playing it.   The win at all cost attitude "for the fans" is wrong.  Lets keep it all inperspective.  The students (not atheletes) are there to get an education.  

Since: Sep 29, 2010
Posted on: August 20, 2011 4:59 pm

Mark Emmert says he's 'fine with' death penalty

Hey GmAN, are you for real? The first time theyve done anything wrong??? Perhaps you are forgetting the Dennis Erickson era when they were hiding failed drug tests by Warren Sapp and allowing ineligible players to play, perhaps you forget The Butch Davis era when they were on probation with Edgerrin James. Perhaps yor forget Luther Cambell hanging out with players and payign them bounties for knocking guys out or making big plays. Miami is the forefather of violations my friend.

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: August 20, 2011 4:50 pm

Mark Emmert says he's 'fine with' death penalty

If these long term flaunting of the rules aren't enough to get the "death peanlty" what would be? A mass ececution of preschoolers?If the ncaa has no gonads to do this, shut it down.

Since: Aug 30, 2010
Posted on: August 20, 2011 4:40 pm

Mark Emmert says he's 'fine with' death penalty

At the time SMU was executed, I think they had a respectable team.  25 years or so later, they are still not to level they were at that time.

Since: Aug 20, 2011
Posted on: August 20, 2011 4:38 pm

Mark Emmert says he's 'fine with' death penalty

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! You sir are a comedian! The first time in in the existance of their sports programs they have done anything wrong?! Not saying other programs are remotely clean but Miami has a long history of infractions.  It's also not their only sports program with issues.

Since: Aug 30, 2010
Posted on: August 20, 2011 4:34 pm

Mark Emmert says he's 'fine with' death penalty

I am not a Canes fan at all-period.  But, I don't think the death penalty should be used to punish the fans, the clean players and all of the innocent.  It would be akin to being on a bus where a murder is comittted and everone on the bus is given a death sentance.  If the truth bears out even a lot less than is being thrown around, the school should have severe penalities but not the SMU deal.

Since: Sep 1, 2007
Posted on: August 20, 2011 4:32 pm

Mark Emmert says he's 'fine with' death penalty

How can Miami get the "death penalty" while Ohio State walks away with nothing? Alabama has major violations every decade and vacates victories but a few years later they win the National Championship.  Of course the usual suspects are going to cheat, the punishments are vacating past games noone remembers and a few scholarships lost, maybe a post season ban for a couple of years.  Most teams it seems would risk those punishments for a NC.   When a team commits a major violation....2 years NO FOOTBALL.  2 years 50% of scholarships, then 2 years at 75%. ALl while on probation. Any major violations, repeat the process. 

Since: Aug 30, 2010
Posted on: August 20, 2011 4:26 pm

Mark Emmert says he's 'fine with' death penalty

I agree with the players you named but the SEC has a lot of GREAT players in the NFL.  The name MANNING always stands out as very clean and super players from the SEC when you look at the NFL.

Since: Aug 7, 2010
Posted on: August 20, 2011 4:07 pm

Mark Emmert says he's 'fine with' death penalty

The sooner the NCAA comes to the realization that they are swimming upstream on this stance the better it's going to be for everyone. Most of these players come from less than affluent backgrounds or they wouldn't need or seek scholarships. That term in itself is archaic and not really descriptive in a lot of ways and could use an update. The business of college sports is run by professional up and down the process until it gets to the players who provide the shows. They are to be amateurs. Were the players to take this issue to the courts I'm almost certain the players would be awarded more than a stipend for all of the revenue they generate for the universities, associations conferences and on. What does it take to see the inequities inherent and apparent in this uncapped and unregulated system for the schools and the restrictive opportunities to share in that, that is the players lot.  So no to the death penalty this time and the next. The NCAA should grow the hell up and quit the faking and fronting to uphold this unfair  system. Take the covers off and let the people see what you're hiding as you profess a desire to keep the money out of amateur sports. Get rid of all the contracts with the networks and we'll start to believe in your stated mission.

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