Is there anything lamer than vacating past victories?
From the Birmingham News.
My favorite part – “The ruling, which will be announced at 2 p.m., also includes the NCAA placing Alabama on three more years of probation, and Alabama will pay a fine. “
Three MORE years probation. What’s next, double-secret probation?
You see Alabama football was already in the midst of five probation period for past violations. And if one might expect enhanced penalties, one is bound to be disappointed. As you see, for their most recent transgressions the Crimson Tide, besides the new probation, will have to forfeit “at least 10 wins”. There will be no scholarship penalties.
In other words all the markings of the proverbial slap on the wrist.
There is simply nothing lamer the NCAA can do than cause schools to forfeit past victories. No one cares, not the school, not the fans and – with the exception of perhaps Bobby Bowden – not the coaches. What are you going to do – brag to your rival that you really beat them back in 2006 despite what occurred on the field?
The only penalties worth anything are penalties to your future, and Alabama got none here. And the NCAA continues its toothless irrelevance in the face of the sports biggest programs.