Published February 17, 2011 - 5:58am
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Like the steroid era in baseball, it seems like fans are becoming somewhat numb to the continuous rumors and allegations of rule breaking in college football. Also like baseball, fans seem to be moving for the most part to the point of view that everyone is doing it, so maybe we should just quit talking about it.
Earlier, I was reading about more investigations regarding Auburn and their recruiting reported by Thayer Evans of Fox Sports. A few paragraphs into it, my eyes started to glaze over and I was no longer interested. But, they might be breaking the rules! Yeah, yeah.
We Americans are good at becoming used to things, even bad things. If enough people are doing it, we stop becoming shocked, even surprised, at the continued acts that should bother us.
And it’s not like the NCAA is helping. I mean could you be more inconsistent? From Dez Bryant to AJ Green to Cecil Newton to Lane Kiffin to Terrelle Pryor, I mean is there any continuity in the “rulings” of the college football governing body? Inconsistency breeds fan outrage and over time, that outrage turns to apathy.
So, yes, I do care about violations of various programs, athletes and coaches, but I definitely don’t care as much as I used to. I definitely assume almost all of the big players are doing it, and like MLB and steroids, I think the NCAA probably has no idea how to deal with it without wrecking the entire sport. Maybe Congress will get involved with the NCAA like they did with the MLB. Wouldn’t that be fantastic? Because if there’s anyone I want meddling with college football, it’s the likes of Barnie Frank.
Fans are as guilty as any party in making this a ridiculous topic. Auburn fans will defend Cam and Cecil Newton to no matter what, while Alabama fans will scream at Auburn fans for breaking the rules at the same time. Ohio State fans will somehow try to explain why Terrelle Pryor and his boys were justified in playing in the Sugar Bowl and not in the first five games of the 2011 regular season. Fans defend their teams and criticize their rivals. That’s what fans do.
So, fans essentially only care when it involves their team or their rival. OMG, Oregon State may have broke some NCAA rules! Great, what time is American Idol on tonight?
If there is a path to a boring and uninteresting website on SEC football, it would probably be the path of intense NCAA rules research and the continuous reporting of allegations of various teams breaking the rules. Snooze.
Sure, I’d prefer the sport to be clean, but is any industry that has billions of dollars at stake and is ultra-competitive really clean?
Frankly, it’s a tiresome topic and until the NCAA is going to really crack down on it, it’s pretty annoying and useless banter. I could probably go back through the posts on Cam Newton on this site and pull out hundreds of dumb comments from either side of the situation, paste them here, and you’d want to throw up. So, until there is real action with real penalties, I’m not sure it’s really a relevant topic.
So, what say you, Fan of SEC Football? Do you even care about NCAA violations anymore? Add your well-thought-out comments below…