Thursday, June 10, 2010

Contrapositive: NCAA Sanctions Miss the Target

As a USC Trojan and fairly fanatical football fan, I feel like I had to comment on the recent spate of NCAA investigations.

The NCAA is the only institution I know of where the sanctions seem to miss their intended target more often than they hit the nail on the head.  And I don't mean that in a, "Let's go tax Reggie Bush and his family to create a new scholarship fund for underprivileged student athletes"--although that sounds like a good idea--I mean that it doesn't seem to have an effect in deterring the unwanted behavior.

You know something is wrong when I agree enough with Bobby Knight to post an entire indented quote:

“And I think until they put something in where the head coach is responsible…then head coaches are going to take a much different perspective in what alumni do, hangers-on do and what assistant coaches do. I don’t think there has ever been enough of a penalty for coaches. Coaches are able to leave without any problem, go to another school. That’s the first thing that needs to be addressed.”
This is one of those cases where I think a market-based solution is in order.  Clawbacks for Wall Street execs?  Clawbacks for Pete Carroll, Mike Garrett, and Todd McNair.  

You're shocked, Pete?  Really?  Then you're also clueless and lax, which is dangerously close to a layman's definition of "lack of institutional control."