NCAA investigators opened a can of worms with a vomit-inducing smell on Friday morning.
The NCAA ruled that North Carolina did not violate rules in steering hundreds of student-athletes toward nearly 200 sham classes over the last two decades.
"While student-athletes likely benefited from the courses, so did the general student body,” said Greg Sankey, SEC commissioner and the investigation panel’s chief hearing officer. “Additionally, the record did not establish that the university created and offered the courses as part of a systemic effort to benefit only student-athletes.”
Excuse me? Because the athletic department colluded with the school to get some non-student-athletes into fake classes alongside the student-athletes it's not against rules?
While this logic technically passes the smell test (e.g. According to NCAA rules, a university professor may not offer a free notebook to a student-athlete without offering notebooks to all the students), it is the most dangerous and irresponsible ruling the hypocritical, dysfunctional organization has ever handed down.
They have opened the door for other institutions to create fake classes with fake assignment and fake grades and steer student-athletes to those classes. And it's all OK — according to the NCAA — as long as a few regular students are sprinkled in.
The NCAA delivered a devastating blow to college athletics and higher education on Friday morning, one that will reverberate into perpetuity unless someone with a brain finally leads the governing body that claims to be "dedicated to the well-being and lifelong success of college athletes."
Welp, back to shutting down student-athletes' YouTube channels.