My Recommendations to NCAA Rule Changes
Below is a link to an article from the Columbus Dispatch by Tim May regarding Terrell Pryor’s eligibility for the NFL draft that just popped up on my afternoon email updates from the Columbus Dispatch.
Terrell Pryor’s antics while at Ohio State and announcement of NCAA’s investigation of the University of Miami prompted my blog yesterday titled Football Offers Many Lessons. After completing yesterday’s blog I have given the idea of renegade college sports more thought and I have a suggestion for the NCAA when they look at revising their rules. I propose that any player who blatantly breaks the rules and then departs the university to avoid punishment should be ruled ineligible for the NFL draft for one year.
By allowing TP and others like him to become eligible for the draft rewards them for their bad behavior. If TP is drafted (and I’m sure some team will probably pick him up) he can be raking in a hefty paycheck while his team mates and fans suffer through their punishment. These people are being rewarded for being bad boys. Even if he never plays a down this season he will still be making more than he would be while still at Ohio State.
I also propose that any coach who knowingly condones or encourages illegal behavior should also suffer a harsh punishment. As it is now, a coach can move on after his school is sanctioned. Unfortunately, the coach leaves a school in shambles while he goes on to greener pastures with a fatter salary. According to my husband, who has been involved with football most of his life and formerly coached a semi-pro team, there are several coaches who are known for running dirty programs and when they are caught they just move on. Other coaches just don’t want to know about outside activities or keep their heads in the sand. These coaches must be made to sit out at least one season for every sanctioned program they leave. That is, if a coach caused three schools to be sanction then he must sit out three years before becoming eligible for another coaching job at any level—public school, university, or pros.
I am happy to see that if TP is drafted he must sit out five games which is, coincidentally, the same number of games he would have had to pass over if he were still with OSU. It is time to eliminate the gangsta’ atmosphere and bad boy hero worship that is pervading all levels of sports. Let me know what you think of my proposals and if you agree please help me get the word out.
PS—I have made a correction to Football Offers Many Lessons. It seems my grandson is growing faster than I thought. He is now 252 pounds of pure muscle. No wonder his dad says he lives in the pantry.