Fact: The University of Southern California (“USC”) is currently on probation for NCAA violations and forced to field a team of just 75 scholarship athletes. The NCAA punished USC for infractions arising out of players getting special treatment. Message: If you put your athletics programs above the rest of the University, your school is out of balance and the NCAA needs to step in to restore that balance with penalties.
Fact: Penn State University was just punished by the NCAA for putting football apparently above other considerations. As punishment for Penn State, any of its players can transfer. Message: If you put your athletics programs above the rest of the University, your school is out of balance and the NCAA needs to step in to restore that balance with penalties.
Fact: Silas Redd is going to transfer from one punished school, Penn State, to another punished school, USC. While USC is bowl-eligible, they are still being penalized. Message: The NCAA is a hypocritical organization.
If the NCAA had any desire to avoid hypocrisy, they should have said that Penn State players can transfer to any school not currently on probation. The schools on probation should be focusing on improving their overall athletic department’s compliance with NCAA rules. The schools on probation should NOT be focusing on improving their football product by taking on a player fleeing the sinking ship of Penn State. Wasn’t that the whole gist of the press conference by the NCAA?
If Silas Redd wants to leave PSU, so be it. Let’s not begrudge a kid for taking a step to help himself. If he blows out his knee in August, nobody will be passing a collection plate for him on either coast. He has to look out for himself.
But to go to USC? What about the schools that are NOT on probation? Many schools could have used him. The NCAA should have forced Redd to pick a football factory that either plays clean or has not quite had its dirtyness exposed.
The NCAA dropped the ball on this one. Two steps forward, one step backward for the NCAA in allowing this move.