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The Penn State Penalties and the ACC

The world has had plenty of time to digest the NCAA’s penalties against Penn State.  While there is no question that the situation in Penn State was factually unprecedented, the NCAA will soon turn its attention to its more familiar tasks of punishing schools for secondary and major violations.  The ACC cares.  After all, Miami–one of the ACC’s marquee football programs–is likely “next up” in feeling the wrath of the newly emboldened NCAA leadership.

Actually, it should be noted that the NCAA, via its Presidents, imposed a new model for sanctions that imposed tougher penalties before the Penn State penalties were announced.  See  In many instances, the penalties for violations will be tougher than what USC received for its penalties even!   This new model is effective as of August 1, 2012.  It is not clear whether these new penalties will apply to Miami, who does not expect to receive its penalties until next Spring (i.e. 2013).

But those penalties should be fairly severe.  Miami’s violations occurred over a several-year period and were well-publicized.  Although it is not clear that the evidence is as strong as claimed by incarcerated-informant Nevin Shapiro, there are recent reports that violations continued after Al Golden took over as coach.  Needless to say, there is going to be a lot of fingernail chewing in Coral Gables until the NCAA issues its ruling.

And, lest we forget, North Carolina was just issued penalties by the NCAA in May 2012.  Specifically, the NCAA ordered these as just part of its penalty for football violations:

  • Three years of probation from March 12, 2012, through March 11, 2015.
  • Three-year show-cause penalty for the former assistant football coach prohibiting any recruiting activity. The public report contains further details.
  • Postseason ban for the 2012 football season.
  • Reduction of football scholarships by a total of 15 during three academic years. The public report includes further details.
  • Vacation of wins during the 2008 and 2009 seasons (self-imposed by the university). The public report includes further details.

There is Internet scuttlebutt that a basketball scandal may now be brewing in Chapel Hill.  If so, the Tar Heels may find themselves in even bigger trouble.

And who knows what else is lurking out there for the NCAA to consider.  Although Penn State is not part of the ACC, the ACC needs to care about how the NCAA is punishing schools.

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