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Old 03-20-2014, 11:41 AM
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I think most of us know that the NCAA is easily one of the most corrupt organizations in this country. The way that they dole out punishment to athletes compared to coaches is laughable, but really grinds my gears is how much of an impact these situation have on individuals, especially given the recent hiring of Bruce Pearl by Auburn. It seems as though time and time again, coaches are caught in scandals, they are given a slap on the wrist, they leave/get fired from these programs and then they re-appear years later after their indiscretions are forgotten. Look I understand giving people a second chance, but these athletes are clearly not given the same second chances.

You can even look at how the situation was handled with Penn State a few years ago. Despite not having any involvement in the sexual abuse scandal, players were left with the ramifications of a program being punished for the transgression of individuals who weren't even part of the program anymore. I have a list of a few coaches (and please add on) who have gotten in trouble with their program left and reappeared somewhere else.

1. Bruce Pearl

Bruce Pearl, still under NCAA penalty, returns to coach Auburn | New York Post
He was cited for unethical conduct for lying to investigators in June 2010 about improperly hosting recruits at his home. He was placed under a three-year show-cause penalty, which expires in late August.

It barred Pearl from recruiting during that span and any school seeking to hire him would have to ask the NCAA to remove that penalty.

He also was found to have interfered with the NCAA’s investigation after he contacted a recruit’s father who had also been interviewed by investigators.

Two months after his initial interview, he met again with NCAA investigators to tell them he had misled them.
2. John Calipari

John Calipari Makes It Hard to Root for Kentucky to Win NCAA Tournament | Bleacher Report
Calipari has also taken three schools to the Final Four. In 1996, Calipari led UMass to the Final Four, an honor that was later vacated after the NCAA determined that national player of the year Marcus Camby had accepted thousands of dollars and gifts (including hookers) while at UMass. Calipari claimed to have been unaware of the extra benefits.

Calipari also seemed to be unaware of how Lou Roe miraculously became eligible to play at UMass when nobody in America thought the Atlantic City star would ever qualify for school. That situation played itself out again at Memphis (after a lengthy stop in the NBA before rebooting his college coaching career) when academic eligibility questions followed Calipari down south.

In the wake of the scandal surrounding current Bulls All-Star Derrick Rose's invalid SAT scores, Calipari had his second Final Four erased.

It surely didn't stop him from moving up in the college basketball world,
as Calipari jumped ship from Memphis for Kentucky five months before the NCAA investigation was completed. Calipari was already deep into his first recruiting class at Kentucky before the ink was dry on the sanctions at Memphis.
3. Lane Kiffin

How Lane Kiffin Resurrected, Then Destroyed Tennessee's Recruiting Program
All of that would be bad enough, even if Orgeron wasn't also actively trying to lure away his best recruits. He and Kiffin both fully admit that Ed called some of the 26 kids who had given verbal commitments to Tennessee, including some who were supposed to start classes this week. Orgeron says he was simply "answering questions" and informing them of their "options." One of the options, of course, being that they could drop out of Tennessee before starting classes and enroll at USC in the fall. The idea that he would paint himself as some wise, impartial counselor is more laughable than his atrocious acting in The Blind Side.

Did Orgeron break an NCAA rule by calling these recruits? Possibly. (If they attended just one class at Tennessee, they're off limits.) Is it unethical? Depends on if you think college sports are ethical. To Orgeron and Kiffin, of course, it doesn't matter. They brazenly committed multiple violations during their one year running Tennessee, drew criticism and censure from the SEC, and at least one major NCAA investigation over the hostess program. But that's not their problem anymore.
You can also throw Ralph Sampson and Pete Carroll out there. They both ended up leaving college hoops altogether but they both were able to find jobs at the professional level of their respective sports.
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Old 03-20-2014, 03:43 PM
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I respect Calipari because he understands what his job is: to win basketball games. He doesn't blow smoke up everyone butt about this student-athlete bull that we all know is fraudulent.
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Old 03-26-2014, 03:28 PM
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People keep buying tickets.
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Old 04-03-2014, 04:35 PM
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Agree about the Penn State thing, but the media and NCAA has always been biased against PSU. I do think JoePa may have had something to do with that, but now that that era is over and a new one beginning with James Franklin maybe that will change.
Couldn't agree more with Pete Carroll. He knew what was going on @ USC and right as the sh*t was about to hit the fan he high tails it to the NFL. A few years prior Carroll was critical of Mark Sanchez for leaving early to go to the NFL and said he wasn't loyal, well so much for Pete Carroll's loyalty
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Old 04-11-2014, 12:09 AM
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Nope. I'm more concerned with the players in the nfl and sec conference(and other big time programs like fsu and even down programs like pitt) who keep getting away with anything short of murder. Most of the coaches that get fired for "cheating" aren't committing any harmful act themself they're just protecting their players who did stuff like getting free tattoos. It's not like the coaches encouraged it.
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