Originally Posted by Chip R
You're probably right. But there are different degrees of rules violations. Obviously paying players either directly or indirectly is a major violation. Fixing grades, Buying autos, getting the family jobs are also major violations. But there are violations that are so picayune you wouldn't believe that they are actual violations.
Having been a Division I athlete at two separate schools, they hand you a small little book called the NCAA Compliance Manual. It's almost 1000 pages and makes a great door stop.
Some of the violations are amusing. For example, they section on attending team study sessions was my favorite. You couldn't attend consecutive study tables with the same teammate. I never understood that one.
I completely agree there are varying levels of transgressions and violations, and there should be. I don't think an athlete skipping a class should be handled in the same manner as an athlete getting paid for a job he or she never worked.
IMO, the worst job at any Division I school with any major sports teams is the NCAA Compliance Officer.