Originally Posted by UKFlounder
You would think so, but this is the same NCAA that allowed Cam Newton to play because he "didn't know" what his dad was doing
To be absolutely fair, if there had been an actual special benefit given/received, the NCAA likely would've ruled differently on Cam's eligibility. The OSU decision was a little weird in how the NCAA back loaded the penalties but I don't think the NCAA could be accused of looking the other way.
Concerning Miami, i'll be surprised, if they don't get nuked. Maybe they won't get the death penalty but they're going to find it tough to be competitive for a significant period following their punishment despite the conference they play in. This might have some far reaching implications too as there are several coaches that were on Miami's staff from the period encompassing Shapiro's that would have full knowledge of major violations if the allegations are true and who have went on to become prominent members of high profile football programs throughout the US.
For the record, the USC and Miami situations are how journalists are supposed to cover these kinds of things.... don't fire all cannons until ya know what you're shooting at....
This might also have other far reaching consequences.... Texas A&M is most likely going to join the SEC... a team like Virginia Tech would be a prime target for expansion given the chance for the SEC to try to invade the DC area and they may be more prone to jump ship if the competitive nature of their conference takes a hit by a major program getting significant sanctions....