Like I said, I normally do not grumble about the NCAA CoI. We played an ineligible player in 93, and got smacked pretty good. Nothing needs to be said about the early 'aughts, except that we payed a heavy, heavy price and it took most of a decade to right the ship. And, in fairness, we deserved the spanking.
However, the textbook brouhaha did raise my ire, where the CoI wholly disregarded their own precedent, apparently didn't even bother to read the appeal, thumbed down their nose at us, and in all other respects were condescending and obnoxious. After the somewhat rushed penalty phase and denial of a meaningful appeal, THIS quote by Tom Yeager is especially blood-boiling:
"I'm sure the committee is beginning to feel, 'We need to get this done and out,'" Tom Yeager, a former chairman of the infractions committee, said Monday. "But they won't rush it. The stakes are too high … There are no do-overs."
Where the hell was this thoughtfullness and deliberation during the textbook case? Why not the feeling that sanctions on any university are high stakes? Why not the recognition that penalties on student athletes (who will never have a chance to relive their collegiate experience) is serious enough that do-overs would be wished by all parties? Why the rush then, and the glacial pace now?
For those in and outside of collegiate athletics that have blasted the agency for its hypocrisy, Yeager's remarks serve only to reinforce the notion that there is no impartiality in the system, and the CoI does (or potentially does) play favorites. Remember these words if the almost-predictable response by the NCAA is noodle-limp.