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Big Ten Moral Superiority - Let's Check:


Bama Fans:

I seriously considered making this a FanShot, but decided that I wanted to stick a little bit of my own analysis in here and make it a FanPost instead.

Basically, the intended purpose of this FanPost is to look at teams in the SEC, and teams in the Big Ten, in terms of their histories of being on NCAA probation for football-related reasons. (tl;dr warning)

We've all heard it time and time again: SEC teams cheat, Big Ten schools don't. Oversigning, JuCos, medical scholarships, Dodge Chargers, $100 handshakes, Logan Young, cocktail napkins, etc.

So, I wanted to look at things from a slightly more scientific standpoint, and found I didn't have to. Someone over at www.footballgeography.com has compiled a list of every FBS team that has ever been on football-related NCAA probation. Outstanding.

www.annarbor.com did an article about this research last year and analyzed the Big Ten's teams. Per community guidelines, I'm not going to copy and paste the entire article, but I shall pick out a few juicy tidbits:

The three-year probation that Michigan received in 2010 for its infractions under former coach Rich Rodriguez was the first in program history.

That's right: fascinatingly enough, Michigan is currently on NCAA probation (albeit for the first time in history - for exceeding allowable practice time), whereas Alabama is not (albeit just coming off our third stint in June 2012 - for students using their scholarship to get textbooks for their friends and such).

Here's another interesting fact:

Current Michigan coach Brady Hoke is the only coach to have a current Mid-American Conference team placed on probation while they competed in the league.

And what was his football crime?

He was the head coach at Ball State when members of the football team, along with athletes from nine other sports, were found to be misusing a textbook loan program.

According to a 2007 report in the USA Today, a total of 89 athletes obtained $26,944 worth of books for classes in which they were not enrolled. The NCAA found that players whose class load did not require $1,000 worth of textbooks -- the total set aside for scholarship athletes -- used the balance to buy books for friends and non-scholarship athletes.

The infractions occurred between the spring semester of 2003 and the end of the 2004-05 school year. Hoke was Ball State's coach from 2003-08.

The football team’s penalty was two years of probation and the loss of three scholarships.

Hmmm...

And, included for sheer, naive, innocent June of 2011 irony:

Also notable from a Big Ten perspective, Penn State is one of only two programs that have won NCAA football championships that have never been under NCAA sanctions. Brigham Young is the other.

Ok, now to go team by team, and then a little synthesis. For the purposes of this FanPost, I am going to bring current conference members' pre-conference baggage into the equation (this makes sense to me, as you invited this history into your conference).

SEC

As near as I can tell, 12/14 current SEC members have been on football-related probation a total of 35 separate times, for a total of 77 years on football-related probation, and 32 years of bowl bans.

(1) Alabama - Been on probation three times, for a total of ten years on probation (yuck), three years of bowl bans.

(2) Arkansas - Been on probation twice, for a total of four years on probation, no bowl bans.


(3) the Auburnite - Been on probation four times, eleven years of total probation, nine years of bowl bans.

(4) Florida - Been on probation three times, six years' total probation, five years' bowl bans.

(5) Georgia - Been on probation three times, four years' total probation, no bowl bans.

(6) Kentucky - Been on probation three times, six years' total probation, no bowl bans.

(7) LSU - Been on probation twice, two years' total probation, no bowl bans.

(8) Mississippi State - Been on probation three times, seven years' total probation, three years' bowl bans.

(9) Ole Miss - Been on probation three times, seven years' total probation, three years' bowl bans.

(10) Missouri - Never been on football-related NCAA probation.

(11) South Carolina - Been on probation three times (including right now), eight years' total probation, two years' bowl bans.

(12) Tennessee - Been on probation twice, three years' total probation, no bowl bans.

(13) Texas A&M - Been on probation four times, nine years' total probation, four years' bowl bans.

(14) Vanderbilt - Never been on football-related NCAA probation.

Big Ten

As near as I can tell, 9/12 current Big Ten members have been on football-related probation a total of 23 separate times, for a total of 55 years on football-related probation, and 17 years of bowl bans.

(1) Illinois - Been on probation five times, nine years' total probation, three years' bowl bans.

(2) Indiana - Been on probation twice, five years' total probation, four years' bowl bans.

(3) Iowa - Never been on football-related NCAA probation.

(4) Michigan - Been on probation once (right now), three years' probation, no bowl bans.

(5) Michigan State - Been on probation three times, ten years' total probation, three years' bowl bans.

(6) Minnesota - Been on probation twice, four years' total probation, one year bowl ban.

(7) Nebraska - Been on probation twice (including right now), three years' total probation, no bowl bans.

(8) Northwestern - Never been on football-related NCAA probation.

(9) Ohio State - Been on probation three times (including right now), seven years' total probation, two years' bowl bans (including this year).

(10) Penn State - Been on probation once (right now), five years' total probation, four year's bowl ban.

(11) Purdue - Never been on football-related NCAA probation.

(12) Wisconsin - Been on probation four times, nine years' total probation, no bowl bans.

Conclusion

The average current member of the SEC has been on football-related NCAA probation 2.5 times, for a total of 5.5 years, with 2.29 years of bowl bans. The average current Big Ten school has been on football-related NCAA probation 1.92 times, for a total of 4.58 years, with 1.42 years of bowl bans.

If we remove those schools who have never been on football-related NCAA probation (Mizzou, Vandy, Iowa, Northwestern, Purdue), then the average offending SEC school has been on football-related NCAA probation 2.92 times, for a total of 6.42 years, with 2.67 years of bowl bans. The average offending Big Ten school has been on football-related NCAA probation 2.56 times, for a total of 6.11 years, with 1.89 years of bowl bans.

COMPLETE SUBJECTIVE OPINION ALERT! I am now going to compare the numbers among what I would consider "football schools." For the purposes of this analysis, I am going to consider: (a) Alabama, Arkansas, the Auburnite, Florida, Georgia, LSU, and Tennessee (seven schools) from the SEC, and (b) Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn State, and Wisconsin (six schools) from the Big Ten. (Sorry Iowa and Texas A&M.) These SEC "football schools" have been on football-related NCAA probation 19 times (2.71 times per school), for a total of 40 years (5.71 years per school), with 17 years of bowl bans (2.43 years per school). These Big Ten "football schools" have been on football-related NCAA probation 14 times (2.33 times per school), for a total of 37 years (6.17 years per school), with 9 years of bowl bans (1.5 years per school).

As noted, South Carolina is the only SEC school currently on football-related NCAA probation, whereas Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State and Penn State are now all currently on football-related NCAA probation.

Please ask in the comments if you'd like me to do a more detailed analysis, or would like me to look at any other conferences or schools, or to focus on particular time periods (last 20 years, etc).

In conclusion to my conclusion, I leave you with these thoughts from Tom Delany, commissioner of the Big Ten:

“We, and me in particular, have never claimed that we don’t have teams on probation or that we don’t have teams that make mistakes,” Delany said. “In fact, if you look at history, not only the last 12 months but the last 30 years, you’d be surprised to find out that any five-year period the Big Ten has had between four and six or seven teams on probation.”

- http://www.freep.com/article/20120727/SPORTS06/307270181/Big-Ten-commissioner-Jim-Delany-sought-to-expand-power-in-Penn-St-case

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