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August 15, 2011 - Robert "Bubba" Kapral
The NCAA is a strange agency. I realize it has its hands full attempting to police all the colleges and universities in the nation. Regardless of how many employees it has, the NCAA has a thankless and overwhelming task. With that said, when the NCAA has a chance to make things easier for itself, it fails to do that. Case in point, the Ohio State football hearing before the NCAA's committee on infractions Friday. OSU officials had to wait several months to present its case on its grid violations, even after they self-imposed sanctions on the Buckeyes' football program. The 10-member committee and OSU officials met for four hours Friday. Now, Ohio State will not know its fate for possibly three more months. The NCAA will likely not reveal its decision until November. Why? I think it makes sense that since all 10 committee members are present that they should huddle immediately, decipher the facts presented and come to their conclusion that same day. Why disband and reconvene later? That is a waste of time, creates an added expense and makes the school in question (Ohio State in this instance) continue to twist in the wind. The Buckeyes will suffer more damage due to the time lapse. Discipline needs to be fair and timely. While it remains to be seen if the Buckeyes receive fair treatment, they certainly are not getting timely treatment. The NCAA has fumbled the ball.
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