This year, Connecticut and nine other schools have been banned from postseason play because of poor academics. I think that’s just plain weird, especially with BCS conferences. Here’s why:
- Many big stars don’t care and don’t stay long. I could be wrong, but I doubt that most “one-and-dones” spend a whole lot of time worrying about next week’s history final.
- Punishing players for their predecessor’s failures. It’s like punishing a kid because one of his parents committed a crime. The poor kid didn’t do anything wrong, so why should we punish him?
- It costs the schools a whole ton of money. Why punish the schools if all the kids turn out to be uncommitted and/or rockheads? All the study halls in the world won’t help (much) if the students don’t care.
- A really good team might miss out on the postseason. In theory, aren’t the NCAA’s supposed to find out who the best team in basketball was? I know that all the upsets cloud up the issue, but why would you make the odds of the champion being the best team even less likely?
I don’t know, maybe I’m just really black-and-white, but the NCAA’s habit of punishing future recruits is a bit stupid and unfair. Why can’t they just punish the actual culprits? Thanks for reading, and please comment.