DALLAS, Texas – Big 12 Conference commissioner Bob Bowlsby said Monday that some colleges have figured out ways to take advantage of what he termed a lack of rules enforcement by the NCAA.
“I think the vast majority of people in intercollegiate athletics are of high integrity, they’re doing it for the right reasons,” Bowlsby said at the Big 12 Conference media days. “But right now, if you want to cheat, you can do it and you can get away with it. There are benefits for doing that.
“And that needs to change.”
Bowlsby, a former athletic director at Northern Iowa and Iowa, also predicted that some non-revenue sports could be on campus chopping blocks if the NCAA loses lawsuits with which it is currently involved.
“We are operating in a strange environment in that we have lawsuits — plus we have the O’Bannon lawsuit,” Bowlsby said. “I think all of that in the end will cause programs to be eliminated.
“I think you’ll see men’s Olympics sports go away as a result of the new funding challenges that are coming down the pike. I think there may be tension among and between sports on campus and institutions that have different resources.
“It’s really unknown what the outcomes will be.”
Man somebody wants a little bit of the spotlight that SEC Media Days stole huh? Big 12 feeling a little left out and pushed to the side? Jesus Bowlsby, be a little more transparent. I see what you’re doing. Just hop up on the podium and yell the C word as loud as you can in your first like 10 seconds of speaking. College sports + cheating = instant headlines and nonstop ESPN coverage. Talk about a man with some media savvy.
But in all seriousness if you listen to/read the commissioners entire speech it’s actually all right on point, hammer on the head stuff. Like as much as Sportscenter will lead with the “CHEATING PAYS” tagline every hour for the rest of the day it’s really nothing that extreme here. College programs cheat. They always have and always will. You’re never going to shut it down completely, ever. It’s possible to get away with it and a bunch of places do. Nothing has ever been more broken than the system that is in place to enforce the rules. Targeting kids for the smallest most innocent infractions instead of going after the bigger issues…and when they do, they botch the ever-living fuck out of it. So yeah this is the big college sports story of the day and needed to be blogged about, but it’s really nothing we didn’t already know and talk about 100 times before. Everyone cheats and the NCAA has a dump in their pants. That’s it in a nutshell. Props to Bob for putting it all out in the open finally.