The Miami Hurricanes Case Provides ESPN another Shot at the NCAA

BY OLLIE GOSS

The NCAA released its decision on the University of Miami this week and gave ESPN yet another opportunity to ridicule their judgment.

The NCAA decided to not impose a bowl ban to the Hurricanes, but instead penalized the program by taking away nine football scholarships over three years, three basketball scholarships, and adding probation to the athletic program for three years. These sanctions followed an unprecedented self-imposed bowl ban that kept the Hurricanes out of two bowl games and an ACC conference championship game. 

ESPN chose to reflect on the case as another inconsistency from the NCAA compliance department as anchors and analysts compared the case to the sanctions imposed on USC and Ohio State. 

By displaying the negative reaction USC Athletic Director Pat Haden and stating that people at USC and Ohio State should be furious, the network again took a verbal stab at the NCAA.

ESPN constantly scrutinizes the NCAA on issues such as sanctions, the payment of players, and the BCS system and persuades their viewing population to also form a negative opinion of the system. 

Instead of the network reporting on how the NCAA lightened the sanctions on Miami because of their self-imposed penalties costing the university a large portion of potential revenue from bowl games, they attempt to undermine the association by highlighting inconsistencies. 

The NCAA simply cannot catch a break from ESPN and their image will continue to suffer.

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