Some of y'all have probably heard by now that Mark Richt was cited as having made secondary NCAA violations. His great crime was that he took money out of his own pocket and gave it to people on his staff. Seriously? That's an NCAA violation? Is it also wrong for a coach to have his staff over for a Christmas party or something like that? I mean, you might be able to argue that providing food and maybe even a small Christmas gift to people who actually work for a living might be improper too. After all, giving anything out of your own pocket to someone with the expectation of nothing in return might actually give some people the impression of decency or integrity and we all know that the NCAA frowns on that sort of thing. If you are going to kickback some funds you better be doing it to NCAA or university officials. A nice long cruise in the Caribbean is fine as long as you are greasing the palms of the right people. Whereas giving money out of your own pocket in a manner that has absolutely no effect on anyone else much less giving your program an unfair advantage is just over the line.
Is the NCAA run by Communists? Is that the great Trojan horse the Soviet Union set in motion so many years ago? I'm starting to wonder. These people have never seen a rule too trivial, too pointless, or too intrusive. Who actually thought this was a good idea? Who cared enough to even bring it up that first time? These people never cease to amaze me.
Chris Low calling out the NCAA:
A breakdown of Richt's transgressions: