A post on Facebook made me think about the situation that is ongoing between the NCAA and the two North Carolina guards, P.J. Hairston and Leslie McDonald. You can’t say if UNC was in the SEC this situation would be over and done. But that is not the problem, the problem is we don’t know when a resolution will come out.
Why can’t a system like the NCAA be held to time standards for things? Why can something like the Johnny Manziel issue be resolved so quickly, while other things are held out for so long? And I am not just saying for North Carolina, as the suits in Indianapolis took their sweet time fixing the problems in South Beach as well.
Our very own constitution says, in the sixth amendment, that in all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation to be confronted with the witnesses against him to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense.
So, in a country where we allow this for someone who has committed crimes for which he/she/they could go to jail, we don’t allow it for someone who at worst could lose games (or a season) of playing college basketball. I am sorry if that just doesn’t make sense to me!
While it might not be the “end all” of things, I think the one thing that will move the NCAA is the national media. I personally think that the pressure put on by the likes of ESPN about this situation made it so they had to find a resolution before the season began. Because a bad call that allows the QB to play even if he should not is better overall than a bad call that makes him sit out when he shouldn’t have. End of story.
When it comes to basketball a player can’t get his season legs under him while missing games. The reality is, for any team, having its full roster for the conference games and for March Madness is the objective. The other games might cause a team to lose ranking or seeding but a 10 seed can win a national title in basketball while one loss in football might cost a program a BCS shot or a national title. And that is why we keep waiting… and waiting… and waiting.
On the other hand if shows like “Mike and Mike in the Morning”, who started plenty of their weekday morning shows with the Johnny Football story would do the same for Hairston and McDonald it might just make the NCAA move a bit quicker.
How many times on PTI was the discussion about the sophomore gunslinger brought up? Maybe if the same was done about the two basketball players, the people that “care about their student athletes” would care a bit quicker about their fate as well.
The problem in this situation is that for football the NCAA wasn’t allowed to see if there was a fire even when there was a lot of smoke, while for Hairston they are doing just that. Because they have no one above them that say “if you do that way for one, you must do that way for all”. And by no one I mean… North Carolina, because the school policy is to cooperate with them, which is fine. The media, be it local, which seems to get their digs in on the Heels on things but never digs into things like this (all puns intended), or national, who seems not to be interested in such stories.
With each passing day both of the young men are losing another trial, the one in the court of public opinion, as more and more “in the know” people chime in about their “sources”. And that is unfair to both them and the program.
Good or bad, long or short, big chiefs of the NCAA let’s make a decision so the coaching staff, the players that are allowed to play and the two that wait may be able to finally determine how to deal with the remainder of the season. The way this is being done is wrong for all and proves that once again the NCAA is a lot more blind than the statue that represents our justice system!