NCAA President Myles Brand has already indicated that the NCAA has absolutely no spine and is more than willing to cow-tow to high revenue programs.
FOX Sports is reporting Brand's comments regarding the O.J. Mayo-Guillory mess and his comments are less than encouraging to say the least.
[Brand] admitted that punishing the schools sometimes is not enough to deter agents and other outsiders from influencing players with cash, gifts or other benefits.
To me that sounds a lot like, "well we could punish U$C, but that won't deter anyone from doing anything wrong." So rather than taking the summary of his comments, let's see what Mr. Brand actually said himself:
This is not acceptable behavior and on occasion, it's illegal. You get thrown in jail if you rob a bank, but people keep robbing banks.
Basically, to me this sounds like Brand is saying that punishing U$C won't deter anyone else, so why should the NCAA punish U$C. This is basically the NCAA saying that no matter what they do, nothing will keep this kind of shady business from happening.
That's reassuring. I guarantee if any District Attorney ever made a comment like this, you know the "gee, shucks, these criminals just keep on committing crime no matter if we lock them up or not, so what can I do" they'd lose the next election by a biblical-sized landslide.
Brand did say this though:
We expect the schools to enforce the rules and protect our student-athletes.
And we expect the NCAA to punish those schools that don't enforce the rules. You know, like suspending guys for just playing on the same team as guys who took money to play. Stuff like that.