The Trojan Times published an article today with pictures of Reggie and OJ2, the two faces of Fig Tech. The Times reporter interviewed David Price, who is the NCAA "head of enforcement."
There were three parts of the article that I found telling.
"The wealth of information they had, prior to even meeting with us, kind of shocked me," attorney Brian Watkins said. "They knew stuff we didn't even know."
So the NCAA has been sitting on more information than Bush’s adversary but it hasn’t done anything? Why?
The part about David Price talking about "institutional control" gives us a little peak into the mental make up of the NCAA bureaucrat:
Even if no one at USC provided extra benefits, the school could face penalties if investigators find a "lack of institutional control." The definition of institutional control is not as cut-and-dried as it is with other violations. Price talks about needing to "weigh the circumstances."
"The schools have to pay attention," he said. "They know what their kids are driving. They know where their kids are living."
But he cites a 1995-96 case in which former USC tailback Shawn Walters served a 12-game suspension for receiving extra benefits from a roommate who acted as a runner. The program was not punished.
"How in the world was the coach supposed to know that?" Price said. "You don't expect a coach to know everything a kid's doing 24 hours a day."
Can you feel David’s agony for Peetie?
Poor Peetie. All he wants to do is follow the rules. How in the world a coach like Peetie is supposed to know about this tawdry list when our Humanitarian is out curing AIDS and fighting hunger in Africa and fighting for human rights in Tibet?
David ends with this note of worry:
As the months stretch on, he says, "You shouldn't have the impression that the enforcement staff is impotent."
I will leave all the long time BNers to come up with the punch line to respond to that.