Back in 1950, then-NCAA president Karl Leib warned about the perils of amateurism that wasn’t, well, amateur enough. They called this “pure amateurism.” That central tenant of the NCAA’s faith shifts over the decades to fit the organization’s whims. Universities pushed back against the NCAA’s Sanity Code that allowed universities to provide only need-based financial aid to athletes, banned paying for campus visits and, at one point, attempted to ban all off-campus recruiting.
“We shall have chaos worse than anything we ever dreamed of,” Leib warned the group’s convention about the code’s imminent banishment. “There will be fewer powers in command against which the others cannot compete. If athletes are obtained on the open market, I pity the schools who cannot bid high.”
The Joe McCarthy-style fear-mongering could be mistaken for a modern NCAA histrionics about the dangers of allowing athletes to capitalize on their name and gifts. Hargis can. Same with Gundy.
And the same behavior that amounts to a national scandal for a college athlete is perfectly acceptable for his coach?
That’s not a scandal. That’s the NCAA.