Intercollegiate sports are played all year round–except for a couple of those “summer” months where there are no official contests–but it’s always around September, or probably more accurately, mid-August, that the talk of misdeeds among college athletics comes to the fore. Why? Because it’s football season.
So we get to hear about the suspensions issued at the end of last season or in the off-season (a la the Ohio State) and then whatever findings were made during off-season investigations into various programs (a la Miami). That is what stays the same–the perpetual/annual misdoings.
Here’s what seems to be different. And note that I am not a longtime close observer of college football–I’m more of a foul weather observe; like a tornado chaser–but less thrilling, more disgust-inducing. So I might not be the best person the make these observations. But here’s what I think I have seen.
There is more widespread attention to the athletic programs as a whole and to the institutional structures as well when scandals occur. This is in contrast to the attention