NCAA gives UMass tennis a harsh lesson in power — over a phone jack

In January, following LSU’s 42-25 victory over Clemson in the National University Football Championship, Cleveland Brownes’ famous LSU graduate and current wide receiver, Odell Beckham Jr. At that time, USL carried out an internal investigation into various elements of its sports programmes for offences. During the summer, the school had completed a two-year investigation and, with respect to football, discovered that the sponsor had paid the father of a player for not showing up for work, an NCAA offense. LSU itself reported the incident, which led to the loss of four scholarships a year over the next two years of the 85 football scholarships that the school receives each year. The LSU has also banned Beckham from playing sports at school for two years. To date, the NCAA has not imposed any additional sanctions. Soccer’s on.

In college basketball, Kansas and Arizona are involved in a pay-per-game system that has further exposed the corruption in the sport, which was nothing more than an open secret.

According to the NCAA, the behavior in Kansas, where head coach Bill Self and his assistant were accused of knowing and ignoring payments by Adidas representatives to players and sending potential recruits to school, was shameless, their attitude indifferent and provocative. Silvio De Sousa, the keeper of the Kansas player, received $2,500 and then agreed to receive an additional $20,000 from an Adidas representative to free De Sousa from playing in Maryland. By cultivating a massive FBI bite, the case ended up in federal court, which used the university not as a remorse for its role in a massive corruption case, but as a shield to protect itself and its employees.

Fault! The file name is not specified. Coach Bill Self and Silvio De Souza were at the center of a nationwide corruption case at the university basketball game, but Kansas is waiting for a decision from the NCAA. Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

As the federal lawsuit revealed, Adidas employees deliberately withheld unacceptable payments for the university and its management staff. The university has never denied that these irregular payments were made, according to a statement from Kansas in May. The NCAA officers’ assertion that the university should be responsible for these payments is a misrepresentation and a gross misapplication of the NCAA’s articles of association and precedents.

Illegal payments have been made to her actors, but Kansas believes that the university should not be held responsible. The university protects itself as an innocent victim. Arizona is still doing the same for his head coach Sean Miller, although Miller’s assistant at the time, Emanuel Book Richardson, spent three months in jail for accepting a $20,000 bribe to convince Arizona players to sign a contract with a certain agent after being pro.

The U.S. law firm for the Southern District of New York has made cash payments from sneaker companies to players’ agents. Agents and coaches use the money not only to pay the players and their families, but also to influence the players in the participating schools, effectively changing the league on the pitch throughout the country.

Last month, the NCAA decided that that was enough and imposed the harshest and most ruthless punishment…. Wait a minute, the U.M.A. Women’s Tennis Team.

Umass was put on trial for two years, he himself was fined $5,000 and the records and games for two seasons, 2015-16 and 2016-17, were cancelled because two players received unjustified benefits of $252.

The false profit UMass itself reported to the NCAA was: Compensation for taking a phone from the players at home, a phone they didn’t even know or use because they had a mobile phone.

Telephone connection.

In the age of mobile phones.

Fault! The file name is not specified. Brittany Collens wants to preserve not only the A-10 title and the two years of play, but also the reputation of her team and her school. UMass Athletics

Brittany Collens left New Mexico in 2014, and the NCAA’s decision to cancel her victories ruined two-thirds of her UMass career. Like I’ve never played there before, she says. University careers have been shattered, performance has been shattered, including the Atlantic 10 championship, which UMass won in 2017, and the season records of the last two years of Judy Dixon’s legendary coaching career, Judy Dixon – a 25-year career that has seen 316 victories.

Through a telephone jack.

The mistake was administrative. An internal investigation showed that the overpayments between the women’s team and the men’s basketball team amounted to $9,187, which included housing costs as well as telecommunications costs. UMass acknowledged the error by using the NCAA’s self-declaration system and agreed to pay a $5,000 fine to have the NCAA Infringement Committee reject the rule for not taking into account the two sporting victories.

They gave us the highest fine they could give us, said Ryan Bamford, Umass athletic director. Our argument was that we had no advantage. We have not discredited or accepted any of the facts in this case. We admitted that we made writing errors, but we didn’t endanger the collegiate model. Our women’s team lost the conference championship because of the telecommunications fee, which no longer exists. She was banished because everyone uses cell phones. You no longer have to pay for a wired telephone connection.

When the misconduct committee held a press conference last month to explain itself, there was no sympathy. Regardless of the knowledge, the guilt or the intention, the athletes were technically incompetent, making games in which they apparently did not fail, said panelist Dave Roberts.

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While Bill Self and Kansas are doing their best to pass themselves off as Al Capone’s tough guy, UMass reportedly spent $100,000 on the investigation itself and signed up for a minor offense discovered during the investigation. The NCAA agreed in writing in its statement that the overpayment was a clerical error. Infringements are the result of a misunderstanding of the subsidy rules and a clerical error by the former deputy director of athletics. However, he noted that excessive financial support deprived student athletes of their right to compete.

Big college coaches go to jail. Adidas, under Armor and Nike, finance the AAU leagues and its business partners with NCAA schools across the country. Even when the Kansas scandal went to federal court, the university extended its contract with Adidas by 14 years and 196 million dollars. Kansas is also facing NCAA football sanctions. But while the Kansas teams continue to play, the NCAA has turned to UMass knowledge and killed a fly with a punishable nuclear bomb.

I think there has been a misappropriation of funds and we have reached a point where the [NCAA] needs to be revived, Commissioner A-10 Bernadette McGlade told very openly. Having a number of student athletes who haven’t been involved in a detected error/failure… and yet punishing them on match nights seems too punitive, not in the sense of what we do as a club.

The NCAA is investigating the LGB, Arizona and Kansas, and if each school gets the harshest sentences, there will still be no justice. In the NCAA world, a spelling mistake by UMass can lead to the same penalties as mass fraud, where coaches, players and sponsors influence the teams that get the best talent. Depending on these decisions, Umass’ punishment may be even harsher.

WITHOUT CULTURE, in a sense a basic and fundamental, light and titanic proportionality. The national protests that followed the murder of George Floyd by police and the murder of Jacob Blake did not stem from the approval of the crime, but the fact that police strangled a person for eight minutes is an appropriate response to an alleged attempt to use a forged $20 bill. Proportionality is another word for justice. In the name of justice. You don’t cut someone’s hand off because they stole a loaf of bread – unless you’re talking metaphorically about the NCAA.

When powerful institutions ignore the idea of proportionality, they stop looking for honesty and become corrupt. Corruption does not necessarily mean illegality, but behaviour that undermines the declared mission of the institution’s values. According to this definition, the NCAA is corrupt.

When governments do this, they are called authoritarian. When law enforcement agencies arbitrarily decide that a violation may justify a person’s last day on earth, the companies in which they operate are called police states. The NCAA’s system of self-responsibility with a subsequent negotiated settlement exists at least in theory to prevent problems in, for example, the criminal justice system – mandatory minimum sentences, mandatory penalties – with the aim of investigating the facts of a series of individual circumstances in order to promote common sense. It’s ridiculous that the NCAA can see UMass basketball and tennis as a whole. It is unthinkable that a bureaucratic error falls into the same category as an athlete taking money from a third party.

The NCAA has gone too far in the corruption and collateral damage caused by this corruption and cover-up is just as important to UMass, Judy Dixon, Ryan Bamford and especially Brittany Collens as it is to anyone else in the world: their reputation. UMass will not have a complete historical record of Collens’ career. At first glance (and most people don’t waste time giving themselves a second chance) they’re treated like crooks in the old Dixon program and in the Bamford department. There is nothing proportional to the NCAA’s decision.

I stressed that we know what we have achieved in the three years that ended with the A-10, Dixon told her team. Nobody can take that away from him. It doesn’t matter what’s on paper. It depends on what you keep in your memory and in your heart.

Discretion, however, allows activists to be respectful, even among athletes who are taught to be respectful as soon as they make a promise. They tend to be a friendly face of the sport and visit the sick, not only because they are idolaters, but also to remind them that they are grateful that they are physically able to practice world-class sport. They are taught that they should be grateful because they get shelter, education and food. They should be grateful that the public is concerned and that the unnecessary opportunity to exploit the service in this culture is indeed potentially lucrative.

In all this, there is the basic manipulation of the athletes to make them obey, frighten them and not challenge them, which at the same time gives the NCAA the possibility of not being held responsible.

Brittany Collens puts this injustice into practice. She and her teammates launched a petition on against the NCAA and in support of UMass tennis, which collected over 5,000 signatures. Following the NCAA’s decision, the office of U.S. Senator Chris Murphy, a Democrat from Connecticut, contacted Collens to discuss future steps and possible legislation to limit the NCAA’s power. When people expect justice, irresponsibility creates warriors.

They’re going to fight because their reputations are at stake, Bamford said. The transgressions did not affect their success.

Fault! The file name is not specified. Due to a self-declared typo in UMass, Judy Dixon, on the left, was able to defend her tennis program. UMass Athletics

For UMass, both Dixon and Bamford stressed the need to work within the NCAA system and its changes. This is a pleasant feeling, often appropriate to maintain common sense and the appearance that the systems work as intended, but the NCAA’s decision on UMAASS undermines the spirit of the self-explanatory procedures. And while Mr Bamford said he was proud of his programs and would take the same steps if the need for self-examination were to return, the truth is that if he had not been diligent, the NCAA would never have known about the $252 overpayment of the phone jack. The NCAA ignored its own recommendations for tougher sanctions and again interrupted every school on whether it was worth reporting. For players who see that the self-declaration system can be interpreted as a method by which the NCAA punishes them for what they say about themselves, the relationship with the NCAA is competitive.

Meanwhile, while UMass has started the appeal process without much optimism, small schools without tasteless Nike and Adidas contracts are waiting for the NCAA decision on the Kansas and Arizona LSU and basketball, with coaches whose votes on the tape are linked to massive illegal actions, whose text messages belong to the FBI and whose games can continue.

We’re the NCAA. It’s me, Bamford said. We’re part of a body and I think that’s the law that needs to be changed, because I don’t want that to happen again. I’d do the same thing over and over again, but you can take away someone’s motivation to say something. Our fans and alumni are proud of the way we treat each other. They know we did everything right, and we know they did everything right. I told the tennis team: Don’t listen to him. It’s not fair. You will always be recognized and you will always be a champion. Your title is a long-term legacy, and this moment should remain the same.

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