What Factors Can Bring Down A College Athletic Program?

The recent problems at Ohio State, University of Southern California, University of Tennessee, University of Michigan and a number of other schools has brought the problems of college athletics into the forefront. Scandals like these have been taken place on a regular basis for well over 30 years. One school in particular, Southern Methodist University, its football program was given the “death penalty” by the NCAA in 1987 (a one year ban from competition) for its repeated violations during the early 1980s.

This article will point out who can really hurt an athletic program and how they can do some serious damage to it.

Who: Boosters

These folks are either graduates of the college/university or has strong ties to the school. They donate their time and/or money to their Alma mater so that the school can do well academically and in athletics as well. For the most part, they make sure that the athletes perform well not only in the classroom, but also on the field or court. Plus, they are a second family to the athletes because they provide support for the players by giving advice and help them out once the athlete’s playing eligibility days are over.

How they mess up a program:

However, there is a certain element of folks that give boosters a bad name because they are really shady. These guys isn’t a graduate or doesn’t have a real ties to the college/university at all. As a matter of fact, they are just a fan of the school, just like you and me. These guys like to maintain a close relationship with an athlete, First, they meet the athlete by giving dollar handshakes. Here’s the setup: Once shaking hands with the booster, the athlete notices either a $10, $20, $50, or $100 bill in the palm of their hand. Then, they give the athlete their business card and say these cryptic words to them: “If you need anything at all, just let me know and I will give it to you.” Anything means everything you can possible think of, such as money, cars, clothing, jewelery, picking up the tabs for lunch/dinner along with some extreme items like trips and paid escorts (yes, if does happen!)

In the old days, these “boosters” would get away with this type of action because everyone kept this a secret. Well, we are living in the digital age now, which means that anything can get post online at anytime. So, it’s no surprise that an athlete would spill the beans to confess what took place between them and the “booster.” Hiring college athletes

WHO: Family and Friends

Family and friends are an athlete’s biggest and strongest support system. They have been there in the beginning ever since the athlete started playing sports either as a kid or teen. The family and friends provide support when the athlete performs well and as words of encouragement when the athlete has a bad game.

How they can mess up a program:

Somehow, there’s always one person that can break through the inner circle “That Guy” Yes, “that guy” is someone who is a friend of a friend of a friend of someone in the inner circle. The goal of this outsider is to provide favors to the athlete (money, cars, clothing, jewelry,etc.) at anytime. However, the outsider expects payback once the athlete turns pro and signs a contract worth millions of dollars. Unfortunately, the athlete turns pro and pays back the outsider, but what they don’t know is that the NCAA already knows what was going on and punish not only the outsider but the college as well. However, the athlete doesn’t receive any punishment at all.

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