FUN STAR: NCAA formally apologizes for sanctions, admits to overreacting to violations

By Zayn Roohi

Photo Editor

(This piece satirical and should not be taken seriously.)

The NCAA issued a formal apology to UAF last Thursday afternoon for overreacting to minor violations and placing harsh sanctions on the university.

(From left to right) Adam Griffin, Lilah Hudson, Eden Gumaer and Katherine Stark all burst into tears upon news of the NCAA's sanctions back in November. Other reactions included anger from some, and apathy from others. - Zayn Roohi / Photo Editor

(From left to right) Adam Griffin, Lilah Hudson, Eden Gumaer and Katherine Stark all burst into tears upon news of the NCAA’s sanctions back in November. Other reactions included anger from some, and apathy from others. – Zayn Roohi / Photo Editor

“After thinking about it, we realized that the actions of a few coaches more than five years ago really should have no effect on current athletes,” NCAA President Mark Emmert said during a press conference.

The move to apologize and remove the sanctions came after the NCAA realized that the only people that were getting punished were the athletes, Emmert said.

The turning point for Lenny Boheme, chairman of the infractions committee, was when he came to Fairbanks on personal vacation.

“You know, everyone was just so great, and I realized placing these sanctions was like stealing candy from a baby,” Boheme said. “It just wasn’t right.”

The committee also took into consideration the $30,000 fine placed on the university, which would have come directly out of student’s tuition fees. According to Emmert, it will in no way dissuade future coaches from committing violations again, as they wouldn’t be paying the fine or face any sanctions.

Responses varied across campus, from students who didn’t care, to athletes who were overjoyed.

“I just really wish they had made the decision three months ago when I could still play,” senior basketball player Tim Duncan said.

“My mother once told me to always stand up to the bully. I think that’s what UAF has done,” Athletic Director Gary Gray said.

The sanctions were placed on UAF last November, after the university self reported minor academic violations. The violations included things such as athletes not declaring majors or not having enough credits. The hardest hit sports were hockey, basketball and swimming, all of which had to give up the right to compete at regionals and nationals, forfeit all wins and give up scholarships.

The athletes were devastated by this, with one student going so far as to fax the NCAA an extremely explicit hate message.

Rumor has it that the NCAA is considering options for making it up to the athletes whose seasons they ruined. Emmert has denied these rumors, while Mark Lewis, NCAA Vice President, said that they are considering giving the athletes a sum of money or allowing another year of eligibility.

The NCAA also recently announced that they would consider paying athletes a percentage of the money they made off using their names and faces as advertisement.

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1 Response

  1. Marcus says:

    I certainly understand the frustration the current athletes are having but, sorry to say the NCAA is not the bad guy here. The responsibility for the violations solely falls on the shoulders of former Athletic Director Forrest Karr and former Vice Chancellor Jake Poole. Both of these administrators were suppose to oversee the athletic department and make sure everything from NCAA compliance to academic eligibility information and communication between athletic department personnel and admissions/academic advisers was running smoothly and in compliance. However, that did not take place even when a former compliance officer in the athletic department brought concerns to both of these supposed leader’s attention. They disregarded such concerns and spent most of their time tooting their own horns, creating the image that everything was hunky dory in UAF athletic land and spending their decision making ability and department funds on keeping certain employees in the athletic department happy and disregarding the concerns and issues that really mattered.
    Both Karr and Poole got off without a scratch because, with in a year after the NCAA violations surfaced in the Spring of 2011, Karr landed another job at Northern Michigan University and Poole conveniently retired. Not much can be done about Poole, other than maybe requesting he take some of his nice Alaska State retirement money and help pay the fine or maybe just apologize and admit to his lack of leadership that helped lead to the violations.
    When it comes to Karr, since he still works in the world of collegiate athletics at a fellow NCAA member institute, the violations that took place at UAF under his watch should follow him to NMU under the NCAA’s show-cause penalty. It’s typically a rule applied to coaches but, I think in this case it should follow an Athletic Director.
    As for the UAF coaches, past and present, they are not culpable for violations that took place from 2007-2011 because, they put their faith and trust in a communication system that was suppose to be taking place between the athletic department administration personnel and academic department personnel and it simply wasn’t.

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