Covering University of Colorado sports, mostly basketball, since 2010

Monday, April 9, 2012

Quick Post: ... and I would've gotten away with it, too, if it weren't those pesky recruiting violations

Ah Baylor.  Once again you've crossed into my consciousness with your outright dickishness.  

Over the past few years Baylor, once the athletic laughing stock of the American Southwest, suddenly became a Waco behemoth, seemingly capable of no wrong on the court.  Football? Check.  Men's hoops? Check.  Women's basketball? Double-check.  A combined 80 wins this past season in football, mens and womens basketball set an NCAA record.  Sic 'em, indeed.

Of course, everyone knew, with a wink and a nudge, that Baylor had accomplished these feats with typical SWC aplomb (read: they cheated), but the proof was lacking.  That is, it was lacking until today.

Finally getting around to it, the NCAA has let it be known that the saintly Baptists in Central Texas are just as scum ridden as the rest of us heathens.  1,671 acts of impermissible contact with recruits across nine different sports (including equestrian!), the illegal hiring of recruiting services, and an assistant coach encouraging witnesses to lie?  Not very Christian of you, Baylor.  The NCAA even threw in the old "failure to monitor" chestnut to top the sundae off.

The Bears tried to sweep this all under the rug by self imposing a few extra recruiting silent periods and a few empty scholarships.  However, since the mens basketball program was still under probation when some of these major violations were alleged to have taken place, we might just hear more about this in the coming months.

No wonder El Jefe and his millions of "Pac-12 Funbucks"© wanted nothing to do with them two years ago.

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