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Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby: ‘Cheating pays’

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Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby came out guns blazing on Monday, offering pointed remarks about college athletics’ current model, the effects of the O’Bannon lawsuit and the NCAA’s toothless enforcement standards.

The latter of those topics produced a string of seemingly-frustrated quotes from Bowlsby:

Tell us how you really feel, Bob.

Whatever your thoughts on “cheating” are — that athletes should be paid, etc. — rules are rules, and the NCAA seems pretty bad at enforcing the ones they have (see: the blown Miami case). If Bowlsby isn’t overstating things and the NCAA infractions committee indeed hasn’t met in a year, yikes. That’s pretty bad.

More from Bowlsby’s press conference today:

– Bowlsby said the lawsuits facing college athletics, like the O’Bannon case, could lead to the elimination of some Olympic sports to cover the costs of compensating football and basketball players. That’d be unfair, Bowlsby said, given the work put in by non-football/basketball teams is the same but those programs don’t “have the advantage of an adoring public.”

– Bowlsby, while admitting there’s a challenge in having a 10-team league, said he’s comfortable with not having a conference championship game.

– The 62-year-old Bowlsby also had this to say, which sounds pretty depressing:

And this:

Change is necessary for college athletics, but no one said it’d be easy — or very much fun, if you’re on Bowlsby’s side of things.

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20 Responses to “Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby: ‘Cheating pays’”
  1. drummerhoff says: Jul 21, 2014 11:26 AM

    Translation: For the first time is Big12 history, the rich are getting richer and the Big 12 isn’t part of it.

  2. donovandancy says: Jul 21, 2014 12:34 PM

    Well gee,
    the ncaa tries to enforce the rules,
    then this site and espn attack the hell out of them publicly,
    then now they make this slighted attempt at the ncaa being “toothless”.

    How about this, let miami, bama, UF and your other pet teams get hit for the very public cheating they have done, and then maybe this site wont be so irrationally biased.

  3. auburntigers34 says: Jul 21, 2014 1:16 PM

    “I’ve been in entire meetings where we no talk sports.”

    me no understand this sentence

  4. rolltide510 says: Jul 21, 2014 1:25 PM

    I never really understood how we got to this “toothless NCAA”.

    As best as I can tell, the NCAA “bungled” the Miami investigation, and this began the “NCAA is toothless” narrative, and the folks in Indy apparently agreed, so they just don’t even try anymore?

    Oh well, all thats really important is any team that can beat the one you pull for is definitely cheating. That’s the most consistent aspect of college football year in and year out.

  5. rabbi187 says: Jul 21, 2014 1:27 PM

    @ drunmerhoff
    How exactly did u come up with that moronic translation. Did u even read the article?

  6. rolltide510 says: Jul 21, 2014 1:37 PM

    I’m not sure one has to read the article to understand only losers complain about cheating.

  7. packerbadger says: Jul 21, 2014 1:47 PM

    rolltide510 says:Jul 21, 2014 1:37 PM

    I’m not sure one has to read the article to understand only losers complain about cheating.
    ==================================

    If your and the other $ECheat teams didn’t cheat; they probably wouldn’t win. But thanks for admitting that your team cheats!

  8. packerbadger says: Jul 21, 2014 1:50 PM

    The good news for the Alabumpkin’ football team is that 80% of the team is currently reading at a fourth grade level!

  9. auburntigers34 says: Jul 21, 2014 1:54 PM

    Didn’t Wisconsin have to suspend 26 players in 2000 because they were receiving free shoes? packerbadger needs to clean the windows in that glass house that he’s living in.

  10. thehawg says: Jul 21, 2014 1:57 PM

    If you ain’t cheating, you aren’t trying hard enough.

  11. drummerhoff says: Jul 21, 2014 1:59 PM

    Follow the money, rabbi. And learn some etiquette, tough guy. Now there’s an oxymoron, oy.

  12. huskerzfan says: Jul 21, 2014 2:05 PM

    The hypocrisy with which these asshat conference commissioners speak is phenomenally astounding.

    The NCAA Executive and enforcement staffs are spending all their time in court nowadays for enacting and keeping the rules of amateurism alive in college athletics. While the schools and conferences are raking in money left and right, it is the NCAA President that gets ridiculed publicly for having to stand up for rules that are 50+ years out of date. Rules that these schools have voted Yes for every year they have remained a member of the NCAA.

    Emmert has called for change way back in 2010, but nobody listened and nothing changed. Now we have the commissioners all grouping together to make it look as if it is the “NCAAs” fault that they cheat while they have been given so little power to enforce the crap-tastic rules that exist.

    By the way commish, when the NCAA did step in and lay down strong sanctions against USC, tOSU, and Penn State the outcry that the punishment was too severe echoed throughout the land.

    Damned if they do, damned if they don’t. Time for our schools and commissioners to take this on and get it figured out as opposed to pointing blame elsewhere.

  13. guinsrule says: Jul 21, 2014 2:17 PM

    Bowlsby said the lawsuits facing college athletics, like the O’Bannon case, could lead to the elimination of some Olympic sports to cover the costs of compensating football and basketball players. That’d be unfair, Bowlsby said, given the work put in by non-football/basketball teams is the same but those programs don’t “have the advantage of an adoring public.”
    ———————
    If you really care about those hard-working Olympic sports athletes, then I’m sure you could find a another way to fund their sports.

  14. rolltide510 says: Jul 21, 2014 2:19 PM

    “If your and the other $ECheat teams didn’t cheat; they probably wouldn’t win. But thanks for admitting that your team cheats!”

    …And thanks for admitting that your team loses, but more importantly thanks for keeping the tremendous torrent of butt hurt flowing from Big 10 country.

    Don’t worry sweethearts, we all know your teams comprised 100% of pre med students would be able to beat our squads full of future NFLers if only we didn’t cheat so much!

  15. coolhorn46 says: Jul 21, 2014 2:33 PM

    Bowlsby gets it. If you read between the lines in what he says, you know that a breakaway from the NCAA by the P-5 conferences can’t be too far away.

    The NCAA has never had any enforcement authority except that granted by the member schools. The NCAA has also lacked the funding to pay for an adequate investigative arm, and it also should be remembered that the rules they enforce are NOT state and national law, but rather, rules agreed upon by member schools. All of this is to say that the NCAA has been set up to lack the authority and resources for broad-based and consistent enforcement of the policies and rules.

    News flash…some schools out there, and you don’t need me to name ‘em…you know ‘em by their consistent record of bending or breaking rules, will always look for questionable advantages over those that they play. The rulebook itself is so confusing, and changes so frequently, that it’s like trying to read a Russian novel. Even those schools that are dedicated to playing by the rules are gonna break one every now and then.

    It’s no secret that the schools in the P-5 conferences don’t want to play by the restrictions imposed on them by the directional smaller schools. There’s been this toe dance going on for some time now about “changes” and “autonomy” for the P-5 conferences. Read between the lines…you’ve heard everyone of the P-5 commissioners say pretty much the same thing. The NCAA doesn’t work for them, and a break from the NCAA is likely imminent. Bowlsby might have chose some slightly different words, but his message is the same as that of Slive, Delaney, and the other two P-5 commissioners. Don’t make anything more out of what he said than is there.

  16. Stephanie says: Jul 21, 2014 4:53 PM

    “Don’t worry sweethearts, we all know your teams comprised 100% of pre med students would be able to beat our squads full of future NFLers if only we didn’t cheat so much!”

    I’m not really sure if that’s insulting or not…

    That said, Bowlsby is missing the point (as others have said well above).

  17. rponciano says: Jul 21, 2014 5:22 PM

    Bowlsby said the Infractions committee have not met for nearly a year. I think the reason is, that the universities are self investigating. The infractions committee is nothing but an extension of the field investigators. I have first hand knowledge of field investigators lieing to the infractions committee, and the committee did nothing except, to use their selective inforcement. It’s all a joke, and all they do is cover up for one another.

  18. onbucky96 says: Jul 21, 2014 8:03 PM

    What conference does this tool think he’s running, the SEC?

  19. shadowshand says: Jul 22, 2014 12:02 AM

    This guy has big stones. He’ll be out of work in 6 weeks.

  20. outlaw53 says: Jul 22, 2014 10:38 AM

    The Big 12 commissioner rants about cheating and morons like @packerbadger turn their own vitriol right toward the SEC. Did Bowlsby say that the SEC cheated? No. He simply implied that cheating exists because of the uneven enforcement by the NCAA ( by the way, Miami is NOT an SEC school ). In some cases ( USC, tOSU, etc ) action has been taken, but unfortunately no real precedent was set ( in tOSU’s case, Tressel lied to investigators ad nauseum, and yet I wouldn’t consider all Big 10 schools “cheaters” ) The facts are that ALL schools, not in any particular conference, push the limits of the rules due to the structure of the NCAA. Want better enforcement? Adjust the status quo….don’t cry about select schools “cheating” when the system itself is the problem.

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