Getting paid to play
College programs breaking rules
It seems that there is always some form of illegal activity surrounding large, successful football and basketball programs within the NCAA. Nearly everyday on the sports Sports Center line up, there is a few minutes dedicated to an update regarding the illegal funding, coaching behavior, or booster involvement in recruiting. In paper two I plan on exploring the recent University of Miami NCAA violations involving the booster Nevin Shapiro.
Miami notified the NCAA in 2009 that internal investigations were being conducted surrounding illegal funding activity. The NCAA then began its own investigation into the University’s athletic programs, specifically basketball and football, stating the university had a “lack on institutional control.” The investigation endured for nearly three years before reaching a final verdict of allegations and penalties.
A few examples of Nevin Shapiro’s involvement includes evidence that he entertained recruits, players, and coaches at various restaurants around Miami, in addition to hosting players on his yacht, paying for recruits hotels, and helping to secure athletic prospects by involving his own money into the recruiting process. It comes to no surprise that the man who seemed to have all the money in the world is currently serving a 20 year sentence in Federal prison for his involvement in a $930 million ponzi scheme.
To be proactive, Miami decided to partake in self-imposed sanctions. This included a restriction on the football team from participating in any post -season games for two years. During the 2012 season, this prevented Miami from participating in the ACC championship game, denying them the possibility of a Bowl game.
I plan to write about the ethics surrounding the actions of players, coaches and boosters within the NCAA sports environment with recruiting and extra benefits from the perspective of virtue ethics. What is more important? The integrity of the programs, or the success they achieve?