Why the Latest College Football Scandal is a Bust
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As a college football fan, when I see the words 'Charles Robinson' and 'Yahoo Sports' associated with a school, a feeling of dread comes over me because I know some major scandal is about to break.
But Robinson's latest piece on the scandalous SEC was big for a day, and then it quickly went away. Not to say it won't come back, but it didn't produce the bomb we all thought it would.
Because, quite frankly, recent history has shown us that the NCAA won't do anything. Or better yet, can't do anything.
So these stories might have been big say, five years ago, when the NCAA had some teeth, but now we just yawn and move to the next story.
Plus, must of the general public believes players should be compensated; rules broken or not.
Another reason is the general public doesn't trust the people reporting the stories because they believe they all have an angle. Questioning the messenger and not the message is big among fans these days (see Evans, Thayer).
The NCAA has also botched so many cases, no one takes them seriously any more. The Johnny Manziel situation was solved before the season started, as we still await the decision about Miami.
And those who have been caught with their hand in the cookie jar have received lighter sentences. Example: Manziel receives a half-game suspension.
When that story broke on Twitter, we all thought it was a joke. Nope, it was the NCAA screwing up again.
And we are supposed to trust these guys to rule college athletics? I don't trust these people to watch my dog.
So, while I appreciate the hard work that Robinson and others do in their reporting, they're basically doing it in vain because no one cares and nothing will be done about it.
And that's the real story.