Every bylaw in the NCAA’s 427-page Division I manual was passed with the best of intentions. Contrary to popular belief, the organization does not consist of five guys in Indianapolis conspiring to get rich on the backs of unpaid athletes.
The NCAA is an organization run by its members. In a lot of ways, it’s like the federal government — a massive bureaucracy that sometimes gets so bogged down in minutiae that the people in charge lose sight of the big picture. Two cases brought to light this week illustrate perfectly why the NCAA has such a sorry reputation.