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Hoist by their own petard

Well, this is peachier than Atlanta. So now the NCAA is pondering new legislation to deal with the fallout from the Cam Newton pay-for-play ruling -- fallout which would never have happened to begin with had the organization not sat back and allowed the cabal that is the BCS to run the bowl system solely for the monetary benefit of select conferences.

Now it's come under fire, and properly so, for allegedly indulging in a double standard in the Newton ruling; one set of criteria for the cash-cow SEC, another for everyone else.

I'd like to say the criticism is unwarranted, but the NCAA has brought this on itself. If you allow the BCS -- little more than a cash-grab for the power conferences -- to dictate the structure of college football, you can hardly be surprised when you're accused of making rulings based on the financial bottom line of your more moneyed member institutions.

Ben Smith's blog.