I won't be watching the Sugar Bowl this evening.
I won't be watching because five players who have no business playing will be playing.
I won't be watching because I don't believe in rewarding the cynicism and greed that were the major contributing factors in allowing them to play.
I won't be watching because Paul Hoolahan, the Sugar Bowl CEO, put pressure on Ohio State to lobby the NCAA to allow the players to play for the sole reason that his bottom line would be hurt if they didn't. And because both Ohio State and the NCAA succumbed to that pressure in allowing them to play. And because Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany, in one of the more blatant displays of hypocrisy in recent memory, backed the entire thing after castigating the NCAA and SEC for not having the backbone to do the right thing and suspend Cam Newton of Auburn for the SEC title game.
Et tu, Jimmy. You were saying?
I won't be watching because the actions of everyone surrounding this affair proves once and for all that it's expediency and revenue generation that count for everything in big-time college athletics, while integrity counts for nothing. If the five players in question violated NCAA rules -- and they did, without shame -- then they should be punished without regard to Paul Hoolahan's bottom line and the bottom line of any particular member institution. That means you suspend them immediately, and to hell with the Sugar Bowl. If you're not willing to do that, then you shouldn't suspend them at all.
To do so later on, when bowl money isn't at stake, is the very antithesis of integrity.
Ironically, and incredibly, Hoolahan said it was actually "preserving the integrity of the game" that was the reason for the Sugar Bowl to pressure Ohio State to keep the players elgibile.
Sorry, Paul. But by pressuring the NCAA through Ohio State to keep those players on the field tonight, your bowl game now has no integrity. None whatsoever.
Which is another reason I won't be watching.