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Punishment phase

So once again the NCAA punishes the children while letting the grownups off the hook.

No one's suggesting here that the 12 Miami players who've been suspended and ordered to pay back the money they took from sleaze-bucket booster/felon Nevin Shapiro shouldn't be punished for what they did. Although how college kids forbidden by NCAA rules to hold a job during the season are going to repay what they owe ... well, good luck with that one.

What I want to know is, when are the adults going to repay what they owe?

You can blame the kids all you want, but it was the adults charged with looking out for their interests who inflicted Nevin Shapiro on them. And yet Miami president Donna Shalala is still drawing a paycheck. Paul Dee, the former athletic director who (in an irony almost too gruesome to be believed) became the chair of the NCAA infractions committee, is still drawing a paycheck. Why is that?

After all, Nevin Shapiro happened on their watch. They're the ones who gave him free run of the Miami athletic department, simply because he was greasing their palms with fat checks. They even put his name on an athletic facility at the school.

I guess all that incoming revenue made it easier to look the other way, and allow Shapiro access to their student-athletes -- something at least one the football coaches (Randy Shannon) refused to do. Shannon, by all accounts, told his players to stay the hell away from Shapiro.

Why wasn't anyone else saying that? And why haven't they lost their jobs because they didn't?

Here's a thought: You know the money the players are being asked to pay back?

Take it out of Shalala's and Dee's paychecks.

Ben Smith's blog.