September 16th, 2010
11:46 AM ET

Not a new trend, but what's with all the NCAA violations?

A.J. Green and the Georgia Bulldogs are among a number of high-profile players and teams battling NCAA violation allegations.

After a preseason marred by players landing on the NCAA’s watch list, the fallout continues over improper relationships with agents. On Friday, Georgia star receiver A.J. Green will appeal his four-game suspension for selling an Independence Bowl jersey for $1000 to someone deemed to be an agent. Green is one in a long line of players to receive the ire of the NCAA for coming in too close of contact with professional athletes and agents.

All we can really ask is what is going on? It’s not to say that these issues hadn’t been a problem for years, even decades, but at every turn a new program is being probed and prodded for any sign of player-agent violations. With uncertainty over player status still an issue for a number of schools, including North Carolina and Georgia, the dynamics of college football have invariably changed this season.

Without the star power that some of these college rosters boasted, many teams that would have been top contenders, could slowly see their title and bowl hopes fade. In the end is the NCAA doing the right thing? Yes. Was Reggie Bush forfeiting his Heisman Trophy a step in the right direction? Yes -– though it may have been a little too late, according to SI.com’s Stewart Mandel. But with possible suspensions still looming and more investigations being conducted, no amount of appealing or arguing over whether players like Green should have a four-game or two-game suspension will divert the NCAA’s attention from routing out even more violations and handing down more severe punishments.

Tonight is a light night in college football, while the baseball season chugs along.

Cincinnati Bearcats at. N.C. State Wolfpack (7:30 p.m.) – The Big East and Acc will meet up as the Bearcats take on N.C. State tonight. The Wolfpack are looking for their third win of the season, while the Bearcats are hoping to push their record this season to 2-1 after losing their season opener to Fresno State.

Los Angeles Angels at Cleveland Indians (7:05 p.m.).
The Indians are looking to follow up their Tuesday night win with yet another victory in their series against the Angels. The Indians’ win snapped LA’s four-game winning streak.

1 – Number of players to ever forfeit college football’s famed Heisman Trophy. Saints RB Reggie Bush became the only player in history to return the Heisman Trophy after the discovery that he received improper benefits from a sports agent while at USC.

19 – Number of games Phillies starting pitcher Roy Hallady has won this season. On Wednesday night, Hallady extended the Phillies NL East leads by beating the Florida Marlins 10-5. The win locked in the Phillies’ largest division lead since May 25.

70,000 – Number of people the Olympics committee is looking for to volunteer for the 2012 Games.

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  1. mike

    NCAA exploitation of athletes is a national disgrace. Any "violation" against NCAA fascism should be celebrated as an achievement. Until workers receive equitable pay for services rendered, I would never support any NCAA activity, would never purchase their merchandise, and will never support their ideology. They belong in the 20th century Soviet Union, not the 21st century USA.

    September 16, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  2. phil

    I would rather view paid amateurs than pro's wacked out on performance enhancing drugs. (yeah you Lance Armstrong)

    September 16, 2010 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. phil

    I'd rather watch paid college players than pro events where the outcome is decided before the game. example 1.)NBA–it has been decided in US courts that it is legal for the NBA to order referees to make sure a certain team wins. 2.) NASCAR is a family owned business and it is totally legal for them to decide their own race outcomes. 3.) I could make this list longer than your arm. Wake up already......read "The Fix is In"

    September 16, 2010 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Felipe

    all the eye shadows look lolvey and with my eyelids (one mono one double) I need all the pop of colour I can get!

    August 9, 2012 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |