I was pleasantly surprised by the NCAA's final sanctions on Penn State. I didn't think it was great, but it was a lot more than I expected from them (I thought I'd written about that, but if I did, I can't find it).
But beyond that, there are many examples of schools getting pretty nominal penalties for what seem like fairly major problems (usually recruiting violations). And there are plenty of examples of athletes getting the book thrown at them for pretty minor violations (usually, very poor kids accepting gifts. Frequently very small gifts). And there are whole books to be written about how unfair all that is, no doubt.
But what I just found out about today is how coaches at NCAA schools are given the ability to be very vindictive towards "their" athletes. The lede:
It’s obvious to anyone who cares enough to look that major college sports are fundamentally unjust. The NCAA rakes in billions of dollars while the players get nothing. Most Division I athletes aren’t even guaranteed a four-year education—tear a ligament or get passed on the depth chart and your scholarship can vanish after a single season. But ask a bunch of coaches, and they’ll tell you that something else is rotten in college athletics. The problem with NCAA sports, they believe, is that the servants aren’t indentured enough.
Yeah, there's a lot of deserved irony in there.
And will the NCAA do anything to improve? Well, past experience has shown that they need to be dragged, kicking and screaming. Let's hope things get better.