There has been way too much corruption going on in major college athletics. The Iowa State Cyclones could be the next team in trouble for doing things they shouldn’t have. The university reported to the NCAA this week that their coaches made 24 impermissible calls to recruits and didn’t account for another 1,400 calls.
Iowa State is hoping for a punishment of two years’ probation. It is a program-wide issue, but from a football perspective where all the main revenue for the university likely comes from, things like this can’t keep happening.
Iowa State released records last season that it self-reported ten secondary violations including some by the football program. I don’t understand why coaches don’t seem to grasp that they can’t keep calling recruits. The Cyclones weren’t a very good team last season as it was with a 6-7 record, and I don’t think things are going to get better this coming season. That should prove something to the effect that making all these “illegal” calls isn’t worth it.
Iowa State has had better football years, and maybe the 2013 season will be different. But now there is the black cloud of probation or possibly even worse punishments. The ramifications are huge, and will certainly hurt any good offseason work the program has been doing. I really thought college athletics were supposed to be the most pure form out there outside of high school. I have been proven wrong yet again and you can add Iowa State to the growing list.