Predicting what the NCAA will do investigating various school with big sport infractions is tough to do anymore. Who knows what punishments will be in each case. Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State have all felt the wrath of the NCAA in recent years, all different types of cases with different penalties.
Oregon got what I call a slap on the wrist Wednesday. Three years of probation which in and of itself means little. The Ducks lose no post season games and they lose all of one scholarship per year for three years. Oregon coach Chip Kelly felt the posse coming and headed off to the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles in the off season. But critics will wonder if NIKE founder Philip Knight doesn't figure into this punishment. NIKE pays a lot of money in uniforms to outfit various American college teams and Knight is a big Oregon guy. Did his status play a role in sparing Oregon a worse penalty? Most will believe that is no factor and that's what the NCAA will say. Others will always wonder if Oregon's wrist slap didn't have something to do with keeping Phil Knight from any form of retaliation. Who knows.