The NCAA wants to take meaningful steps in reform and now the big hub bub heading into this football season is all the prominent football schools who've been caught with various violations. The latest is Miami of Florida and I was surprised when NCAA President Mark Emmert immediately commented on the severity of the charges Wednesday-- that never happens from an NCAA spokesman.
But I don't think curbing cheating will be easy. Donors and boosters are often involved and they can make quiet deals with players who simply do not want to give up various offers and financial gains under the thinking they won't get caught. They all figure they can keep much of this stuff covered up and over the years maybe many have been able to get away with violations.
The NCAA is a voluntary organization and it's up to schools to dictate the so called "institutional control" which is the catch phrase today. In other words the schools need to keep an eye on themselves let alone their boosters. But it's not easy and the prominent schools have many prominent boosters and I don't know of a system that curbs cheating any better other than to make sure that coaches with major violations are banned from NCAA coaching.