2014 College Football Headlines
The last decade of college football has seen many changes, scandals, and ground-breaking stories. Since 2003, it has become normal, and even expected, to have scandals and recruiting violations dominate the off season. Well, this year it almost seemed that the new College Football playoff would take all the headlines. And honestly, that would have been a great thing for college football.
Instead, we are less than two weeks away from kick-off, and here we are..... Scandals, Judge Rulings against the NCAA. The "Power 5" conferences have shown interests in leaving the umbrella of the NCAA. Where does it end?
Certainly, there were less headlines of schools breaking NCAA rules this off season, but does that mean there will be some big ones next season? Possibly. The 2014 season almost kicked off, but then there was the academic scandal at Notre Dame that was recently uncovered. Mix that in with the NCAA deciding to revisit the North Carolina issues, and we have all the makings for some NCAA probation penalties coming. As far as recruiting violations? Well, not anything huge ever surfaced. However, there was the extra icing on the cookie for a recruit at South Carolina. Go ahead, roll your eyes at that one, but it's true. South Carolina reported themselves for it. All these "minor" violations are stacking up and eventually we will see the Power 5 Conferences say enough is enough.
Perhaps that will be the next big headline come 2015. Only time will tell. And the only thing I can promise you is that these headlines that we have grown used to seeing every off-season won't be going anywhere any time soon. But there is a light at the end of the tunnel. And it's that the season is kicking off in less than two weeks. The one, and only, remedy for the off-season scandals and negative headlines is football. Once the season starts, fans can enjoy the sport they love with little distractions. So hang in there, fans! The season is almost here.
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