League could fine players involved in NCAA violations

As the NFL continues to look for ways to help address the problem of college players getting paid by agents, Charley Casserly of CBS reports that one step could involve fining players who ultimately are found to have violated NCAA rules in this regard.

We’ve argued that the NFL should suspend the players who took money from agents.  More importantly,  the league should compel players to cooperate with NCAA investigations that commence after the players have left school, at which time the NCAA no longer has the ability to force them to talk. 

If such a system were in place, the five-year Reggie Bush may have taken only five months to complete.

Though only a small percentage of college football players ever get to the NFL, plenty of them think they’re destined to play on Sundays.  Thus, the approach could deter some college players from taking money.

Then again, 20-year-old kids who expect to eventually have millions may not blink at the idea of peeling a few thousand off for the NFL at some undefined point in the future.  That’s why the approach needs to include the threat of losing not only money but also playing time.

10 responses to “League could fine players involved in NCAA violations

  1. Um…exactly what level of jurisdiction does the NFL have in the NCAA? They’re honestly thinking of this? Funny cause your new job can’t punish you for stuff you did at your old job. Especially when your old was volunteer gig, where you didnt get paid jack $hit. NFL has lost its mind. The fines, the suspensions, the arbitrary use of the Personal Conduct Policy. Goodell ur the problem, not the solution.

  2. Casserly is an idiot.
    Just is no way to properly enforce that. Only possibility is to fine players who don’t cooperate with investigations.

  3. Being able to fine or suspend players once they’re in the NFL is the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard. Why should they lose money because the NCAA is incapable of policing itself? Maybe they should use all that money they make to hire a few more weirdos to stalk players facebook pages.

  4. If such a system were in place, the five-year Reggie Bush may have taken only five months to complete.

  5. I don’t think anything will phase these kids. When someone puts large amounts of money in your face with minimal strings attached, usually most would take it, especially if you come from nothing. You figure heck, if a few years down the road, MAYBE, MAYBE there will be repercussions, I’ll deal with it then. Most live in the right now period of their life. This is not just something happening in the NFL though, you see pockets of Politicians, CEO’s and normal everyday people getting filled for their vote, agreement or signature daily. Thats how this country runs. Welcome to America, the land of the PAID.

  6. This would be like my current job fining me for something I did at my previous job.
    I know the NFL is a different world, but not that different.

  7. This solution is frankly dumb because it does nothing to solve the problem. Bush’s violation was a mere drop in an ocean of “violations”. The only difference is that the NCAA was able to pin this one on USC (kinda. It’s not like their evidence would have held up in court). Further, does the NFL really want to be beholden in any way to the NCAA? Really? From the NFL’s perspective, it is best to talk about getting tough than to ever actually take any action. IMO, the only solution is to admit that Division I college football is a business and not amateur athletics.

  8. Ridiculous suggestion. Underage drinking was a “violation” of my school’s rules when I was on campus. Should a campus administrator be able to call up my current boss and say that because there is evidence I attended an on-campus party when I was 19 and drank alcohol, that my employer should now discipline me?
    The NFL has no jurisdiction here and anything they do to “enforce” NCAA rules just solidifies the argument that the NCAA is truly just a minor league for the pros.

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