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The absurdity of vacating wins in college sports

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Remember those “Men In Black” movies where they used those devices to erase your memory? Well, the NCAA owns one and has been wielding it for years.

What do I mean? Well, remember the Fab Five from Michigan? The group of freshman who managed to get to the NCAA championship? Their records were erased after a scandal occurred involving payments to ex-Michigan players during their time in school.

Who knew those esteemed educators, those proud defenders of the student-athlete, could wield such an amazing tool as invisible ink to erase the accomplishments that have been etched in our memories?

So now that the University of Alabama has been sanctioned after a number of sports were implicated in a scandal involving textbooks, the school will “vacate” wins from the said period of time that the infractions occurred.

I get the underlying premise: Cheaters don’t win. And schools ought to be punished for wrong-doing. But who are we kidding here? It just seems like such a disingenuous thing to do and the fact that academic institutions are the ones participating willing in this scheme just makes me shake my head. I don’t know if there are necessarily “better alternatives,” but I think tons of people who watch and enjoy intercollegiate athletics believe that there are options preferable to the ones the NCAA currently employs in its governance schemes.

In more upbeat news, edustir will have has a new contributing writer. Her name is Lauren Shopp and you can read more about her right here. I suspect she’ll bring this blog back to its roots in a sense, focusing on her duties as a web content guru and practitioner of social media in higher ed. Welcome her, because she’s your respite from my rantings. :)

One more thing: I bought the edustir domain for a project that we never ended up doing last year and so, when I was thinking about a way to shorten the domain address for this site, I decided that I might as well use it here. That’s where the most recent name change originated from. (Someone asked…)

Happy Weekend, folks.