Interesting comment on Wolf' s blog this afternoon.
Q: At least two Internet Sports columnists from major outlets appear to be openly cheering for USC men's basketball to receive the NCAA's so-called death penalty.
I believe the names are Pat Forde and Greg Doyel.
From what I hear, the DP is basically not applicable to USC since the Bush and Mayo circumstances are concurrent events and thus there is no repeat offense without an issued sanction.
That being said, is there any scenario whereby the NCAA could hand down the death penalty in the Mayo case?
Are these columnists just using hyperbole to get readers and why the sudden animosity toward Troy by the media?
A: The death penalty is not possible right now. The reason the columnists were so forceful is because Forde needed to write a column to accompany the Mayo report and this was the strongest way to make a stand. Doyel's disliked Tim Floyd for years, dating before USC, and this is consistent with his previous columns.
As I said early last week I thought Forde's column was a little premature and was ready to go preety quick after the OTL report. Wolf is right Forde had to support the OTL report so why not go with brute force, he obviously forgot about Michigan in the 90's.
I don't know anything about Doyel, I had not heard of him until he wrote the Mayo piece in 2006. I also heard him on Fox Sports Radio basically calling for SC to get the death penalty. I am not sure what his gripe with Floyd is but he has the podium and he will use it. Whatever, these guys have no say in the matter so their opinions don't mean much other than pushing their own agenda.
Just goes to show you some days you're in some days you're out. The media is only looking for a story that increases their exposure.