Over the weekend, I threw up a quick FanShot with a quote that I read on the fly in an article in the Columbus Dispatch regarding Ohio State's compliance department.
But in reading the article in more detail later something stands out.
But last year, the auditors reviewed car registrations of 152 athletes and observed vehicles driven by football players to spring practice. Auditors found that 44 athletes bought parking permits for, received parking tickets in, or were seen driving cars that weren't registered.
Records obtained in May show that football players continue to submit incomplete forms, lacking sales prices, dates of purchases, co-signers and other required information.
How do the various compliance departments around the country really police their players and their cars?
As we all remember, The NCAA hammered USC in part because we didn't have all the info on Reggie Bush's Impala. That was just one player and one car. I am not now saying that tOSU should get hit harder because they allegedly have multiple issues with players either not filling out the proper paperwork or leaving the paperwork incomplete. USC had other "issues", real or imagined, that lead to the LOIC charge.
What I am saying though, is that 44 out of 152 is pretty significant, that isn't every student athlete at tOSU but it is enough.
I am not looking to compare the two situations between USC and OSU. There are issues with both programs that don't compare to one another...I am also not looking to let tOSU off the hook or exonerate them, but players and their cars looks to be a bigger issue that probably affects many other athletic departments.
One thing that I can say about the two situations is obvious...it doesn't matter the size of your compliance department, you need to be diligent in keeping on top of your players and their rides. Another thing is also obvious, schools take a huge leap of faith in hoping that their players are doing the right thing in being accountable in following the rules. Sometimes it is just an innocent oversight...players have very busy schedules with team activities and their academics so some things fall through the cracks. That isn't an excuse for the compliance department to not double check or to do their job...but it is an uphill battle, especially if you have player(s) that are trying to skirt the rules.
I am not going to make a big deal out of this and I am not looking to make excuses for anyone regardless of allegiance.
Cars are easy...coaches and and athletic department personnel see their players driving their vehicles. As the chief compliance officer for his team all the head coach has to do is ask to see the form.
Think of all the problems that could be avoided if someone simply asked.
Seems simple to me regardless of the program...