College sports' biggest scandals
Years of child sex abuse at Penn State by longtime assistant Jerry Sandusky may represent the worst scandal in the history of college sports. While it's hard to compare Sandusky's crimes, and the institutional problems described in the Louis Freeh report released Thursday, to other cases involving unacceptable benefits or point-shaving, this is a list of some of the scandals that drew massive attention aside from Penn State.
MIKE RICE FIRED FOR BERATING PLAYERS | 2013
The former Rutgers basketball coach was fired on April 3, 2013, after video footage that showed him physically and verbally abusing players was aired April 2 on ESPN's "Outside the Lines." Rutgers athletic director Tim Pernetti had viewed the video in November, and suspended Rice for three games, fined him $75,000 and ordered him to take anger management classes. Rutgers later said "a review of previously discovered issues" was the reason behind Rice's firing.
MANTI TE'O'S FAKE GIRLFRIEND | 2012-2013
Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o was celebrated throughout the season for overcoming the sudden death of his girlfriend while leading the Irish to the BCS National Championship game. Te'o finished second in Heisman Trophy voting. But a Jan. 16 article on Deadspin revealed Te'o's supposed girlfriend, Lennay Kekua, never existed. Notre Dame defended Te'o, saying he was duped and the program had been aware of the hoax since Dec. 26. Still, speculation persists Te'o was a willing part of the hoax.
PENN STATE SCANDAL | 1998-2012
Longtime Nittany Lions defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was indicted in November 2011 with sexually abusing numerous children on and off university property, including in Penn State football facilities, for more than 14 years. According to a grand jury investigation, Sandusky utilized his foundation, The Second Mile, to lure children and bribed them to keep quiet about the abuse. Head coach Joe Paterno was later fired, and Penn State president Graham Spanier, senior vice president Gary Schultz, and athletic director Tim Curley stepped down from their positions. Sandusky was convicted on 45 of 48 charges in June 2012 and sentenced to 442 years in prison.
BOBBY PETRINO'S AFFAIR
Petrino, the Arkansas coach, initially said he was riding alone when he was injured in a motorcycle accident. It was subsequently learned that Jessica Dorrell, a former Razorbacks volleyball player, was with Petrino and had had an extramarital affair with him. Petrino had paid Dorrell $20,000 and set her up with a job in the athletic department. Petrino was fired.
MIAMI BOOSTER SCANDAL
A total of 73 Hurricanes football players have been implicated in the latest scandal to hit the Miami program. A booster, Nevin Shapiro, subsequently jailed for running a pyramid scheme, allegedly dispensed money, prostitutes, cars and vacations to the players. Shapiro said coaches and university officials knew of his gifts. The case is pending before the NCAA.
OHIO STATE TATTOO SCANDAL
Buckeyes football coach Jim Tressel admitted that he knew several of his star players were trading memorabilia for cash and tattoos in violation of NCAA rules, but sat on that information for 10 months until after the players participated in a 12-1 season that resulted in a Sugar Bowl win over Arkansas. Tressel was forced to resign, Ohio State vacated the 2010 season and was hit with NCAA probation and a loss of scholarships.
REGGIE BUSH'S HEISMAN STRIPPED
Reggie Bush, winner of the 2005 Heisman, was stripped of the award after it was revealed that his parents were paid hundreds of thousands of dollars by an agent. Southern California coach Pete Carroll left for the NFL, but the Trojans were stripped of 30 scholarships and given a two-year postseason ban.
BAYLOR MURDER AND COVER-UP
Bears basketball transfer Patrick Dennehy was slain by teammate Carlton Dotson. Coach Dave Bliss instructed his players to lie to the NCAA by telling investigators that Dennehy was dealing drugs. Dotson pleaded guilty to murder, Bliss was fired and Baylor self-imposed penalties of a one-year postseason ban and a loss of scholarships.
GEORGIA ACADEMIC SCANDAL
Georgia head coach Jim Harrick and his son, Jim Jr., provided high grades to players in classes they never or seldom attended and paid players’ expenses. The elder Harrick, who led the Bulldogs to NCAA tournament appearances in 2001 and 2002, resigned and his son was fired.
MINNESOTA ACADEMIC FRAUD
Clem Haskins’ tenure with the Golden Gophers was brought down by a widespread academic fraud. Former manager Jan Gangelhoff claimed she had written papers for at least 20 players. Minnesota’s records were vacated and the program was docked five scholarships. Haskins, the AD and several other officials lost their jobs.
MICHIGAN'S FAB FIVE
Several players, including star forward Chris Webber, were paid by a booster and factory worker, Martin, from his gambling operations. All records, including two Final Fours, featuring the so-called Fab Five recruiting class, were vacated, Michigan was put on two years of NCAA probation and head coach Steve Fisher lost his job.
HOT ROD WILLIAMS
Tulane forward John “Hot Rod” Williams was accused of accepting more than $8,000 to shave points in several games. He was later acquitted, but the school dropped the team until 1989.
SMU'S DEATH PENALTY
1986 Southern Methodist boosters funneled thousands of dollars to football players through a slush fund that was administered by school officials, including former Texas governor Bill Clements (pictured above). The NCAA gave the program the “death penalty” — forcing it to the sidelines for the entire 1987 season — and the Mustangs have never regained their national stature.
CCNY POINT-SHAVING SCANDAL
The City College of New York men’s basketball team won both the National Invitation Tournament and the national championship in 1950. Then a point-shaving scandal that spanned 86 games dating to 1947 was discovered. Thirty-two players from seven schools were arrested. CCNY turned from powerhouse to trivia answer. Players from Kentucky were also involved, but the Wildcats program survived to remain a powerhouse.