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Biggest winners after major infractions

Posted on: July 11, 2011 1:32 pm
Edited on: July 11, 2011 1:40 pm
In part III of’s series on cheating in college football, I found out that the majority of schools that have committed major violations in the past 25 years actually have had a better record after the infractions.

So much for penalizing the guilty.

Anyway, in my report, I listed the 10 schools that have been hurt the most by the infractions since 1987.

Here’s a look at the 10 schools that fared the best after getting nailed by the NCAA. And if I’m California, I start committing some violations immediately. Because the last two times Cal committed major infractions the Golden Bears improved drastically over the next five years.

OK, so maybe it’s not that simple. But after Cal’s 1988 infractions, they won 18 more games in the next five years than the previous five seasons. The 2002 violations brought a five-year improvement of 27 wins – more than five per season compared to the previous five seasons.

Well, maybe, it had something to do with Cal’s coaching changes. Bruce Snyder replaced Joe Kapp in 1987 and Jeff Tedford replaced Tom Holmoe in 2002.

In the chart below, the year designates the year of the infraction. The improvement in wins is the number for the five seasons after compared to the five seasons before the violation.

Year School Improvement in wins

2002 California +27
2003 Rutgers +22
2001 USC +20
1988 California +18
1990 Florida +17
1997 UTEP +13
1997 Georgia +11
1996 Miss. State +9
1993 Auburn +8
1987 Texas Tech +8


Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: July 12, 2011 10:40 am

Biggest winners after major infractions

What this shows is that recruiting and having the right Head Coach can basically overcome sanctions haded down to schools.  While it may be more difficult for teams to win games with fewer scholarship athletes on the field, it certainly is not impossible.  Remember, only 11 players participate at one time.  If a school has 50 scholarship players, and they are quality players, that is enough to overcome the quantity of scholarship players they may have and be successful.  USC will be hit in the scholarship department for the next 3 years.  They will ose 10 per year.  Starting in the 2012 season, they will be eligable for post season play.  That means USC will be eligable for the Rose Bowl.  They may only sign 15 kids, but they will be some of the best kids in the nation, because they know that USC spells out T.V. exposure, and post season bowl games. 

Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: July 11, 2011 3:23 pm

Biggest winners after major infractions


Since 1992, Alabama has one more major infractions case (three) than national championships (two). I'd hardly call that losing.  

Since: May 10, 2011
Posted on: July 11, 2011 3:03 pm

Biggest winners after major infractions

You have to read the whole article AND follow the links.  BAMA is on the loist of biggest LOSERS after cheating.  LOL TIDE!!!

Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: July 11, 2011 2:36 pm

Biggest winners after major infractions

Cuz they cheated and couldn't win!!!

Since: Oct 21, 2006
Posted on: July 11, 2011 2:10 pm

Biggest winners after major infractions

Bama's not on this list.


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