The NCAA’s bowl ban eliminated KU from Orange Bowl consideration following the 1960 season. KU would have been the Big 8 conference champ, but the conference forced KU to forfeit two wins and the conference championship.
It would be interesting to add a couple of layers to the analyss. To correlate cheating and success, one could examine years of probation versus seasons finishing in the Top 25. Looking at both football and basketball could be enlightenng. KU provides an interesting case study.
KU basketball is perhaps the poster chold of why cheating exists. Allthough the NCAA has hit the KU basketball program often and hard, the advantages of cheating have outweighed the penalties. More people remember Wilt played for KU than those with knwoledge of the illegal benefits that induced Wilt to move from a big city on the East Coast to the wheat fields of Kansas. KU roundball gets more recognition for its national championships than the ensuing probations that left them unable to defend the titles.
With KU football, you get the other side of the coin. Of the teams on your list ot leaders in most seasons on NCAA probation, KU has fewer Top 25 finishes than anyone else. Looking at the variance between years with Top 25 finishes verus years on probation, only SMU was worse than KU. With KU football, the tawdry side of cheating is more exposed, not dimmed by the wining it was intended to facillitate. With KU football, you see the cheating for what it is – willingness to ignore the rules in a patheric atempt (almost laughable in its ineffectivness) to make KU football nationaly relevant.
When I was doing research on NCAA Probation and College Basketball, the Centenary SID mentioned in a newspaper that the cheating outweighed the sanctions that were levied against their program. He mentioned that without cheating, Robert Parish never would have been able to step foot on campus. You would never catch anybody in a college athletics program making a comment along those lines anymore.
There are only a few instances in which the cheating/sanctions brought more notoriety to a program than the success that came with cheating. Usually those cases involved severe cases of cheating (i.e. SMU FB, Tulane BK, etc).
Your correct about the inconsistency. I updated the article accordingly.
I also looked into your correction about the SEC, but noticed that on my list I have Auburn on probation 4 instances. Keeping the SEC total at 27. If I’m incorrect about Auburn being on NCAA probation only 4 times, please let me know.
Also since you have made some noteworthy corrections I would like to give you proper credit in the article. Do you have a personal website that you would like to be credited for?
Very good to see my favorite team, BYU, with a clean slate, but saddened to see my home-state favorite, Univ. of Florida, with three instances (although it’s been 20 years since the last one). Now, if you had researched and compiled a list for how many times players on a team’s roster were arrested, I’m pretty sure my Gators would be well represented, and my Cougars would not have a clean slate, either (no team would).
“…Take for example last year when USC was placed on probation. Some people were surprised by the severity of the penalties, but in the report released by the NCAA, it was directly mentioned that the USC football program had previously been placed on probation five times since the early 1950’s. I’m sure USC’s repeat violations had some impact on the severity of the penalties they received in 2010…
Punishing the young men playing football at USC TODAY for the sin’s if those who played there BEFORE THE CURRENT PLAYERS WERE EVEN BORN, proves how DISPICABLE the NCAA is.
Yeah, but let’s not pretend those purported “clean” schools are clean. What about the other sports programs besides football? Just off the top of my head, Missouri’s basketball program has a lengthy history of sleaze and corruption. If I bothered to do the research, I’m fairly confident I’d find a lot of the other schools have had the same sleazy issues.