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Presenting NCAA's most frequent cheaters club

Posted on: July 8, 2011 1:05 pm
Edited on: July 8, 2011 1:19 pm
As our series on college football’s cheaters continues today, I looked at the most frequent cheaters – at least in terms of major infractions – since SMU received the Death Penalty in 1987.

It’s a neck-and-neck race between Alabama and Texas Tech, with three major infractions each.

There are also a dozen teams – Cal, Colorado, Florida International, Florida State, Illinois, Minnesota, Mississippi State, Oklahoma, SMU, Texas A&M, USC and Washington – with two infractions each

Here are the remaining 42 teams with one major infraction each: Arkansas, Arkansas State, Arizona State, Auburn, Ball State, Baylor, Central Florida, Cincinnati, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Houston, Kansas, Kansas State, Kentucky, Louisiana Lafayette, Marshall, Maryland, Memphis, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, Mississippi, New Mexico, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, San Diego State, South Carolina, Syracuse, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, UTEP, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Washington State and Wisconsin.

In all 56 of the 120 FBS programs have committed a major infraction in the past 25 years, including nearly two-thirds of the automatic qualifying BCS programs.

By the way, I loved a response on Twitter from @FGrimes1 – listed as Forrest Grimes – defending Texas Tech’s three major infractions. He wrote: “Most of Techs major infractions came around the same time, way to make Tech look like a contuinously dirty program a--hole."

For Mr. Grimes’ information, Tech’s violations were not at the same time – but spaced more than 10 years apart in 1987, 1998 and on Jan. 7, 2011 – during Grimes’ current semester as a journalism major at Tech

While our two-week series is looking at whether schools can win without cheating, I think it’s important to recognize the 23 AQ BCS programs that have not committed a major infraction since 1987 … so far.

ACC–Boston College, Duke, North Carolina, N.C. State, Wake Forest.
Big East–UConn, Louisville, South Florida, West Virginia.
Big Ten–Indiana, Iowa, Nebraska, Northwestern, Penn State, Purdue.
Big 12–Iowa State, Missouri.
Pac-12–Arizona, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA.
SEC–LSU, Vanderbilt


Since: Apr 26, 2011
Posted on: July 8, 2011 4:30 pm

Presenting NCAA's most frequent cheaters club

You can't even count. AU got a major probation in 2004 (basektball) as well as in 1992.

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2011 4:18 pm

Presenting NCAA's most frequent cheaters club

I'm a little confused as to how a "major violation" is defined.  For example, I'm well aware of the issues that come about with ND's program but I'm not sure what was considered a "major violation".  In fact, I'm not sure if the NCAA ever punished the program.  The only incident that comes to mind was the time when some woman was stealing money from her company and using it to take some players out to bars and sleep with them.  

As for those that have not committed one-
UCONN.  Way to go, you've been a D-1 program for about 5 years.  The football apple doesn't fall far from the basketball tree.
Louisville.  Howard Schnellenberger, the architect of the U ran this program cleanly?!?
LSU?  Seriously?  I would have thought they'd be up there with Alabama
Nebraska.  Lawrence Phillips played a whole season after beating his girlfriend.  Enough said.

Since: Apr 5, 2010
Posted on: July 8, 2011 4:03 pm

Presenting NCAA's most frequent cheaters club

The schools that get looked at the most are the winning schools. I'm sure if they were to dive into other schools they would find things. If you think that your team is not doing anything wrong, your just naive.

Since: Jan 7, 2008
Posted on: July 8, 2011 3:25 pm

Presenting NCAA's most frequent cheaters club

The school suspended those players.  The NCAA has just recently started thier investigation.

Since: Jul 8, 2011
Posted on: July 8, 2011 2:36 pm

Presenting NCAA's most frequent cheaters club

How is it that UNC is on the list of no major violations. Wasn't it last year that half the starters were suspended, or so it seemed?

Since: Jun 30, 2011
Posted on: July 8, 2011 1:51 pm

Presenting NCAA's most frequent cheaters club

This is nothing new.  It is just easier to get caught in the modern age.  These various infractions have always existed. 

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