I think we can all agree that, based on the facts at large, Peter Jurkin and Hanner Mosquera-Perea got a raw deal from the NCAA.
In case you missed, a series of $30 payments between 1986 and 1992 made by the ex-wife of the AAU coach — and, in Perea’s case, the legal guardian — of the two players to Indiana for bumper stickers has cost them nine games each this season. Why? Because those payments made Adams, forever and always, an Indiana booster, so any benefits that he provided Jurkin and Perea, that would have been fine under normal circumstances, were illegal.
So Jurkin and Perea get punished.
For something that happened before they were born.
That makes such little sense that the consensus has become that the NCAA is simply taking a swing at Indiana because they can’t find a way to punish the Hoosiers for their questionable, in the NCAA’s eyes, relationship with Mark Adams, the AAU coach.
Innocent bystanders be damned.
I’m not exactly sure that is how the NCAA, an organization has massive credibility issues as is, wants to portray themselves, but it’s a theory that gained traction thanks to tweets from NCAA staffers Dana Thomas and Ronnie Ramos:
That was actually the second time that Ramos retweeted what Thomas had to say, which can easily be interpreted as him saying, “Seriously, guys, this is important.” That’s at least the case when I retweet something twice.
The bottom line is this: a pair of people that work for the NCAA essentially confirmed that the punishments handed down to Jurkin and Perea were so severe because they were looking for a way to punish Indiana and Adams for things they couldn’t otherwise prove.
The good news?
Jurkin and Perea will be back in uniform for the NCAA tournament, which provides the NCAA with more than three-quarters of their annual revenue.
That about sums it up.
Rob Dauster is the editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @robdauster.