I said in the beginning that I felt these crimes were best handled by law enforcement. It just doesn’t feel like this area is in the NCAA’s jurisdiction.
Maybe I still feel that way because the NCAA doesn’t have clear by-laws on this matter, but I am having a difficult time wrapping my brain around this one. I do think the NCAA’s jurisdiction needs to be defined.
Regardless, the $60 million fine makes sense to me, as long the money is used to help educate, rehab and prevent these types of horrible circumstances.
Back on the local scene, the Saints open training camp this week. I have read some articles this week about the top 10 stories headed into training camp.
Considering all that happened this off season, the training camp figures to be rather dull…and that is a good thing.
The biggest personnel decisions are between the fourth wide receiver, third and fourth cornerbacks, backup defensive ends and kicker.
I am guessing there are around 26-29 other NFL teams that wish their personnel decisions were at those positions.
The most interesting stories will start at the top and stay at the top. Every detail of training camp has been mapped out for months, and includes Sean Payton’s input.
Nevertheless, you can’t plan for when the team needs a surprise day off or a kick in the rear. How well does Joe Vitt have a pulse on the team and push those buttons?
I have full confidence that Steve Spagnuola is going to have a huge impact on the defense, and the defense will be improved.
I only have two questions, and I doubt they will be answered in training camp.
How quickly will the defense jell and learn the new system? Will he be able to unlock the play-making abilities of young players such as Junior Gallette and Martez Wilson, or will they simply be solid role players?
The bottom line is: the Saints are in a great position heading into training camp considering all that has gone wrong since Jimmy Graham scored against the 49ers with a minute and a half left in the NFC Championship Game.
Hopefully, they will rally around the events of the off season, stay injury free and be ready to go for the regular season.