Thank you for handing down penalties that only adversely affect the players who did things the right way. This reeks of an organization desperate to prove that it has some sort of control over its member institutions despite lacking the ability and firepower to police the serious offenders and protect the student-athletes whose interests you purport to have at heart.
While I realize that all violations merit some kind of punishment, I have a hard time grasping the notion that one of the proudest moments in my life (and the lives of every other individual that was a part of the team and program in 2009) is apparently worth $312 in your eyes. If that truly is the case, I’d be happy to provide you with that same amount of money (cash or check, your choice) in exchange for the reinstatement of the title my teammates and I earned through our blood, sweat and tears.
It took months of hard work, dedication and personal sacrifice by a team of over 100 players, 10 coaches and countless staff members to achieve that championship, but, evidently, it only takes the handful of pencil pushers, lawyers and professors on your infractions committee to strip us of it.
I was a part of the 2009 ACC Championship team and, while you can pretend retroactively that it didn’t happen, I have vivid memories of an incredible season that was, and continues to be, one of the most fun, meaningful, important, and very real times in my 23 years on this planet. I’ll be wearing my championship ring with pride and if you want that too, you’ll have to pry it from my cold, dead finger.
Former Georgia Tech center Sean Bedford on the Yellow Jackets’ recently vacated 2009 ACC title (from Ex-Jacket Lashes Out at NCAA: “Pry It from my Cold, Dead Finger” - CollegeFootballTalk - NBCSports.com)
I really appreciate the university and the NCAA keeping this case so hush-hush. I’m 1000% over NCAA allegations and sanctions and other unsavory business at this point, so as someone pointed out over the weekend, good for them for keeping it quiet and under control until the investigations and rulings were complete.
I also love everything Bedford said here; violations or not, he’s right on when he says that everything that season meant to the team, and everything they accomplished, can’t ever really be taken away.
We love a good rivalry and sometimes we revel in other teams’ misfortunes (especially in the SEC or Big “10”). But when those teams come from our conference, which already struggles for respect (mainly because we can’t beat anyone on the big stage when it counts) and relevance, we have to stick up for our ACC brethren.
The 2009 Georgia Tech team deserved that title and the NCAA wants to strip them of that because of $312? That’s absurd. Mr. Bedford is correct - some punishment was warranted, but not loss of a championship.
I move that from this moment on, the NCAA be referred to as “Barney Fife.” All in favor, reblog/reply “Aye.”