In 1960, I watched my university get beaten and battered by the National Collegiate Athletic Association, of which it had been a member since the association’s 1906 founding. Indiana University was punished beyond any reasonable fairness, and it took years to recover.
The penalty for alleged football recruiting violations included restricting all IU athletic program activities and postseason play for several years. Newspapers across the country universally condemned the NCAA’s action as excessively punitive. As far as I know, a similar penalty never has been handed out since. The cost to the school was horrendous.
Now, the chief athletic governing body of college athletics is facing more challenges than at almost at any time. The promised reform can’t come soon enough.