As always, the SportsLawBlog has a terrific write-up on the situation.
The NCAA has a tough task in regulating amateur, intercollegiate athletics,but its tendency to strictly rely on its often contradictory rules has hurt athletes (see Jeremy Bloom, Mike Williams). And now its own employees could not keep up with the changing bylaws, creating the loophole through which coach Neuheisel escaped, costing the NCAA $2.5 million dollars.
In the end Neuheisel claims he was vindicated, but he escaped on a
technicality, as the NCAA argued in its letter published yesterday (and
reproduced on CollegeFootballResource).
But the NCAA also got a taste of its own medicine, so the author is
somewhat unsympathetic to their having to pay for their slipup.
The people most hurt by the situation are the athletes and fans of
the "once proud" UW football program, who suffered through a 1-10
season last year, as well as the smoldering mess in Neuheisel's wake at
Washington and Colorado, both under heavy investigation and sanction
from the NCAA and suffering on the field.
Great, great read.