With NCAA investigations becoming more and more common by the day and big-time programs like Ohio State and Tennessee potentially in big trouble, seeing a headline like the one on this post immediately grabbed my attention yesterday. My first reaction was, "Is Michigan State the next program to be in trouble?" Then I read the article and immediately realized this whole story sounded much more scandalous than it really is.â†µ
The booster club MSU cut ties with merely runs 50/50 raffles at some home football games and donated money to the Spartan Fund. The investigation does not involve their dealings with MSU or anything shady going on with the Spartans, but rather financial reporting issues, so this isn't the type of thing the NCAA should even take notice of.â†µ
"For several weeks, we have been aware that the Downtown Coaches Club had some financial reporting issues as well the review being conducted by the Michigan State Lottery Commission," Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis said in a statement. "At that time, the Michigan State Athletics Department immediately suspended all activities with the organization. During the review process, we will assist the State of Michigan in any way possible."â†µ
Like I said, the headline makes this sound a lot worse than it actually is, at least for MSU.