The thing I have learned over the last half decade in college sports is that there is no amount of cheating you can do that will get you into significant trouble. It is always worth it to cheat if you are considering it.
The fact remains that there is no real reason to do anything other than cheat in college football. Why? Because the system has been gamed. The consequences for cheaters and cheating are nothing compared to the benefits of cheating.
The NCAA relies on member institutions (the schools themselves) to turn in their own infractions. The NCAA's enforcement arm is basically relying on the kid keeping names when the teacher leaves the classroom.
You can be a boy scout and turn yourself in – or you can continue to let the good times roll… and in college football the good times are always rolling.
Cam Newton is no longer the outlier. His case is no longer the one that no one understands. Everyone understands now – you cheat and you win. Repercussions? They don't exist.
And nothing will happen to Alabama, college football's most recent darling, when the dust settles.
Alabama isn't stupid. The Tide knows how to get into just enough trouble that they don't get into any real trouble. Kudos to them for understanding better than most how to make the rules work for you.
The truth is by the time the dust settles in all of these NCAA matters the perpetrators are gone and the banners (with the exception of USC) still hang.
It makes you wonder why programs don't cheat.
Oklahoma State and Miami are not the outliers... they are the norm.