Wilcox Leaves For The NCAA After FSU “Success”

A mixed bag.



The National Collegiate Athletic Association has a new Executive Vice President of Regulatory Affairs. Stan Wilcox replacing Oliver Luck who took a position with the XFL. Wilcox will assume the post on October 1. He has been at Florida State University since 2013, first as Athletic Director and then as a school Vice President. In the NCAA’s world Wilcox has been a success at Florida State with a college football national title and championships in soccer and softball. He has also found money to do renovations at the football stadium and arena and in fact with a big thanks to television money, FSU took in almost $145 million in revenue in 2017. The school also claims that student-athletes averaged a 3.0 grade point average during Wilcox’s five years at the school.

But that isn’t the whole story. Florida State University also had a problem with student-athletes being arrested during Wilcox’s tenure. Nineteen football players were charged with various crimes including Jameis Winston in 2014. Most FSU players never were prosecuted. Wilcox’s last major hire was Willie Taggart as the school’s football coach. Taggart has just one goal, besides winning a national title, keeping his players and assistant coaches from getting into legal problems. Florida State University has also been accused of academic fraud. The NCAA has a number of major issues which it is facing. There is the federal probe of the business of college basketball which has produced a number of arrests. The NCAA is trying to change rules that would clean up college basketball corruption. There are problems with Ohio State and the University of Maryland football programs. But all of that doesn’t seem to matter. The public accepts the entertainment that the NCAA offers and doesn’t ask any questions. The money people led by TV executives are still investing in the NCAA despite a federal probe and other bad behavior.

Willie Taggart, left, is greeted by Florida State University president John Thrasher and his wife, Jean, as he arrives to be introduced as the school’s new NCAA college football head coach, in Tallahassee, Fla., Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. Photo: AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser.