Usually, I avoid getting involved in debates or arguments over college football. There is normally too much passion, drama, and opinions to really convince anyone of anything. For every bleeding heart for the non BCS schools getting a “fair deal” you have a few purist who want only “elite” teams in their championship game.

Regardless, the more I have watched this season unfold, the more I have became disturbed by the mishandling of punishments within the world of college football. Granted, it was not the NCAA at large in handing some of these punishments out to players, but their respective conferences or schools, but perhaps the uneven nature of some of these choices should bring in an official to handle these situations.

Most of us by now have heard about LeGarrette Blount incident. The Oregon running back punched a Boise State opponent without warning after their game was over.

Blount Punch

Blount was then (originally) suspended for the entire season due to his actions. At the time, it was a shocking and sad moment for college football. It incited some of the terrible feelings most fans experienced during the Ron Artest melee back in Detroit years ago. Blount went above the rules and risked hurting a fellow athlete. Fine.

Recently, however, there were a few other punishments doled out by some braintrusts behind college football that leave your head scratching. Dez Bryant, a perennial All-American wide receiver from Oklahoma State was recently suspended the rest of his Junior season by the NCAA due to his conversations with Deion Sanders. What got Bryant into trouble was that he lied to officials originally. I agree that the NCAA should hold athletes to a higher level and they should be trying their best to not let the corruption of agents and managers seep in, however, Dez Bryant talked to Deion Sanders. The man could barely run a reality television show, much less be some braintrust behind a scheme that would get Dez an agent. In fact, the investigation showed he only was with Sanders. Regardless, the NCAA upheld their season suspension because they were “lied to,” costing not only Bryant his college career, but moreso the the fan’s ability to see Bryant play in the NCAA again. He will be a top ten pick this upcoming season in the draft instead.

Now with those two stories out of the way, let me get to the recent “suspension” in college football. Florida all-world linebacker Brandon Spikes was revealed to have literally used his fingers to try and gouge out the eyes of a helpless player during Florida’s game with Georgia.

Spikes Gouge

Now, the suspension you ask? Two games? Four Games? No, try the first half. While some are applauding Urban Meyer for “putting his foot down” and benching one of his star players, I want to know where the justice is here? Sure, the argument to be had was that things that Spikes did are “apart of football” and “it happens all the time secretly,” but where does that thinking stop? One of the crown tasks of the NCAA is to protect its athletes, and seemingly saying eye gouging is fine as long as its not seen is not good enough. Does Spikes deserve a year long suspension? Probably not, but at least more than a first half. Keep in mind, Dez Bryant ate lunch and jogged with Deion Sanders and has to sit out a whole year. Blount acted out of anger and reacted to an opponent in the same way Spikes did, but he is vilified.

There is a matter of balance, and it appears the college football is heading down a dangerous path.