Alabama has joined Memphisin appealing their vacated wins penalties form the NCAA. Alabama has cited the NCAA's willingness to ignore precedents and by-laws in their handling of cases recently. In my eyes, this has been a long time coming. The NCAA has to be forced to take action when it comes to reigning in their disciplinary committee's handling of the cases between themselves and the schools.
Memphis has the stronger of the two cases in my opinion, because they did nothing more than what the NCAA told them to do. The NCAA then, after the fact, reversed themselves and without cause subsequently labeled Memphis as out of compliance for an action that was endorsed by the NCAA themselves.
This is extremely important for two reasons. First and foremost in the hearts of the Big Blue Nation, or beloved leader will regain some lost credibility in the eyes of the public for his stewardship of the Memphis program and their problems. While not implicated, the innuendo and nonsense surrounding this would have been nagging Coach Cal for years to come. Second, the NCAA needs to revisit it's infrastructure big-time. This "cowboy justice" approach they have been taking recently does no one any good. In the eyes of some, the NCAA is justified in whatever penalties they see fit. This is not the case in these circumstances however. Each school has quoted precedent and similar infractions by other member institutions as their reasons for appeal. Not sure if this accomplishes anything, but is sure is a story that needs to be told. Memphis got their hats handed to them by a vindictive committee bent on making an example out of Cal and anyone who associates with him, and that is dead wrong, and the NCAA knows it. Bama has much more of a history with the NCAA and infractions, however, the NCAA refuses to establish a set of written guidelines that are known and made aware to the member schools.
The NCAA has been judge, jury, and executioner for far too long. It is time to make them play by a set of rules too.