The Notice of Allegations. It's something that's been hanging over the University of Miami for the past two years as the proverbial Sword of Damocles. And what have we had to deal with during that time?
"Don't go there, they're going to get hammered." "It's a dirty school." "I can't believe what they did!" "Herpy derpy derp."
In the CFB echo chamber, variations of those statements have been tossed around any time the NCAA stepped on its own tail or we decided to do something good. Then, miraculously, the tide shifted. People supported Miami, mostly because of the tone-deaf and ridiculous positions and statements the NCAA has made, especially in light of the recent scandal.
But what does any of it mean? What does the NOA actually say? Only a few know right now, but none of it really matters, and here's why:
The NCAA will do whatever it does. We'll counter by opposing what's said, giving our own support for our positions. Decisions will be made. Maybe a law suit will be filed. Maybe a settlement will be reached. Maybe they'll hand down the death penalty and Miami football will be no more. Maybe monkeys will fly out of my ass.
So whenever the NOA comes out, here's a suggested course of action: read it, set it aside, don't talk about it. Ever. You don't know anything, I don't know anything, and our blathering and screaming and ALL-CAPSING and parsing and worrying won't do anything. It's not helping our cause because chances are we didn't do everything that's in there, but we probably did some, but then again, only REAL FANS think we're spotless.
So stop being insufferable and enjoy what we have now. A basketball team that's #2 in the country. A baseball team that just started its season (with glorious milkshakes.) And an administration and coaching staff that's tired of the ridiculousness that this entire process has turned into. Let them handle it.