A short piece on NCAA reform.
I do think you have to penalize the programs, despite the collateral damage to the “innocents”. Programs that cheat to establish themselves at an elite level maintain the gains of that reputation leap far longer than the stain of penalties.
On a separate note, perhaps the lawyers among us could say if this is possible:
The NCAA is a voluntary organization. Could it require that all participating schools (and schools require of coaches in their coaching contracts) that they are subject to subpoena in the event of an investigation, and that penalties for violations carry with the coaching staffs as long as they do the school?
If the NCAA could compel testimony (about things that usually aren’t a violation of the law), they could get to the bottom of things.