I continue to be amazed by sports fans in this country.

I continue to be amazed by sports fans in this country.

The amount of public shock that comes through the media at the college sports mess approaches unbelievable. Over the summer, front page stories about Ohio State and the University of Miami clearly defined the shady side of college athletics, and yet people act surprised about how these things happen.

Programs all over the country have wannabes hanging around, creating the illusion that they are integral to the team’s success. Hangers-on are low human beings.

It’s difficult to understand the acceptance of them by college presidents, athletic directors and coaches who spend a great deal of time criticizing their behavior.

The simple answer is greed and money, as well as the need of poor character individuals to be a big deal. Even at the high school level there is no place for people outside of the program to hang around the team.

I used to hate all the wannabes making an attempt to get on the high school sideline Friday night in order to look the part of a big deal.

If you couple the so-called supporters with the willingness of university leaders to turn a blind eye, you have a fatal combination. Hypocritical college administrators act the part, but allow the low-life slimes to wine and dine 18- and 19-year-old kids who have had very little in their young lives.

To add fuel to the fire, so much abuse occurs among college athletes that the NCAA just can’t keep up. The organization has outdated rules and regulations and is not proactive. It is only able to react to a program that has already gone wrong by poor institutional leadership.

The head of the NCAA committee who handled the USC sanctions after the Reggie Bush case is the former athletic director at the University of Miami. He actually stated that USC and other reprimanded programs (such as Long Beach State) should have installed regulation programs similar to the University of Miami.

You have to be kidding me!

This guy is serving as an NCAA compliance guru, yet he was the active athletic director in Miami when all the accused violations began. That, my friends, is a system gone rogue with a group of people living a lie.

The question that remains is how is the system going to be changed? The answer will be a tough one as long as money talks and rules.

n If Frank Haith is determined to be in the middle of the Miami scandal, it will be another black mark for the Missouri basketball program – the first occurring after the university chose to dump Missouri legend Norm Stewart.

n I was able to watch all of the Yankees series and one Boston game with the Royals last week. The Royals’ “kids” need some serious help on the mound!

n My quote of the week is from 1940s NFL quarterback Sid Luckman: “Today’s high school students will be the leaders of tomorrow. To be a good leader, you must be honest, responsible and willing to put the best interest of everyone before personal gain.”