Can't everyone just take a deep breath?

I cannot recall when I first heard the phrase "rush to judgment," but it is now used so often and so forcefully by lawyers and political commentators that it has lost all meaning. And nowhere do we sports fans rush to judgment as often as we do when it comes to the hint of any violation of NCAA rules.

When we hear of allegations of NCAA rules violations, we all too readily assume guilt, blame only the head coach in charge and get ourselves prepared for the penalty phase. Instead of a public hanging, we call for things already hanging publicly to be taken down.