But the practical effect is a ban.

By: Dr. Spock

Get ready to feel dirtier . . 

Show cause has the same effect as a ban.  Arguing over the difference is really just splitting hairs.  The overall effect is a ban.

The NCAA uses the "show cause" punishment for coaches because the NCAA wants to avoid potential laws suits based on state labor laws.  So the ban gets a time limit and can be removed if the coach and school shows cause for it to be removed, which rarely happens.

Bruce Pearl is a good example: "On August 23, 2011, [Bruce] Pearl was given a three-year show-cause penalty for lying to the NCAA, effective until August 23, 2014. This meant that the sanctions imposed on Pearl would remain in force if he was hired by an NCAA member school within that period. Specifically, he was prohibited from engaging in any "recruiting activities", which meant he could not contact recruits, although he could evaluate talent during that period. If a school chose to hire him and challenged the NCAA restrictions, it had to appear before the NCAA Committee on Infractions and "show cause" for why the sanctions imposed on Pearl should not follow him to that school.[9] In imposing the penalty, the NCAA said that Pearl's lies turned what would have been a minor case into a major one.[15] His assistant coaches were also given one-year show-cause orders, in effect until August 23, 2012."


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