Mike Bolton and Doug Segrest, Birmingham News: Former players were shocked that the NCAA clouded their accomplishments, especially because the guilty parties had already been punished by the university.
Kevin Scarbinsky, Birmingham News: The names and faces change at the University of Arrogance, but the attitude never seems to adjust.
Ray Melick, Birmingham News: It's time for an intervention, time for somebody — university president Robert Witt, perhaps — to bring the entire athletics family into a room and say, "This has got to stop."
David Climer, Tennessean: And they call this a penalty? The NCAA, which no longer punishes a school by banning offenders from TV because it affects other schools and entire conferences, looks foolish.
Jeff Schultz, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: If Alabama doesn't clean up, it can say goodbye to Nick Saban.
Ivan Maisel, ESPN.com: Something has changed at the Capstone. In recent weeks, coach Nick Saban worried aloud that the university had not defended itself aggressively enough to the NCAA Committee on Infractions. That is quite a change from a university that for years didn't appear to take the NCAA Manual seriously.
Dennis Dodd, CBS Sports.com: There seemingly is no downside for the rules benders. If the violations are serious enough, all you have to do is get lawyered up with one of a myriad NCAA troubleshooters out there.
Andy Staples, SI.com: It seems the NCAA has banned the death penalty. For the nation's marquee programs, 25-to-life probably is out as well.