Nothing at all "retarded" about a QB with a rating of 152.1 being better than one who has a rating of 140.3 and Yates doesn't have his top threat.
if we go by ratings tyrod taylor was the top qb in the acc last year and so far this year is again the best in the acc. as a hokie fan i admit that he isnt in the top 2 likely 3rd at best as a passer, but hey the passer rating people love to throw out there is the best. best passer rating doesnt equal best qb.
as for the subject at hand, hate that it happened to an acc school. that said, examples have been made with usc, and if the ncaa wants really strike fear in the rest of the programs, dont make usc the lone example. punish everyone hard so no one wants to ever get caught with a staff member doing this. SMU levels, doubtful but usc level (aka 1 or 2 years) should be the punishment (unless its alot worse than it currently seams).
as for those suggesting that butch must know everything, get a clue. the players cannot be watched by the coach 24/7. he doesnt know everything that the kids do. and if blake was as compotent as it sounds (at keeping this under the radar for a while), then its no surprise that butch didnt know this was going on. that said player have buddies that likely knew and kept their mouths shut instead of nipping this poo in the bud. unfortunate that 2 to 5 (overestimate on my part with all the crazy susppensions handed out) bad apples can kill the program for a few years.