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I think what he did took a lot of courage, but I wonder how many GMs will invoke a "Tebow" defense to avoid drafting him. Drafting him will bring a lot of scrutiny to an organization. Cutting him would generate a lot of negative press.
In theory at least, he could have kept this under wraps until after the draft. I admire his courage, but I also admire his honesty and ethics. The right organization in the NFL is going to get a quality human being and fantastic football player.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Season’s Over, But Chalk Up Another Win For Sam, Pinkel And Mizzou
Nice write-up. The only thing I would question here would be the notion that a new division will happen within the NCAA rather than apart. The NCAA is already paralyzed by the tension between internal constituencies. Up until recently I would have agreed that the have-nots would eventually come around and give the haves more autonomy. However, if players unionize, then that could put a lot of additional pressure on the have/have-not divide. A lot of it depends on who the union would be bargaining with, and I honestly don't know the answer to that question. Schools? Conferences? NCAA? All of the above? What a mess that would be.
1 month, 1 week ago on A Union Would Be Good For College Football Players, But Bad For Most Everyone Else
@John at MrSEC@DaveinExile@Monkeypox69 If I fire an employee because I suspect he is molesting children but fail to report it to authorities, then I am at fault on several fronts. However, if I go to your kids' scout troop, set up my former employee as a paid spokesperson on my recommendation, and arrange for a lot of publicity about my former employee's incredible character, a character shared by all of my employees, then I am evil beyond words.
Scenario B is basically what happened at Penn State. So, trying to equate what we know about Missouri to what happened at PSU does require a vision check. We agree on that.
You've already said that most people now agree with you on Emmert and PSU. There is no way the NCAA is getting involved in this case, and you know it. So, I ask you again: what purpose did your original purpose serve?
1 month, 1 week ago on After Penn State, Would The NCAA Get Involved With Alleged Rape Charges At Missouri?
@John at MrSEC@DaveinExile@Monkeypox69You are using Coury's alleged rape and very real suicide to revisit Penn State and Mark Emmert - based on the remote speculative possibility that the NCAA might get involved here too. Sorry, something about that strikes me as wrong. IF we have a major cover-up and IF Emmert starts dropping sound bites in the press noting that the case has drawn his attention or that of the Executive Committee, then I could see the connection being made. Until then, it's nothing more than using her death and the resulting
investigation as a vehicle to peel back the scab on PSU - when, as you
noted in your post, most media members have "come around" to your point
of view. What does this post accomplish beyond reminding people what your views were on PSU?
When I read about the Coury case, Penn State and Emmert are the furthest things from my mind. I think about the student at St. Mary's who killed herself after alleging that she was assaulted by a Notre Dame football player. I think about the woman who accused Winston. I think about the women in the piece on SB Nation about Dave Meggett. I think about a young woman I had last year who had a 98 average in my course and just disappeared with 3 weeks to go in the semester. She was about to graduate. I think about women I knew as an undergraduate who just fell apart in a matter of weeks and left campus, never to be seen again. I have no idea what happened in Coury's case or their cases. But I'm pretty sure connecting any of them to Emmert, the NCAA, or JoePa makes no sense at all.
@John at MrSEC@Monkeypox69
Actually, I remember being amused at the time with the high number of columnists taking the, "I know this isn't going to be popular, but Emmert's over the line here" take, as if if they were a lonely voice in the wilderness. Or maybe I only read the dozen columnists and bloggers with that approach and missed the "majority" of the others. Yes, your in-box probably filled up with people upset at your opinion. The Internet has become a pretty nasty forum on a variety of fronts. No surprise there.
Are you legitimately concerned about NCAA over-reach with the Coury case? Or are you really replying to all of those nasty notes you got last year? I am not sure Coury's story deserves to become a Trojan horse for Emmert/Penn State told-ya-so's unless and until the NCAA and Emmert actually look like they might be going there. And we all know they're not going to go there, in part because the media killed Emmert for what he did and continues to kill him to this day. He's a lame-duck, and yes, that's because he has presided over so many glaring episodes of mismanagement.
One of the few? Most of the columns I recall were strongly opposed to Emmert's actions based on the notion that he was setting a dangerous precedent or even obligating the NCAA to take similar action any time an athletic department or university ran afoul of the criminal code.
What happened at Missouri was awful and tragic, whether a crime was committed or not. Honestly, I'm not sure Sara's tragedy should be used as an opportunity to dredge up the PSU arguments yet again. You're on record with your dissent in that case, and your points were both fair and widely shared within the media. They had a full hearing. Let it go.
Bama fans are spoiled. If a team other than LSU finishes within 14 points of the Tide, we spend all week wringing our hands over what went wrong. The expectation is that Alabama will beat every team as soundly as they did Notre Dame, and if they don't....
It's the inevitable result of winning big game after big game and 3 titles in 4 years. But the size of the paycheck doesn't mean the dynamic doesn't exist or doesn't potentially have long-term negative implications. A sufficiently spoiled fan base will make it impossible for anyone to sustain what Saban has built. If you look at the major college football and basketball programs after the retirement of an "all-time" great coach, most end up wandering in the wilderness for as long as it takes for the fan base to comeback to Earth. UCLA basketball is still stuck in "But we're UCLA" never-never land. No coach, no effort is ever good enough short of multiple NCAA titles. 3 Final Fours? See ya.
Maybe she's not the best messenger for that message, but name someone better.
3 months, 1 week ago on Saban’s Wife To Wall Street Journal: “This Is Where We Are Going To End Our Career”
Maybe if Honey Badger isn't flunking 10 drug tests and Jordan Jefferson isn't spending so much time explaining why he needed to curb stomp a Marine, LSU has an additional national title. Maybe Jefferson is getting paid to play football today and Mathieu isn't one drug test away from terminal unemployment.
This doesn't help the young men. It doesn't help LSU football. It helps Les Miles. Why people can't see that, I don't know.
7 months ago on It’s Time For Schools, Coaches To Be Held Responsible For Repeat Offenders
You knew when they kicked the hearing from Aug 16 to today (Manziel/A-Rod) that they were using the news cycle to reinstate him with minimal media focus.
Penny-wise, pound foolish on LSU's part. Hill is not the sort of talent that will win you a game you otherwise would have lost - but he's the sort of example that can lose you a game you might have won. And isn't that the story of Les' career? Wasn't that the last game they played?
It's not Hill per se - he's just the latest example.
7 months ago on LSU RB Hill Gets Tongue-Lashing From Judge, Little More. Play Ball!
I wonder if the family really does have money. If I had even modest means and a son hit the national spotlight like JM, I would attach a lawyer and a PR expert to him 24/7. Instead, we have a childhood friend of the same age (read: enabler) acting as the paid "set boundaries" guy. Brilliant.
I know plenty of people with lots of stuff and a trust fund - which simply acts as collateral to lines of credit bursting at the seams. In other words, the bank owns their trust fund, just like the bank owns your home if you have a mortgage on it. I think the Manziels might have a lot of assets but no cash flow - which would explain exactly why a guy with a "loaded" family would exchange his autograph for five figures.
I can't stand NCAA rules, but I also understand the insanity these rules attempt to keep in check. JM knew the rules. Every NCAA athlete does. "Stupid" rule doesn't mean "don't have to follow" rule. Especially this one.
Sad to see how fast sudden fame blew this kid out of the water. Hopefully he swallows his pride, admits his mistakes, and settles down with no harm done. But some kids, especially this age, double down. It will be interesting to see what direction JM goes from here.
7 months ago on Like The Rule Or Not, Manziel Allegedly Violated An NCAA Biggie
Doesn't urban like to run around and bill himself as a father figure and life mentor on the recruiting trail and in media circles?
7 months, 4 weeks ago on Blame Game? Nope. But Questioning Meyer’s Discipline At Florida Is Fair Game
There's certainly something to be said for learning to work for results and work through problems. However, forcing someone to do so is the wrong way to go about it. It's the decision to stay when the opportunity to leave is there that builds character. Staying simply because you have no other options usually just makes a difficult situation worse.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Carolina’s Martin Suggests College Basketball’s Transfer Problem Is A “Kids Today” Problem
Hill will get his walking papers - after the rest of the team understands that he gave LSU has no choice and on a day when the press release will earn little notice. That's how it's done these days. He's already going to lose his scholarship. No reason for LSU to grandstand on his mistake.
10 months, 1 week ago on If High-5′ing Hill Was Caught Beating A Man On Video He Should Be 86′d By LSU
@DRays And perhaps you're not paying attention to things being said and argued from both extremes of the political spectrum. If you can see it easily from one side of the political spectrum but not the other, then you're likely sympathetic to that side of the political spectrum. Jarren's right. If it's acceptable when your side advocates it but wrong when the other side advocates it, it's not a principle you're after - it's an advantage.
10 months, 1 week ago on Sanctioning Schools For Dimwit Fans? It’s Hard To Police Thought
Shouts from Row 34 have always been handled by on-site security. However, large signs (which can be policed at the door), announcements on the PA system, or things of that nature can be - and are - sanctioned. Alabama, for example, was sanctioned by the SEC for something they put onto the sound system relative to Cam during the 2010 Iron Bowl, weren't they?
I remember Steve Kerr was taunted at ASU by fans chanting "PLO PLO," a reference to the terrorist group that killed his father. It gave ASU a PR black eye, and that was probably the appropriate result. Do you think Emmert is referencing school-controlled media or fan behavior?
Two points, one to the article and one to the comments:
Why Auburn? Because enough people connected to the program are willing to talk. I doubt ESPN found that at LSU. Obviously, anyone with a tape recorder and some time on their hands can find a former Auburn player willing to say something and a second to corroborate it. HBO, then Roberts, now ESPN. Yes, the Auburn name is attractive as a ratings grabber. But so are Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and LSU, and that's just the SEC. People are digging there. Difference: no one's talking.
Auburn Perception: In addition to the proven major infractions cases, you have to add the accusations of Terry Bowden, the Tribulations of Lowder, and the entire Newton saga. Nothing was ever proven relative to those affairs, but the fact remains that Auburn has been in the headlines for the past 10 years mostly for all the wrong reasons. "It's the media's fault!" No, it's Auburn's. See point #1.
This isn't shoddy journalism. It's capitalist journalism with an advertiser-driven revenue model. Knowing that reality, why can't the "all-in" and "all about family" school keep it in the family?
11 months, 1 week ago on A Plainsman’s Plight: Where Have All The Good Times Gone?
It's easy to look at that "greatest hits" video and forget that those incidents happened over a period of years. In between those events, Rice was probably like most abusive personalities - charming at times, apparently normal. I'm betting Pernetti figured the behaviors were correctable with a few counseling sessions.
That said, I've seen high school coaches fired for way, way less. When a state places you in a position of authority over young people, the standards of behavior change considerably. If Pernetti can demonstrate that he had professional backing on his decision to suspend/counsel, then he's probably in good shape. If he made that decision without consulting some psychology experts, he's probably toast - and he should be, if that's the case.
11 months, 1 week ago on Blood, Give Us More Blood: Now Everyone Wants Rutgers Hammered
She has players on tape making accusations. She needs publicity for
her web site. Mainstream media (ESPN, USA Today, etc.) has a writer who
worked for SI and the NY Times publishing a piece on Auburn football,
which allows them to sell the story without being accountable for the
content -- good for ratings, zero legal exposure. They are, after all,
all businesses and will stretch rules in order to keep money coming in.
11 months, 1 week ago on Another Day, Another Scandal: Claims About Auburn’s Program, Florida’s Coach Bring Fresh Headaches To SEC
Emmert has made enemies, and those enemies include a lot of people in the media. Saban already had them. A story like this fits neatly into their agenda, and it's foolish to think they won't use it as fuel for their speculations.
Emmert was already a dead man walking before this story. Saban will growl, the B1G will pay anonymous bloggers to make wild accusations, and life will go on.
11 months, 1 week ago on USA Today Digs Into Emmert, Digs Up Issues For LSU, Saban
Vol, those are separate issues. Conflating them in the interests of "fairness" is how you end up with a lawsuit like this.
No one forces players to accept an athletic scholarship. They can market their athletic ability on the free market in any way they wish. If they choose to market it by accepting a free education, then that is their choice. If they show themselves to be an elite athlete, then they can translate that ability into a multi-million dollar payday - just like FGCU's coach did in the coaching market. If the free market were ready to accommodate a structure more "fair" than the "plantation" NCAA, then it would have done so. It hasn't. What does that tell you? That the ability of an 18 year old to play ball at a collegiate level is worth an education. If they want more than that, they can go overseas or switch to tennis or golf.
The system as currently constituted needs reform on so many levels - but all that frustration has somehow been funneled into the least productive issue on the table for all parties. If the O'Bannon lawsuit defines college athletics moving forward, then it will simply benefit revenue sports athletes at the expense of non-revenue athletes. If you consider that a "fair" outcome, go talk to Pat Summit about it. I'm betting she vehemently disagrees.
11 months, 1 week ago on Better Think Twice Before Cheering On The O’Bannon Lawsuit