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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.
1 week, 6 days 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.
4 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.
4 months, 1 week 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.
4 months, 1 week 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?
5 months 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.
5 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.
7 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.
7 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?
8 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.
8 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.
8 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.
8 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.
8 months, 1 week ago on Better Think Twice Before Cheering On The O’Bannon Lawsuit
Could not agree more with the original article, just to be clear.
Could not agree more.
@Roggespierre And of course you're right. People do trade billions based on the available data, and as a result, billions change hands in unexpected ways. Industries do evolve over time, and consumer behaviors are not predictable. I just think Delany is making the same sort of qualitative assumptions about growth relative to subscriber cable that telecoms made about the demand for bandwidth, for example. Telecoms and energy companies were considered the safest of investments just before they went bust - but they went bust in part because they all went mad trying to secure future market share from other industry competitors, investing too much and expanding too rapidly.
People can find parallels in anything and everything. It's not that difficult. Maryland was the point for me where I stopped ignoring those parallels as random noise. It could be that the death of the ACC and Big East make these moves worth it for Delany regardless of where subscriber cable heads from here. Who knows? But I am betting against Delany on this one, and I think we'll see the results during his tenure as conference commissioner.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Realignment-Followers Hold Their Breath As Blowback Increases Against Maryland’s Move
I think these new conferences are built on assumptions about consumer media behavior and media business models which are not going to be sustainable in the long term. I've backed down to an HDTV antenna and a wireless plan. I'm one of those people who horded Sports Illustrated magazines in boxes in the attics as a kid and kept an extra remote in the closet in case I broke one over a bad call. I have 2 kids who love nothing better than going to Chapel Hill for a weekend, especially if a game is involved. But we watch 4 or 5 games a year, football and basketball, on TV. I can afford Uverse's 500 channels - I just find it an exceptionally poor value for the money.
This is beginning to feel like the housing bubble to me. Spare me the lectures about classic economic definitions of market behaviors necessary to meet the discipline's formal criteria. When I see this many assumptions being made about future revenues, and the size of the decisions being driven by those assumptions, I call that a bubble. I'd love to figure out how to sell Delany short on this one.
March Madness is making basketball a tough proposition for middle-tier BCS schools. At this point, being Maryland, Alabama, Virginia, Tennessee, or Washington has proven to be a disadvantage relative to schools like Butler, Creighton, VCU, UNLV and Gonzaga. Doug McDermott would not be a 4 year automatic ticket to the NCAA tournament in Knoxville or Tuscaloosa. He is at a small school in Omaha. Sorry - that ain't right.
Everyone knows the rules, so you're right - no complaining about the lack of bids. Complaining about the system, however, is fine. Blow it up.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on There’s No Room For Crying Across The SEC Today
Can't wait for the football conferences to break away and take basketball with them. I am so sick of CBB turning into an argument over the relative merits of Creighton, St. Mary's and the 5th place team from the SEC, all for the right to see which one can best injure a key player on a team with an actual shot to win the tournament.
I appreciate what you're doing here. That frustration is entirely directed at the NCAA.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Tourney Hopes: A Deep Dive Into The SEC's Current Resumes - 3/1/13