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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.

7 months, 3 weeks ago on Season’s Over, But Chalk Up Another Win For Sam, Pinkel And Mizzou

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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.

8 months ago on A Union Would Be Good For College Football Players, But Bad For Most Everyone Else

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@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?

8 months ago on After Penn State, Would The NCAA Get Involved With Alleged Rape Charges At Missouri?

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@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.



8 months ago on After Penn State, Would The NCAA Get Involved With Alleged Rape Charges At Missouri?

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@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.

8 months ago on After Penn State, Would The NCAA Get Involved With Alleged Rape Charges At Missouri?

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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.

8 months ago on After Penn State, Would The NCAA Get Involved With Alleged Rape Charges At Missouri?

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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.

10 months, 1 week ago on Saban’s Wife To Wall Street Journal: “This Is Where We Are Going To End Our Career”

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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.

1 year, 1 month ago on It’s Time For Schools, Coaches To Be Held Responsible For Repeat Offenders

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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.

1 year, 1 month ago on LSU RB Hill Gets Tongue-Lashing From Judge, Little More. Play Ball!

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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.


1 year, 1 month ago on Like The Rule Or Not, Manziel Allegedly Violated An NCAA Biggie

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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?

1 year, 2 months ago on Blame Game? Nope. But Questioning Meyer’s Discipline At Florida Is Fair Game

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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.

1 year, 3 months ago on Carolina’s Martin Suggests College Basketball’s Transfer Problem Is A “Kids Today” Problem

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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.

1 year, 4 months ago on If High-5′ing Hill Was Caught Beating A Man On Video He Should Be 86′d By LSU

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@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.

1 year, 5 months ago on Sanctioning Schools For Dimwit Fans? It’s Hard To Police Thought

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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?

1 year, 5 months ago on Sanctioning Schools For Dimwit Fans? It’s Hard To Police Thought

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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?


1 year, 5 months ago on A Plainsman’s Plight: Where Have All The Good Times Gone?

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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.

1 year, 5 months ago on Blood, Give Us More Blood: Now Everyone Wants Rutgers Hammered

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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.


Are Roberts and McNeil trustworthy? Doesn't matter. They are making accusations, and those accusations conform to an existing narrative established by other former players and coaches making similar accusations. You can disparage all of them as disgruntled, mistaken, or misquoted, but at some point the sheer weight of the accusations over the years leaves an indelible impression.

1 year, 5 months ago on Another Day, Another Scandal: Claims About Auburn’s Program, Florida’s Coach Bring Fresh Headaches To SEC

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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.


1 year, 6 months ago on USA Today Digs Into Emmert, Digs Up Issues For LSU, Saban

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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.

 


1 year, 6 months ago on Better Think Twice Before Cheering On The O’Bannon Lawsuit

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Could not agree more with the original article, just to be clear.

1 year, 6 months ago on Better Think Twice Before Cheering On The O’Bannon Lawsuit

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Could not agree more.

1 year, 6 months ago on Better Think Twice Before Cheering On The O’Bannon Lawsuit

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 @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.

1 year, 6 months ago on Realignment-Followers Hold Their Breath As Blowback Increases Against Maryland’s Move

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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.

1 year, 6 months ago on Realignment-Followers Hold Their Breath As Blowback Increases Against Maryland’s Move

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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.

1 year, 6 months ago on There’s No Room For Crying Across The SEC Today

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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.

1 year, 7 months ago on Tourney Hopes: A Deep Dive Into The SEC's Current Resumes - 3/1/13

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 @j_scott_o Let's say we kick two off Day 1 and the other two off Day 10. Now you obviously have to explain the difference in your reasoning - and that becomes the gap where legal issues could take root one way or the other.

 

Versus: all 4 off on Day 10. No differences to explain. No multiplication (x2) of potential complications. Standard HR approach, actually.

1 year, 7 months ago on Question: How Many Bama Fans Would Have Called For Due Process If Saban Had Acted Immediately?

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Accelerating the timetable accomplishes nothing for the university, the players, or even the victims. It just makes some newsreaders happy. And you know what? They are entitled to their opinions, but those opinions should probably not be driving the bus.

 

UA handled this perfectly and professionally.

1 year, 7 months ago on Question: How Many Bama Fans Would Have Called For Due Process If Saban Had Acted Immediately?

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 @j_scott_o Go back and read my post. I was evaluating the possible responses, which were: (A) can all 4 immediately, (B) can the Confessed 2 immediately and Non-Confessed 2 later via different criteria, or (C) can all 4 at the same time, but later. My point was that Saban was going to get criticized to some degree no matter which of those options he chose. I think that (C) minimized the risks to the university on all legal and PR fronts, and I know a number of PR and legal experts who agree.

 

I'm not sure how you see that argument as a "red herring." It goes straight to the core issues of this debate.

 

1 year, 7 months ago on Question: How Many Bama Fans Would Have Called For Due Process If Saban Had Acted Immediately?

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Better question: How many in the press would have demanded due process if Saban had canned all four immediately/ How many in the press would have accused Saban of splitting hairs if he had canned two immediately and left the other two to a different process? Saban was going to get criticized from some direction no matter what course of action he chose. The press is too large and too diverse to think otherwise. And if you want to be honest about it, so is the Alabama fan base. Some wanted players gone forthwith. Others saw merit in waiting two weeks. Both sides have merit.

 

We all like to think our own positions adhere to principles while other people with different opinions simply make convenient arguments to defend a preconceived bias or achieve an ulterior motive. The truth is that opinions vary for a simple reason - we all see different values at stake in the proceedings.

1 year, 7 months ago on Question: How Many Bama Fans Would Have Called For Due Process If Saban Had Acted Immediately?

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 @John at MrSEC  @AllTideUp  @Brad_ATX In fairness, you did wonder aloud if some of the players would find their way back to active status. I think some people assumed that constituted a criticism of Saban's values/motives.

1 year, 7 months ago on All 4 Alabama Football Players Arrested Earlier This Month Dismissed

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I guess my sarcasm wasn't over the top enough.

 

I was firmly in the camp that predicted all 4 would be dismissed at the same time, narrowing the potential PR issues by a factor of 10. Dismissing them piece-meal, or even 2x2, made no sense for the university at all. The idea that waiting two weeks here somehow communicated permissiveness is, to me, an obviously absurd assertion on its face. But I guess not.

1 year, 7 months ago on All 4 Alabama Football Players Arrested Earlier This Month Dismissed

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This would have been so much better if Saban had kicked the first two off immediately and then waited two weeks for the second two. Far less confusing and far fewer questions that way, I am sure. It also would have been a much stronger message to his team, IMO.

1 year, 7 months ago on All 4 Alabama Football Players Arrested Earlier This Month Dismissed

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Weeden had difficulty reading defenses from time to last year? And the offense play-calling was adjusted a result? Wow. I hadn't noticed. What a ground-breaking news flash.

1 year, 7 months ago on Richardson: Weeden had trouble reading defenses | National Football Post

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 @KurtJohn1 And you sound like one of those crazy zealots of the extreme right and left (both sides have them) who read only what they want to read and ignore context. No one's arguing that income should be artificially leveled anywhere. He's pointing out that organizations will do the same things individuals do in free markets: exercise ambition and seek greener pastures. Texas AM did it. Was that crazy liberalism at work? (Actually, it was. John Locke would have approved).

1 year, 7 months ago on Don’t Like The Idea Of 20-Team Conferences? Don’t Worry, They Won’t Last Long

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I agree, John. Marriages of convenience remain amicable so long as the union remains convenient. And not a minute longer.

1 year, 7 months ago on Don’t Like The Idea Of 20-Team Conferences? Don’t Worry, They Won’t Last Long

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The oversigning numbers are always fuzzy. For example, B1G schools let kids go prior to Signing Day, and then they ink kids over the summer that never make the Rivas or Scout lists. If you compare actual names on rosters (much more time consuming), the rates of attrition at Alabama are lower than some schools that never make the "oversigning" lists. Which means much of this simply comes down to selective math and creative assumptions. I don't think it makes sense for any organization to adjust its procedures in response to that sort of manufactured PR nonsense. Even if some people in the press keep falling for it (or rehashing it for reliable click counts).

 

Not accusing you of that.

1 year, 7 months ago on Alabama Tops The “Oversigning Index,” But It’s Not The All-SEC List Folks Make It Out To Be

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 @John at MrSEC So, we just disagree on the meaning of the word "rush." I guess Plato was right.

 

I'm betting all 4 players are gone. They just want to make one announcement instead of two or three, which just multiplies the potential negative PR. Again -- all of Alabama's long-term interests are served by letting this thing run through the internal Alabama system. No one's interests are being neglected. Still not sure where basis for your complaint rests, but I understand your agitation.

1 year, 7 months ago on Hearings Set For Two Of Four Arrested Bama Football Players

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 @John at MrSEC And you provide a comments section, which I assume means that you welcome other people's take on your take. Maybe "drawing a line" seems silly to you, but it doesn't to the legal system, which views the two crimes in two very different lights for some very good reasons. Beating up a stranger on the street and taking his wallet will get you sent to jail. Breaking into his home with a gun will get you sent to jail for much, much longer.

 

The kids have been removed from the team (suspended) and removed from campus (barred).  The only thing that hasn't been accomplished yet is a public announcement of permanency. Whose interest does such an announcement serve? No one's, except perhaps a coach in a rush to prove he's a law-and-order guy, or a few on-lookers who can't wait for people making decisions affecting the futures of 4 young men to dot their Is and cross their Ts.

 

Again - why the rush? What is lost/gained by rushing things? By my calculation, rushing gains nothing but PR points, while something important could be missed.

1 year, 7 months ago on Hearings Set For Two Of Four Arrested Bama Football Players

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Armed Home Invasion. Ask any DA where that stacks up in the list of crimes they prosecute, compared to assault.

 

My only problem with your Chizik comparison is that it makes the crimes in question equivalent, which they are not. Not even close. Both reprehensible, but still not close. Chizik tolerated a lot of nonsense in his program. The 4 he dismissed immediately do not wash away the ones he didn't.

 

The players have been suspended indefinitely. 3 of them are barred from campus. What's your rush?

 

 

1 year, 7 months ago on Hearings Set For Two Of Four Arrested Bama Football Players

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People wanting to find fault with the SEC to spread playoff wealth will find that excuse somewhere, be it scheduling or some other B1G/P12 concoction. If you're going to schedule 9, do it because it makes sense for your league, not because conferences stupid enough to schedule a MAC weekend need to change the subject when they lose half those games.

 

1 year, 8 months ago on Big Ten Considering A 9- Or 10-Game Conference Schedule

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The original story moved the needle. This story nukes the needle.

 

Same motive, same result.

1 year, 8 months ago on Scorn For Te'o? How 'Bout Scorn For Those Of Us In The Media Instead?

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Example towards a larger point: You want to know what would be hysterical? The B1G kicking out Nebraska (lost its AAU membership, a fading football brand in a state with a minimal population) to make room for a more lucrative school.

 

"Can't happen?" Why not? Is there something of a contractual nature that would absolutely preclude it? My larger question is this: if money is the prime reason Conference A is blowing up Conference B, at what point do conferences look within their own ranks and say, "Hmmm, our business plan and financial equations work much better when we subtract School A and add School B." As the business culture increasingly supplants traditional collegial bonds in college sports, it seems to me that this sensibility will eventually work its way back around to the conferences' internal dynamics. Corporations shed unprofitable divisions all the time.

 

Seriously, I hate what's happening. American business works beautifully in some ways, but it's hopelessly screwed up, especially in management culture, in others. We love sports in part because it takes us away for a moment from all that stupidity.

 

Oh well.

1 year, 8 months ago on Big Bang Theories: The Countdown To Super-Conferences (Part 4)

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With QBs coming out of high school these days so savvy to the nuances of the position - looking off safeties, pocket footwork, field awareness - it was almost painful watching Driskel work last night. But in his defense, his O-line was just awful. They got whipped again and again.

 

Big picture: Florida as a school and program seemed to look down its nose at its date in the Sugar Bowl. The Sugar Bowl. And when things turned south, the moment suddenly seemed to big for Florida and its coaches. A troubling sign moving forward.

1 year, 9 months ago on Observations On Florida’s Nightmarish Sugar Bowl

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If he had courtside seats to the Blazers, wearing $2,500 worth of Nike gear, driving a $60,000 "rental car" to the game, then we would know he was transferring to Oregon. Or USC.

 

"That's how they do it in the SEC"? Talk about blinders.

1 year, 9 months ago on TNT’s Kerr Wonders How A&M’s Manziel Got Tickets To Mavs Game, Disses SEC In The Process

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 @JRsec The college presidents are the ones agreeing to this madness. None of them have worked in broadcasting, and none of them understand just how mercurial that market has been over the past 2 decades. A real shift in advertising dollars (which happens every 10 years or so) and/or a real shift in viewing technology (which happens every 5 years or so now) and/or a real regulatory shift in cable/telecommunications (not so likely, given the strength of that industry's lobbying groups) could make the economic justifications for most of these moves go *poof*. 2 out of 3 will leave people like Delaney looking incredibly short-sighted and stupid. At least the SEC has been careful to keep the quality of the product as strong as possible. Same with the P12. The others are throwing quality out the door in the name of distribution. Not a good idea in the long-term. It's a market plan predicated on the idea that demand will keep increasing no matter what. Any Econ 101 student can tell you how well that assumption works.

1 year, 9 months ago on With Seven Schools Exiting The Big East, Get Ready For The Big Bang

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4 18 team conferences, with each division playing an 8 game round robin, plus one permanent opponent from the other division.

 

Which is really just 8 9 team conferences with a revenue sharing agreement

 

Which is pretty much where we freaking started minus the revenue sharing agreement.

 

Brilliant, boys. Feeling all Master of the Universe-y? You're not killing the goose that laid the golden egg - you're killing it, stripping it, gutting it, and roasting it.

1 year, 9 months ago on With Seven Schools Exiting The Big East, Get Ready For The Big Bang

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Jaworski is an increasingly irrelevant broadcaster. What do increasingly irrelevant broadcasters do? Try to get noticed, by any means possible. Since I don't think there's much of a market for Jaworski sex tape, this is about all he can muster - firing blanks at a non-NFL target (meaning safe) about something that happened six years ago (because he's an idiot).

 

Enjoy broadcasting oblivion, Jaws.

1 year, 9 months ago on ESPN's Jaworski On Bama's Saban: "I Don't Like Liars"

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I think ADs are constantly looking for ways to push the boundaries on what a school's booster base is willing to pay a ooach. It's pretty standard these days to keep raising and extending almost up to the point people get fired. ADs see it as funding the position, not necessarily a function of the individual occupying that position.

 

Not saying that makes it smart - just pointing out why they do it.

1 year, 9 months ago on UM's Freeze Gets A Raise

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Well, as much as they pushed the notion that God was behind 2010, I guess it only makes logical sense to push the notion that Satan must be behind 2012.

 

There's a reason that some people over in the Middle East love to blame Satan and the Great Satan for all their woes - it prevents a lot of people from looking closer to home for their problems. We find it ludicrous then "they" do it. We often don't even think twice when we do it ourselves.

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