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John, do you think the NCAA should take some action on capping coaching salaries? It seems like this arms race is really starting to hurt the competitive balance of the sport, as well as undermine its credibility with people who aren't fans. Capping salaries would by default allow schools with profitable programs to kick more money to academic spending, and help schools with smaller programs better participate in the non-financial benefits of successful college sports (exposure, building ties with the community, etc), without blowing out their budgets.
1 year, 6 months ago on Which League Has Biggest Gap Between Football Salaries And Teaching Salaries? The SEC
Which is worse, making up a girlfriend, or, for example, intimidating a woman who accused Notre Dame football players of sexual assault into committing suicide? Because that also actually happened this season.
1 year, 10 months ago on Scorn For Te'o? How 'Bout Scorn For Those Of Us In The Media Instead?
"Some feel Musburger referring to Webb as attractive was just another example of men objectifying women during a sports broadcast. OK. But here’s guessing the chit-chatting women on ABC’s “The View” have probably said from time to time that a male actor or signer is handsome. Don’tcha think?
Poor fellas, always objectified."
Don't be obtuse, now. I agree that ESPN singling out Musburger was silly, because they're all just as bad, but it is undeniable that the media in general (which includes men and women) pays a creepy and disproportionate amount of attention to women's bodies. Even if Webb seems to have reaped some kind of benefits from the attention shown her during the broadcast, no one asked her for her consent before making her into a sex object on national television. That's the problem. The patriarchy allows men to assume that all women's bodies are available for public comment all the time, and that's sexist and creepy and wrong. Webb wasn't a public figure (or at least wasn't performing as one simply by being at her boyfriend's football game). Men do not suffer anything comparable.
1 year, 10 months ago on Musburger Seems To Take A Shot At Comment-Gate Silliness
I think the academic issue at UT was that there were specific standards that athletes were being held to that were higher than anywhere else in the SEC. Vanderbilt's academic reputation is certainly gaudy, but that doesn't mean that every athlete there is being held to a particularly high standard for admittance. As a private university, they probably have the most leeway of any in the SEC in admitting players.
1 year, 11 months ago on Maisel: UT Administration Has Used Athletic Department “As An ATM”
To demonstrate my nerdiness, I checked further. College Station's MSA actually is smaller than Gainesville's as well as Sprinfield's, which would put it at 10th in the 14 team conference. So, digs on its small size are actually reasonably fair play from everyone but Georgia, Auburn, and Mississippi school fans.
2 years, 6 months ago on UF's Muschamp Makes A Funny (That A&M Folks Won't Find Funny)
According to Wikipedia the metro is around 200,000, which would be smaller than Nashville, Lexington, Baton Rouge, Columbia and Knoxville, off the top of my head. Probably smaller than Tuscaloosa and Fayetteville's (I think they are in a combined metro) too. So, between 6th and 8th, I'd guess.
It's hard to be optimistic about Tennessee with the last four seasons, and the transition to a new system on defense may bite us, but it really seems like all of the legitimate reasons we had for being bad for the past two years are gone now. If Dooley is in fact a good coach and zany injuries don't happen, I'd put 8 wins as a minimum for next season. That mark is conceivably possible without a single upset, depending on who ends up favored in the Florida, Missouri, and MSU games. Sweep those three and/or throw in one big upset and we could have a (relatively) great, though still I believe reasonably possible, season.
2 years, 6 months ago on Spring Has Sprung, So Now How Far Can Your Favorite SEC Squad Go In 2012?