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All good points! It seems to me that the number one criteria ought to be actually watching the games. Obviously, no one person can watch every game, but those on the committee should be watching the top 25 teams every week, especially when ranked teams are playing each other. This week, for example, #2 Oregon vs. #16 Washington, #7 Georgia vs. #25 (unbeaten) Missouri, #10 LSU vs. #17 Florida. That's just four games and I'd add the Thursday night game to take a look at #8 Louisville vs. Rutgers. With DVR's, there's really no excuse for not watching every important game weekly and jotting down some notes. She's as capable as anyone of being able to do this. Does she have the time to devote to this endeavor would be my only question and I'd ask that of every potential committee member.
2 months ago on Condi On The Committee? Ex-Auburn Coach Dye Not A Fan… And He’s Right
I try to go to a game once a year, maybe two. A family of 3 for one of the good games, just the tix, is between two and three hundred dollars, face value with no donation. I guess there are folks that can do that every weekend, good for them.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Schools’ Greed Damaging The Future Of College Football
"Maybe in football and basketball, it would work better if more kids had a chance to go directly into the professional ranks," Delany said. "If they're not comfortable and want to monetize, let the minor leagues flourish. Train at IMG, get agents to invest in your body, get agents to invest in your likeness and establish it on your own. But don't come here and say, 'We want to be paid $25,000 or $50,000.' Go to the D-League and get it, go to the NBA and get it, go to the NFL and get it. Don't ask us what we've been doing.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Report: New Themes Emerge During NCAA, Athletic Directors Meeting
Both sides of the debate.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on NCAA Prez Emmert Promises “A Lot Of Change” Over The Next Year
A few years ago I couldn't persuade many of my friends that a football play-off was on the horizon. Now it is. Lately, I've tried to convince some of the same folks that the NCAA as we know it now, will either be killed off or will be radically changed. Oh, it may not happen this year, or the next, but it will happen. There is nothing new about the argument, it's been going on for years. The guy most responsible for the modern day NCAA is Walter Byers. Mr. Byers was the head of the NCAA from 1951 to 1988. A few years after his retirement, in 1995, he published a book, Unsportsrmanlike Conduct : Exploiting College Athletes.
“The college player cannot sell his own feet (the coach does that) nor can he sell his own name (the college will do that). This is the plantation mentality resurrected and blessed by today’s campus executives… Prosecutors and the courts, with the support of the public, should use antitrust laws to break up the collegiate cartel – not just in athletics but possibly in other aspects of collegiate life as well.” - Walter Byers, the first executive director of the NCAA (1951-1988)
Byers was responsible for negotiating the first television contracts. He was responsible for what we now call March Madness. He was the guy that created the term "student athlete" so the schools could not be liable for injuries suffered by players.
Folks should read his book.
@John at MrSEC @vol66
Just to be clear, I am for a more radical change. The point of my post was to suggest that, A. There is nothing wrong with players who have no representation organizing a group. B. If the basic NCAA is to stay as is, would there be some things that could be fixed in addressing some of the obvious problems.
The major issue is the hypocrisy, real or perceived. From the Manziel thing, to the Miami fiasco and there are many other examples.
The LOI is a lopsided contract, it protects the school, but in a lot of ways, not the student.
The risk of 85 players all bolting is pretty small...but the threat that it could happen would force the school to make a buy out for a coach so obscenely high the first two years, neither the coach or the other school would be willing to pay it. Again, this goes back to being hypocritical. The student athletes look at the adults, who I would say also appear to "have their hands out" looking for even more.
Another glaring example of hypocrisy, The EA Sports lawsuit. The NCAA just shouldn't have done this, much like the on line store selling players jerseys. If you are going to be the enforcer of morality in college sports, you must not do something that creates the perception of wrong doing.
As for pulling down the entire roof, it seems to me that Slive and the other honchos are reluctant to get rid of the NCAA. However, they aren't going to wait forever. The agent/runner issue was brought up at least three years ago at the SEC meetings and the NCAA has done nothing. For every kid with his hand out, there is an adult there giving out the money. While the Kid, Mo Couch for example loses a lot for his mistake, the adult loses nothing and so they are likely to keep doing it to the next player that comes along. Sure seems like the students are being held to higher standard than the adults.
Out of time at the moment, there's more...thanks for the site, I read it everyday.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on MrSEC.com Says Go Ahead And Give College Players Cash (And All That Goes With It)
Oh, the outrage. A group of players who collectively bring in billions of dollars for universities, coaches, NCAA executives, Bowl representatives, ESPN, CBS, etc...would like to organize.
If one is for not paying the players, is there nothing about the current system that needs to be changed? The answer can't be "no system is perfect."
If a school is not going to give a student a four year scholarship, most are one year renewables, then why should that student hand over his/her likeness in perpetuity? Why should the NCAA get to sell those rights?
Go after Johnny Football, sure...while the NCAA is selling his jersey, um,,,,was...until Bilas shamed Emmert into taking down the online store.
If these united players can achieve full cost of tuition, which the SEC is in favor of, would that be a bad thing?
If these united players could get some new legislation in regards to transferring if the coach that recruits them bails after one season, would that be bad?
If these united players could help with their voices regarding agents/runners, would anyone listen...should they have a voice? Slive announced his displeasure with the NCAA's inaction on this topic.
What you condone, you promote.
The message I've been hearing much of lately is...Everyone is taking money, we know it and as long as nobody "rats", it's fine. As long as no one gets caught, it's fine. That's the current system, bury your head in the sand and hope your school doesn't get caught.
I kind of thought this would be a bigger deal around these parts.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Mike Slive: NCAA Needs To Change Agent Rules
One thing that's never made sense to me...a college football player becomes eligible for the draft as a junior. Rather than trying to keep the agents out, why not bring them in? As schools have "Pro Days", they could have "Agent Days". The agents would have to be invited. They'd have to be on an NCAA list as well in good standing with the NFLPA. If a player decides to sign with an agent, things like insurance policies, consulting with the NFL regarding where a junior might be drafted should he come out early etc...could all be handled by the player, his family at the advice of the agent. Yes money could exchange hands, but it has nothing to do with the schools or the NCAA, it's a business arrangement between the player, his family and the agent.
Now before everyone starts calling out the downsides of this proposal, which I admit is not perfect....
In 2010, at SEC media days, Saban called these agents and their runners "pimps". If I recall, several coaches said that the problem of agents on campus was as bad as it had ever been. They used phrases like "preying on young players". Obviously, it's still a problem.
Obviously there would have to be a way to legislate agents and those who work for them, it could be done.
3 months ago on Scandals, Scandals, Scandals… Three Takeaways (Rants) From The Latest SEC Scandal
I can't speak about UA, but if you've got enough space for 3 football fields, sure seems like you could use a portion of it to build an indoor track and field facility. Seems that since the building you are tearing down housed the indoor T&F facility, some thought, some planning, might have gone into where the team might train.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on A Waterfall In Bama’s Locker Room? Maybe We’re Spending A Bit Too Much On Athletics
Here's my beef with going to a nine game schedule. It's not likely to cure scheduling the patsies. Tennessee plays Oregon and three cup cakes this year. Alabama plays Va. Tech and three cupcakes. Florida plays Miami and Florida State and two cup cakes. South Carolina plays UNC and Clemson and two cupcakes. LSU plays TCU and three cupcakes. As a Vol fan, would I rather see Oregon or say... Ole Miss? We've played UCLA, Notre Dame, etc... in the past and I fear those are the games I'll lose. Florida's not likely to take on another SEC foe AND play Miami and FSU, one of those games would go and a patsy would be put in its place. We could discuss SOS...Tennessee plays Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, Missouri, Auburn, Vanderbilt and Kentucky, of the remaining SEC teams which one should we schedule that would make out SOS better than Oregon? As was stated in the piece, the coaches would schedule as many cupcakes as possible, so I'm not confident they'd want to keep scheduling OOC games with tough opponents. JMO
7 months, 3 weeks ago on The Battle Over SEC Scheduling Heats Up… But There’s No Such Thing As A “Fair” Schedule
The former player development coach, the one that made the video, the one who lost his job for going to his son's practice ...that guy said, the coach used "Lithuanian fa***t as a "nickname" implying that he was called this on a regular basis.
As for the video, I see very little coaching and a whole lot of cowardice.
Let me be perfectly clear. Biruta transferred. He was willing to sit out a year just to get the F out of there. Bobby Knight was from a different time, and by the time he caught up to modern society or vice versa, he'd already been given multiple shots at keeping his job...maybe because he won. Since everyone else, including this site, is speculating...I speculate that Pennetti was done with Rice anyway. His conference record sucked and he was not going to be the coach when Rutgers began play in their new conference, the Big whatever. However, why pay a buy out before you have too? Why risk letting this mess come up WHILE you are negotiating with Jim Delany, or maybe Pernetti was so all consumed with conference realignment he couldn't be bothered? My guess is that Pernetti will be out of job soon as well, not because I'm part of some lynch mob out to sway public sentiment, but because Mr. Pernetti showed very poor judgement, and most importantly, he did not put the players first. Average fans of the program recognized there was a problem and those around the program chose to ignore it, or keep mum because "what goes on at practice stays at practice". In other words, they were cowards.
8 months, 1 week ago on Blood, Give Us More Blood: Now Everyone Wants Rutgers Hammered
Why not just post yer boy Jay...
8 months, 1 week ago on Auburn A.D. Reviewing Allegations, Chizik And Muschamp Deny Charges
Thanks for the link, unfortunately it's a bunch of statements by anonymous sources. It's on a Pro-Auburn website. While it is more information, pardon my skepticism.
also read the comment section and keep in mind this was a year ago.
If Gil Biruta was sitting in an English class and the professor addressed him as a Lithuanian F*****!, how many more chances would that professor get to teach that class? My guess is that every student in the class would complain and that would be the end of that professor's tenure.
@John at MrSEC @vol66
That may have been a reasonable punishment for "an" incident. The reason many are upset is that Pernetti characterized it as "an" incident when he originally punished the coach.
Rice allegedly threw basketballs at players' heads during an incident during his first or second season as coach, the New Jersey Star-Ledger reported. The paper reported the suspension will cost Rice $74,905.
Athletic director Tim Pernetti handed down the punishment but also said the violations of athletic department policy do not put Rice's job in jeopardy.
There are always the who knew, when did he know, how much did he know, questions...but it certainly seems like they were trying to "cover up" the extent of Rice's ,um...behavior. Just my opinion.
Not to speak for Mr. Berliner, I don't think he's referencing the actual "crimes" when comparing the two schools. He's comparing the way these sorts of things, incidents, if you will, are handled administratively and how it seems to happen over and over and over. Not just at Rutgers or Penn State, it seems like every school. My own take...it's incredible, that in todays world, the higher ups at Rutgers thought they could handle this "internally". It's laughable. FOIA., twitter, you tube, everyone has a camera on them at all times, 24 hour sports networks...Hard to teach an old dog new tricks I guess.
The problem is the hypocrisy, John. Emmert came on to the NCAA scene like Matt Dillon from Gun Smoke. Well, if Matt Dillon has been breaking laws himself, how much credibility does he have? LSU settled with the whistle blowers, even apologized to one of them. More importantly, if you go back through the minutes of the LSU Faculty Senate meetings, they create a new office to protect whistle blowers because of the incident. They recognized there was no protection against university retaliation for the employees who report to their supervisors. IMO, that's an admission.
In this case LSU promised the whistle blower they would not make her name public and then the AD, Skip Bertman, did exactly that by releasing enough info to the press that a google search would out the person. That is retaliation, classic, SEC text book (no pun intended), "We don't want to have ineligible players before the bowl game. Get on board or get out", retaliation.
What you permit, you promote.
So, flash forward to the NCAA investigation into UNC. Whatever the result, one could look at the NCAA findings with a skeptical eye, because the head of the organization conducting the investigation lacks credibility. In what may seem like a weird comparison, Emmert is like Ed Rush, no matter what call that guy makes from here on out, people will have a reason to doubt his motives.
8 months, 1 week ago on USA Today Digs Into Emmert, Digs Up Issues For LSU, Saban
my final salvo, is this THE guy to lead young men and women of tomorrow?
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