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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
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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.
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Why not just post yer boy Jay...
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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.
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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.
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my final salvo, is this THE guy to lead young men and women of tomorrow?
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I really appreciate the debate AllTideUp and DaveInExile , much respect to you both and Tide, Mal Moore was a great one, sorry for your loss.
Tennessee is having issues because the former AD was in an arms race to build the latest Taj Mahal of football indoor facilities while paying buyouts for Fulmer, Kiffin, Dooley, Raleigh, Pearl...as an aside, in what world does a coach get a show cause ban and walk away with money...only at UT, lol. Sorry for getting off topic, oh and we gave Pat Summit a cool million, she deserved it...My point is this. A little management, some winning and some conservative book keeping, along with a little imagination regarding who REALLY is bring in the dough...coupled with a desire to do the right thing...could solve this painlessly. Of course, the NCAA and the university presidents are smarter than I, they know this...I think they like it the way it is, who wouldn't?
I don't know. But it's pretty easy, until a 17 year old kid, who just signed with the Cowboys gets a DUI and guys like me and you say, Butch Jones or Nick Saban could've prevented this.
I'm not saying any of this is easy...you keep talking about fairness...what is fair to Robert Griffin 3 and Tim Tebow, and Brittney Griner might not be fair to the second string point guard, but the second sting point guard isn't selling officially licensed merchandise for anyone either.
If the lawsuit starts a discussion about it, I think it's good. I'm not for taking it all to the ground, but I think there's room for change and I don't think it will destroy anything or be worse than, for instance, expansion of super conferences.
All the NFL has to do is say..."We put no age limitations on when we will take an athlete into professional football."
I just don't agree with that. Our softball team far exceeds our baseball team in attendance with regularly sold out games and more TV time...to go further...our football team has been on a horrendous 5 year run, the money is coming in somehow...your former asst. AD Dave Hart has done in depth interviews regarding how bad off our finances are in comparison to the rest of the league and yet...we've cancelled no games in any sport, the Tennis team is still truckin, just watched a Lady Vol doing some diving. We're in the dumps, probably 12th in the league , if not worse, yet The Games Go On.
@AllTideUp @vol66 think, not thin
@AllTideUp @vol66 You've already stated the football won't be going away. It's not going anywhere.
I agree, baseball won't go away, at least in the SEC. Neither will women's softball. I don't thin women's soccer will go away. Track, swimming, diving...depends on the programs. We don't offer gymnastics, but UGA does and that won't go away for them. We don't have Lacrosse, but it won't go away at UNC, Syracuse or Duke...The cream will rise to the top.
I'm not saying it's not a good deal. I'm saying with a little imagination, simple business 101, really, it could be a great deal. Going to Europe for basketball has the same stigma attached to it as going JUCO does...nobody WANTS either one, it's at best where you bide your time before a professional league is willing to take you or at worst where people are considered not good enough for college or for the pros. I'm all for the Peyton Mannings, they honor their schollies and come back for their senior year because they love their college experience, but I also recognize that not everybody wants that...what's worse is that we ALL know that and we say, "it's our way or this less than our way, that's it...you don't HAVE to sign away on the dotted line, but all of the other avenues suck, what do you want to do?"
No, it is not fair. Collegiate baseball players have the opportunity to go pro IF THE MLB thinks that they can make it. They have a system, single A, Dbl A, and Triple A, to bring them along....If the MLB does not draft a player then those players can go to college and they get aid, merit based aid, pell grants if they qualify, etc...that will not change, right?
What does need to change is simple. The football program who pays the coach and his staff far more then they are worth, far more than the revenue the AD collects, who then goes to the fund raising arm and says, "We need to make up this salary differential by raising more funds and telling the parents and the kids that the "Full Ride has gone up from $30,000 dollars/year to $40,000." In other words, rolling the cost of the coaches into the 85 schollies (in football).