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@BonzaiB This article is evidence that the Ivy League colleges and service academies made the right decision in the latter half of the 20th century to emphasize academics and de-emphasize big-time athletics.  The SEC schools went the route of creating a "university the football team would be proud of".

1 year, 4 months ago on Which League Has Biggest Gap Between Football Salaries And Teaching Salaries? The SEC

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Can Matthieu sign with a CFL team and play right away?  At least he could get paid and receive some TV coverage, unlike at an FCS school.

 

I also think that would give NFL scouts and personnel people a better projection of his ability at the next level than if he played at McNeese State.

2 years, 1 month ago on Miles Leaves Door Open At LSU, But Don't Expect Mathieu To Walk Through It

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Yeah, he really wants to coach ASAP.  I think any school that hires him knows exactly what they are getting...he is from the Saban school of mercenary coaching.  He probably senses blood in the water at Kentucky and is positioning himself so that when UK fires The Joker at or near the end of the season, he'll be ready.

2 years, 1 month ago on Petrino Opens Up To ESPN; The Rehabilitation Begins

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I don't like the "Gator head on a plate" logo at all.  The block F is a clean and classic design.  The italic F and the italic text painted in the stadium looks like the font for the original "Star Trek" TV series.

2 years, 1 month ago on UF Making Logo Changes To Florida Field

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 @John at MrSEC  @gage

 Maybe so, in the future.  But in this case, from what I understand, this was a negotiated settlement between the NCAA and Penn State.  Penn State's president signed a consent decree with the NCAA's sanctions.  I can't see how this extraordinary case will cause problems in the future.

2 years, 2 months ago on The NCAA Is About To Make A Big Mistake With Penn State

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 @John at MrSEC  @KC Tiger Fan

 John, the NCAA acts within the parameters of administrative law, much in the same way a university's student judiciary adjudicates matters that touch upon criminal law.   I work in academia, so let me use this example to illustrate.  Let's take a student who commits a criminal act on university property.  The student is tried in the city, county, or state criminal courts and is either found guilty or not guilty.  The student is also required to attend an administrative hearing with the university's student judiciary board.  I have witnessed several cases in which the student was cleared of criminal charges or the charges were dropped by the DA's office, yet the student was suspended from the university for the semester.  That is because the burden of proof in administrative law is much lower than that in criminal law.

2 years, 2 months ago on The NCAA Is About To Make A Big Mistake With Penn State

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 @viciousdawgI agree.  Maybe this is part of a new direction for the NCAA.  It is apparent that few college football or basketball programs learned anything from the SMU death penalty in the mid-1980s.  I also think the NCAA has been influenced by the way NFL commissioner Roger Goodell acted decisively in the wake of the Saints bounty scandal.

2 years, 2 months ago on The NCAA Is About To Make A Big Mistake With Penn State

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Tyler, the NCAA's sanctions against Penn State involved the institutional coverup, not the crimes committed by Sandusky.

 

From what I understand, the sanctions were a negotiated settlement between the NCAA and Penn State's administration. 

 

 

2 years, 2 months ago on The NCAA Is About To Make A Big Mistake With Penn State

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 @John at MrSEC  @gage

 Excuse me John, but legally speaking, the Freeh Report is fact, based on a rule of evidence called estoppel.  The Penn State Board of Trustees commissioned the Freeh Report and did not deny any of the facts or conclusions included therein.  President Spanier, through his lawyers, has disputed a few facts in the Freeh Report, but did not dispute the report's conclusions. 

2 years, 2 months ago on The NCAA Is About To Make A Big Mistake With Penn State

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 @Geoff McDormer

 So what do you propose the NCAA should have done?  Nothing?  What further investigation needed to be done beyond the Freeh Report?  Penn State's president, athletic director, and head football coach repeatedly covered up evidence of sex crimes committed by an assistant coach inside the football operations building on campus! 

 

There is nothing wrong with the NCAA's decision.

2 years, 2 months ago on The NCAA Is About To Make A Big Mistake With Penn State

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 @gahoosier

 I agree with your take.  I think the NCAA is under such intense pressure from public opinion that it has to do something substantial with regard to the cover-up at Penn State. 

 

This may be the clarion call for reforming or replacing the NCAA.  I believe the NCAA has become too big a bureaucracy with too many lawyers and administrators.  The NCAA rule book and compliance regulations are too complex and lack common sense.

 

Maybe the conference commissioners need to create a Roger Goodell-type commissioner for college football and appoint a federal judge (definitely not a professional athletic administrator or university president) to the position. 

2 years, 2 months ago on The NCAA Is About To Make A Big Mistake With Penn State

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The cover-up by Penn State's president, athletic director, and head football coach is certainly within the NCAA's bailiwick, just as it was with former Baylor basketball coach Dave Bliss's attempt to cover up the motives behind the murder of one of his basketball players. 

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2 years, 2 months ago on The NCAA Is About To Make A Big Mistake With Penn State

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 @John at MrSEC

 Whatever decision the NCAA makes is bound to be criticized.  If the NCAA does nothing, as John suggests it should, then cynics and critics will argue that the NCAA is just as craven, cowardly, and driven by big-money considerations as the Penn State athletic and academic administration.  If the NCAA levies a multi-million dollar fine on the athletic department, there will be some who say that the NCAA was too timid to directly shut down Penn State athletics, but chose to indirectly destroy the athletic program by starving it to death.  If the NCAA invokes the death penalty on Penn State football, there will be others who argue that the NCAA has overstepped its authority.

 

The NCAA is under intense pressure from public opinion, as well as opinion-makers in news and sports media, to act decisively.   I believe that if the NCAA were to abdicate its responsibility to police intercollegiate athletics in this case, public confidence in the institution might just bottom out and we could see the conference commissioners and member schools simply junk the NCAA bureaucracy, create a "commissioner of college sports" answerable to the conference comissioners, and appoint a former US Senator or federal judge to serve as a Kennesaw Mountain Landis/Roger Goodell authority figure. 

 

 

2 years, 2 months ago on The NCAA Is About To Make A Big Mistake With Penn State

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Gust, I would argue the Watergate cover-up was the most high-level substantial cover-up of a crime.  It resulted in President Nixon's resignation, and federal prison terms for Attorney General John Mitchell, White House chief of staff H.R. Haldeman, domestic policy adviser John Ehrlichmann, and numerous administration advisors (Magruder, Dean, Liddy, Colson,).

2 years, 2 months ago on The NCAA Is About To Make A Big Mistake With Penn State

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When Congress investigated President Nixon's cover-up of his role in the Watergate scandals in 1973-1974, there were commentators at the time who worried that the Watergate hearings set a dangerous precedent because if Congress impeached Nixon or forced him to resign, Congress would have too much power over the office of the presidency. 

 

Although the Nixon administration committed crimes much less heinous than those committed by Sandusky, the cover-up to protect Paterno was very reminiscent of Nixon's aides lying and stonewalling to protect the president.  And just as the release of the White House tapes shocked Americans in 1973 who couldn't believe sanctimonious, prudish President Nixon was a crude racist, the American public in 2012 is shocked that the kindly honorable grandpa Joe Paterno apparently had a personality more like Michael Corleone than Mr. Rogers.

 

I believe that the NCAA is feeling public pressure to act against Penn State athletics much in the same way Congress felt public pressure in 1973 to confront the Nixon administration.  In my opinion, if the NCAA fails to act decisively against Penn State, the public will lose confidence in the NCAA to police amateur collegiate athletics in the future. 

 

Another similarity between Watergate and Penn State:  the public is as angry today with Joe Paterno as it was with Richard Nixon in 1974 because both Nixon and Paterno escaped answering for their misdeeds.  President Ford immediately pardoned Nixon for any crimes he may have committed, and Paterno conveniently died before the true nature of his actions became public. 

 

2 years, 2 months ago on The NCAA Is About To Make A Big Mistake With Penn State

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Mr. Freeze...or is it Coach Burnt Cotton?  I guess you can't spell "dumb" without UM.  Spurrier is going to hang half a hundred on your sorry team in 2013...that is, if you survive coaching Ole Miss this year.  You better focus on Texas first before you start writing next year's checks. 

 

2 years, 2 months ago on Freeze Takes Note Of Spurrier Comment; Says Their Next Game Will Be Circled On Calendar

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