Daily Archives: January 15, 2011

Good sports often make bad law.

For those of you who wonder why the NCAA doesn’t get sued more often with constitutional claims, here you go:

… Other athletic associations and newspaper groups are closely watching the outcome of the Wisconsin case, with a decision one way or the other possibly prompting litigation elsewhere.

It’s not likely that college sports will be greatly affected.

The NCAA, which many state associations try to closely mirror, was ruled a private entity by the U.S. Supreme Court nearly 25 years ago in a case involving then-UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian, who sued the association, claiming it had tried to drive him out of basketball.

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2011 SEC East: Tennessee rising, or division sinking?

It really hadn’t dawned on me to view Tennessee as an up-and-comer in the division this season, but CBS’ Adam Jacobi describes the Vols as a potential sleeper (isn’t that redundant?) team for 2011 and cocknfire labels UT along with South Carolina as the early front-runners to win the SEC East.  Is Tennessee going to be that much improved, or is the division going to be that big a train wreck?

If it’s the former, I’m not sure what the basis for that is.  Last season saw the Vols get waxed by the division big boys – including losses to Georgia and Florida teams which were each school’s weakest in years – and glide through UT’s typically weak November slate.  Had this happened under Fulmer, we’d have yawned and moved on.  So what’s the difference now?

That’s not to say Tennessee doesn’t have a few nice pieces here and there.  Justin Hunter looks to me like he’ll be the next conference superstar wide receiver.  But you can point to nice pieces at every school in the division (okay, except for Vandy).  So, again, I’m genuinely curious:  why the optimism?

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Jeff Driskel, welcome to Gator recruiting

Maybe he can talk to Corch Meyers about this:

On Friday, Weis was scheduled to be in the West Palm Beach area, paying a visit to Palm Beach Dwyer quarterback Jacoby Brissett, one of the top-rated dual-threat quarterbacks in the nation. It appears the Gators now want to add a second quarterback to this recruiting class to go along with Jeff Driskel, who is already enrolled at UF. [Emphasis added.]

There’s not much else he can do about it at this point.

Here’s betting that Tom Lemming thinks it’s a brilliant move.

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