Daily Archives: May 7, 2011

So what’s it gonna take to put you behind the wheel of this baby today?

If you’re an Ohio State football player, the answer is less than you’d think.

Public records show that in 2009, a 2-year-old Chrysler 300 with less than 20,000 miles was titled to then-sophomore linebacker Thaddeus Gibson. Documents show the purchase price as $0.

And before you come sniffing around, NCAA, just remember this:

“No one can tell you what a car’s worth,” Goss said.

What are the odds Jim Tressel is still employed at Ohio State by year’s end?

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Filed under Big Ten Football, It's Just Bidness

Know thy enemy.

Arrogant?  Certainly.  Hypocritical? Definitely.

But Jim Delany, dumb? Hardly.

If you honestly believe that his threat to take his BCS ball home is an empty one, or one that if carried out would hurt the power conferences as much as the mid-majors, you may be in for a big shock in the near future.

TCU and Utah didn’t jump at Big Six offers out of a sense of vanity.  They did it to make sure they wound up on the winning side.

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Filed under BCS/Playoffs, It's Not Easy Being A Mid-Major, It's Just Bidness

Quick, Watson, the game is afoot!

The super sleuths at PlayoffPAC think they’ve stumbled onto the smoking gun in the playoff caper.

… NCAA Bylaws prohibit any BCS competitor from dealing directly with schools to establish a post-season playoff, prevent schools or already-sanctioned bowls from banding together to start a post-season playoff, and impose a collective boycott if any school steps over the line.

These rules are an airtight barrier to entry for any BCS alternative, including a playoff. Since teams are limited to only one postseason game, even the oft-discussed plus one format would be a violation of the bylaws. And schools cannot privately contract with a Mark Cuban or any other entrepreneur who would create a playoff.

The NCAA does not need to sponsor or create a competitive post-season for one to emerge. All it needs to do is stop standing in the way.

Professor Moriarty Mark Emmert, you fiend!

The idea that the organization which has allowed D-1 football to add a twelfth regular season game and conference playoff games, overseen an expansion to a 20-team (soon to be 24) FCS football playoff and just added another limited round of games to its crown jewel basketball tourney now stands as some sort of implacable barrier to a football playoff is laughable.

Guys, your problem isn’t that the NCAA says no.  It’s that nobody’s asked it for permission in the first place.

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Filed under BCS/Playoffs, Political Wankery

That’s why they pay him the big bucks.

Nice timing.

… McClendon, officials at Georgia have told me, was offered other jobs – almost certainly in January – when recruiting was in full swing. Losing him to another school at that moment would have been a brutal blow to Georgia’s chances of signing Isaiah Crowell.

Jobs, plural.  Life in the SEC is cutthroat.

And I thought nobody wanted Georgia assistant coaches…

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Filed under Georgia Football