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Monthly Archives: May 2011
What does the typical Ohio State player think of the NCAA? Nothing much, if you want to know.
… Small told The Lantern on Wednesday he profited off of memorabilia while at Ohio State, adding that some student-athletes “don’t even think about (NCAA) rules.”
“I had sold my things but it was just for the money,” Small said. “At that time in college, you’re kind of struggling.”
Small, who played receiver at OSU from 2006-2010, capitalized on the Buckeyes’ success during his college career.
“We had four Big Ten rings,” he said. “There was enough to go around.”
Small said he sold the rings to cover typical costs of living.
“We have apartments, car notes,” he said. “So you got things like that and you look around and you’re like, ‘Well I got (four) of them, I can sell one or two and get some money to pay this rent.”
The wheeling and dealing didn’t stop with rings. The best deals came from car dealerships, Small said.
“It was definitely the deals on the cars. I don’t see why it’s a big deal,” said Small, who identified Jack Maxton Chevrolet as the players’ main resource.
Not a big deal? The NCAA sternly begs to differ with you, young man.
“It’s a privilege to participate in intercollegiate athletics and receive these items,” NCAA spokesman Jeff Howard said. “The athletes should cherish those and not profit from them.”
Ah, yes, 2003. Fun times. Back then, ignorance of the law wasn’t an excuse.
… But Gibson said the players were never told they couldn’t sell the rings. And, frankly, he didn’t understand all the fuss.
“I didn’t know there was a rule,” he said. “I should have a right to do with it what I want.”
Fred, my friend, you were just a little bit ahead of your time there. The NCAA is a much more nuanced bunch these days. Just ask Cecil Newton.
Brace for impact, people.
No kidding on that, holmes.
Regular tickets for the game in Jacksonville would rise from $40 to $60 in 2012 and rise to $70 in 2014 and $75 in 2017. Club seating would increase from $70 to $100 in 2012, $110 in 2014 and $120 in 2017.
The 2012 price increase would generate an additional $1.779 million in revenue.
Georgia’s total revenue for the game would increase from $3.7 million in 2011 to $6.8 million in 2017.
UPDATE: Groo checks out the marketplace.
Here’s your handy-dandy chart of SEC coaches’ most recent APR numbers:
|Coach (2010 team)||2010 APR|
|Mark Richt (Georgia)||1000|
|Nick Saban (Alabama)||994|
|Dan Mullen (MSU)||976|
|Steve Spurrier (USC)||975|
|Urban Meyer (Florida)||972|
|Gene Chizik (Auburn)||970|
|Houston Nutt (Ole Miss)||964|
|Bobby Johnson (Vandy)||955|
|Les Miles (LSU)||948|
|Joker Phillips (Kentucky)||944|
|Bobby Petrino (Arkansas)||935|
|Derek Dooley (Tenn)||921|
I swear, it’s like Mark Richt is a controlled experiment for the “it really is all about the wins-and-losses” crowd.
Last week, I said this about Jim Delany’s Brave New Scholarship Proposal:
… Adopt that and you create a world in which one set of schools is paying more scholarship money for its student athletes than another set. In doing so, either you wind up cementing a permanent underclass within D-1, or you force a massive realignment of the have-nots into a lower division. No matter which way you go, it’s a win for the power schools.
And best of all, you’re doing it in the name of the kids. Who’s gonna argue with that?
To answer my question, not ESPN’s Gene Wojciechowski:
… My favorite anxiety-filled response from those who instantly opposed the idea: Providing scholarship athletes with a “cost of education” increase would give such conferences as the Big Ten a recruiting advantage.
Delany’s response: They’re right, it would. After all, it only makes sense that a recruit might be more tempted to sign with a conference whose institutions can afford to put that $8.22 in his or her pocket each day.
But it’s not like all conferences are created equal, or ever will be. The Big Ten, the Southeastern Conference, the Big 12, the Pac-10, the ACC and the Big East already enjoy recruiting advantages over other conferences. Their stadiums, arenas and practice facilities are larger and more luxurious. Their geographic footprints are wider. Their TV contracts are more lucrative. Their coaches’ salaries are higher. Their tradition, Q ratings and alumni bases are more pronounced.
Even before Delany’s proposal was made public, the country’s best high school recruits were choosing the major conferences. That isn’t going to change. The only difference is that this time something extra is being done to help the scholarship athlete. [Emphasis added.]
(By the way, is it just me, or does anyone else get a “separated from birth” vibe with Jim Delaney…
… and Sam the Eagle?
Meanwhile, Mr. Conventional Wisdom takes a look at the real impact of Delany’s proposal. Appalachian State’s athletic director provides an interesting perspective on the situation:
… In case you are wondering, in 2010 a total of 32 of the 120 Division I-A teams averaged less in home attendance than Appalachian State. In fact, 23 Division I-A schools averaged less than 20,000 in attendance last season.
“When we look at the WAC, the MAC, the Sun Belt and the others we compare very favorably to what they are doing,” Cobb said. “So we decided that if things change dramatically we need to be prepared.”
Last September the school announced the formation of a committee that would conduct a feasibility study to determine if they should go Division I-A. Originally that committee was going to give a recommendation in May. That announcement has been postponed. Appalachian State wants to wait for several reasons, and one of those is to see what is going to happen in the upper level of Division I-A football.
“What the Big Ten said last week got everybody’s attention,” said Cobb, a former football player at N.C. State. “What it really showed is that the gap in college football is not between Division I-A and I-AA. It’s between the BCS schools and everybody else Division I-A.”
Cobb said there are a number of schools like Appalachian State who have had very good success at the I-AA level and who wonder where they need to be if there is a major upheaval in the college football landscape. For example: What if the BCS schools split from the rest of Division I-A? What happens to rest of the division?
“I like to look at the math. And when you look at the math, we are a lot closer to East Carolina [a member of Division I-A Conference USA] than East Carolina is to the ACC,” said Cobb.
Something’s going on. As Barnhart concludes,
But ask yourself: Why are all these conferences getting these incredible, long-term TV deals? Why are Delany and Slive floating the trial balloon of expanding scholarships? What’s the end game?
Had you asked me a couple of years ago about the prospect of a college football super division, I would have said something like that would be a long way off. Now, I’m thinking it’s a whole lot closer than expected. Interesting times, indeed.
UPDATE: Spencer Hall chides me for being a little behind on the whole Sam the Eagle bit.
Here’s your fun stat of the day, courtesy of Bill Connelly.
Weeks As Number One, Last Eight Years
USC: 38 weeks
Ohio State: 21 weeks
Oklahoma: 19 weeks
Florida: 14 weeks
Alabama: 12 weeks
Everybody Else: 17 weeks (LSU 4, Oregon 4, Texas 4, Auburn 3, Georgia 1, Missouri 1)
Of course, some of those schools can make a good argument that it’s not the number of times you’re number one that matters, it’s the timing.
South Park weighs in on college athletics and the slave trade.
That would have been funnier with Mark Emmert.
Per Gentry Estes:
To continue to illustrate the impact of Jenkins’ arrival and Geathers’ improvement, Richt told those in attendance later that “Last year we probably played as much four-down, three-linebacker as we did the 3-4 because we didn’t really have that nose guard. Now we can do it the way Coach Grantham wants to do it.”