This has to be one badass beverage, my friends.
(h/t Ezra Klein)
A University of New Mexico regent wants the school and state to jump into bed with the Utah attorney general on the BCS antitrust suit. Money (ha!) quote:
“Something’s clearly wrong with a system in which people conspire to keep other conferences out of this series,” Fortner said, “when the end result is to cut a number of schools out of a lot of money.”
At least he’s not arguing that his school deserves a postseason shot to settle it on the field.
The defending MACJC North Division champion Northwest Rangers and fourth-year head coach Ricky Woods have announced the hiring of Jon Fabris as its new defensive line coach.
Fabris replaces Jordan Lesley, who coached one season for Northwest and left to take the defensive coordinator position at Kilgore College (Texas) in early March.
A veteran defensive coach, Fabris will be joining the Rangers’ coaching staff after spending the last nine seasons (2001-09) as the defensive ends coach on Mark Richt’s staff at the University of Georgia.
Somehow it’s fitting that the man who loved directional kicking now coaches at a directional community college.
As if the NCAA doesn’t already have enough on its plate…
… Rachel McCoy said she felt most people who approach players and offer gifts are naïve to NCAA rules.
“Regularly, it’s just dinner,” she said. “People in Texas are just being friendly. They don’t mean anything by it at all. They don’t really realize, I don’t think, most of the time that it is a violation.”
Regardless, she said, the NCAA needs to implement harsher penalties to discourage boosters from this sort of behavior.
“You can not expect 19 and 20-year-old kids to say no to free stuff when they’re in college,” she said on the radio. “It’s silly. We need to make something more set for these adults to hold them accountable.”
You know what the real problem at Texas is? Good manners.
… Rachel McCoy said Colt’s father’s Brad, tried to shield him from agent attention, and that Colt brushed off any he received. Other Longhorns, though, were tempted by premature offers from agents.
“I saw so many of his teammates who just maybe didn’t have that self-control to say no to somebody,” she said on the air. “I know I can’t. It’s not my personality. I don’t want to hurt people’s feelings. It’s hard because you’ve got adults who you respect, who you think will know what’s right and wrong. When you have adults offering things, promising the world, we’re taught to go along with that and say yes because that’s the respectful thing to do. It’s interesting to see adults put kids in those positions.”
Mack Brown is probably wondering if he needs to hire an assistant coach for etiquette now. Maybe Miss Manners is available. She’s one tough cookie.
… You have to look hard within Florida’s athletic department to find a sport as mediocre as the 8-5 Gators were in football last season. Thanks to women’s basketball, which has yet to make significant progress under four-year coach Amanda Butler, at least the program Muschamp inherited from Urban Meyer can say it wasn’t the worst on campus.
At this rate, by the time the media covering Florida gets done, Urban Meyer will be lucky if they haven’t run him out of town on a rail.
Phil Steele ranks Georgia 92nd nationally in percentage of tackles returning. Depending on your perspective, that may not be such a bad thing.
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I suspect Saban doesn’t have time for this shit, but stay tuned.
Just like that, Terrell Pryor is gone. (Nothing like releasing the news of your departure through your lawyer.) And right on the heels of that news came an ESPN story that Pryor made thousands of dollars through the sale of memorabilia. And even that’s not the topper, according to SPORTSbyBROOKS:
… Midway through the 2010 football season, Talbott was ordered by Ohio State officials to completely disassociate himself from the program. That move by the OSU athletic administration may indicate that members of the school’s athletic department knew of Pryor’s activities involving Talbott long before the NCAA recently discovered the payment paper trail from Talbott to the former Buckeye quarterback.
At this point, Ohio State’s reputation has taken enough of a hit that calling it tarnished would probably be a step up in class. And it’s going to take a while to recover. As Graham Watson puts it,
… The ESPN story marked a seedy end to a career that never really reached its potential and what’s worse is that Ohio State is left holding the bag. While it’s been speculated that the university might need to clean house after the Tressel firing, this almost certainly seals that.
What’s most unfair (and USC knows this feeling) is that while Pryor continues his career in the NFL or the Canadian league, Ohio State and its future recruiting classes will bear all the weight of his actions. Pryor will go on to make millions somewhere while the university struggles to replace the pieces of what will be an NCAA penalty ravaged football program. And it won’t be quick. Depending on the punishment, Ohio State could be a shell of itself for a decade…
Which leads me to ask Georgia fans the perennial water cooler question – would you trade places? It’s a pretty good comparison. Both schools were faced with a similar problem, although Ohio State’s was certainly larger in scope. And at this point, both star players have elected to leave their schools for professional careers.
Georgia and A.J. Green stepped up, told the truth from the beginning and were rewarded for their efforts with a season to forget. Knowing what you know now about Ohio State’s likely fate, would you be happier if the Dawgs had followed Tressel’s path, hidden the truth and taken the short-term rewards (12-1 season and a BCS game victory)? Or would you need even better results to live with the aftermath of decisions by a head coach and star player to ignore the rules?
UPDATE: Michael Elkon asks a good question.
… We are coming off of a season in which several teams lost key players because of suspensions for improper benefits. Ohio State’s head coach (and arguably their compliance department, which seems unable to find evidence of wrongdoing despite media outlets finding stories like candies tumbling out of a piñata) ignored evidence of similar violations on the part of his players. Doesn’t the NCAA have to reward schools like Georgia and North Carolina for being proactive in dealing with improper benefits by showing that the alternative is significantly worse?