Daily Archives: August 17, 2011

Can’t anybody count around here?

You know, for a conference synonymous with oversigning, there sure are a lot of walk-ons at SEC schools being awarded scholarships this season.

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One thing less to worry about.

Feel better now?

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Filed under Georgia Football, The NCAA

Wednesday morning buffet

Hooker-free, but tasty.

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Filed under Big Ten Football, Gators, Gators..., Georgia Football, Georgia Tech Football, Media Punditry/Foibles, Recruiting, SEC Football

After the crash comes the moment of truth.

Let’s face it:  Miami is toast, at least for a while.  There’s going to be a cloud hanging over the program for a few years.  That goes for the coaches and administrators named in the Yahoo! story, too.

But that’s not the big issue here.  Matt Hinton nails that one:

It’s also a test of the NCAA’s mettle: Just how far is it willing to go to continue to enforce the facade of “amateurism”? In the most extreme, unabashed affront to its most fundamental premise — hell, to its very existence — in 25 years, where does it draw the line?

I don’t know the answer, and I doubt anyone will for a long time. The NCAA process is well underway, and it’s response is going to be the usual long, protracted exercise in bureaucratic tooth-pulling, spanning many months and many bureaucratic steps and probably an appeal or two in the name of giving Miami its due process. At no point in that span will I write that Miami is going to get the death penalty, or that it should get the death penalty. Frankly, I don’t have an opinion.

But if the death penalty is in the bylaws, it must be on the table here. Practically speaking, if this isn’t a death penalty case, then the death penalty no longer exists.

Ignorance of goings-on isn’t likely to fly as a defense here.  Especially with pictures like this surfacing.

Per Yahoo!, "Nevin Shapiro said this photo was taken during a basketball fundraiser in 2008, in which the booster donated $50,000 to the program. From left to right are men’s basketball coach Frank Haith, Shapiro and University of Miami president Donna Shalala. Shalala is holding Shapiro’s donation check. "

She looks so damned pleased there, doesn’t she?

It’s Mark Emmert’s worst nightmare.

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