Daily Archives: January 30, 2013

James Franklin renounces Satan and all his works… or something like that.

Seriously, what does this guy say when the cameras aren’t on him?

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Fights to the death, with a week to go

I think you guys know I don’t do the in the weeds analysis when it comes to recruiting.  There are plenty of places to go for that stuff, if you’re of a mind, and, besides, having raised three of my own, the idea of chasing a bunch of 17-year-olds around to learn their emotional state du jour lacks a certain zest.  Been there, done that.

But let it not be said that I’m not sensitive to reader issues.  A lot of you follow the process more closely than I do, so you might enjoy Bruce Feldman’s piece on the ten biggest recruiting battles taking place in the week leading up to signing day.  Georgia’s involved in four of them.

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The steady drip, drip, drip of the O’Bannon suit

The NCAA loses another procedural motion.

The ruling doesn’t grant the ex-players certification in their suit against the NCAA, Collegiate Licensing Company and EA Sports over the commercialized use of athletes’ image, name and likeness.

But the decision staves off the NCAA’s attempt to end the case now after filing a 33-page motion last October to strike the certification motion. A certification hearing has been set for June 20.

I’m not sure the ruling is quite as big a deal as plaintiff’s counsel makes it out to be, but it’s rather more than the NCAA’s legal ace says it is.

“Although our motion to strike was denied, the Judge has signaled skepticism on plaintiff’s class certification motion and recognized the plaintiffs’ radical change in their theory of the case,” NCAA chief legal officer Donald Remy said in a statement. “This is a step in the right direction toward allowing the NCAA to further demonstrate why this case is wrong on the law and that plaintiffs have failed to demonstrate that this case satisfies the criteria for class litigation.”

Sorry, sport, but when you’ve filed a motion to kick a case to the curb, being told by the judge that, instead, you have to make your case on the merits isn’t “a step in the right direction”.  It’s a loss.  It’s not the only one the NCAA has suffered in this matter, either.  None of them are decisive, but taken collectively, there’s a trend afoot.

And that’s what should make the NCAA more than a little nervous at this point.  From where I’m sitting, it looks like you’ve got a judge who wishes the parties would get their collective heads out of their asses and reach some sort of settlement.  Unfortunately, she may be underestimating Mark Emmert’s tone deafness.  It wouldn’t be the first time that’s happened.

If this suit actually sees the inside of a courtroom, I have little doubt the plaintiffs – whomever they wind up being – will win.  And that will be the cherry on top of the sundae that is Emmert’s presidency.  Burn down the plantation, for the win!

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Mano-a-mano

Sorry, Todd Grantham, but if you can’t win this battle, you need to turn in your recruiter card.

Devin Bellamy, a defensive end from Chamblee High School, backed off his longtime pledge to FSU on late Tuesday. It was mainly because the two assistant coaches that landed him for the Seminoles have left for other jobs.

… The 6-foot-5, 240-pounder said his high school called Florida State on Tuesday night to inform them of the news while he was in a lengthy meeting with Tennessee’s new defensive coordinator, John Jancek…

“UGA is still my leader, but one thing I must say is that Tennessee is right behind them … right behind them,” Bellamy said. “I mean, it’s hand in hand. It’s tough right now.”

Of course, there’s the possibility, given Jancek’s talent evaluation skills when he was in Athens, that Bellamy isn’t worth the attention he’s getting, but that’s a bridge to be crossed at a later date.  Right now, it’s more important that the rightful order of the universe be maintained.  I can put up with Kirby snatching a few local boys.  But letting a guy who got run out of town partly because of poor recruiting pull this off?  That ain’t right.

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