Daily Archives: May 8, 2014

Brute

Here’s something you don’t see every day out of your tailbacks:

Let’s see what he can do on the blitz pickup.

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UPDATE:  More details on Chubb here.

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The Founding Fathers approve this message.

Oy, Ken Starr.  Oy.

You know, with a couple of the right moves, I could really grow to hate college athletics.

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Working for the man

It may surprise you to learn there’s a new rule allowing current college football players to receive compensation for working on-campus summer football camps, but it shouldn’t, because the whole deal is so NCAA.

In the past, college coaching staffs have mainly relied on high school coaches and even lower-level college coaches to assist with summer camps.

A veteran director of football operations in college football told CoachingSearch.com today that the NCAA has yet to inform institutions about the payment policies.

At the moment, coaches suspect that the compensation will be very similar to the way in which high school coaches are typically paid for working camps – either hourly or by the camp session.

So now coaches can bring some of their student-athletes into a setting under their watchful eyes and control, and allow them to make a few bucks.  Order is preserved!  And the catch, such as it is, is laughable.

No colleges will be allowed to advertise that a star player will be serving as an instructor during a summer camp. For example, if Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston were to serve as part of the staff for Jimbo Fisher’s football camp, the Seminoles staff is prohibited from advertising that Winston will be present and/or coaching a group of quarterbacks.

That’s so… so pure, NCAA.  I can’t wait for the soon to come Nick Saban interpretation of “advertise”, either.

Funny how nobody seems to be overly concerned about some players getting paid for this and some not.  Then again, it’s for the good of the school, no?

I wonder who will be the first coach to point to this as another reason the players don’t need to unionize.

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Aaron Murray and regrets

Dial up this clip to about the :40 mark and watch Aaron Murray’s response to the inevitable question about whether it was worth it for him to come back to Georgia for his senior season.  There’s this almost imperceptible pause after he denies having any regrets about his decision to return, and you get the feeling it’s not because he’s uncertain about that but that he’s thinking about where his team was at the end of September and how it finished the regular season.

The other thing he clearly doesn’t have any regrets about is his improved play.  Injuries, the defense and special teams play may have robbed him of what could have been a special year, but he did what he could to overcome that.  And it’s good for Murray – and the coaches who had a hand in making him a better player – that others have taken note of it.

“I really gained a lot of respect for him this past year, the toughness that he showed, the leadership that he showed hanging in there when their team had no chance to win in games and just continuing to fight,” ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay said. “Keeping his team in games that they had no business remaining in with everybody that was injured around him.”

Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel and Murray are most ready to start Day 1 in the NFL, said Mayock, who said Murray probably will go in the third round.

“Murray, I thought probably knows how to play the position better than any quarterback in the draft,” Mayock said. “He’s got anticipation and timing probably because he’s had to since he was a young kid because he was never that big, overpowering arm quarterback. … Murray’s arm strength isn’t as good as you’d like it, but, man, accuracy, timing and anticipation, it’s what that position is all about. With the second and third rounders making it more recently, he’s all of a sudden been in a lot of conversations with a lot of teams about a potential starting quarterback.”

And then there’s Michael Elkon’s comparison.

… In a normal senior year, Murray’s numbers would have likely gone up, including his completion percentage. In Murray’s actual senior year, he was deprived of the chance of playing with just about every front-line running back and receiver on the roster and was left fending for his life as the last survivor in the platoon.

Murray started for four years, he played without massive advantages, and he wasn’t in a system that has a terrible track record at producing successful pro quarterbacks. If the NFL is a copycat league, then maybe its teams should look at the quarterback who just won the Super Bowl and pick the prospect with similar physical dimensions and college experience. Aaron Murray isn’t necessarily Russell Wilson, but there are a number of similarities, and the right team should notice those parallels.

I’m sure Matthew Stafford’s NFL career has been a good sales tool for Georgia on the recruiting trail, but Murray, who doesn’t have Stafford’s freakish right arm, has the potential to be an even better one if his game translates successfully to the next level.  Georgia, as we all know, doesn’t believe in promoting its best players for the Heisman, so, ironically, it may soon find itself talking up Aaron Murray’s game more than it did while he wore the red and black.

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“Bottom line is–they’re always there for student athletes.”

The commercial claims “The NCAA is like a cheer squad” for student-athletes.  Aw, that’s nice.

At least as long as it’s not costing the member schools anything.  But get between them and a bank account and Donald Remy is on the mother.

On Nov. 20, U.S. Rep. Tony Cardenas introduced legislation known as the Collegiate Student Athlete Protection Act which, among other things, would guarantee athletes in revenue-producing Division I schools wouldn’t lose their scholarships if they stopped playing midway into their educations. Colleges in most states currently can terminate a scholarship if an athlete, for example, suffered a career-ending injury or was cut from the team.

The NCAA told reporters at the time that it had not taken a position. For example, Stacey Osburn, an NCAA spokeswoman, told USA TODAY the same day: “We’ve not yet had a chance to fully review (Cárdenas’) bill to comment specifically on its provisions.”

Correspondence from one day later, obtained last week by The News & Observer in a public records request, shows the NCAA preparing to fight the bill.

“As a general matter, it appears that the provisions would mandate many activities that already are permissive under NCAA legislation and undertaken by many of your institutions,” NCAA chief legal officer Donald Remy wrote. “Because of the varying implementation of our rules, we encourage you to determine how this bill will impact your specific campus and share that information with your local member of Congress and respective state delegations. It would also be helpful for us to receive this information as we could use these examples of how the proposal may negatively impact institutions as we work to educate members in the House and Senate.”

Shown the email, Rep. Cardenas said in a statement he was pleased to see the NCAA “approves of the measures present in my bill that help protect these student-athletes, academically and physically.” But he was “disappointed that the only reports the NCAA sought were for negative impacts to the schools.”

Obviously, Stacey and Donald need to talk more.

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“I think it’s very difficult to sift out real value as to who brings how much value to what.”

Said by a man who had to return to meetings “inside the lavish Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa to find money in budgets for athletes’ benefits”.  But no doubt he means well, student-athletes.  Just give him a few more years to figure out a solution.  You’ve waited this long already, right?

Seriously, this is how revolutions get started.

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