Suffering from a World Cup hangover this morning? Eat something.
- The Pac-12 distributed only 68 percent of its revenue to members in fiscal 2013. Man, those television networks are expensive.
- Would paying college players slow down early exits for the pros? Maybe.
- Gentry Estes looks at where Brice Ramsey’s at right now.
- Kentucky beat writer asks the musical question “Does Georgia have anyone left to play defense?” More than Kentucky does, I’m willing to bet.
- Hawaii athletic department fails to pay players summer scholarship money due to clerical snafu, resulting in seven kids sleeping in the locker room until paperwork went through. AD’s analysis of the situation: “When it comes right down to it, we need to plan better.” No shit, Sherlock.
- In fiscal year 2012-3, Georgia generated more revenue from football and men’s basketball than your average NHL team.
- To some extent, Chris Low’s rankings of SEC defensive lines looks like it was determined by throwing random darts. Which probably means nobody really has a good handle on what the conference has this year.
- Kevin Scarbinsky wonders if the SEC needs a rule prohibiting dismissed players from returning to the league, and concludes it won’t happen. “Richt deserves credit for sticking to his principles in letting players go knowing they can and have come back to beat him. Hard to imagine the rest of the schools in the league would line up to save him from his own idealistic self.”
- Here’s a list of ten toughest non-conferences schedules. Only one SEC team makes the list – guess who.
- And here’s Phil Steele’s combined experience chart for 2014. Georgia is middle of the pack in that department.
- John Infante points out that if Joker Phillips’ recruiting transgression is deemed serious enough, Boom could face the possibility of a suspension under the head coach responsibility bylaw.
- “Auburn is all about giving players second chances…” Gah.
Okay, I know it’s a target rich environment, but put Mike Bianchi and George O’Leary together on the subject of autonomy and what do you get? Gold, Jerry. Gold.
George O’Leary is starting to wonder if the Southeastern Conference is being governed by league commissioner Mike Slive or Confederate President Jefferson Davis.
O’Leary, the blunt, straightforward coach of the UCF Knights, compares the SEC’s recent threat to break away from the rest of major college football and start its own division, to the Confederacy’s decision to break away from the United States and risk the sovereign unity of college football.
“They sound like the South during the Civil War,” O’Leary said of the SEC and the other saber-rattlers in the so-called Power 5 conferences. “If they don’t get their way, they’re going to secede and start their own country. . . . I think college football is in real trouble.”
Does that make Mark Emmert college football’s Abraham Lincoln?
Stupid is as stupid does, boys.
So Kansas State went through this entire rigmarole, was ridiculed nationally… all to wind up letting Romero go anyway. But there’s a new policy, so, hey!
These are the people some of you think are capable of managing the business of college athletics. The truth is, they couldn’t find their way out of a paper bag if you gave ‘em a flashlight and pointed them in the right direction.
Trying to provide all the nourishment you need this morning…
- Meet your dumbass of the day.
- Northwestern’s AD is honest about it: “There are some real positive residuals that have occurred from the conversation about unionization.”
- On the other hand, it sounds like Kansas State hasn’t gotten the message yet.
- You gotta love amateurism.
- Here’s another missing kid from Georgia’s program.
- Where does South Carolina go with the end of the crazy run of in state talent? Spurrier’s got that program going nicely, so it’s probably not as big a deal as it might have been once.
- Pat Dooley ranks the SEC schedules. Georgia gets dinged for not playing Alabama or LSU, but no mention of same for the other two schools in the East with similar scheduling.
- “Dear Mr. Emmert…“
- For all that talk about power conference autonomy, it sure doesn’t seem like Division I is anywhere near ready to grant it. The Big Ten is getting antsy about that.
- The NCAA currently has no Division I major violations cases on its public database for the longest period without a completed major case since 1998. No doubt that’s because every school in America has suddenly cleaned up its act.
There are a few “never start a land war in Asia”-type rules I try to follow when surfing the Intertubes for grist for the GTP mill – don’t click on Bleacher Report slide shows, don’t look at the AJ-C comment threads, etc. – but at the top of my list is to avoid reading what Clay Travis writes.
I broke my rule today.
In my defense, I couldn’t help it. I admit it; I got sucked in with this provocative header.
I really should have known better. Travis, after all, is the guy who thought NCAA amateurism made Cecil Newton blameless. So it’s really no huge leap to go from that to arguing that Northwestern should just go ahead and pay its football players because all that will happen as a result is that the NCAA will be “upset”. I’m not kidding. “Sure, the NCAA would be upset, but what do you want Northwestern to do, not comply with federal law? The NCAA is a voluntary organization, its rules have no force of law.”
Perhaps SMU can tell Travis about what happens when the NCAA gets upset about players getting paid. Jeebus.
It’s truly pathetic that a college kid like Kolton Houston has a better grasp on the relationship between schools, the NCAA and student-athletes than that.
My only hope for Travis is that this was a feeble attempt at a April Fools column.
Barry Switzer goes from calling Johnny Football an “arrogant little prick” to, well, I don’t know… full-blown crank with this gem:
“I’ve always said I’d never recruit a white quarterback. The only way I’d ever recruit a white quarterback to play for me is if his mom and daddy would both have to be black, and that’s the only way I would do it. My quarterback is a quarterback-fullback offense – how the wishbone was. I’d have to have a Jamelle Holieway, J.C. Watts and Thomas Lott (former Oklahoma quarterbacks who are all black). Those guys are gonna be my quarterbacks – great runners, great ball carriers and be able to pass. Those guys could throw and run.”
Geez, maybe somebody should get his opinion on Michael Sam.
I’ve got to say, if I found out my school was making a pitch like this on the recruiting trail, I’d be offended.
Multiple SEC assistants say that Sam’s coming out will be used by rival schools to negatively recruit against Missouri. “Coaches are going to be all over this,” said one assistant at another school.
If that sounds like backward thinking, that’s because it is. It also provides insight into the way football coaches operate. Some are tactful in how they approach things. Others, not so much.
“It’s a powder keg just waiting to explode,” the assistant said.
The assistant predicts that opposing coaches will pose a number of questions. “Why did [Missouri] cover this up?” the assistant said. “What else are they hiding? What were they trying to do? Keep a secret society?”
Not because of the prejudice. Because it’s so effing stupid. A secret society of teh gay? What? There ain’t a school in the SEC that doesn’t have secrets. So what’s the real message supposed to be here – “come to our program where we try to keep a lid on old-fashioned, apple pie, American issues like rape, drugs and assault”? Or, “don’t be fooled by a team having one of its players’ back, here’s the real dope”? After all, what kid wouldn’t be swayed by that?
Honestly, I can’t think of a program that would be moronic enough to push something like that, unless there’s a five-star recruit on Duck Dynasty in next year’s class. (I keed, I keed.) Maybe it’s a form of reverse psychology – every SEC coach can deny with all his heart that his school would resort to something like that.
Sports Illustrated really ought to be ashamed of itself for publishing that tripe.