Yeah, scoring is up across the board in college football this season. But even in that context, Arizona State running 105 plays, gaining 626 yards of offense and losing by 35 is insane.
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Pac-12 refs could teach their counterparts in the SEC a few things about ineptitude… if that’s what this is.
I’m sure that Oregon fighting for a spot in the playoffs had nothing to do with the non-call there. Bet Mike Leach really wished for his officials’ post-game presser idea to have been a reality last night.
Get you a plate and dig in.
- Don’t count on seeing Justin Scott-Wesley and Malcolm Mitchell play this Saturday.
- You’ve got a funny way of looking for respect, son.
- Anybody think Big Game Bob’s gonna have a problem pulling this off? Not me.
- Jim Delany reminds us that it wasn’t over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor.
- Steve Sarkisian regrets putting Pat Haden on the spot by summoning him to the sidelines. Way to take a bullet, Steve.
- And Pat’s going to self-punish by staying off the sidelines for Southern Cal’s next two games. That should fix everything.
- The Blawg House looks at some of Steve Spurrier’s favorite passing concepts.
- “I don’t really know how scholarships work, honestly.”
We’re getting closer. Hungry yet?
- CFN sez Georgia 34 Clemson 17.
- Southern Cal is not having a good week. The best thing you can say about it is that it provides a small distraction from this.
- Jesus, Maryland.
- Penn State may have its postseason ban lifted early.
- This may involve Georgia Tech, but it’s still a cool story.
- Notre Dame holds another player out as it investigates its (growing) academic scandal.
- The Alabama quarterback situation remains as clear as mud.
- Leonard Floyd admits he was just winging it about 90% of the time last season. Now that’s a scary thought.
It’s game week. You know you’ve got an appetite.
- The decline of redshirting.
- Who leads the SEC pack in “team rules violations”?
- DirecTV and the Pac-12 Network continue to snipe at each other.
- Here’s a look at Clemson’s offensive line.
- Over at The Smoking Musket, Brandon Priddy argues that the Tide is about to stop rolling.
- Marty Couvillon, who you all know as the mensch behind cfbstats.com, has a new gig that involves providing data to the playoff selection committee.
- Pickle juice. It’s what’s for hydration.
- And where else but Auburn would you expect a public celebration over a coach’s show cause order expiring?
- You know, if Georgia ran the table on the rest of its SEC slate, I could enjoy this. Again.
Here’s an observation of mine from my post about the O’Bannon ruling:
Her ruling in this area may have bigger ramifications than its impact on the NCAA.
Michael Hausfeld, a lead attorney for the O’Bannon plaintiffs, said his team will now consider whether to take any legal action against networks for use of players’ NILs.
“It’s an open field right now because of the antitrust violation,” Hausfeld said. “We’re going to have to take a look at what our next letter might be to ESPN or CBS or Turner. We’ve been looking at it. For example, maybe we don’t go to the larger networks, but go right to the Big Ten Network or Pac-12 Network. Here you have a conference with a most direct relationship to an athlete. They’re clearly use the name, image and likeness.”
Larry Scott’s decision to go it alone on the Pac-12 Network looks more and more expensive every day.
So guess which conference commissioner has the most strident reaction to Wilken’s decision.
Mike Slive takes it in stride.
“We are pleased that the judge recognized the educational component of college athletics, and the importance of integrating academics and athletics in this decision. There are a number of legal questions of some significance that must be answered to fully understand the ultimate consequence of this decision, and how to comply with it.
Together with the change in NCAA governance that was approved just a day earlier, this decision reemphasizes the fact that we are going through a historic evolution of the landscape of college sports and it is incumbent upon all of us to be thoughtful and deliberate in building a better future for our institutions and our student-athletes.”
In other words, as long as nobody screws with autonomy, he can live with it.
Bob Bowlsby? Copacetic.
Bowlsby said the ruling did not move to anything that would be perceived as professional sports and that the “collegiate model” remains largely intact.
“This operates inside the higher education environment, and the fact that the payments for name, image and likeness can’t be manipulated prior to departure from school, I think is a pretty significant distinction,” Bowlsby said. “I don’t think it’s anybody’s perfect solution, but I think it falls short of having an open marketplace where the individuals are differentially compensated.”
So how about the guy who owns a network? He’s not too happy.
“We fundamentally disagree with the O’Bannon court’s ruling that the NCAA and our collegiate model violate anti-trust laws in any way. Our system provides untold opportunities and beneficial life experiences for the almost 7,000 Pac-12 student-athletes every year, and we are intent on improving the system to do even more to benefit young people for generations to come. While we plan to support the NCAA on their appeal of this ruling, we will be working with our institutions to develop next steps in the event the appeal is not successful.”
Maybe Larry’s just more concerned about student-athletes than his peers. But I bet his presidents are wondering if he’s as smart as they thought he was a year ago.
Poor Larry Scott. A couple of years ago, the man was lauded as a genius for moving the Pac-12 into the modern era, leapfrogging its peers by forming its own conference network, completely controlled by a bunch of folks who’d never done anything like that before. Now, with the news that the SEC Network has cut a deal with DirecTV, something that’s eluded Scott, reality has begun to step in.
“We’ve been disappointed that DirecTV has been willing to negotiate with ESPN for the SEC Network but not Pac-12,” Scott said. “It is certainly not consistent with them saying they care about what the consumer wants.”
Scott is miffed that the SEC Network will be available to DirecTV’s Southern California subscribers while the Pac-12 channels won’t be. He thinks the fact that Walt Disney Co. is behind the new network played a part in the satellite service’s willingness to get a deal done.
Earth to Larry: well, duh. What did you expect?
“It appears this is an example of DirecTV being willing only to deal with big conglomerates who have muscle and leverage beyond the interest of consumers,” Scott said.
Or that a behemoth like ESPN finds it easier to command the subscription dollars than you do. The market is a beyotch, buddy.