Category Archives: Political Wankery

The last refuge

Arizona State just lost its athletic director to the deeper pocketed University of Texas and its president is wondering where he goes from here.

“I am looking for people committed to the model that we’re trying to advance,” he said. “Obviously there are other models. There are models of $6 million football coaches. Maybe that’ll soon be $10 million. For me, I don’t think that’s the way for college sports to go, but at the same time I’ve got to keep the team on track, and have to keep the positions filled in a very, very rough and tumble market.

“If the only path to athletic success is the same path as professional teams — more and more money like the Yankees model — then where does that leave us in college sports?”

Judging from what the NFL has pulled off, it should leave you making plans to go lobby Congress.  An antitrust exemption would come in mighty handy about now.  Added bonus:  even the losers reformers think that’s the way to go.  Socialism, for the win!

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“But we know the appetite out there is strong to help college athletes.”

Once again proving that there is no better misleading political excuse than “do it for the children”, everyone’s favorite self-billed “college-sports watchdog group” proposes (1) Congress grant the NCAA an antitrust exemption so it can cap coaching salaries and control the days on which college football is broadcast; (2) giving the NCAA the power to issue subpoenas to compel witnesses to testify; (3) turning control of the college football postseason over to the NCAA; and (4) tougher academic standards for student-athletes.

C’mon, kids.  Don’t you want to help Mark Emmert to help schools’ reserve funds you?

Expect more and more of this bullshit the closer the NCAA gets to losing O’Bannon.


Filed under Political Wankery, The NCAA

Casualty of war

According to Air Force’s associate athletic director, there is a chance this Saturday’s Air Force-Navy game may not be played because of the federal government shutdown.

Garnhart explained that upper-class cadets at the Air Force Academy are considered military personnel, which means they could be subject to travel restrictions under the shutdown.

You gotta love this country.




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“My Precious. My Preccccc-iiii-ooo-uu-s!”

Not that it would ever happen in a million years, but can you imagine the tight-lipped fury emanating from Butts-Mehre if a Georgia legislator proposed something like this?

Don’t even think about messing with that reserve fund, peeps.


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“That is not right and surely someone made a terrible mistake.”

Craig James believes people choose to be gay but shouldn’t choose to dislike him.

“The actions have also led to the breach of Craig James‘ contract and the impugnment of his career,” Liberty Institute general council told Fox Sports in a letter sent Tuesday. “We demand the immediate reinstatement [of] Mr. James to the on-air college football analyst position. If you refuse to reinstate Mr. James, millions of Americans will be left with the impression that you do not respect religious liberty and Liberty Institute will be forced to pursue subsequent legal options.”

Pass the popcorn, please.


Filed under Political Wankery, The Honorable Craig James

The General Assembly tackles a serious problem.

Georgia’s got a new lobbying law that will cut off lobbyists from giving Georgia’s politicians free college football tickets, starting next year.  That should give the towering intellects in our General Assembly enough time to figure out how to game the new system.  I have no doubt they’ll come up with something, as some are already hard at work on the matter.

There are unresolved questions. Shafer, R-Duluth, said he wants advice from Statehouse lawyers on whether employees of Georgia’s higher education system are legally considered lobbyists. If they are not lobbyists, they would not be subject to the spending rules.

GATA, Mr. Shafer.


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Thursday morning buffet

Get in the buffet line.


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“The time has come for the NCAA to get back to its original purpose.”

Whatever that is.  In the meantime, say hello to the NCAA Accountability Act, which modestly proposes the following:

* Requires annual baseline concussion tests for college athletes. The NCAA currently recommends colleges perform baseline tests and about two-thirds of the schools do so, according to a 2010 NCAA survey.

* Requires four-year scholarship for athletes participating in contact/collision sports that are irrevocable based on athletic skill or injury. Contact/collision sports are defined as boxing, field hockey, football, ice hockey, lacrosse, martial arts, rodeo, soccer and wrestling.

* Prevents an in institution from implementing a policy that prohibits institutions from paying stipends to college athletes.

* Ensures athletes and universities must have the opportunity for a formal administrative hearing prior to any NCAA punishment for an alleged violation, and at least one appeal and “any other due process procedure the Secretary determines by regulation to be necessary.”

Yes, you can remember those olden days when the NCAA required its member schools to pay stipends to student-athletes.  But I digress.  The bill is coming from pols who sound like they have a couple of axes to grind with Emmert’s organization.

Earlier this year, Dent called on the NCAA to reinstate 40 football scholarships at Penn State over the life of the sanctions, saying athletes had nothing to do with the Sandusky scandal. Beatty, a co-sponsor of the bill, was an Ohio State vice president when quarterback Terrelle Pryor and several teammates were sanctioned by the NCAA for selling memorabilia.

So how many other members of the House bear a grudge?  “It’s not clear how much support Dent and Beatty have from other members of Congress.”  What, nobody thought to bring Joe Barton on board?  And where’s Orrin Hatch when you need him?

Clearly, Reps. Dent and Beatty have their work cut out for them.


Filed under Political Wankery, The NCAA

Saving the NCAA’s bacon

Mark Emmert’s bold move with the Penn State sanctions has drawn a predictable reaction.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association, which is facing mounting legal challenges and criticism over missteps in its enforcement process, may soon have to fend off another threat: federal legislation.

Rep. Charlie W. Dent, a moderate Republican from Pennsylvania who criticized the association’s punishment of Pennsylvania State University during the Jerry Sandusky scandal, is considering introducing a bill that would seek to make the NCAA more transparent and provide due-process protections to players and coaches.

The bill may also attempt to establish a new oversight mechanism for the association’s judicial process.

The measure, which still must pass legal muster, is expected to include language taking aim at perceived problems in the NCAA’s enforcement and infractions processes.

Aides on Mr. Dent’s staff said they were looking to ensure that NCAA athletes, coaches, and institutions received more consistent treatment when they violated the association’s rules.

Inevitable.  Predictable.  Workable?  John Infante suggests the NCAA ought to grasp this situation as an opportunity to get relief from its biggest current threat.

So if the NCAA is not in a position to fight, the best move is to play ball with Congress. Rep. Dent and any other supporters want to remake the NCAA’s enforcement process. The NCAA already has to do that. The association might as well get involved as early as possible to craft federal oversight into something the NCAA and its members can live with.

But more importantly, this is an opportunity for the NCAA to get out of the O’Bannon case without long-term damage. In exchange for submitting to greater federal regulation and beefing up due process for athletes, coaches, and institutions, the NCAA could ask for an antitrust exemption that is much clearer and stronger than the one they enjoy from the Board of Regents case. The NCAA might have to give some additional ground, like full cost-of-attendance scholarships, looser rules on athletes’ relationships with agents, and maybe some sort of limited outside income model. It would be like negotiating a settlement in the O’Bannon case, but without those pesky plaintiffs.

That exemption is the NCAA’s holy grail.  No telling how much enforcement ground it would be willing to cede to get that, or how much of a “clearer and stronger” one would be offered.  I feel pretty sure about one thing, though.  The only thing worse than the NCAA we have now would be an NCAA with government backing.


Filed under Political Wankery, The NCAA

Tuesday morning buffet

I got what you want.


Filed under Georgia Football, It's Just Bidness, Nick Saban Rules, Phil Steele Makes My Eyes Water, Political Wankery, SEC Football, Strategery And Mechanics, The NCAA