You should read Ivan Maisel’s piece on Chris Conley because it’s a terrific piece on Chris Conley. Then, you should chuckle over this part:
… Hines is working with Conley on his next film, about a superhero of Conley’s own creation. Conley petitioned the NCAA to allow him to raise money for the film on Kickstarter, the crowdsourcing website. The NCAA said yes, albeit after extensive head-scratching. No student-athlete had ever asked to use Kickstarter.
It’s probably a good thing for Conley nobody understood.
Slide up and load a plate.
- Fans get to vote on where the Goodyear Blimp shows up opening weekend. Georgia vs. Clemson is one option.
- Groo has some thoughts about the Star position.
- Phil Steele, the New York Times and conference predictions.
- Paul Myerberg has Auburn at #9 on his preseason preview list. (He thinks Kansas State is more likely to beat the Tigers than Georgia.)
- It sounds like Ramik Wilson’s coaches are trying to send him a message.
- John Sununu thinks it’s time to tax college athletics.
- It’s a sign of what people think of the NCAA that some thought Oklahoma’s request for a waiver for Dorial Green-Beckham to play this season might be approved. It wasn’t.
- Think there’s much of a talent gap in the ACC? One conference coach does: “According to one ACC coach, FSU is so stocked with talent across its depth chart that he believes about half the league’s teams do not have one player who would start for Florida State this year based on what he’s seen on film.”
The O’Bannon bill is due.
Lawyers for the plaintiffs in the Ed O’Bannon class-action antitrust lawsuit against the NCAA are seeking more than $52.4 million in attorneys’ fees and other costs from the association, according to a filing they made late Friday night.
Think that’ll come out of anybody’s salary? Nah, me neither.
We knew the appeal was coming, and so it is. But even in its inevitability, there’s something so… so NCAA about this:
… But antitrust and labor attorneys believe the NCAA’s strongest argument might be against the financial cap, a part of the decision the NCAA initially lauded.
“If she’s right that these restrictions are an unreasonable restraint of trade then the cap doesn’t make any sense,” said Robert McTamaney, an antitrust lawyer with the firm of Carter, Ledyard & Milburn. “Then student-athletes should be able to negotiate for whatever they can get.”
My guess is that’s where Kessler’s suit is going to wind up, but wouldn’t it be typical if that ruling came down on the NCAA’s appeal? Maybe somebody should ask Stacey Osburn if she has a comment about that.
Some tasty tidbits for your sampling pleasure:
- Here’s a look at some of the possible ramifications of O’Bannon, from a Duke perspective.
- “The Internet may be losing the war against trolls. At the very least, it isn’t winning.” No shit.
- Notre Dame’s academic scandal and the recruiting trail.
- For those of you who can’t get enough Todd Grantham, here’s the man live and hands on. (h/t CardDawg, who’s on the mother)
- Nick James, you bad, mane.
- Maybe we should refer to Georgia’s class of 2010 as Survivor: 2010.
- Hawaii’s AD says the school may not be able to afford to continue its football program.
- Oklahoma suspends an incoming freshman after he’s charged with misdemeanor assault, but is making the effort to have Dorial Green-Beckham declared eligible for this season. AD says, “As the university has demonstrated in the past, we are committed to winning the right way…”. Color me confused.
- The Nuttster and Gus, together again.
So how dire are things with collegiate athletics? So dire somebody actually said this with a straight face:
The NCAA has reached the point on unfavorable legal rulings that retiring University System of Maryland chancellor William Kirwan, co-chair of the reform-minded Knight Commission, said he now views Congress as “our last, best hope for getting anything right with intercollegiate athletics.”
Tom McMillan, former member of Congress and now a board member at the University of Maryland, isn’t willing to see his former mates go that far, but does think a joint Congressional-Presidential Commission wouldn’t be such a bad idea. Eh. In any event, he’s spot on with this observation:
McMillen said the O’Bannon ruling shows public sentiment will continue to move against the NCAA regarding the rights of players.
“You can only put so many fingers in the dikes,” McMillen said. “I think it’s clear that the old model is unraveling, it’s just a matter of time. It reminds me of the Soviet Union trying to keep the old USSR together, and all of a sudden it just broke apart one day. The model is built out of a very flimsy facade that’s falling down.
“The whole idea that players have no rights and they’re student-athletes and they’re not supposed to get anything is just so antiquated. When you go down the commercial road so far, you better be prepared for the commercial consequences. We have swung so far down the commercial road that it may be difficult to turn it back.”
So, is Mark Emmert more like Brezhnev or Gorbachev?