The next round of antitrust litigation is heating up.
In his filing Thursday, Kessler wrote that the NCAA and conferences’ motion to dismiss is “based on a fundamental misconstruction” of what Wilken decided in O’Bannon. That ruling is being appealed by the NCAA.
The NCAA’s motion to dismiss “brazenly portrays the Court’s trial decision as an NCAA victory on the antitrust merits that affords Defendants blanket antitrust immunity for any NCAA restraint that does not conflict specifically with the terms of the Court’s O’Bannon injunction,” Kessler wrote. “No such per se lawful rule can be found in O’Bannon or anywhere else in the history of antitrust law.”
There’s a motion to dismiss hearing coming up next month. If Kessler survives that, then the fun will really begin with more discovery.
Personally speaking, any topic of conversation that elicits a blunt “That’s bullshit” from the likes of Nick Saban is of interest, but on the subject of multi-year scholarships, I think Saban’s right when he goes on to say,
“It really is not an issue either way, though,” Saban said. “A player’s on a one-year scholarship and it’s automatically renewable. It’s not like you can just take it away. And if he’s on a four-year scholarship and does something in violation of university policy or athletic policy, you can still take it away. It really is insignificant.”
In other words, if you’re a student-athlete, it’s still a matter of trusting your head coach. Hell, even Chris Conley isn’t sure what he’s got as far as a formal commitment. He just knows Richt.
But ask Conley how many years his scholarship has technically been for during his career and he hesitates. Conley admits he’s uncertain.
Some head coaches, such as Georgia’s Mark Richt, “make a pledge to that kid for four years and that’s what he does,” Conley said. “But not every coach has to do that. They can make decisions on whether or not they want a player to be there. So it really comes down to that administration and coaching staff.”
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Emmert te absolvo, my son.
The NCAA announced Monday it is restoring Penn State’s postseason eligibility immediately and allowing it to return to a full 85 scholarship roster in 2015, citing “progress toward ensuring its athletics department functions with integrity.”
He was making things up as he went along, so why should the end be any different from the beginning?
My favorite part of the latest “Georgia Tech lies and cheats” story is this tidbit:
The NCAA decision made public on Thursday noted there were impermissible phone calls made by men’s basketball coaches only three days after Georgia Tech appeared before the NCAA committee for major violations in its football and men’s basketball program in April 2011.
Brian Gregory was named the new basketball coach on March 28, 2011. He replaced Paul Hewitt, who was fired on March 12, 2011.
That’s what you call hitting the ground running.
Georgia Tech had its NCAA probation extended two years. In this day and age when NCAA rules enforcement seems particularly toothless, you’ve really got to work hard to get the book thrown at you. Chantastic job, Jackets.
Oh, be sure not to miss the hard-hitting AJ-C coverage on the matter.
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.”