Urban Meyer describes himself as “pro-student”. I do not think that word means what he thinks it means.
“But to say (players) can go out and get their own shoe contract and things like that,” Meyer said, “I think, ‘What would that do for this great sport, and really, what would that do for college athletics?’ ”
According to NCAA rules, coaches can have only 20 hours per week of hands-on involvement with players.
The reality is that players are expected to put in considerable time on their own, making it closer to the commitment required for a full-time job, as Northwestern’s players contended.
“A quarterback can’t play college football at a high, high level at 20 hours per week,” Meyer said. “He’s got to do it on his own. I think it’s a great rule. Players, just like coaches, can decide to be great. If they’re watching the hours, punching the clock and saying, ‘I’m done at 20 hours,’ you probably have a pretty average player.
“Coaches created that (20-hour) rule (because) if you give us 40 hours, we’ll keep them 40 hours. And they still have to take care of their academics.”
As a general rule of thumb, beware of people who drop “this great sport” homilies. Can’t have players competing with coaches for shoe contracts, you know.
Clearing the decks, filling the chafing dishes…
No, this ain’t about which members of the 2014 recruiting class are headed to Athens. You should know me better than that by now. It’s just three random stories I thought I’d share:
- At ESPN RecruitingNation, Jeremy Crabtree has a good story about how the new NCAA academic requirements are affecting JUCOs. He actually describes a thoughtful NCAA process behind the new rules – unlikely, I know – and while that’s commendable, I have this feeling that the JUCOs are going to game some of that with good old-fashioned grade inflation. It will be interesting to see how much impact these rules have on D-1 schools that have come to rely on talent injections from the junior college rankings.
- The AJ-C‘s Michael Carvell asks the SEC for an interview about its reaction to the Butch Jones loophole story and gets a statement instead. The statement is about as empty as you’d expect at this point, since Jones hasn’t actually done anything yet. Will this become next year’s big story at the SEC spring meetings? Stay tuned for signing day and we’ll see.
- By all accounts, Virginia’s run under Mike London has underwhelmed, to say the least, culminating in a terrible 2-9 2013 season. He’s coming back for what I consider to be one of the weakest reasons to keep a head coach, to save a good recruiting class. (Virginia right now is the only team with commitments from two of the top twelve recruits in the country.) But that’s not what I find interesting. This is: “But several programs, most notably Alabama and Ohio State, have continued to recruit Blanding and Brown in recent months, trying to convince the two prospects that London could be gone next season, according to two people involved in the Tidewater recruiting scene who have spoken to college assistant coaches still pursuing Blanding and Brown. They were granted anonymity in order to speak freely.” I am shocked, shocked to hear that Saban and Corch practice negative recruiting tactics. And here I thought Alabama and Ohio State were such good programs that they sold themselves.
Sometimes, a man just wants to be left alone with his mediocre pizza after losing a shot at the national title.
There’s a Papa Johns commercial lurking somewhere in there, Corch.
- There is a Chris Conley-Georgia Tech-Dragon*Con joke lurking somewhere in this story, but I’ll be damned if I’m gonna be the one to make it.
- On the other hand, I think we all know this is something else Mark Richt has lost control of.
- Another tale of amateurism: “To be honest,” he said, “I didn’t feel like I was doing nothing wrong.”
- Can you guess the only SEC head coach who wasn’t employed when he was hired for his current gig?
- How smarmy is Urban Meyer? Smarmy enough that I can’t mock a John Feinstein column related to college football.
- Now this is some world-class trolling.
- Shilling for himself in South Carolina, Rick Perry makes a funny about TAMU failing to beat Missouri. Well, I’m sure somebody thought it was funny.
- And here’s Athlon’s list of college football’s 20 worst coaches at great programs. Georgia has fewer on the list than Alabama, Florida, Notre Dame or Southern Cal.
- Loran Smith has a nice write-up of the Georgia Tech game.
To the surprise of absolutely nobody, Corch elects not to suspend two of his players who were ejected for fighting in the Michigan game for the Big Ten championship match. That puts the ball squarely in the hands of Jim Delany. If enabling Jim Tressel to take his team to the Sugar Bowl in the wake of Tatgate is any example, I’m sure he’ll do the right thing.