Daily Archives: January 5, 2007

The enemy of my enemy…

may be Big-10 commissioner Jim Delany.

There’s a huge article in Yahoo Sports today on Delany and the power he wields over college football and the BCS. It touches on a lot of issues related to the power struggle between the major conference commissioners and the NCAA over control of D-1 football’s postseason.

One point raised in the article is an economic one I’ve mentioned before. If you spread the wealth from a playoff over all D-1 schools, how do you make sure the BCS conferences don’t see a smaller piece of the pie than they get at present? It sounds like Delany is both skeptical of the answer and prepared to block action:

… By Delany’s reasoning, increased playoff money that would be shared by all conferences would reduce the non-shared revenue from regular-season TV deals. And that’s a big concern. [Emphasis added.]

Citing estimates that the BCS would generate 30 percent more money if it adopted the Plus-One model, Delany said the risk doing so outweighs the potential reward. At least for now.

“I would guess someday there would be a playoff,” he said. “Someday.”

But for those who expect Delany to cave in to public pressure anytime soon, he cites an important aspect of the latest contract he helped broker between the Rose Bowl and ABC that officially begins this year.

“We have an eight-year agreement with ABC in the Rose Bowl,” he said. “So that speaks for itself.”

That will give Delany, the Pac-10 and the Rose Bowl leverage to fight any move toward a playoff until 2014.

It’s definitely worth a read.


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Maybe it’s that water into wine thing.

From The Tuscaloosa News:

… Colette Connell, one of the more exuberant fans at the airport, even had her own Saban cheer: “Praise the Lord, God is so good, Nick is now in the Bama hood.”

Later that day, Connell was arrested for driving under the influence.


UPDATE: Here are some pics of the lady in question.

UPDATE #2: YouTube!

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We’re from the NCAA and we’re here to help.

It amuses me to see the number of people who view the NCAA as some sort of bulwark against all sorts of bad things threatening college football, particularly when it comes to protecting the student athlete (who, as we’re told over and over again in those endless promos the NCAA runs, won’t likely be playing pro sports after college). The record doesn’t justify it.

As an example, it’s hard to reconcile the high-minded concern the organization professes for its student athletes with the inconsistent and often illogical positions it takes on what constitute illegal benefits to a student athlete.

So needless to say I was a little surprised to learn last year that the NCAA had passed an obscure rule that allowed student athletes who had graduated but still had eligibility left to transfer to another college and play immediately. Florida’s Ryan Smith is probably the best known example of how the rule worked this year.

It’s a good rule, in my opinion, in that it encourages and rewards a kid to obtain a degree – which, after all, is supposed to be the goal of college athletics. And as a bonus it gives kids a little control over their lives at a point when they should have some knowledge and maturity in making that kind of a decision. That’s fair. After all, a coach can decide at any time to revoke a player’s scholarship.

Naturally, a reaction has set in:

… Opponents of the rule argue that it will create “free agents.” Mid-major basketball programs worry their star players will transfer to the higher-profile conferences. Duke football coach Ted Roof, who lost a starting offensive lineman to California, spoke out against the rule for “encouraging disloyalty.” Florida coach Urban Meyer opposes the rule even though it brought him Utah’s Ryan Smith, who leads the SEC with eight interceptions.

Forty-six Division I members petitioned to repeal the rule; they will need a five-eighths majority to win the vote.

The quote is from an article in today’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution about a Georgia Tech player, Daryl Richard who is trying to do an admirable job of balancing his football and academic pursuits. In a nutshell, here’s his dilemma:

Richard has done so well in the classroom he expects to graduate this spring after only three years at Tech. He hopes the school admits him to its MBA program, but he faces long odds. MBA applicants traditionally have two to five years of full-time work experience.

If Tech turns him down, Richard plans to look elsewhere, and that’s where the NCAA comes in. Under the current rule, adopted last spring, he could transfer and play immediately. But dozens of Division I members want the rule repealed.

If they win the vote, and Tech doesn’t accept Richard into its MBA program, he will have to choose whether to:

Settle for some other graduate program at Tech and play two more seasons.

“Some of the other graduate programs they have wouldn’t be exactly what I’m trying to do,” Richard said. “I know Georgia State has a sports administration program, which would be a great thing for me to do, but I wouldn’t be eligible to play ball at Tech.”

Enroll in an MBA program at another big-time football school and sit out his junior season. (He redshirted because of injury in 2005 and thus can’t take another redshirt year.)

Enroll in an MBA program at a school in one of the NCAA’s lower divisions and be eligible to play right away.

Richard said the NCAA shouldn’t force him to make one of those choices. Graduates, he said, should continue to be allowed to transfer without penalty.

He’s right. As he argues,

“If we’re going to say that the goal is education, if a player has fulfilled that part of the obligation, they got a degree, which is what they went to college for, as well as playing ball, I think that opportunity should be there,” Richard said. “I think it’s actually one of those rules that’s for the players. That’s something players can respect.”

Unfortunately for him, the coaches don’t. Never mind that even the NCAA admits that there are less than 25 players who used the new rule to play immediately after transferring to Division I-A football programs. We can’t have student athlete “free agents”.

Only coaches should have that opportunity, I guess.

If the rule is revoked – and I wouldn’t bet against it – just think about that every time you hear some pious statement from a coach like Roof that he always reassures recruits and their parents that he’ll be there to see that the kid has his academic expectations met. Or when the NCAA throws out some noble proclamation about how it’s there to do what’s right for the student…

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Since the shovel’s still out…

let’s bury Notre Dame a little deeper.

I linked yesterday to a Saurian Sagacity post regarding Notre Dame’s less than imposing record during Charlie Weis’ turn at the helm.

Now I find this post, at Gunslingers, that looks at the Irish bowl futility record from a historical perspective. If anything, it’s even more devastating than the post at SS – which, of course, means I enjoyed it even more.

Here’s a little taste, but by all means make sure you read and savor the whole enchilada:

Since 1994…

  • 87 different teams have won at least one bowl game. (and there’s a chance for two more if Western Michigan and Ohio win their bowls this weekend)
  • 30 teams have won at least FIVE bowl games.
  • 6 teams have won SIX bowl games (Auburn, Michigan, Ohio State, Tennessee, USC, and… Colorado).
  • 4 teams have won SEVEN bowl games (FSU, Penn State, Texas, and… Utah)
  • 6 teams have won EIGHT bowl games (Boston College, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Nebraska and Wisconsin)
  • 28 teams from non-BCS-automatic-qualifying conferences have won a bowl game. (and two more potentially this weekend)

And here’s some of the company Notre Dame is keeping during this streak:

Notre Dame is 0 for 9. Here are the other teams that have been to multiple bowl games but haven’t won one:

  • Northwestern (0 for 5)
  • New Mexico (0 for 5)
  • Houston (0 for 4)
  • UTEP (0 for 3)

There’s the comparable group. Man.

I feel sad for Irish fans.

I don’t. They can always go watch a Rudy rerun.

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