Daily Archives: August 17, 2011

Can’t anybody count around here?

You know, for a conference synonymous with oversigning, there sure are a lot of walk-ons at SEC schools being awarded scholarships this season.


Filed under SEC Football

One thing less to worry about.

Feel better now?


Filed under Georgia Football, The NCAA

Wednesday morning buffet

Hooker-free, but tasty.


Filed under Big Ten Football, Gators, Gators..., Georgia Football, Georgia Tech Football, Media Punditry/Foibles, Recruiting, SEC Football

After the crash comes the moment of truth.

Let’s face it:  Miami is toast, at least for a while.  There’s going to be a cloud hanging over the program for a few years.  That goes for the coaches and administrators named in the Yahoo! story, too.

But that’s not the big issue here.  Matt Hinton nails that one:

It’s also a test of the NCAA’s mettle: Just how far is it willing to go to continue to enforce the facade of “amateurism”? In the most extreme, unabashed affront to its most fundamental premise — hell, to its very existence — in 25 years, where does it draw the line?

I don’t know the answer, and I doubt anyone will for a long time. The NCAA process is well underway, and it’s response is going to be the usual long, protracted exercise in bureaucratic tooth-pulling, spanning many months and many bureaucratic steps and probably an appeal or two in the name of giving Miami its due process. At no point in that span will I write that Miami is going to get the death penalty, or that it should get the death penalty. Frankly, I don’t have an opinion.

But if the death penalty is in the bylaws, it must be on the table here. Practically speaking, if this isn’t a death penalty case, then the death penalty no longer exists.

Ignorance of goings-on isn’t likely to fly as a defense here.  Especially with pictures like this surfacing.

Per Yahoo!, "Nevin Shapiro said this photo was taken during a basketball fundraiser in 2008, in which the booster donated $50,000 to the program. From left to right are men’s basketball coach Frank Haith, Shapiro and University of Miami president Donna Shalala. Shalala is holding Shapiro’s donation check. "

She looks so damned pleased there, doesn’t she?

It’s Mark Emmert’s worst nightmare.


Filed under The NCAA