This certainly beats wearing a sombrero, standing next to some chubby Mexican dude:
Have at it in the comments.
The latest “I saw it on the Internet, so it must be true” rumor about who’s taking the Penn State job has to be read to be believed.
First off, let me say that a bunch of power conference schools getting together to announce a plan that would increase the number of games they play against their peers is something to congratulate. Nah, make that celebrate. Unequivocably. From a fan’s perspective, the fewer regular season games we have to watch against Directional Cupcake A&M, the better. And for the two conferences involved, it’s brilliant marketing – “the benefits of conference expansion without adding members”, whatever the hell that means – that peeled some of the attention away from the SEC’s 2012 scheduling announcement.
But to read the immediate reaction of the punditerati, you’d think Larry Scott and Jim Delany had announced they’d found a cure for the common cold. You’ll have to pardon me if I don’t join the wankfest. Allow me to make a few points from my perspective.
The season grows closer to an end, but the buffet remains stocked.
Tater Tot, at his first day on the job at Akron, manages to channel Diddy Bowden and set a high bar for the program, all in one sentence.
“The first thing is how are we going to dad-gum win two because we only had one last year,” Bowden said. “We have got to get two to have one more. It’s going to take a lot to win, but we can have it and we will have it.”
It’s gonna be a magical year for the Zips. You can just feel it.
The specifics for Georgia:
Other points of interest:
And maybe I’m missing something, but it looks like the conference was able to preserve all the historical rivalries for 2012.
UPDATE: Here are the first strength of schedule rankings for 2012 I’ve seen.
2012 SEC SOS (according to '11 FEI): 1.Miss 2.MSU 3.Aub 4.Ala 5.A&M 6.USC 7.Ark 8.UF 9.Ten 10.Mizz 11.LSU 12.UK 13.Van 14.UGA—
Brian Fremeau (@bcfremeau) December 28, 2011
I’m okay with that.
For the second time in less than two weeks, schools are objecting to a reform measure sought by university presidents and endorsed by NCAA President Mark Emmert.
More than 75 schools are asking to override a plan approved in October to allow multiyear athletic scholarships rather than the one-year renewable awards schools currently provide. That’s the minimum number of dissenters needed for reconsideration by the Division I Board of Directors when it meets next month in Indianapolis at the annual NCAA convention. The NCAA announced the change the Friday before Christmas….
“The NCAA and presidents step up with this legislation and then the universities want to vote it down,” said Christian Dennie, a former compliance officer at Missouri and Oklahoma who practices sports law in Fort Worth and writes an NCAA oversight blog.
Dennie thinks it’s all about the money, but the comments posted by the schools show it’s about something else.
… Indiana State offered a more blunt assessment, suggesting the change could “create some real nightmares.”
The “problem is, many coaches, especially at the (Football Championship Subdivision) level, in all sports, are usually not around for five years and when the coach leaves, the new coach and institution may be ‘stuck’ with a student-athlete they no longer want (conduct issues, grades, etc.) or the new coach may have a completely different style of offense/defense that the student-athlete no longer fits into,” the school wrote. “Yet, the institution is ‘locked in’ to a five-year contract potentially with someone that is of no athletic usefulness to the program.”
“The current system works. We don’t need to get into bidding wars where one school offers a 75% (scholarship) for two years and the other school then offers 85% for three years, etc., etc. This puts the kid into a situation where they almost need an agent/adviser just to determine the best ‘deal.’
Horrors! I bet Ann Alexandra Charlebois wishes she’d been allowed an adviser when she signed with her school.
… Earlier this month, former Missouri women’s soccer player Ann Alexandra Charlebois sued coach Brian Blitz and the university’s governing board, claiming that she agreed to attend Missouri only after Blitz vowed in writing to provide more than $106,000 in support through 2015, with the player and her family needing to contribute only half of her college costs in her first year.
Charlebois received a 50% partial scholarship in 2010 as a freshman. After complaining about receiving a similar amount of financial aid this year, she was kicked off the team in September, her attorney said.
I guess that family isn’t buying the “if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it” defense.
Let’s ignore Indiana State’s nostalgia for a minute and see if we can come up with a few rules that might offer better balance without wrecking the NCAA’s wish to preserve its amateurism rules. Here’s what I’ve got for starters:
That’s what I’ve got. Any suggestions/criticisms/offers of support for Indiana State? Let me hear about it in the comments.
SPORTSbyBROOKS is reporting that ESPN never really liked that Craig James feller:
Multiple sources have indicated to SbB in recent days that ESPN was unlikely to retain James as an employee of the company after his contract expired in April.
Now there’s a part of me that doesn’t doubt the WWL might be trying to spin James’ departure in a favorable way. No organization can be that blind to James’ unpopularity. But even if he had a contract, it’s not like the network had to keep putting him on the air if it was really that dissatisfied with him.
The proof will be in the pudding if James’ Senate campaign goes nowhere and he seeks to return to the broadcast booth. We’ll see how much ESPN really wanted a separation then.
Aaron Murray and Mark Richt from the first day of bowl practice:
Nothing particularly earth shattering there, but there does seem to be a sense that they’re in a better place than they were a year ago. (Duh.)
By the way, you can get an idea of why Richt was complaining (“A lot of windows over there too, you know…”) about all the buildings overlooking the practice field.
It’s not as if I expect much from Bleacher Report, but, yeah, this is a bit embarrassing:
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Somebody’s gonna in for a surprise when Michigan comes out wearing blue and maize in New Orleans. Then, again, maybe it’s just a case where Joel and/or his editor did some shopping at Victoria’s Secret.