Daily Archives: April 26, 2012

Michael Adams, leading from behind

Shorter King of the Universe:  Aggressive drug testing is both morally correct and necessary, but, like me, you should blame the coaches for implementing it.


Filed under Michael Adams Wants To Rule The World

Thanks for playing.

Ah, BCS negotiations and the Knight Commission.  You can probably guess where this is going.

While the conference commissioners continue to determine what college football’s playoff will be in 2014, the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics has proposed a new — and radical way — of distributing the hundreds of million dollars in new BCS media rights revenue.

The Knight Commission’s report, obtained by CBSSports.com, recommends rewarding the individual schools and not the conferences based on academic standards and not on-the-field performance or market value.

Instead of dividing up the media rights revenues among the conferences, as it’s currently done, the Knight Commission recommends the revenue is allocated to the individual schools. “The Knight Commission wants to ensure that the projected ‘new’ media revenues from the FBS football postseason will be used to further strengthen the educational missions of our universities,” the Knight Commission said.

The proposal was sent to the 11 Football Bowl Subdivision commissioners, BCS executive director Bill Hancock and the FBS presidents.

Where I’m sure it’ll get all the serious consideration Larry Scott indicates it’s due.

“It’s noble to keep reinforcing the importance of academic success,” Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said.

Translation:  not bloody likely, pal.

I’ve got a suggestion for the Knight Commission.  Since it sincerely believes that “… the implementation of an incentive program for graduation success is consistent with promoting the enduring values that have become a central focus of this new era of reform. One of those values is that academic success must be paramount. The Graduation Success Incentive Fund described above aligns revenues to support and promote that value”, perhaps it’s time for it to come up with its own competitive event which could both be a revenue raiser and a promoter of academic success.  It’s not like the market hasn’t tried it before.

I can hear the sound of ESPN cutting a check right now.


Filed under Academics? Academics., BCS/Playoffs

What happens in the players’ lounge doesn’t always stay in the players’ lounge.

I’d post the picture here, except I don’t want Big John Jenkins getting mad at me, so I’ll just duck and direct you here, instead.  (h/t EDSBS)


Filed under Georgia Football

Thursday morning buffet

Another day, another buffet.

  • Nothing like having to defend the SEC Freshman of the Year to your own fan base.  Mark Richt is a patient man, bless his heart.
  • If you’re looking for the conventional wisdom on Georgia Tech’s 2012 season, here ’tis.
  • SEC coaches look at Missouri’s offense and shrug… a little.  (I’m looking forward to seeing how their defenses handle it.)
  • Another reason why I love the NCAA“Another task force has recommended firming up the scheduling window for major college football’s bowl season, setting a calendar through the 2019 season in which the first game would be no earlier than Dec. 15 and the last game no later than Jan. 13.”  January 13th?  Way to put your foot down there, fellas.
  • The first snarky response to this header is “because it doesn’t have to”.  The second one is “it doesn’t go north or east, either”.  Seriously, though, read it, because it’s probably a good model for where McGarity intends to go with scheduling at Georgia.
  • Clark Howard: “High-definition, flat-screen TVs are driving down the price of tickets to live sports events in an unexpected way.”
  • Mark Richt sees the NFL draft as more of a time to celebrate than as an evaluation of the talent on his roster.


Filed under Gators, Gators..., Georgia Football, Georgia Tech Football, Science Marches Onward, SEC Football, The NCAA

“How much do I get?”

Talk about adding insult to injury – it’s not enough that schools sell the paraphernalia of former players… er, ‘scuse me, student-athletes, without cutting them in on the action.  Nope, they make ’em pay for that stuff, just like any other sucker.

… And yet, Asper says, “it kind of ticks me off” that the school would sell it.

Asper has three jerseys he wore in bowl games. Under NCAA rules, players can’t be given much more. They’re allowed to buy them, but while Asper waits for the weekend, hoping to get a call from the NFL, he’s living on a shoestring budget in Boise, home of his wife’s parents, and says:

“I haven’t made a trip back with enough money in my pocket to buy a jersey.”

When Nate Costa’s career ended, he borrowed from his parents to purchase every uniform he’d worn. At least he thinks he got all of them. He does not want to see No. 7 with “COSTA” pop up on the site.

“We just don’t feel it’s right,” says Costa, speaking for several players. “You have to buy your own jersey and if you don’t, they’ll sell your own jersey to make a profit.”

That’s what amateurism is all about.

(h/t CBSSports.com)


Filed under It's Just Bidness, The NCAA

Sometimes, your honesty is refreshing.

The antidote to Bill Hancock’s BCS bullshit

… After conference commissioners met for almost 10 hours, a giddy Hancock emerged from a conference room and — for once — said something we can celebrate instead of mock.

“I can take status quo off the table,” Hancock said.

But this is the BCS. So, naturally, Hancock qualified his statement a few minutes later.

“The BCS as we know it — the exact same policies will not continue,” Hancock said. “That does not mean that there is definitely going to be a four-team event or a plus-one.”

… is this:

“Either way, everybody’s gonna be bent out of shape,” Richt said, laughing. “The way it is now, people will be bent out of shape if it’s just four.”

Ain’t that the troof.

I don’t get the celebratory reaction to Hancock’s statement.  Of course the status quo is going to get reworked.  The fix was in on that as soon as the conference commissioners took a close look at the attendance and viewership numbers from this past bowl season.

The problem now, as it has been all along, is achieving a consensus on what the replacement for the status quo will be.  And as Staples’ article indicates, as problems go, it’s a big ‘un.

Here’s just one example of what they’ve got to overcome.

… Scott would like to see a system that weighs strength of schedule more heavily. “If we go to a four-team playoff, then we’re essentially going to put more stock in the playoff,” Scott said. “The plan, from my perspective, would be a more credible, objective, fair system that balances strength of schedule. We all don’t play over the same course. Every conference has got different caliber. Some conferences play nine conference games. Some play eight. Some play stronger out-of-conference competition. Some tend to not. They just want to get home games.”

Take that, Mike Slive.  (My guess is he won’t.)

I don’t want to say a lot of the debate is insurmountable.  But what they’ve got to overcome in the next few weeks is certainly formidable.  While I don’t believe they’ll throw up their hands and stick with what they’ve done – that’s not where the money is, after all – it would surprise me less and less if they don’t fall back on a true plus-one, a title game after all the bowls are played in which the top two teams face off, as their default.  The fans get a new shiny toy, the schools get another game from which to generate revenue and the commissioners get to put off all the hard decisions that can’t reach agreement on for another day.  Which will no doubt come.

Meanwhile, nobody will listen to Mark Richt.

“Just tell me what the rules are. Tell me what the deal is and we’ll play by it,” he said. “I don’t know what is the right answer. But I would not want to change college football much. College football is a great sport. It’s an unbelievable regular season. Probably more exciting than any regular season in any sport. So we want to be careful to make sure we know what we’re looking for.”


UPDATE:  A sixteen-team playoff is off the table.  For now.  Woo hoo!


Filed under BCS/Playoffs