May 5, 2012 · 10:33 AM
There is something especially trollicious about the guy who wrote perhaps the definitive book on high school football pontificating like this:
In more than 20 years I’ve spent studying the issue, I have yet to hear a convincing argument that college football has anything do with what is presumably the primary purpose of higher education: academics.
That’s because college football has no academic purpose. Which is why it needs to be banned. A radical solution, yes. But necessary in today’s times.
Man, if you eliminated everything from college which had no academic purpose, what would you have left? And by the way, how does high school football enhance that academic mission?
Bissinger has been, and will always be, a tool. The AJ-C ought to hire him.
May 5, 2012 · 8:00 AM
Admittedly, you don’t see stories like these come down the turnpike very often. On the other hand, Adam Rittenberg gets off the observation of the day when he writes,“It does seem like Ohio State has a tougher time shielding its players from potentially problematic individuals than programs in the Big Ten.” No shit.
By the way, I notice that Georgia is recruiting Alex Anzalone. To his dad, Sal, I’d just like to point out that the worst trouble you’ll hear about in Athens during recruiting season is that Coach Richt spoke a day too early about a recruit he thought he had on the dotted line.
May 5, 2012 · 7:39 AM
Cancelling the upcoming Georgia-Clemson series just got a lot more expensive.
Clemson athletic director Terry Don Phillips wrote in a letter to Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity on April 17 that serves as an addendum to the game contract that “despite conference realignment and the expected increase in conference games required by the Atlantic Coast Conference, we are both committed to maintaining the football series between Clemson Universiy and the University of Georgia to play football in 2013 and 2014. To further solidify that commitment and protect either institution from the loss of revenue should either game within that series be cancelled without mutal consent, we have agreed to amend section 15 of the contract agreement and set the cancellation fee at $3,000,000.” Both athletic directors have signed the addendum.
I know what that says, but the cynic in me wonders if it wasn’t McGarity pushing for that absurd amount, just so he could go to the next conference meeting on scheduling with that as a cudgel – “guys, Georgia can’t afford to go to a nine-game conference schedule!”
May 5, 2012 · 7:27 AM
One more advocate for “SEC – Year of the Quarterback”:
We’re just a Tony Barnhart post away from it becoming official.