Daily Archives: February 27, 2014

The Greatest Recruiting Story of Our Era

And all it cost Ohio State was a NCAA secondary recruiting violation.


Filed under Recruiting, Tim Tebow: Rock Star, Urban Meyer Points and Stares

Thursday lunch buffet

Nom, nom, nom…

  • Jay Jacobs brings the heavy smack on the 10-second substitution rule:  “The only health and safety problem with this rule is opposing teams’ fans getting mad because they get beat, and the safety of their coaches because they can’t stop it.”
  • Final arguments from Northwestern’s NLRB hearing sound a bit conflicted.
  • Groo wonders what sort of impact Greg McGarity’s pump up the jam initiative will have on the future of the Redcoat Band.
  • What do you think it says that the Mark Richt spring speaking tour is making a stop in Houston, Texas?
  • O’Bannon economic expert Daniel Rascher estimated that a football player on Alabama’s 2010 team would have received $47,330 from live broadcasting revenue that year and about $190,000 over four years.”
  • The Sporting News‘ list of top 2014 running backs starts with a name you might know.
  • Everybody used to like Bret Bielema.
  • Ted Valentine does something Penn Wagers can only dream about.
  • 11 Alive has a little something on Chris Conley’s Star Wars tribute. (h/t Bernie)
  • The director of the Sports Business Institute at the University of Southern California has some advice for people who are subsidizing the rising costs of sports channels on cable television:  “The little old lady in Pasadena is going to have to suck it up.”


Filed under Bert... uh... Bret Bielema, College Football, Georgia Football, It's Just Bidness, The NCAA

Hoisting the NCAA on its own petard is easier than it seems.

The O’Bannon plaintiffs’ trial strategy – use the NCAA’s own records to show contradictions in how the association has approached the use of athletes’ names and likenesses – is so obvious that it would be an act of blatant malpractice to do otherwise.

And it’s not like they have to work up much of a sweat doing it.

An e-mail chain from January 2008 in which an LSU athletics official asked whether Sports Illustrated could legally offer a DVD commemorating LSU’s football national title to customers who bought a subscription to the magazine and whether players who appeared in the DVD might face eligibility questions.

In the emails, then-NCAA membership services associate director Leeland Zeller writes back to the LSU official that an NCAA rules interpretation “clearly addresses” and prohibits “the use of the DVD as ‘premium’ in conjunction with a subscription. … Regardless, SI does this every year. If the school asks about it, they are advised to send a cease and desist letter, which preserves the eligibility of the student-athletes. SI ignores the letter and we all go on about our business.”

The NCAA mouthpiece had no comment in response to the article.  Unfortunately for the NCAA, that approach won’t work in court.

I keep waiting for some school president or conference commissioner to wonder out loud what Mark Emmert’s thinking.  But I guess we won’t hear that until the litigation goes badly.  Or ever.


Filed under The NCAA

Here they are now, entertain them.

A little taste of Butts-Mehre attitude for you this morning…

The Bulldogs thrashed the Tigers 71-56 before an announced crowd of 5,229 at Stegeman Coliseum, which is below Georgia’s average of 6,638 for SEC home games this season. Missouri was the highest-rated SEC team that will visit Athens this winter, but Tuesday’s game had a 9 p.m. tip on ESPNU.

“I think sometimes that is used as an excuse,” McGarity said. “I know it creates hardships on people coming from Atlanta and that it absolutely affects them, but tickets were free for our students last night. We’re not in an exam period, and I’ve always felt that with the student body, later is better.”

Free tickets.  Loud piped in music.  Evening start.  And still the students won’t come.

I’m obviously drawing a very different conclusion from McGarity about what that means, but what do I know?  He’s got a much bigger reserve fund than I do.


UPDATE:  Seth has some more on the subject here.


Filed under Georgia Football

“I’ll handle all punishment inside.”

The more things change in Knoxville, the more they stay the same.


Filed under Because Nothing Sucks Like A Big Orange

Envy and jealousy, babes in the woods edition

I got a kick out of this piece mocking the offers that are going out to kids who haven’t played a down of varsity high school football yet.  Particularly this bit:

“It seemed like just yesterday that Nick Saban `accidentally’ walked in on me at my obstetrician’s office while I was getting my sonogram. He took one look at the image on the picture, well actually two looks because he wanted to make sure it was a boy, and just started muttering, `Look at the size of those hands. They are bigger than his head.'”

It’s the “two looks” that made this a winner.  LOL.

(h/t MrSEC)


Filed under Envy and Jealousy

Mark Richt could gain control over something.

This sort of has a sleeping with the enemy feel to it.

Georgia head coach Mark Richt has been nominated for a position on the NCAA rules committee, as confirmed by Georgia senior associate athletic director of sports communications Claude Felton.

The committee is made up of three representatives each from the FBS, FCS, Division II and Division III schools. The FBS is represented by Alfred White, the associate commissioner of Conference USA, Todd Berry, head football coach at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, and Troy Calhoun, head football coach at the Air Force Academy.

The committee has been under scrutiny after proposing a controversial rule designed to slow the pace of play.

Sounds like fun. “Coach Richt?  Bert… uh, Bret Bielema’s on line two.”

On the other hand, maybe we should ponder what effect his acceptance might have on Penn Wagers’ attitude.


Filed under Georgia Football, The NCAA