Some earth shattering news here:
Does that mean both schools will claim the WLOCP as a home game?
Another anti-trust suit is filed against the NCAA over using player likenesses. And it comes with a threat for a whole lot more where that came from:
Michael Hausfeld, the lead attorney for the O’Bannon plaintiffs, said lawyers for Kegans and Smetona have talked with him about their case.
“They’re not the first, nor will they be the last suing the NCAA in light of the judge denying class certification,” Hausfeld said. “Based on inquiries made to us, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of them already lined up.”
Of course no post on the topic would be complete without a sample of NCAA bullshit. This will do quite nicely.
The complaint quotes a hearing in the O’Bannon case from 2009 in which the court questioned an NCAA lawyer on the association’s interpretation of its release forms.
The Court: “So do you view the things that they signed, or some people may have signed, and when they graduate from college, after that, they are not bound by it anymore?
NCAA: “It depends on which things we are talking about, Your Honor.”
The Court: “Any of them. Do they all end on graduation or is there some that you contend really do continue to apply?”
NCAA: “The form 08-3a and 09-3a, by their terms, give the NCAA a limited right, and it’s limited to use certain likenesses that were created during the time period that the person was a student athlete for the limited purpose of promoting NCAA championships and general NCAA events.”
The Court: “Only up until the time they graduate?”
NCAA: “No, that continues.”
Stupid kids. Why didn’t you talk to somebody before you signed…
The Kegans complaint also argues that athletes should have legal counsel when signing such documents. The suit cites a 2009 case against the NCAA brought by then-Oklahoma State pitcher Andrew Oliver, who was declared ineligible for hiring an adviser to negotiate with professional teams. The judge in the case stated that if the NCAA intends to deal with athletes in good faith, then athletes should have the appropriate tools available to make a wise decision. The NCAA settled with Oliver in 2009 for a reported $750,000.
What happened to the good ol’ days when kids got screwed and were appreciative about it?
Sensing a trend, here’s Sandy Denny’s group, Fotheringay, covering Dylan’s “Too Much of Nothing”.
When in doubt, turn to strategery – in this case, an excellent blog post from a high school defensive coach about the questions you need to ask about how to defend trips formations. (h/t Smart Football)
Here’s a little taste:
Question #2: Is their QB a part of their running game?
This one scenario in-and-of-itself has single handily turned the spread run game on its ear. Before the advent of the QB run out of spread, it was sort of a “ho-hum” offense. You knew what you were about to see, some sort of passing game and as a defense you could pin your ears back and go. Not so much any more. With the QB being a focal part of the offense in both zone schemes and gap schemes you now have to account for all six of the skill positions to be able to carry the football. Also, the real nuisance in all of the new spread run game is the rebirth of the option. Not just the double option either, the good old triple option, with veer, arc and load schemes to bound! As DC’s we are facing a resurgence of the modern day wishbone triple option, just packaged differently. No longer are halfbacks split in the backfield in three-point stances, but they are split out at wideout and can block, catch passes and run with the football in their hands as pitch backs.
I heard this story for the first time yesterday, so if some of you already know it, I apologize.
There was a rather famous brothel in Rome, Georgia called Peggy’s that operated into the seventies before the place burned down.
Anyway, Peggy’s placed an ad in the 1963 Georgia Tech yearbook. I kid you not.
Boy, some things never change on that campus.
It’s a slow news day. So let’s relive the last winning score of 2013.
Gurley’s great, of course, but what’s really worth a close look is what Kenarious Gates did on the play. If you watch carefully, he creates the lane Gurley chugs through, throwing a block to his right and then turning around and picking off a defensive back to his other side. It’s perfectly timed. (You can see a bird’s-eye view of the play at about the 2:03 mark here.)
Gates is one of those guys who’s not going to surprise me if he turns out to have a decent pro career as an offensive guard. It’s too bad for Gates that the Dawgs never really had a true left tackle, because he really would have shined as a full-time guard in college.