Shorter Jeff Schultz: Now that I’ve blamed Todd Gurley, let me disregard my earlier finger wag and blame the NCAA.
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Let’s give Schultz the credit he deserves on his weekend predictions…
Well he hoped on the Todd Gurley is what makes college sports horrible train, only to realize the only other passenger was Bryan Allen. Now that everyone else has already called out the NCAA on this, he decides he better cover himself.
This time, the NCAA would be wise to make a rapid decision and get it out of the news.
This one is not going away.
Wise? Then I wouldn’t count on it. Pretty sure we all have a good idea how this ends. It will take a program that’s willing to flout the system to ever change anything. Georgia just isn’t that program.
The NCAA will move fast when it feels its economic model is threatened.
The NCAA will not want to get more public sentiment against itself as it moves through its legal challenges.
A quick resolution benefits the NCAA this time.
Oh no, I totally agree that would be the wise thing to do, I just think the NCAA are going to run around clucking like hens for two weeks until someone applies the pressure to them. I just dont picture Georgia being that someone. There are a lot of players with a lot of autographs on ebay (ahem… Melvin Gordon and Amir Abdullah, I’m talking about you), and a litigious nightmare is on the horizon for Emmert and pals. While they aren’t going to be able to keep up with the changing times, Georgia will play it safe and take the maximum punishment until enough pressure is placed on the system to make a significant change. I really hope I’m wrong and would love to see Gurley be the straw that breaks this camels back, but living my whole life in GA leads me to be a pessimist on this one.
While the idiots at the AJC fumble around, the Boston Globe gets it right:
Towers & Bradley Nincompoops Inc…. love sitting on upright thumbs…
Seriously, how long do the puppet master college ivory tower Presidents get a pass for all the Anti-trust violations their NCAA minions cause?
This. I’ve been on a sustained rant since last week that NCAA policy is what the universities (including UGA) want. Unfortunately, there’s ample precedence that not only do they not mind looking like fools in the court of public opinion, they’re such short-sighted, morally bankrupt fools that they’re not even aware they look like fools.
Nod to Penn Wagers + Jeff Schultz on a Monday?…..need to spread these things out. What a buzz kill after this weekend
Schultz is an idiot. He doesn’t even know the College Football Playoff isn’t being run by the NCAA – it’s the Power 5 + Notre Dame. The level of ignorance of the basics of sports at the AUC is astounding.
The only thing the NCAA cares about now is protecting March Madness from Power 5 autonomy because if that goes, the whole NCAA structure comes crashing down on the dust bin of history.
By the way, the Boston Globe article is spot on.
“But he added, “I’ve read quotes from kids about how much they appreciate what they’re given and that college prepares them for the rest of their loves. ”
Looks like Schultz’s editor gave up on him as well. Unless he meant to say that colleges are in the matchmaking business…
Schultz is backtracking of course. He may of just panicked when he realized some dude from the Boston Globe was more in touch with the dawg fanbase and national sentiment that he was.
I hadn’t read a Schultz’ column in forever, and then I read one of his articles about the Braves front office shake up. I quickly realized that I, as a casual fan who is not getting paid to keep up with such things, knew a great deal more about the situation than he did. Really mind blowing how out of touch the AJC sports writers are. I mean, they don’t really know anything about sports! How are they employed?
They know how to troll.
They are generalists in an age of sports-writing specialists.
So here’s the $1,062,500 question, as proposed to me by a lawyer friend over the weekend:
125 FBS team x 85 scholarship players x $100 per autograph = $1,062,500
If every football player in FBS sold their autograph for $100 on the same day, would the NCAA cancel a full week of games? Could the players pull it off, and would it force a change?
“... Shoot, why does anybody who’s ever won something do it again? Because it’s cool. So, let’s go do it again. Let’s see if we’ve got what it takes.” -- Stetson Bennett, The Athletic, 3/22/22
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