Daily Archives: February 18, 2016
Jon Solomon wants to know if the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia will impact whether college athletes are allowed to get paid. Tough call, although it’s probably wise to predict that whatever choice the NCAA makes with an O’Bannon appeal will likely turn out to be the wrong one.
Several Missouri legislators, bless their hearts, still have their collective panties in a wad over last year’s threatened boycott by 32 black members of MU’s football team. And they know who should be held accountable.
Several lawmakers on the Joint Committee on Education on Wednesday identified who they believe is the real author of the University of Missouri’s woes — former football Coach Gary Pinkel.
Sen. Paul Wieland, R-Imperial, led the charge, threatening to file a complaint that would launch a formal university investigation into Pinkel’s support of a team boycott in solidarity with the Concerned Student 1950 protests. Wieland and others also questioned Pinkel’s new job, negotiated after he announced he would resign as coach because he had been diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma.
Wieland told interim MU Chancellor Hank Foley “my constituents were kind of concerned that in their minds he had held the university hostage and as a reward the university gave him a contract for a million dollars over three years.”
There’s nothing like kicking a lymphoma victim while he’s down. But that’s not the most intriguing aspect of the situation. It’s this response from the interim Missouri chancellor:
Under questioning from Chairman David Wood, R-Versailles, Foley said no team will be allowed to repeat the boycott threat.
“I feel very confident that the situation that developed last fall won’t happen again, and if it does there will be a very different response,” Foley said.
Asked afterward what that meant, Foley said a clear warning was given to the athletes. “I wouldn’t want to go into specifics of hypothetically what we might do or not do. But it just can’t happen again the way it happened.”
I have no idea if that’s a threat or merely wishful thinking. But if these administrators are prepared to sacrifice a game, a season, a team or whatever else may come the next time student-athletes exercise their First Amendment rights, I think I’ll get some popcorn and something to drink and find a place to sit and watch, because it’s bound to be entertaining.
Speaking of love, it would be nice if they would let Tebow and the two Davids present him with the award. You can’t be a Verne crush without Uncle Verne.
Holy smokes. “A lot” really means a lot.
… According to invoices provided to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution through an open records request, Georgia’s expenses for chartered air services from this past December through Jan. 31 increased 576 percent over the same time period the previous year under Richt.
Smart’s staff produced 25 invoices totaling $1.183 million during that two-month span. Seven of those invoices reflected charges of $82,000 or more for private jets, with a high of $182,869.14 on Jan. 20… [Emphasis added.]
An almost six-fold increase, year-over-year? Jeebus. Ah, but there’s a reason, you see.
McGarity, who along with a board of directors is charged with overseeing the athletic association’s budget, acknowledged that Smart has utilized private charters more often than his predecessor. But he also took issue with comparing the two totals.
“That’s apples to oranges; there’s no way to compare that,” McGarity said. “A lot of that was interviewing candidates. It wasn’t all recruiting. We were in a transition year. … ”
Maybe the Skype machine was broken. In any event, McGarity’s math doesn’t exactly hold up.
However, it’s after the open period for recruiting resumed in mid-January that Smart and his staff logged most of their chartered miles. Seventeen of the 25 invoices totaling more than $750,000 were filed after Jan. 13 when the recruiting calendar again permitted in-home visits.
Again, McGarity insisted UGA didn’t do anything more for Smart than Richt.
“We never told him no; there’s never been an instance we said, ‘Mark, you can’t charter,’” McGarity said. “If there is the perception that the new guy gets everything, that’s just not true. (The head coach) gets whatever he needs, whatever he requests.”
To be fair, Richt doesn’t dispute that. And it’s not like I have a problem with the athletic department lavishing spending on recruiting, especially when Smart was going all out to hold a class together on short time.
But it’s funny that there’s a sense of denial about what’s going on. If this is an apples and oranges comparison, it’s only because Smart comes in from a very different environment than the one Richt operated in. When it comes to spending money, the process appears to be kicking the Georgia Way’s ass these days. I welcome that, but it’s worth remembering what we all thought when Butts-Mehre ponied up for Richt after the Belk Bowl: with greater investment comes greater accountability. It’s hard to argue that Smart shouldn’t be judged by the same standard, and, by extension, McGarity as well.
Quite a story here on vetting high school recruits. This is pretty much everything you need to know:
So much of recruiting is knowing what can be used against you.
Miami coach Mark Richt can see where formal background checks would be helpful, but to do so would require “across the board” participation from schools, which is easier said than done.
Richt added that if checks weren’t performed on every recruit, he would get asked, “Why are you doing this to me? Do you think I’m a bad guy?” A Big 12 player-personnel director said a coach would get looked at “cross-eyed” if he sat in a recruit’s living room and asked, “You a felon?”
A Pac-12 director of player personnel feared that if a school ran a background check on a recruit without his knowledge that it would create “trust” issues and result in negative recruiting.
“Most recruits consider that going too far,” an SEC player-personnel director said.
Unlike waiting until somebody gets on campus and assaults another student, I guess. Or kiting checks. Or stealing. Or…
This’ll change only when the cost of maintaining the status quo gets too high. And you know what that’ll take.
Damn, son, I’m not sure I would have said this.
During 2014-15, Bowlsby made approximately $2.6 million in total compensation, slightly up from $2.5 million a year earlier. His compensation was lower than Mike Slive, who made $3.6 million in his final year as SEC commissioner. Tax returns for the other three Power Five commissioners have not been released yet.
Bowlsby’s basic compensation stayed the same at $1.8 million and he again received a $450,000 bonus. The tax return said $167,000 of his total income had been deferred compensation on a prior return. According to the form, Bowlsby received a $500,000 loan for his residence, with $400,000 still owed at the end of the fiscal year.
When asked if he feels guilty about his salary given the financial restraints the NCAA places on players, Bowlsby replied, “I think I’m overpaid and I think there are others in college athletics that are overpaid. But that’s what the market dictates so I’m not going to attempt to turn the market in the other direction.”
Nah, he’ll save that for the amateurs.
When the student-athlete revolution comes, it won’t be caused by the agents or the lawyers. It’ll be the geniuses running the game who will strike the match.