Daily Archives: October 11, 2016

“Oh, I’m a little bored,” he said.

Steve Spurrier is tanned, rested and ready.  Just sayin’.


Filed under The Evil Genius

Has Steve Shaw cut a deal with Bert?

Bielema sure seems to be under that impression.

Bret Bielema received an unsportsmanlike penalty after a flipout during Arkansas’ loss to Alabama, but Bielema said this week he’ll never have to see the official again.

Late in the second quarter, an Arkansas touchdown was called back due to a hold on a tackle. Bielema said umpire Stan Weihe should only watch between the guards. After a field goal, Bielema went way out of the field, yelling at multiple officials, drawing the flag.

“For a lot of reasons, we’re probably better off moving forward (not talking about it). I can be rest assured we’ll never see that official again. That’s been guaranteed to me,” Bielema said.

Details, please, SEC Office.  And I hope somebody keeps an eye on the crews chosen to work Arkansas games for a while.

If it turns out to be true, I want a retroactive deal on Penn Wagers.


Filed under Bert... uh... Bret Bielema, SEC Football

You’ve got to spend money to lose money.

The 104 of the 128 athletic departments in the NCAA’s Football Bowl Subdivision that do not bring in enough money through ticket sales, donations, or other outside revenue to offset their costs saw their average deficit double over the last decade.

This must be why we hear college presidents say they don’t necessarily want to hire athletic directors with business backgrounds.


Filed under College Football, It's Just Bidness

Culture change at Baylor

Good Lord.

These people are practically begging the NCAA to come in and kick their collective ass.


Filed under Baylor Is Sensitive To Women's Issues

An exile ends.

Jonathan Ledbetter has been reinstated and will play this Saturday against Vanderbilt.

As far as Ledbetter’s role this week, that hasn’t been determined yet.

“How much he’ll play, I don’t know,” head coach Kirby Smart said. “He’s handled everything we asked him to do very well. He has worked really hard.”

Georgia outside linebacker Chuks Amaechi said Ledbetter has been relishing the opportunity to get back on the football field after sitting out the first half of the year.

Speaking with him when Georgia’s football team met Monday, Amaechi said Ledbetter displayed a more enthusiastic demeanor.

“He had a lot more glow to him,” Amaechi said.

Ledbetter also adds depth to a group that is rolling eight players at times.

As far as I’m concerned, the more, the merrier there.

I’m glad he’s back and that he’s worked hard to get there.  Let’s just hope he stays on the straight and narrow, both for his sake and the team’s.


Filed under Georgia Football

The sound of ice cracking beneath the NCAA’s feet

Hey, look — the NLRB is messing with Northwestern again.

In an unprecedented foray into college sports, the National Labor Relations Board has declared that Northwestern University must eliminate “unlawful” rules governing football players and allow them greater freedom to express themselves. The ruling, which referred to players as employees, found that they must be freely allowed to post on social media, discuss issues of their health and safety, and speak with the media.

The new rules apply to the football programs at the 17 private universities that play in the FBS, including schools such as Notre Dame, Stanford and Baylor — but not public universities. As the nation’s top labor agency, the NLRB governs relations between private employers and their employees, so it has no power over public schools. Its findings on Northwestern became public on Friday in response to an ESPN.com Freedom of Information Act request.

Here’s the reason the schools and the NCAA will be shitting bricks:

In addition to granting players greater freedoms, the NLRB ruling will offer athletes a clear path to bring their issues before an independent agency outside of the organizations that have historically governed college athletics — the universities, the conferences and the NCAA.

So while this ruling did not address compensation for athletes, someone could now file a charge with the NLRB asserting that failing to pay players constitutes an unfair labor practice. After all, if the NLRB — which is led by a five-person board and a general counsel, all appointed by the president — declared that close monitoring of social media is an unfair labor practice, it is an open question how it would view failure to pay players. Until now, the issue has been contested only in antitrust courts.

Meaning that an antitrust exemption wouldn’t save them here.

Then again, I guess they could just kick every private school out of the NCAA.


Filed under It's Just Bidness, Look For The Union Label

Part of the plan

Hell, I was just kidding about this yesterday.

At least I think I was.


Filed under Heard About Harbaugh?