Daily Archives: June 2, 2017

Maybe they should put that on his statue.

Three Penn State administrators have just been sentenced to jail for their roles in empowering Jerry Sandusky’s not-so-secret life as a sexual predator, but I suspect what the judge said about Joe Paterno is what’s going to get the most attention.

Just win, baby.


Filed under You Can't Put A Price Tag On Joe Paterno's Legacy

Today, in that plus five bucks will get you a latte at Starbucks

Conventional wisdom may suggest that the Cocktail Party sets up the eventual SEC East winner to finalize victory in November, but we all know how much conventional wisdom regarding the division champ has been worth the past few seasons.


Filed under SEC Football

Hold my beer.

Do you get the feeling the only reason it may take the SEC three years to approve alcohol sales in the cheap seats is because it’ll take that long to come up with a bullshit rationale for the change?

Just go ahead and say, “but we’d find something to spend it on” and be done with it, folks.  It’s not like you’re fooling anybody.


Filed under I'll Drink To That, It's Just Bidness, SEC Football

What profiteth an athletic department…

I came across this article in the Baton Rouge paper yesterday and was going to post something about it today, when I noticed that Seth Emerson beat me to the punch.  The article is written from the perspective of income and expenses of the SEC baseball programs, but tucked in its midst is this chart.


You read that correctly.  Georgia finished with the third-smallest profit in the conference, sans private school Vanderbilt.  That’s more than a 50% drop from the previous fiscal year.  Revenue increased approximately $8.5 million year over year, while the increase in expense, around $19.5 million, far outpaced that.

One would surmise that most of that jump in expense can be attributed to new spending on the football program — those new support staffers don’t pay themselves, homes — but it’s also worth remembering that the proposed budgets for this fiscal year and the next slow that rate of increase to roughly $7.5 million for the current school year and $4.5 million for the 2017-18 school year.

On the spending side, what that suggests is three things:  one, Butts-Mehre has taken the criticism of underfunding the football program for years to heart (day late, dollar short for Richt, of course); two, such financial support appears now to be at a satisfactory level, given the slowing of the rate of growth; and three, such relative plateauing indicates some significant ROI is expected, and fairly soon.

What we don’t know, of course, is how wisely the money has been spent, or who bore responsibility for prioritizing the spending (which might be different ways of saying the same thing), although I approach that with the attitude that the more Kirby’s thumb was on the scale, the better.

I don’t need to spell out what that suggests on the revenue side, do I?


Filed under Georgia Football, It's Just Bidness

Envy and jealousy, American Pie edition

If you, like me, think the NCAA’s evolving defense of amateurism amounts to strained, absurd bullshit, then you’ll want to read every word of this unsparing tour de force.  I can only tip my cap to the man’s sarcasm.

And, yeah, of course they’re gonna lobby after they get their ass kicked in court.  What choice do they have?


Filed under Envy and Jealousy

Today, in random acts of schmuckery

Transfer requests do tend to bring out a coach’s inner douchebag.  Take, for example, our good friend Gus Malzahn.  It should be no surprise, given the history, that some Auburn players would prefer to play for Will Muschamp and Travaris Robinson in Columbia, since those are the pair who originally recruited them to the Plains.  Nor should we be surprised that Gus is reluctant to share the wealth.

But it’s the little curve balls that allow a man’s true dickishness to shine through.

… Jackson on Wednesday spoke in detail for the first time regarding his current situation. That includes a June 8 appeal at Auburn, which has blocked him from a clean transfer to any other SEC school, Clemson, Ohio State, Mercer and Georgia Southern.

Clemson, Mercer and Georgia Southern are on the Tigers’ schedule this season. Ohio State and USC are not…

“My question was: Why are they blocking Ohio State for no reason?” Jackson said. “They just put Ohio State on there for no reason. My question to them is why are they blocking me from a Big Ten school when they don’t have anything to do with Big Ten schools? Why didn’t they block me from Michigan or Indiana or any other Big Ten school? Why would they do that immediately?”

Because they can, silly.  Because they can.

Relatively speaking, Gus is a piker with this.  If you want to see a grand master at work, check out Bill Snyder’s approach.

In a phone conversation Wednesday with the Eagle, Sutton said he presented K-State with a list of 35 potential transfer destinations in early May and the school denied his release to all 35 a week later. Sutton said the list didn’t contain any Big 12 schools or teams on future K-State schedules. Some were FCS and Division II. Didn’t matter. K-State blocked him everywhere.

He appealed that ruling, but K-State upheld it on Wednesday.

“When I originally told Coach Snyder I was going to transfer he said, ‘Well, Corey, I feel bad that you want to leave, but I can’t make you stay,’ ” Sutton said. “I dropped all my classes, moved out of Kansas and started looking at my options, then I find out they are denying me my release.

“Coach Snyder told me today that when I signed my letter of intent that was my commitment to him, that I was going to be there for four years. I heard that and told him, ‘Coaches can leave. So why can’t a player leave? You made a commitment to me that you were going to treat me the right way and that’s not what you’re doing.’

…Snyder addressed the Sutton situation at a Catbackers event in Overland Park on Thursday.

“I’ve been around there for 28 years, the young man was in our program for less than two years,” Snyder said. “I think our fans know what I’m about. They know what our program is about. I think they trust that.

“The feeling all along if you’re a No. 2 you probably want to be a No. 1. If you have the option to leave and you have 22 No. 2s on your team leaving you don’t have much of a team left. It doesn’t make sense to not try to prevent that from happening.”

NCAA rules allow Sutton to transfer to another school of his choosing with or without a release from K-State, but he is only allowed to receive financial aid from a different school next year if he receives his release from K-State.

“I don’t have enough money for that,” Sutton said. “(Snyder) is trying to treat me like I am his kid. Why is he treating a 19-year old like that and trying to change his life like that? I have never heard of anything like this before.”

Son, you need to get out more.

That’s not even the topper, though.  Snyder made sure after defeating Sutton in battle, he finished the deal by salting the earth.

Snyder then said Sutton had twice tested positive for drug use at K-State.

“I’ve never kept a player in our program who’s tested positive twice,” Snyder said. “We have some rules in the athletic department that allowed that to happen this time.”

Going public about a player’s failed drug testing?  Now that’s something I’ve never heard of before.  Say this for Coach Snyder — when he burns a bridge, that sucker is burned and then nuked from orbit just to make sure.  You almost have to admire the man’s thoroughness.


UPDATE:  Once again, shame trumps control.

Makes you wonder why they have to behave like a dumbass in the first place.


Filed under College Football

‘On Johnny Cochran’s best day, Barney’s not going to walk out of there whole.’

This whole Barney Farrar-Ole Miss thing is starting to read like a mutant Law and Order script.

Houston-based attorney Bruse Loyd told Yahoo Sports on Thursday that he recently filed a brief on Farrar’s behalf as part of Mississippi’s response to the NCAA Notice of Allegations. That institutional response is expected to be filed next week, according to sources, another step in a lengthy investigative process that should culminate in a Committee on Infractions hearing in late summer or early fall.

Loyd said he’s had access to the other response briefs from Ole Miss. After reviewing them, he believes that Farrar is bearing a disproportionate amount of responsibility.

“It was apparent to me that the narrative coming out of Oxford was that Barney was being portrayed as the lone, rogue actor and everyone else was above reproach,” Loyd said, naming head coach Hugh Freeze as one of those considered “above reproach.”

“It’s not right,” Loyd added. “It is a betrayal of him. Do I think Barney’s been made a scapegoat? Yes. Based on what I’ve seen and know, they set him up. ‘You are the most unsophisticated, the most expendable, and, tag, you’re it.’ But I have to say, I’m his advocate in this.

“Barney’s thinking is, ‘We were all in this together – what happened to me?’ They were a team, and a team doesn’t abandon their own on the field of play. It’s also not the Ole Miss way.”

Shit, does every SEC school have a “Way”?

As Farrar’s lawyer, Loyd had a face-to-face meeting with the firm representing Ole Miss that he characterized as agreeable, but the school declined to pay his legal fees. Loyd then made a trip to Indianapolis to meet with NCAA officials in person, where they went over aspects of the case.

After that NCAA trip, Loyd wrote a letter to Ole Miss lawyers making a second request that the school pay Farrar’s legal fees and assist him financially through the briefing and hearing period, which is expected to end in September. That request was denied.

Unless he can effectively challenge the allegations currently against him, it is very unlikely Farrar can escape the panel assessing a show-cause penalty that would severely damage his chances of getting another job in college athletics.

“He’s charged with multiple violations – you tell me what my odds are [of exoneration] unless he can mount a good defense,” Loyd said. “I told the NCAA investigators when we met that, as it is, ‘On Johnny Cochran’s best day, Barney’s not going to walk out of there whole.’ ”

After the disagreement over paying fees and then reviewing the Ole Miss response briefs, Loyd came to a conclusion he shared with Farrar: “They’re going to throw you under the bus.” Loyd believes Farrar was used by the school to cooperate with the investigation, then discarded.

At what point does ol’ Barney turn state’s evidence, so to speak?


Filed under Freeze!

When regression to the mean isn’t your friend

Bill Connelly, in looking at coaching underachievers and overachievers, notes this disquieting (if you’re a Georgia fan, anyway) information:

For preview purposes, I note when teams strayed pretty far from their win expectations, one way or the other, and in 2016 two teams strayed really far from expectations: Idaho overachieved by 2.3 wins, and Notre Dame underachieved by 3.2 wins, the fourth-highest (lowest?) in 12 years.

From year to year, this is a sign of randomness. The teams on the extreme ends are all but guaranteed to regress (or progress) toward the mean the next year. Notre Dame was the fourth team to underachieve its second-order win total by at least three games; the other Power 5 team on that list: 2013 TCU, which improved from 4-8 to 12-1 the next season.

12-1?  Dayum, Bill, I really didn’t need to see that.


Filed under Notre Dame's Faint Echoes, Stats Geek!

“If an official runs away from a coach, I don’t want him.”

Man, these could have been Penn Wagers’ glory years.  What a wasted opportunity.


Filed under SEC Football

Bert, of all people, has an idea.

It’s a pretty good one, too.

Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema’s idea is a simple one, but it makes a lot of sense: Let recruits take multiple official visits to the same school if they want to.

Under the current rules, recruits can take up to five official visits but have to be at different schools. There’s never been a particularly compelling reason why that’s the case; it’s just the way it is.

In Bielema’s scenario, a recruit would able to do more due diligence on a school without having to pay out of pocket. Recruits can take as many unofficial visits as they want to a school but that’s cost prohibitive, and not everyone can afford to make those trips. Allowing a recruit to take two official visits to the same school gives him more knowledge and perspective as to whether that school is the right fit.

“A lot of times the visit becomes more real on the second rather than the first,” Bielema explained. “For those of us married, that first date wouldn’t be great and the second one probably a little better. You kept building that progression and if not, you got out of it.”

Two signing dates, two official visits.  Anything that increases the information flow during the recruiting process can’t be a bad thing, can it?

This deserves some discussion.


Filed under Recruiting