Daily Archives: June 15, 2017

Things that make you root for the NCAA

Behold Louisville’s defense regarding Hookergate:

I shit you not.

Taking their 2013 national title away almost seems an inadequate response to that.

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UPDATE:  Forget about almost…

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Today, in things I did not know

I have no idea what this means, but it sounds like fun.

The NCAA has rules against “camp blocking”?

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Waste not, want not.

Give Greg McGarity credit:  you never throw away a perfectly good cupcake.

The Georgia Bulldogs have finalized a date for their future football game against the Murray State Racers in 2019, SicEmDawgs.com has learned.

Back in 2016, DawgNation.com reported that Georgia had scheduled a future home game against Murray State for the 2018 season. At the time, a copy of the contract indicated the exact date of the game was to be announced.

However, just a few months ago, Georgia officially announced their 2018 non-conference football schedule and Murray State was not included. Instead, UGA replaced Murray State with a home game against the Austin Peay Governors for Sept. 1, 2018.

According to a copy of the “second amended and restated UGA football game agreement” obtained from Murray State University via an open records request, Georgia will now host the Racers on Sept. 7, 2019.

Didn’t your momma always tell you always to finish your meals?  Think of the starving FCS programs out there.

By the way, nice use of an open records request loophole there.

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Does amateurism in defense of academics make any sense?

You tell me.

According to a report from Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce, between 70 and 80 percent of college students are active in the labor market. Roughly 40 percent of undergraduates work at least 30 hours a week, while 25 percent of all students enrolled on a full-time basis also work full time. Some of those employees—a cohort that once included yours truly, who worked at the Georgetown bookstore—even get paid for campus jobs.

The NCAA’s member schools don’t prohibit any of those students from making money. Because that would be utterly ridiculous. Why, Grenardo asks, are athletes treated differently? Because they’re especially good at catching footballs?

During the O’Bannon trial, Stanford University athletic director and amateurism advocate Bernard Muir was questioned by players’ attorney Renae Steiner about computer-science students at his school earning income from software they developed in class, a pretty fair analogue for playing revenue sports. It did not go well:

Steiner: “Are you aware that some of those students at Stanford were making $3,000 a day on their apps?”

Muir: “[I] was not aware of that.”

Steiner: “And they were making more than the professor teaching them in that class?”

Muir: “Okay. I will take your word for it.”

Steiner: “Okay. Do you know if those students are no longer integrated into the academic community at Stanford?”

Muir: “I would assume that they are.”

“It’s crazy, the idea that if we put $20,000, $30,000, $40,000 into the pockets of these athletes who don’t have a lot of money, who knows what they will do with it,” Grenardo says. “Even at my law school, some of my students have better cars than me. Nobody says about kids who are affluent, ‘Oh my God, we need to rein this in.'”

Last year, Emmert took his employer’s logic to its dopiest possible conclusion and claimed that paying college athletes would make them no longer students at all, presumably because simultaneously (a) playing campus sports, (b) being paid for playing that sport, and (c) being a college student would require a heretofore unknown quantum state.

Push come to shove, and even the NCAA isn’t buying what Emmert’s shoveling.

Does the college sports establishment even believe its own malarkey? Not entirely. University of Notre Dame president John Jenkins told the New York Times that permitting player pay would be an “Armageddon” that “does some violence to [the] educational relationship” between athletes and their schools—but school athletic director Jack Swarbrick told VICE Sports at a campus sports reform meeting in Washington, D.C., that he doesn’t think there’s a link between amateurism and education. The NCAA touted education as its raison d’être in the O’Bannon case, but responded to McCants and Ramsay’s lawsuit over the North Carolina scandal by arguing in federal court that it has no legal duty to make sure said education is actually delivered.

“This is the underlying lie of the NCAA,” says Michael Hausfeld, the Washington, D.C.-based antitrust attorney who headed the O’Bannon case and is also the lead litigator on McCants and Ramsay’s suit. “Up until we filed the North Carolina case, you had the NCAA saying they are there for the welfare of athletes as students. Now they say they have nothing to do with that. You can’t be more of a hypocrite.”

Eh, I don’t know about that.

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He’s on the case, man.

I don’t know if you’ve been following the latest sexual assault mess at Michigan State, but one aspect of it goes to show that sometimes there’s a price to pay for dumbassery.

Michigan State University police walked former football staff member Curtis Blackwell out of the football building in handcuffs in early February, minutes after determining that he interfered with their investigation of a reported on-campus sexual assault weeks earlier.

Blackwell told investigators he had spoken with two players later identified as suspects about the incident days after it occurred on Jan. 16. That was before MSU police and the university’s Title IX office knew about the alleged involvement of the two players, records show.

Blackwell didn’t tell police or university officials about his discussions with the players until police interviewed him Feb. 8 at the Duffy Daugherty Building.

In a report submitted to prosecutors, which the State Journal obtained through an open records request, police wrote that Blackwell “took it upon himself to investigate” the incident, interviewed suspects and did not share that information he received with police or MSU’s Title IX office.

“I wasn’t doing an investigation or anything,” Blackwell told police. “I was just trying to find out exactly what happened.”

He’s not a police officer.  He just plays one in the athletic department.

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Put it in writing.

I’ll be curious to see if this has any legs.

What is being called the first-ever legally binding contract between a college prospect and his school will be unveiled Wednesday at the NBPA Top 100 Camp at the University of Virginia.

The College Athletic Protection Agreement would make negotiable such items as medical treatment/insurance beyond an athlete’s eligibility and an automatic release from a scholarship should a player want to transfer.

The agreement states that the protections and benefits secured by such a contract would be “worth over $100,000 beyond a minimum scholarships without breaking NCAA rules.”

“We think this will change things,” said Ramogi Huma, executive director of the National College Players Association. “This will be a good place to start. It opens Pandora’s Box.”

Huma’s nonprofit organization has advocated for players’ rights and is behind development of the contract. He says the NCPA has thoroughly vetted the document with legal and NCAA experts.

Assuming for the sake of argument the agreement is enforceable, the question becomes what coach would be willing to risk signing one.  There’s a lot to swallow, loss of control-wise.

  • A school could be bound to an all-encompassing transfer release for a prospect before enrollment. The document asks if an institution “agrees”  or “does not agree” “to comply with any request for transfer” and “to not restrict the ability” of a player to transfer to any other school.
  • A school could not “cancel, reduce or fail to renew financial aid … due to injury or athletic performance.”
  • A player could negotiate the cost of a remaining scholarship to complete a degree at some point in the future should he/she leave early for a professional draft.

Still, you’d have to think some five-star recruit might be worth it.

Nevius, a former NCAA associate director of enforcement, has been advising the NCPA on the viability of the contract.

“This has a chance to be successful if you find a coach or a school who is interested in bringing in a top prospect,” Nevius said. “… At that point, you might see some movement … Depending on stature of the athlete, it could have a big impact on its first use.”

Whether that would open the floodgates or not is hard to determine.  I thought Roquan Smith’s decision not to sign an NLI would have an impact, but that hasn’t turned out to be the case to date.

What might be most valuable about Huma’s agreement is the education it would provide to recruits and their families as to what the schools actually offer, even if the schools they’re looking at won’t sign one.

“I think the biggest impact of the document could be it educates athletes and families about benefits to them that are not uniformly provided,” said Tim Nevius, a former NCAA enforcement official. “The ultimate benefit could be education, even if no one utilizes the document.”

When you are prohibited from retaining a representative to help negotiate through the process, any honest help you can get ought to be a positive.  Maybe this turns out to be a case where doing it for the kids starts with the kids themselves.

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Job One in the opener is pretty obvious.

Since mid-2014, Appalachian State is 23-1 when it rushes for more than 200 yards in a game, 4-4 when it doesn’t.

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