Daily Archives: February 1, 2022

The two suits that rocked college football’s world

How it started:

From 1981 through 1984, OU and Georgia were partners in a lawsuit that changed college football.

They sued to end the NCAA’s regulation of televised football.

On Sept. 26, 1981, Oklahoma and Southern Cal played football in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. ABC televised the game to 48 states. The Carolinas received the Appalachian State- Citadel game. Appalachian State and The Citadel received the same amount of television revenue from that telecast as OU-USC received.

Most Saturdays, only one game a week was televised, either regionally or nationally. Teams were limited in number of appearances per year. Games such as OU-Texas and Bedlam regularly had to seek special permission for a local telecast and sometimes were denied. Some schools, including Kansas State and Virginia, literally had never had a football game televised.

That same Sept. 26, 1981, Nebraska hosted Penn State. Both were at the height of their glory. That game was not televised.

So OU and Georgia became the names behind the lawsuit that threatened the rigid television policies of the NCAA…

Coats said they learned that NCAA stood for “Never Compromise Anything Anytime. We tried to settle every time we met. OU and Georgia were somewhat uncomfortable. The NCAA had never lost a case.

How it’s going:

The Alston ruling

How it started: In June, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously against the NCAA, saying that limits on educational benefits was in violation of antitrust law. In a particularly withering opinion, Justice Brett Kavanaugh wrote that, “The NCAA’s business model would be flatly illegal in almost any other industry in America.”

How it’s going: Pick any major issue in college football and odds are the Alston decision is looming in the background. From playoff expansion to regulating the name, image and likeness marketplace to putting some limits on transfers, the NCAA is hamstrung by antitrust concerns and the end result has been an effective end to all but the most basic oversight of the sport.

“[The court] decided we were in violation of antitrust, and we’re not going to give you the latitude we gave you before,” North Carolina athletic director Bubba Cunningham said. “So we’re trying to get out of the antitrust issues but retain requirements of Title IX. The free market doesn’t have Title IX as an issue. And how do you handle these programs that generate money and balance that with programs that don’t? It’s a challenge.”

I honestly believe you don’t get Alston without NCAA vs. Board of Regents.  What’s amazing about the entire process is that it took the NCAA decades of getting their asses kicked in antitrust suits before the message sunk in.  They could have salvaged a lot had they been willing to compromise.  Instead, this is all they’ve got now:

The prevailing hope is the federal government will step in and offer some guidance, particularly on NIL. But several commissioners expressed doubt that that would happen soon.

The alternative, Cunningham wondered, is to find a path to collective bargaining. It’s an idea that would’ve been unimaginable in NCAA circles just a few years ago, but that’s how quickly the landscape has changed, and several coaches who spoke to ESPN wondered if a players union was the inevitable path forward.

“That’s one of the outcomes that could happen is some type of agreement between those who participate on the field or the court and those who have control of the contracts and the money,” Cunningham said. “The other option is federal legislation. I don’t know which one of those is going to happen, but it certainly seems as though some type of a different economic model is going to emerge in the next couple years.”

And here’s the thing:

“If they had any concerns, I think some athletic directors were thinking in terms of perhaps overexposure, and I think the NCAA was using that as an argument,” said Vince Dooley, then Georgia’s coach and athletic director. “And it was a pretty good argument. You wondered if it would hurt your attendance.

“It did bring in more people that maybe didn’t have a chance to watch college football, begin to watch it. What it did was added more people that became interested in college football. More fans.”

Which, in turn, meant more money.  And more money on top of that.  Enough to fashion a result that would have satisfied all sides.  Instead, we’ve got the same guys who refused to do anything to clean up the mess they created waiting for a white knight to come riding in to deal with the consequences.  That’s primarily because the NCAA is scared shitless of defending another antitrust suit (with good justification, I might add).

“I don’t look at what we’re doing as being outside the bounds of what a lot of our peers are doing,” Miami AD Dan Radakovich said of several high-profile deals for Hurricanes players. “There’s that razor’s edge of pay-for-play versus a student-athlete utilizing their name, image and likeness to move forward a business. Nationally, that ditch has been jumped. We’re in that circumstance when some states don’t have any rules or restrictions. It’s critical we get some federal guidelines to make sure everybody is playing by the same set of rules.”

Well played, everyone.



Filed under See You In Court, The NCAA

“Auburn is a mess”

Hey, don’t take my word for it.

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Filed under Auburn's Cast of Thousands

How the mighty hath fallen.

Evidently, Florida and FSU have agreed to move their game, once one of college football’s crown jewels that needed no fake juice to get attention, to a Friday night.

The Florida State-Florida football game has long been played on Saturdays following Thanksgiving.

That tradition, however, has been tweaked for 2022.

The two state rivals will play this season on Friday, Nov. 25, at Doak Campbell Stadium, the Democrat has learned…

“Hosting Florida in primetime on the Friday during the Thanksgiving holiday allows us to showcase this great rivalry and our community on a day that has historically drawn huge television viewership, ” FSU Vice President and Director of Athletics Michael Alford said in a statement Monday night.

“It also gives us the opportunity to lock in a night game, which allows fans to make plans well in advance and avoids the potential of the six-day network television option on kickoff time.”

I mean, what’s a little tradition when you can avoid the six-day option, amirite?  Or pride, for that matter?  Black Friday, indeed.

Can’t wait to hear Spurrier’s reaction to the news.


Filed under ACC Football, Gators, Gators...

Real concern over fake injuries

It’s kind of like the weather, though:  everybody talks about it, but nobody does anything.

Concern over faking injuries has become such a prominent issue in college football that it has risen to the top of the agenda going into the next rules committee meeting.

National coordinator of officials Steve Shaw told The Athletic on Monday that faking injuries is going to be “a big topic” at the next meeting of the NCAA Football Rules Committee on March 1. This is a rule-change year, meaning the group can put forth its recommendations for immediate consideration from the NCAA’s Playing Rules Oversight Panel.

“Obviously, we want to take feigning injuries out of the game,” Shaw said. “It’s a bad look for the game. It’s an integrity issue. If you have a feigned injury, it garners an unmerited timeout for your team. We’re really looking at: What’s the next step to move away from that?”

Good luck with that, Steve.  If it were so easy to fix, y’all would have done something about it already.

Shaw said the topic will be a focal point at the March 1 meeting, “and there will be a drive to do something. A next step.

“We’re just not sure what it’s going to be.”



Filed under The NCAA

NSD preview, UGA edition

If you’re curious about how tomorrow is shaping up for the finishing touches on Kirby Smart’s 2022 class, here’s a look.

You always expect a last minute surprise, although that may just be the Paul kid, who seems to have come out of nowhere in the last month or so.

If anyone follows recruiting more closely than I do — a low bar, I know — feel free to share your insights in the comments.


Filed under Georgia Football, Recruiting

Like nature, the transfer portal abhors a vacuum.

Man, Dan Mullen gets canned and the next thing you know…

The Portal Master™ is dead.  Long live the Portal King.


Filed under Don't Mess With Lane Kiffin, Transfers Are For Coaches.

Welcome back

This is what being greeted with open arms looks like:

That walk around the facilities… you know what he had to be thinking about how the place had changed since he left.


Filed under Georgia Football

Musical palate cleanser, taking their time edition

Coopdawg sent this my way:

Slide guitar virtuoso Ry Cooder and blues musician Taj Mahal started their careers together. They formed the Rising Sons and signed to Columbia in 1965 but disbanded a year later, and the group’s sole album didn’t end up seeing the light of day until 1992. But now, the two icons are reuniting after nearly 60 years to release the Piedmont blues covers album Get On Board: The Songs Of Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, featuring Cooder on vocals, guitar, mandolin, and banjo, Taj Mahal on vocals, harmonica, guitar, and piano, and Joachim Cooder on drums and bass.

Cooder says that listening to Terry and McGhee as a teenager brought him “down the road, away from Santa Monica. Where everything was good. ‘I have got to get out of here,’ was all I could think. What do you do, fourteen, eighteen years old? I was trapped. But that first record, Get On Board, the 10″ on Folkways, was so wonderful, I could understand the guitar playing.” Taj Mahal adds, “I started hearing them when I was about nineteen, and I wanted to go to these coffee houses, ’cause I heard that these old guys were playing. I knew that there was a river out there somewhere that I could get into, and once I got in it, I’d be all right. They brought the whole package for me.”

57 years!  Those two weren’t exactly in a rush to record together again.  Here’s a cut from their new (!) album.

That’s pretty great.  Worth the wait, even.


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