Daily Archives: April 27, 2022

Not finished yet

Cali ain’t stopping, folks.

Lather, rinse, repeat.

I’m sure whomever the NCAA hires to be its next head will be on this particular mother.

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Busting the bust

Over at Roll ‘Bama Roll, our buddy Erik Evans’ hot take on betting on the NFL Draft (say you’re a degenerate gambler without saying you’re a degenerate gambler, I guess) is exactly what you’d expect — dissing the overall pool because it’s an off year for Alabama…

Nevertheless, we are here, and it is a draft that is frankly light on top-end talent, particularly at the skills positions. (For that, you can blame Alabama only sending two underclassmen to the pros this year. HEEEEEYO!)

… combined with crapping on someone from you-know-where:

So, after flirtations with Evan Neal, Ikem Ekwonu, Kayvon Thibodeaux, and Aiden Hutchinson, it looks like the Jags are going to way, way overpay for the potential of Travon Walker’s Combine workout. Seriously, Walker has bust written all over him: dude has a win rate of just 10% — 148th in a draft that is deep on quality pass rushers, but absolutely no one who sticks out as a can’t-miss.

Oh, and don’t miss the photo caption, either.

It’s kind of amazing that a guy with the evaluation skills of Erik has to settle for toiling away in the obscure fields of a fan blog.

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College football’s siren song

This could be the year, peeps.

Which pundit invokes “dark horse Heisman candidate” first?

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Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch

Gosh, it’s the end of an era most of us couldn’t wait to see end.

Today, NCAA Board of Governors Chair John J. DeGioia announced by mutual agreement with the board that Mark Emmert will be stepping down as president of the NCAA. He will continue to serve in his role until a new president is selected and in place or until June 30, 2023.

“Throughout my tenure I’ve emphasized the need to focus on the experience and priorities of student-athletes,” said Emmert. “I am extremely proud of the work of the Association over the last 12 years and especially pleased with the hard work and dedication of the national office staff here in Indianapolis.”

“With the significant transitions underway within college sports, the timing of this decision provides the Association with consistent leadership during the coming months plus the opportunity to consider what will be the future role of the president,” said DeGioia. “It also allows for the selection and recruitment of the next president without disruption.”

NCAA member schools adopted a new constitution in January and are in the process of transforming the structure and mission to meet future needs.

The key words appear in the very first sentence of the announcement:  “by mutual agreement”.  Anybody really believe Emmert was ready to get off the gravy train now?  I mean, it was barely a year ago that he negotiated a contract extension through 2025.  (And is there anything more on brand for college athletics than dumping somebody shortly after giving them an extension first?)

No, Emmert’s bosses have decided they want his ass out the door.  The question to ask is why now?  And, honestly, I haven’t a clue.  All the NCAA’s horses are long out of the barn.  Emmert’s main responsibility for years has been to play the hapless front man, something he’s done well.  Sure, Rome’s burned while he fiddled, but that’s on his bosses more than it is on him, as Andy Staples explains ($$).

… That came June 19, 2014, in a federal courthouse in Oakland, Calif. On that day, Emmert took the stand in O’Bannon v. NCAA. The most damning part of his testimony didn’t come in an answer to a question from Hausfeld or any member of his team. Instead, it involved Emmert falling into a trap laid by the plaintiffs’ attorneys. During his cross examination of Emmert, attorney Bill Isaacson had zeroed in on the concept of amateurism as defined by the NCAA manual.

“Student-athletes shall be amateurs in an intercollegiate sport, and their participation should be motivated primarily by education and by the physical, mental and social benefits to be derived. Student participation in intercollegiate athletics is an avocation, and student-athletes should be protected from exploitation by professional and commercial enterprises.”

Shortly after, Judge Claudia Wilken cut off Isaacson and started asking her own questions of Emmert. This was a bench trial, so Wilken — not a jury — was the arbiter. The word “exploitation” in that context clearly struck a nerve with Wilken. It led to this exchange:

Wilken: What do you mean that student-athletes should be protected?

Emmert: “There’s no shortage of commercial pressures to utilize student-athletes in promoting commercial products.”

Wilken: Do you consider that to be exploitation of them? Or is it just something you don’t want?

After this exchange, plaintiffs’ attorneys followed by showing everyone in the courtroom a series of photos showing college athletes either wearing or standing in front of corporate logos. One photo showed the entire Kansas State football team running across a Buffalo Wild Wings logo. The message was obvious. The schools and Emmert’s NCAA were happy to have college athletes promote commercial products as long as the schools or the NCAA got the money instead of the athletes themselves.

The handwriting was on the wall, but instead of settling, the folly was pursued by the schools all the way to the Supreme Court, where, as Dennis Dodd puts it, “the NCAA chose to go to the Supreme Court to fight athletes’ educational benefits.”

The front person who could have redirected that kind of stubborn arrogance doesn’t exist.

I guess you could say Emmert’s value as a scapegoat now exceeds his value as a mouthpiece.  But that doesn’t say much for what the schools are looking for in a replacement.  (Then again, maybe it does.)  The smart move would be finding someone with an extensive and successful background in antitrust or labor law, but I’m betting on the flashy, empty hire of somebody like Condoleezza Rice.  I mean, why mess with a good thing?

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Hell hath no fury like Your Daily Gator scorned.

Brenton Cox tweeted something in support of a recruit who committed to Miami instead of Florida, and the reaction thread at Swamp247 starts with “Apparently, prolonged exposure to Athens, Georgia makes you a fucktard” and descends from there.

Enjoyable, in other words.

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Musical palate cleanser, the Godfather, stripped, edition

I didn’t know what to expect from an acoustic version of “Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag”, but, damn, if this doesn’t slap.

And, yes, he’s that Magic Dick.

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