Dan Mullen has a lifetime winning percentage of .597. He has never won a division title, let alone a conference title.
His pay bump was just announced. Mullen’s financial package will be $4 million this season and will average $4.275 million over the next four years.
At about $7 million a year, Nick Saban is starting to look like a bargain. The weird thing is, at this rate, pretty soon Mark Richt is going to look like a bargain.
Welp, this hasn’t ended well.
A recruit’s decision not to enroll at LSU after signing a financial aid agreement has the football program in some hot water.
LSU is banned from signing early enrollee recruits to financial aid agreements for the next two years, and the program will be stripped of 10 percent of its recruiting evaluation days in 2015, according to public records obtained by The Advocate.
The penalties, handed down by the Southeastern Conference and reported by the school Feb. 3, stem from a violation that occurred this fall involving an unnamed recruit.
The recruit signed a financial aid agreement with LSU intending to enroll early in January, but he decided not to enroll at the school. That makes at least some of LSU’s unlimited contact with the prospect illegal.
That’s per our good friends at the NCAA.
A financial aid agreement doesn’t bind the player to that particular school like a National Letter of Intent does, but it affords coaches of that school unlimited contact with the signee — contact that would normally be considered against NCAA rules.
The NCAA modified the financial aid agreement (FAA) in April. It continued to allowed schools “relaxed recruiting rules” for prospects who signed an financial aid agreement, but it also warned schools that they could be penalized for recruiting violations if that prospect did not eventually enroll in that school.
Les can’t say he wasn’t warned, either.
David Womack, Matt Womack’s father, told The Clarion-Ledger in the fall that LSU coaches were not planning to contact his son on an unlimited basis because Matt wasn’t completely firm on enrolling early or on his commitment to LSU.
“LSU is not using (the FAA) because if Matt was to change his mind they would have to report it,” David Womack told The Clarion-Ledger.
Makes you wonder if Georgia has thought about that in the case of Roquan Smith, no?
It turns out there’s a kid in the next recruiting class named Chauncey Gardner and he’s interested in Georgia (he has an offer).
If he winds up in Athens, I’d like to watch.
My only question after reading this: does Auburn have a computer engineering school?
Here’s what an NFL coach had to say about his impression of Todd Gurley at the Combine:
“He is a natural leader. Of course, we’ve all seen him play. But he is better in person than anything I’ve seen or read from afar. That kind of person stands out. Some team is going to rightly give him every chance to get well and be as great as he can be.”
Yeah, that whole autograph thing really seems to have set him back at the next level.
The NFL doesn’t care about players making money – at least if it’s not on the NFL’s own dime. Manziel was a first-round pick. If not for the injury, Gurley would be a slam dunk first-rounder, too. (He may still wind up there, even so.) The pros just care if you can play. Which is why the Gurleys and Manziels of the college football world get paid under the table. Talk about your vicious circle. Good luck with that, NCAA.
Perhaps you’ll find something nourishing here.
Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby made about $2.5 million in total compensation last year. The amount of money doesn’t really bother me; in the context of what CEOs make these days, that amount doesn’t strike me as being out of line for someone running an operation that’s returning almost $20 million a year to each of his bosses.
But I do have a question. What’s he being paid for? He’s running a sports league. His job requires that he manage the organization of the conference, but, let’s face it, what he’s being paid for is to maximize that revenue stream. That’s what the TV contracts, conference expansion and input into the CFP are all about (okay, maybe he didn’t do such a bang up job in the last department).
You know what Bowlsby isn’t paid for? He’s not paid for academics. He doesn’t teach. He doesn’t set curriculums. He doesn’t decide what priorities a given member school sets in how it allocates its academic budget, even. Nor does he lobby a state government or a board of regents for resources.
He runs a sports league. He cuts deals to make money. That’s basically it.
So why does anyone care what the likes of Bob Bowlsby or Jim Delany has to say about the academic experience of freshman athletes? The answer is, that’s only relevant in so far as how it affects their primary responsibility. It’s a means to an end, nothing more.