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Category Archives: Academics? Academics.
If you’re intrigued by the concept of what a D-1 football program that paid more than lip service to academics would look like, here you go.
In just a few short weeks college football returns, so I know you’ve got an appetite.
- Over at Team Speed Kills, you’ll find a list of the top ten SEC revenge games of 2015. Not surprisingly, given last season’s low points, Georgia makes the list twice.
- And here’s a list of the most expensive college football tickets on StubHub. Alabama-Georgia sits at number three.
- Attention, Bert! Academic stress increases injury risk among college football players.
- Tough times in Gator Country – Last season, Florida made $93,300 in six home dates (minus the Idaho rainout).
- There are fourteen new coordinators in the SEC this season.
- Well, there’s one tradition the SEC hasn’t abandoned – coach whining.
- Can you guess which team Bill Connelly is writing about when he says, “There’s no question that it’s a long road back to top-10 finishes, but this is still a top-40 team with top-20 potential.”?
- Year2 asks the musical question “Which top ten teams are most likely to finished unranked?“, and fits Georgia second on that list.
- The opposite of the Georgia Way is “waiting to see the thing play out”.
- Kevin Trahan finds that the new Big Ten scheduling rules are about TV money as much as the playoffs. And why should they be any different from anything else motivating college football decision making these days?
Instead of Jim Delany’s blanket ineligibility proposal for incoming freshmen student-athletes, the Mississippi State coach offers something more nuanced to help kids adjust: Any player above the NCAA’s new core grade-point-average requirement should get five years of eligibility instead of the standard four.
As he explains it, here’s what you’d get with that.
“You might take a freshman and they are being punished for having better grades. They might be forced to play even though they needed a redshirt year,” Mullen says. “One of the thoughts I had was there’s a mandatory academic redshirt year for a certain group of people…well, if you are above that new standard you should get five years of eligibility. Why punish someone who might be forced to have to play?
“Instead of punishing guys for doing bad, why not reward guys for doing good?”
Well, that’s nice, but he’s a coach, so you can figure there’s another agenda lurking in the background. And there is.
His idea is to counteract the NCAA’s requirement, set to go into effect August 2016, which requires prospective student-athletes to have a minimum GPA of 2.3. If the recruits can’t hit that 2.3 GPA figure but are above the old 2.0 scale, they’d be forced to take an academic redshirt year. The NCAA also raised its sliding scale based on GPA and SAT/ACT scores, and now requires recruits to have completed 10 of their 16 core classes before their senior year.
Mullen imagines a hypothetical scenario in which multiple players have to take an academic redshirt year, and how that’d force other guys into playing time before they might be ready. That’s the impetus behind his push to give those players an extra year of eligibility.
If Mullen’s idea were passed, it could dramatically change the way programs recruit. Schools would still recruit talented players with shaky transcripts, but the benefits of signing a stronger student would be big when another year of eligibility is on the table. It would even the scales a bit for programs with tough admissions standards.
So what he’s really after is more signing flexibility. That, in and of itself, isn’t necessarily a bad thing. (In fact, if it leads to less pressure on coaches to futz with players’ grades, it’s likely a good thing.) But the bottom line here is that this is about giving guys like him a lifeline to be able to manage continuing to bring in athletic talent that isn’t so talented in the classroom. And to the extent that eases the pressure on high schools and high schoolers to bring their academic efforts up to a more serious level, that isn’t such a good thing.
What do y’all think?
Universities are discovering the value of selling naming rights to anything.
It’s a shitty turn of events that dwindling public funding support is forcing schools down this path, but when you’re forced to hook to keep up appearances, it makes it harder to shake a righteous finger at student-athletes for not wanting to stay financially virtuous themselves.
A little of this, a little of that…
- Tennessee goes from firing a basketball coach after just one season amid an NCAA investigation into his former program… to hiring a basketball coach linked to questions about of academic misconduct alleged to have occurred during his tenure with his former program. The spirit of Mike Hamilton lives on.
- Dial into the audio clip here at about the eleven minute mark and you can listen to CBSSports’ Jerry Hinnen talk some Georgia football.
- Brian Kelly is brutally honest about player academics at Notre Dame. And I mean brutally.
- The board of Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Colleges slaps North Carolina with a 1-year probation penalty.
- “Get out, get dirty, go to work. Roquan’s a star football player, but guess how everybody else makes their living? It ain’t on the football field.”
- Dig into Florida’s budget numbers, and you’ll find that the Gators lost money on football last year. Can you say Boom’s buyout? I thought you could.
- The early signing period for football comes up for a vote next week. The SEC is the only major conference on record opposing it.
- You want to see a list of Georgia’s freshmen jersey numbers? Here you go.
Buffet away, dudes and dudines.
- Roll Bama Roll continues its look at SEC scheduling here and here. (Note in the first link which school comes up with the easiest schedule of the 2007-2014 era.)
- Just because the AJ-C hired Seth Emerson doesn’t mean it’s quit click-baiting Georgia folks.
- The Mountain West is peeved that Army-Navy won’t move their game.
- That public university president gig isn’t bad. (It’s even better for the private ones.)
- In case you hadn’t noticed, the SEC is ridiculously loaded at the running back position this season.
- And given this, that’s probably a good thing.
- So, how good was Vegas calling the SEC last season?
- Mike Slive takes a victory lap with Stewart Mandel.
- Mississippi State will require student-athletes to take monthly online classes before receiving part of their cost of attendance scholarships.
- “If redshirt senior Trip Thurman, a 10-game starter at guard last year, can’t overcome a nagging shoulder injury within the next several weeks, the 2015 Gators will have 12 linemen without any starts at the college level.” Gulp.
- Looks like Andy Staples agrees with me about the importance of the Georgia-Missouri game.