Jeez, man. Get a grip.
How long before he’s on Finebaum’s show?
Jeez, man. Get a grip.
How long before he’s on Finebaum’s show?
Rounding things up to fill the breakfast bar…
The two Presbyterian College professors who offer the “Religion of SEC Football” course open up about what that’s all about. There’s actually a little substance there… well, except for using the Clay Travis book, I suppose.
And I have to admit this struck a chord with me.
… This season, Barr won’t go to an Alabama game because his family has too many activities to prepare for his oldest daughter’s wedding. But he still loves the elation of counting down the days until football starts.
“I’ve thought recently, well, the Jewish New Year is in the fall and my dad would get so excited about all of it,” Barr said. “Maybe that’s just another way to see renewal. Maybe this is another thing that happens and another way to mark your time. I just feel young again with football. I love the renewal.”
Ole Miss has lost one of its top running backs for the season.
Ole Miss Rebels running back Jordan Wilkins has been declared academically ineligible for the 2016 season, the school announced Thursday morning.
Wilkins, a redshirt junior, rushed for 379 yards and four touchdowns last season. He was expected to be a “co-starter” this season.
According to the news release, Wilkins failed to meet the NCAA standards for progress toward a degree.
“An appeal was filed with the NCAA for Jordan’s reinstatement based on an administrative error but was denied this week,” the school’s release said.
It wasn’t grades that did Wilkins in. Apparently the school gave him incorrect information about how many hours he needed to remain eligible. Well played, fellas.
I’ve posted about this before, but Maurice Smith is an Alabama defensive back who’s left the program and intends to enroll elsewhere as a graduate transfer. As you might imagine, given that his former defensive coordinator and position coach now reside in Athens, Georgia is a mite bit interested in offering Smith a new place to land. (As are several other programs.) Since he’s a graduate transfer, no problem, amirite?
There’s a complicated situation playing out behind the scenes at Alabama involving a player who is trying to get his release and move on to another school as a graduate transfer.
Senior defensive back Maurice Smith wants to transfer, but has been unsuccessful getting a release despite several attempts during the last month, sources told AL.com.
Smith, who was the Tide’s first-team nickel back during the spring, is now going through an appeal process, according to sources.
It doesn’t sound particularly complicated to me. It sounds like coaches being coaches. On the other hand, I’m not entirely sure what to make of this.
The SEC rule, if you need a reminder, is this:
Now the SEC will allow schools to accept grad student transfers without a waiver if the transfers meet certain standards. Among the criteria for the transfer: always stayed eligible as an undergrad; no significant disciplinary issues at the old school; and earned all possible APR points. If a player doesn’t meet those standards, a school can still go through the current process of seeking a waiver from the SEC office.
Once the transfer comes to an SEC school, the rule requires the player to make progress toward a graduate degree. If that doesn’t happen, the university won’t be able to apply the grad-student exception in that athlete’s sport for three years.
That “progress toward a graduate degree” standard is a bit murky. And the penalty is pretty much a screw job. I can see how that might make Kirby a little nervous about taking Smith, if Georgia were where he wanted to go.
A few nibbles here, a few there…
While I’m on my righteous indignation kick this morning – gee, it’s great to be back from vacation – tell me who comes off better in this exchange:
Akeel Lynch went from starter to backup at Penn State last season as freshman Saquon Barkley emerged as one of the best running backs in the country.
Facing the prospect of spending most of his final season of college eligibility on the sideline, Lynch decided to take advantage of an NCAA rule that allows graduates to transfer and be immediately eligible to play.
“I felt like I served my time at Penn State. I helped them get through the sanctions. I realized that my football skills weren’t needed at Penn State and Nevada was one of those schools where I could use my skills,” said Lynch, who has been accepted to the Reno school’s master’s in educational leadership program…
“I just think it’s got a lot of phoniness to it,” said Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby, who is also the chairman of the NCAA’s football oversight committee. “If it’s about going out and employing a hired gun to come in and be a player, then that’s one set of discussions. If it’s really about continuing to pursue education, the statistics indicate that’s not happening.”
Bowlsby, of course, is the guy who leads the conference that initially voted to deny a year of eligibility to a walk-on who transferred, then voted again to leave that rule in place, until finally, after realizing how bad the optics looked, voted one more time and changed the rule, albeit with a twist.
… Instead of allowing all walk-ons to transfer regardless, the reps amended the original proposal, allowing only walk-ons without written scholarship offers from their original schools to transfer without losing a season of eligibility. If the walk-on elected to transfer after being offered a scholarship from the original school, then the player would face the league’s same eligibility restrictions that apply to scholarship players.
That’s mighty decent of them. And even with that, there were still three no votes. Why? “The opposition to the first proposal was centered on concern that without any restrictions, schools within the Big 12 would begin to recruit one another’s walk-ons with the promise of scholarships.”
Gee, Bob, I must have missed all the hand-wringing over continuing to pursue education there. Evidently, kids shopping for better opportunities for themselves is anti-academics. If, by academics, you mean control, that is. Just ask James Franklin.
“I think the thing that’s probably concerning to administrators, commissioners, school presidents is: What are we doing?” Franklin said. “Are we truly offering another educational opportunity somewhere else or is this strictly a football decision?”
Notice how nobody seems concerned about whether the student-athletes are concerned. Nor is anyone accusing coaches who object to such transfers of making strictly football decisions.
Which brings us to the noble defender of all things good in college football, Greg Sankey.
In the Southeastern Conference, if a graduate transfer does not complete the graduate program, the player’s school cannot enroll another athlete under the exception for three years.
“That is a way to say to our universities, ‘Bring people in at the graduate level who are serious about going to school,'” SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said.
If “serious about going to school” is the measure of all things student-athletes, there ought to be a lot more docking going on than just for your graduate player transfers, big guy. I’m not sure how many SEC programs could field men’s basketball teams if Sankey were serious.
But that’s the great thing about being a college sports administrator. You can utter all kinds of bullshit and never get seriously called on it.