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“That’s the question I get most: ‘How do you conduct business?'”

Imagine every high-handed, tone deaf thing you can credit to a P5 athletic director.  Then, multiply that by ten.  You may still be short on measuring Tom Jurich’s stint at Louisville.

The only amazing part of his story is that he was allowed to do it for so long.  Although, given the absurdly high pedestal we put organized sports on in this country, maybe it’s not so amazing.

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Today, in doing it for the kids

Just your regular reminder that the NCAA totally sucks.  Totally.

That this Braxton Beverly fiasco played out against the backdrop of the NCAA’s reluctance to involve itself in North Carolina’s academic fraud debacle adds a special touch, though, I have to admit.

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My ass is still chapped.

Chip Towers explains why.

So, just to get this straight, the worthless courses that these basketball players were taking to maintain their eligibility were NOT a violation of NCAA rules because regular students also took them. OK. Got it.

I bet Jim Harrick and Georgia basketball fans might like to hear a little more about that.

You might recall, the Bulldogs got burned badly about a similar issue. Only, basketball players weren’t routinely earning degrees in what amounted to be a bogus major.

No, UGA’s basketball program was pretty much torched because Jim Harrick Jr., Harrick’s son and an assistant for the basketball team, taught a physical education course for one semester that  counted for one hour of credit called “Coaching Principles and Strategies of Basketball.”

You’ll no doubt remember it because so many people – including late-night talk-show hosts — had fun with one of the questions on Harrick Jr.’s final exam for that class. It was: “How many points is a 3-point shot worth?”

A lot of people got a big laugh out of that at Georgia’s expense. But the Harricks always maintained that no wrongs were committed with that course because the roll included only three basketball players and about 100 other regular students. And the reason everybody got such a big laugh out of that joke of a question included on that exam is because that’s exactly what Harrick Jr. intended it to be — a joke!

Meanwhile, everybody in the class received an A for the course. Not just the basketball players but everybody. So it wasn’t like UGA basketball players were enjoying an extra benefit.

Yet the NCAA denied UGA’s appeal of the case and went on to issue a seven-year show-cause order against Harrick Jr.

“Given the serious violations affirmed above, we find that the seven-year, show-cause order was neither excessive nor inappropriate,” the appeal committee said in its report.

As a result of that decision, UGA had to vacate 30 wins – 11 from January on of 2002 season and all 19 from the entire 2002-03 season – for playing what the NCAA deemed were ineligible players during that span. Meanwhile, Harrick resigned, and the Georgia basketball became a dumpster fire that Dennis Felton was charged with putting out over the next three seasons.

We’re told the reason that the Bulldogs were hammered so hard was that the school admitted academic fraud. They thought they were doing the honorable thing and going to earn some leniency and respect from the NCAA by admitting wrongdoing. It could’ve been worse, then-President Michael Adams and the UGA legal team bragged to us.

The difference, I’ve been led to believe today, is that North Carolina never admitted to academic fraud.  [Emphasis added.]

They bragged about it.  Pride, with no results.  That’s the Georgia Way, peeps.  (And note this is long before Greg McGarity’s triumphant return to Athens.)

We are such chumps.

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UNC 1, NCAA 0

It took ’em three and a half years to punt.  How stupid does Michael Adams’ overreaction to the Harrick scandal look now?  (It looked stupid at the time, but, still.)

At least now they can get back to what’s important, which is keeping the labor base cheap.

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UPDATE:  The hypocrisy is strong in this one.

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UPDATE #2:  Good to see Greg Sankey has his priorities straight.

Poor babies.

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UPDATE #3:  The cherry on top of today’s NCAA sundae

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Fake news? War Eagle!

So, in the wake of another potential academic scandal, Auburn’s hired an outside law firm to investigate.

Jay Jacobs is on quite the roll lately.

The tutoring investigation is the latest in a series of probes within the Auburn athletic department, which is facing alleged misconduct in men’s basketball and women’s softball, as well as defending a federal civil lawsuit filed against athletic director Jay Jacobs and the school’s board of trustees by a former baseball coach.

It’s impressive that the man is still on the job.  I’d ask the rhetorical question about whether Jacobs is in possession of incriminating photographs, but after reading this quote…

Outside the Lines brought the allegation to the attention of President Steven Leath this week. In a statement issued Wednesday, he said: “I take the allegation very seriously. While the independent investigation has found no evidence to date to support the claims, I’m actively engaged as the investigation continues.”

… maybe the simpler answer is that nobody there really gives a damn.  At least as long as the money’s good.

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“How can you plan a roster or a team when every player is a free agent at the end of the season?”

If this is true…

There is much work to be done and any drastic changes to transfer rules across all NCAA sports are likely a few years away at least. But change is coming, and guiding principles already have been established by the university presidents who make up the NCAA board of directors.

One thing is clear: New transfer rules will be rooted in academics, according to a statement released last week by the Division I Council group working on the topic.

Students with better grades could face fewer restrictions if they want to transfer, and schools may end up with less control over where athletes go…  [Emphasis added.]

… expect the number of Alabama players taking calculus, advanced genetics and nuclear physics classes to increase exponentially.  If there’s one thing Nick Saban knows how to do, it’s work those envelope edges.

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“Trying to put a stop to his favoritism for athletes once and for all.”

How ugly is this New York Times story on purported academic favoritism for football players at Florida State?  Put it this way:  that the academics in question were “online hospitality courses on coffee, tea and wine” is the most benign part of the story.  There’s plenty of sleaze to go around, in other words.  Sad, but hardly shocking.

Given the NCAA’s current face off with North Carolina over alleged academic improprieties there, you have to wonder if they’ll jump in on this one.

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