This one’s mine, I think.
The NCAA’s release of its latest graduation rate figures on Wednesday allowed the association a chance to trumpet further academic progress by Division I college athletes.
It also allowed some coaches and athletics directors to celebrate the triggering of performance bonuses.
At least three Bowl Subdivision football head coaches – including Alabama’s Nick Saban – became set for bonuses of at least $100,000, and several AD’s picked up five-figure sums.
The kids work hard in the classroom and the adults get paid. Why, exactly? It’s not like Saban takes the tests or writes a paper. Saban’s boss, Bill Battle ($40,000 bonus), isn’t personally tutoring Alabama student-athletes.
We know why. It’s so the schools can point to this and trumpet that they’re really serious about academics. Funny, but I thought that was their stated mission in the first place. That their proof is tied to something with a dollar sign just shows what counts these days.
If there’s anyone in college sports who really ought to keep his mouth shut more than Bob Bowlsby, I’d like to know whom.
Thursday nights, on the other hand…
The next time somebody mentions the sacred role of academics in collegiate football, make sure you bring up Rutgers, where a head football coach can do this…
Flood met with the professor off-campus, and contacted the professor through subsequent emails, after he was told by a member of the academic support staff “that he is not to have contact with any faculty member regarding a student’s academic standing.”
When the faculty member agreed to “review an additional paper” to possibly help Barnwell’s standing in the class, Flood helped Barnwell by providing “grammatical and minor editorial suggestions to the submitted paper.”
… and walk away with a three-game suspension.
Then again, after seeing this,
“Coach Flood exemplifies our university’s standards and values both on and off the field,” Rutgers President Robert Barchi said last September after executing the extension. “He has put together a strong coaching staff that supports our mission to compete well both in the classroom and on the field.”
… maybe we should wonder why the school is being so tough on him. Maybe it’s simply that with everything else that’s gone on at Rutgers lately, he’s just gotten lost in the weeds.
The thing people – and by that, I mean certain coaches – tend to forget in blasting kids for “taking advantage” of the graduate transfer rule, is that it takes two to tango. Players who graduate and look to move on still need a dancing partner.
Or to put it another way, “Pass a well-meaning rule, and schools will find a way to bend it.”
Dude, the word you’re looking for is “Auburn“.
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?
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