Category Archives: Academics? Academics.

What’s your favorite college football hypocrisy?

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.


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Don’t do it for the children.

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…


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“I have a lot of communication with teachers.”

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.


Filed under Academics? Academics., Big Ten Football

“If they change this rule so now I can force a kid to stay with me and be my backup, I think that’s just cruel and unusual.”

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.”


Filed under Academics? Academics., The NCAA

“I’m searching for a word here,” he said. “It’s unbelievable. It’s incomprehensible.”

Dude, the word you’re looking for is “Auburn“.


Filed under Academics? Academics., Auburn's Cast of Thousands

“After 30 or 40 years, we expect you to name a building after yourself.”

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.


Filed under Academics? Academics., College Football

Tuesday morning buffet

In just a few short weeks college football returns, so I know you’ve got an appetite.


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