Tell me, what does it say that Alabama, with the stronger SP+ rating, has less than half the chance Clemson does of going through the regular season undefeated?
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This is a development that may be overtaken by future events, but it’s worth noting in the meantime, anyway.
The Atlantic Coast Conference announced Monday the elimination of the league’s intraconference transfer rule.
The decision was made by the league’s Board of Directors and was done so unanimously.
The ACC’s intraconference transfer rule was created by the membership in 1996 (excerpt of ACC Bylaws included below).
“The time has come for all student-athletes to have the opportunity to transfer and be permitted to compete immediately,” said ACC Commissioner Jim Phillips. “This decision is in the best interest of our student-athletes as it allows greater flexibility during their collegiate career.”
Phillips is the former AD at Northwestern. In that role, he opposed the unionization move that players on the football team spearheaded. All that makes this quote ($$) all the more interesting.
“The freedom of movement is something that we all appreciate,” Phillips said Monday afternoon. “In your job that each of you have, if you want to move forward with a place who you’re working with, you can. At the higher education level, professors can move from school to school, teachers, instructors, students can move, coaches, ADs, commissioners can move, administrators can move. And a majority of programs can except for these five (football, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, men’s ice hockey).
“It’s just time…”
It’s not that he’s saying anything particularly radical there. It’s just that we’re so used to seeing a complete lack of common sense coming from college athletics administrators that it seems radical. Who knows, maybe it’ll start a movement.
I don’t know if you heard the news, but Maryland finally settled with the McNair family over the death of their son.
By “finally”, I mean two and a half years later. Or almost that long since the school’s president acknowledged fault.
And while I understand the ass covering and due diligence that accompanies such a high-profile settlement takes time, I can’t help but shake my head over the comparative dollar signs involved. McNair’s family received $3.5 million. His head coach?
Durkin’s contract with the university runs through the end of 2021. Maryland owed Durkin 65 percent of his remaining contract, with half of the buyout paid within 60 days of his firing. According to the Baltimore Sun’s public salary database, the university paid Durkin $4,793,000 in 2018, which also includes earnings that year before his firing, and $860,000 in 2019. After a brief hiatus from on-field coaching, Durkin is the co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Mississippi.
Thank goodness lives weren’t ruined because of this tragedy. At least lives other than McNair’s.
Hopefully, this is a message not lost on JT Daniels.
Greg Sankey is shocked, shocked to learn that conference commissioners are manipulating schedules to gain favor with the selection committee.
SEC commissioner Greg Sankey made a strong College Football Playoff case for his conference on Wednesday, in part by citing that his conference plans to play all if its scheduled regular-season games. This after the ACC this week canceled games for its two best teams in order to make it easier for them to advance to the league title game, and by extension, earn playoff bids.
The ACC’s move Tuesday raised eyebrows around the sport when the conference eliminated Dec. 12 games for its CFP contenders, No. 2 Notre Dame and No. 3 Clemson. The ACC said it made the move to “preserve the integrity” of the league’s championship on Dec. 19.
Sankey had another view.
“I was surprised to see the announcement [Tuesday],” the SEC commissioner told CBS Sports. “It begs one question: If their two most highly ranked teams were, for instance, [ranked] five and six in the CFP Rankings, would this decision have been made?”
Says the man who supports his members scheduling November cupcake games in the good times.
Wait ’til he finds out what the Big Ten’s gonna do to preserve Ohio State’s path to the CFP.
Holy crap. I knew FSU had fallen on hard times, but I didn’t realize how hard.
Syracuse pulled a Reggie Ball in the waning moments of its game against NC State.
And, yes, to make things even more perfect, that’s former Tech announcer Wes Durham on the call. He must have had some serious flashbacks watching that go down.
And it isn’t some lowly mid-major backing out, either.
Week 15 just got a little more crowded, methinks.
Welp, this is one way to deal with it.