Category Archives: It’s All Just Made Up And Flagellant
How ’bout this as a dramatic lede?
No league gets its people on the same page quite like the Big Ten.
Only somebody forgot to tell Ohio State AD Gene Smith to keep his honesty to himself.
“Things are so different. I’ve moved away from the amateurism,” Smith said. “I never call our athletes amateurs anymore.”
So much for “cohesion is a fundamental requirement”.
Not that it matters. Check out the latest spin on The Year of Readiness:
The Big Ten floated the “year of readiness” plan mostly as a ploy to get people focused on discussing more academic and student-welfare issues, or what Glass called “less controversial and more doable” reforms.
The thing is, cohesive or not, why should anybody take what’s coming out of their mouths at face value?
Andy Staples flat out nails some of the most rank hypocrisy in certain schools’ objection to the graduate transfer rule:
Meanwhile, at the FCS level, coaches are upset because Eastern Washington star quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. used the rule to move to Oregon for his final season. They don’t want the FCS to be used as a farm system for the FBS. They conveniently forget that Adams is the first player in memory to use the rule to move in this way. Meanwhile, FCS coaches have used the NCAA rule that allows players with two or more years of eligibility remaining to drop a level and play immediately to take hundreds of FBS transfers over the years. Those players wanted to find a better situation for themselves. So did Adams. The FCS coaches have no problem taking FBS players, just as they’d have no problem jumping for the higher salary of an FBS job if they were offered one.
Then, again, “fine for me, not for thee” is SOP for the NCAA these days. So at least this is consistent.
“When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.’
’The question is,’ said Alice, ‘whether you can make words mean so many different things.’
’The question is,’ said Humpty Dumpty, ‘which is to be master — that’s all.”
When it comes to the debate about changing the NCAA’s graduate transfer rule, Humpty … er, Larry Scott wants us to know it’s all about the children:
“There’s so much focus on professionalism and question about whether student-athletes are being exploited; in some cases it feels like it really is only about the athletics (with regard to transfers),” Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said. “That’s concerning to some of our (administrators).
“If you come at it from the point of view of, ‘Why should you care?’ and your view is student-athletes don’t care about academics, you won’t be persuaded by this, but there’s a lot of data that shows transfer student-athletes don’t do as well. It doesn’t relate to positive outcomes from an academic standpoint. If you don’t care, I won’t persuade you that it matters but people who make decisions on our campus care.”
Only in the world of collegiate athletics can someone claim with a straight face that a kid who graduates is being exploited by graduating.
And then there’s Bob Bowlsby, who doesn’t have this whole “mastering” thing under his belt quite yet.
“It sort of smacks of ‘hired gun,’” Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said. “You wonder about kids leaving their teammates and going to a better offer. For me, I look at it from a player standpoint, and I think of the kid at Eastern Washington (quarterback Vernon Adams) who transferred to Oregon. What message does that send to his teammates that have been sweating and bleeding with him for three years? He gets a better offer and jumps ship. I’m not sure that’s a great message to send to a group of teammates.”
What message does it send when a coach leaves players who have been sweating and bleeding for him for three years?
“That’s true,” Bowlsby acknowledged. “There’s not any doubt about that. I don’t have a lot of experience (with the graduate transfer rule), so I’m going to have to listen.”
Oops. Good plan, Bob.
It’s hilarious to hear the people who have the least amount invested in the academics side and the most on the athletics side – conference commissioners and coaches – struggle to spin the graduate transfer rule as problematic for student-athletes academically.
Like this, from the concerned Mr. Scott, who tries to explain why it’s now suddenly important to be concerned about whether kids who graduate from college and transfer are progressing towards that postgraduate degree:
… What about players who graduate and stay at their school with immediate eligibility left? Are we to believe they all seriously pursue a graduate degree instead of simply taking enough classes to play until their eligibility expires? Should those players sit if they stay at their school but are not truly progressing toward a graduate degree? Why is it academically OK for those graduates to continue playing but not transfers?
“Um, I don’t have a good answer for you, because I don’t know that we’re tracking that,” the Pac-12’s Scott said.
Yes, this is such a big deal that the schools haven’t even made the effort to figure out how big a deal it is. That sounds like a real crisis.
If there’s one thing you can count on from college head coaches, it’s that they’ll never run out of nonsensical justifications for taking a stance out of naked self-interest.
Take Cal’s Sonny Dykes, for instance. The Pac-12 is that rare bird: a two-division conference that plays a nine-game conference schedule. That’s allowed Cal to keep its longstanding rivalries with two powerhouses in UCLA and USC. Evidently, that’s not something he relishes. But he can’t come out and just say that. Instead, he’s got to look around for… something… aha!
Dykes said he’s willing to sacrifice the tradition of playing long-time, in-state rivals USC and UCLA every year if that’s necessary to reduce the Pac-12 schedule to eight games in order to achieve consistency with other power conferences.
“I don’t think it would be my first choice. I don’t think it would be our fans’ first choice,” he said. “But something’s got to give. We just need to have some (nationwide) consistency.”
The Pac-12 and Big 12 play nine conference games, while the SEC, ACC and Big Ten play just eight, allowing them to schedule one more nonconference game of their choosing. The uneven playing field creates potential disparities when teams are selected for the College Football Playoff, which has huge financial implications.
By playing nine games, the Pac-12 has allowed schools to play each of the other five teams in their division, plus three from the other division on a rotating basis. But the annual games between Cal and Stanford and their southern California rivals have been preserved so far.
Screw what the fans want, or what Sonny wants. If we don’t get national consistency on this, the next thing you know we’ll have dogs and cats living together, or something. This isn’t about Dykes, people. He’s just offering a sacrifice to save college football from a looming crisis.
Or he could just be full of crap.
Eh, why not?
- Did you ever notice how good LSU is at keeping kids who repeatedly fail drug tests out of the news?
- Another player has decided to retire from the game of football due to an ongoing concussion.
- Urban Meyer and the rest of his staff are heading to a satellite camp at Florida Atlantic University in June.
- A UAB football player’s graduation protest
- John Theus says he and his mates on the line have some things to clean up this offseason.
- “One could definitely call Georgia Quarterback U. of the SEC.”
- Per Steele, this season, two teams face four opponents that have a bye week before playing them. Alabama is one.
I’ve kept the chafing dishes full pretty much all week.
- A reader passed along this story about ESPN’s displeasure with Verizon’s new “Custom TV” plan, which is sort of a dip of the toe in the waters of unbundling cable.
- It sounds like Coach Pruitt will have his IPF to sell on the recruiting trail by the time the 2016 season rolls around.
- Chase Stuart looks at which colleges have dominated the NFL draft since 1990. Georgia is tenth on his list.
- Jake Ganus’ comfort level is on the rise.
- NF: Scientists have figured out how to tell when someone is an online troll.
- You will no doubt be shocked, shocked to learn that, based on the number of true freshmen starts last season, Big Ten football would be less affected by Delany’s freshman ineligibility proposal than certain other conferences. No doubt if asked, Delany would tell Slive it’s for the SEC’s own good.
- Welp, now you can understand why UAB’s administration canceled the contract with the consulting group the task force hired. Too bad for them the deal didn’t include shutting the study down.