Category Archives: It’s All Just Made Up And Flagellant

Shtick masquerading as analysis

Man, I know Danny Kanell fancies himself the King of SEC Bashers, but this is a little over the top even by his standards.

Auburn was the best team in the SEC last season?  Do tell.  I guess that explains how they wound up playing UCF.



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The NCAA and “the best interests of its student-athletes”

Hey, guys, you know that whole “don’t blame the NCAA because the pros won’t take kids early” shtick that lamely attempts to absolve the schools from responsibility regarding compensation?  I mean, it’s not like the NCAA wants these kids to be screwed, right?

Heaven forfend.

What is less known among sports fans, however, is that during the appeal of Clarett’s case to the appellate court, the NCAA’s lawyers filed an amicus brief supporting the NFL’s position in favor of its age requirement.

In the NCAA’s own words, it argued that the district court’s ruling that would have allowed football players to leave college early for the NFL “is counterproductive to the NCAA’s … goals and to the best interests of its student-athletes.”  The NCAA brief also argued that overturning the NFL age requirement would “impede any such sports league governing body from adopting eligibility rules, which would undermine each association’s definition of its unique model of competitive athletics.”

According to the NCAA’s brief, it purports to have involved itself voluntarily in the Clarett case for two reasons, “[t]he factual interest in encouraging its student-athletes to stay in school,” and a “legal interest in immunizing eligibility rules from antitrust challenge.”

The brief was signed by Gregory L. Curtner, who remains to this day the NCAA’s primary antitrust counsel on a wide range of matters — including the ongoing In Re Student-Athlete Name & Likenesses Licensing Litigation, in which Ed O’Bannon and other retired college athletes have sought to overturn aspects of the NCAA amateurism rules.

One reason the NCAA keeps pushing its bullshit about amateurism is because it knows there are plenty of folks out there who are willing to swallow it.


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Thanks for the memories.

Welp, Scott Frost is dead to Central Florida now.

“… But at the end of the day, the playoff system is that the national champion is the team that wins the playoff.”

If that sounds like Frost isn’t completely aboard the national title train, it’s because he’s not.

“All I’ll say is if we had stayed there, I would have had a hard time getting behind it,” he says. “I think it was smart by them, because it has kept UCF in the media and in the conversation. But you know, like our rings, I kind of wish my ring just said ‘Undefeated Season’ and ‘Peach Bowl Champion.’ ”

If the football gods have a sense of humor, they’ll match Nebraska and UCF in a bowl game this season.


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“The SEC commissioner’s legal background shines through whenever he’s pressed…”

Well, if by “legal background shines through”, you mean rambling nonsensically off-topic until the interviewer gives up, I suppose you have a point.


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BREAKING: Paid lobbyist lobbies on behalf of his client.

You will be shocked, shocked to learn that Tom McMillen, president and CEO of the LEAD1 Association, the lobbying arm of College Sports, Inc., which lobbies Congress on behalf of athletic departments, has a few thoughts he’d like to share about why the Olympic model would be bad for college athletics.  The whole thing is pretty much a joke.  This may be the funniest line:

And finally, there is concern about the execution of such a program. How do student-athletes balance their education demands with their appearances (for) endorsements.

In the immortal word of Clay Davis, sheeee-it.  If there’s any concern, it’s how student-athletes balance their athletic demands with those endorsement appearances.  I mean, you wouldn’t want your star player rushing to make a plane to fly across the country to play a game now, would you?


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Today, in posturing

Hey, remember when Ohio State AD Gene Smith got all holier than thou about coaches’ salaries?

Though Ohio State pays its coaches in the upper echelon of salaries, it has avoided paying what Athletics Director Gene Smith believes to be unnecessarily large salaries for coaches.

“I don’t even put Texas A&M in our sphere because I’m considering Urban [Meyer]’s situation with three years left on his contract,” Smith said during Ohio State’s Board of Trustees’ Talent and Compensation Committee meeting Thursday. “Talking with [Susan Basso, vice president of human resources] and [Joanna McGoldrick, associate vice president of total rewards], that’s not even someone that we’re comparing with because it’s so ridiculous.

“It’s the same way with Alabama and their total salary. Take it off the sheet because it doesn’t matter. Because it’s just no value to it. It’s a reactionary type of management.”

Good times.  You know what’s coming next, right?

Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer will be paid $7.6 million for the 2018 season under a two-year contract extension approved Thursday by a committee of the university’s governing board.

The deal, subject to approval by the full board at its meeting Friday, will give Meyer a $1.2 million raise over what he made for the 2017 season, according to a release from the school.

For those of you out there doing math, TAMU is paying Jimbo an average of $7.5 million a year and Saban makes a little over $7 million a year, too.

Good thing Gene’s not reacting.


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Regardless of which side of the amateurism debate you fall…

… there’s one thing all of us should agree on and that is Mark Emmert has no business speaking publicly on the subject.

Tl;dr version:  “Parents, nice scholarship your daughter has there.  Be a shame if anything happened to it.”

What a shitbird.


UPDATE:  By the way,

He’s full of shit.  But we knew that.


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