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With friends-of-the-court like these…

I don’t know whether to laugh or shake my head over this.

A “friend-of-the-court” brief filed last month in a potentially landmark U.S. Supreme Court case on NCAA amateurism purported to show that at least some former athletes, including those who participated in the so-called revenue sports, don’t want intercollegiate athletics to open the door to schools paying players.

The amici curiae brief in NCAA v. Alston, for which SCOTUS will hear oral arguments on March 31, has 18 former college athletes expressing support for the stance of college sports’ governing body. The association has appealed a lower federal court ruling that says the NCAA violates antitrust laws with some of its caps on athletic scholarships.

In making their case, the pro-NCAA filing states that the athletes’ interest “lies in ensuring the proper adherence to the revered tradition of amateurism and the continued availability of intercollegiate athletics.”

But in recent interviews, several of the brief’s signatories, including its most high-profile name—two-time Heisman Trophy runner-up and retired NFL running back Darren McFadden—suggested they weren’t actually clear with which side they were on, at least when it comes to amateurism, or had joined in the effort for largely peripheral reasons.

Yeah, I’d say this qualifies as not being clear.

In a telephone conversation last week, McFadden indicated that he was largely unaware of what the grant-in-aid litigation was about and gave indications that his intuitions were more in line with the plaintiffs.

“Once you are an adult, you want to make sure you can take care of your family…. You don’t really get that opportunity to help your family out [while in college],” McFadden said, later adding that he supported college athletes getting an additional stipend to their scholarship. When asked about what personal experiences had informed his perspective on the subject of college athlete compensation, McFadden spoke about being an SEC football star who was unable to afford paying a $50 parking ticket.

In a separate interview, Walter Bond, a former basketball star at Minnesota who played four seasons in the NBA, said that despite being part of the amici curiae, he believed college athletes were, in fact, employees of the universities they played for—a nonstarter for any legal defense of amateurism. “I think I must have misunderstood,” Bond later said about the case, acknowledging that it was possible he didn’t actually agree with the NCAA’s position.

Oops.

Then, there’s also the “just doing a buddy a solid” angle.

Meanwhile, another former college basketball player who signed the brief, Tre’ Kelley, suggested he had primarily joined the amici curiae because of his connections to Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe, the firm that filed the brief.

“I am actually doing a favor for a good buddy of mine who works for the firm,” Kelley told Sportico. After initially agreeing to speak for this story, Kelley politely declined to answer other questions, saying that he had been contacted by Orrick an hour before a scheduled interview and advised to not talk about the case with the press.

In a statement, Will Stute, one of the Orrick lawyers who authored the brief, said it “fully and accurately reflects their support of the NCAA’s position on the issues before the Supreme Court. It is false and misleading to suggest otherwise.”

Heavens to Betsy, we can’t have that!

I’d say the NCAA ought to be ashamed of itself, but that particular horse escaped from the barn a long time ago.

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Today, in when they say it’s not about the money

Shot.

Chaser.

Screenshot_2021-02-02 Jon Solomon on Twitter

“Obvious”?  I don’t think that word means what they think it means.

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They were **this** close.

From the annals of chutzpah:

In an interview on Saturday night, Emmert repeatedly expressed frustration and described the Justice Department’s move, which he said had stunned N.C.A.A. officials, as a “massive monkey wrench” that eviscerated months of careful planning.

“We were right on the cusp of making some really, really important changes to provide some much-needed flexibility and, all of a sudden, now we’ve got to pause,” said Emmert, who nevertheless vowed that the N.C.A.A. would ultimately change its rules.

Somehow, I don’t think “the Justice Department ate our antitrust homework” is going to placate anyone that matters.

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Lies, and the lying liars who tell them

With one sentence, Bill Hancock may have painted his masterpiece.

Do I even need to say, “when they say it’s not about the money…”?  I didn’t think so.

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“Circumstances changed.”

Christ, this whole article about the Tom Herman firing is a steaming pile of bullshit.

Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte wanted to keep coach Tom Herman in place for the 2021 season. He issued a statement on Dec. 12 saying as much, even though every word was torn apart on social media.

But as December rolled on, more things kept cropping up, creating the perception of real trouble within the program. “Circumstances changed,” Del Conte told the American-Statesman late Saturday.

“From the time I made the statement, I had not completed my evaluation,” Del Conte said. “When I completed that evaluation, it became apparent a change needed to be made.”

If you hadn’t completed your evaluation, why on earth would you give the man your vote of confidence?  (Insert your “even Greg McGarity” observation here.)

And this is what were supposed to believe were the changed circumstances?

With Texas unable to win a title, players started opting out. Junior left tackle Samuel Cosmi announced he was skipping the remaining games, followed by junior safety Caden Sterns.

Seniors started opting out to start working toward the NFL draft, too — defensive tackle Ta’Quon Graham and safety Chris Brown. Junior receiver Brennan Eagles opted out, and so did junior defensive end Joseph Ossai, who would later earn first-team All-America status from The Associated Press.

Senior quarterback Sam Ehlinger, the biggest name left with 2021 draft value, stayed put. He played in the Alamo Bowl but suffered a shoulder injury that kept him out of the second half.

School officials were astonished and concerned, albeit privately. Why would so many players suddenly want to quit on the team?

You can’t be that gullible.  Nobody is.  Otherwise, you’d have seen a rash of coaches fired along with Herman.  As noted in the article, “Opting out of meaningless bowls is the wave of the future, though.”  More like wave of the present, but you get the drift.

Throw in a little trouble on the recruiting trail, the racist fallout from “The Eyes of Texas” controversy (“With how The Eyes situation and lack of leadership is shaking out, I am asking for a refund on the complete sum of 2020 athletic gifts/ticket money”) and voilà!  Changed circumstances, motherfucker.  Never mind that stuff was brewing before Del Conte gave Herman his pat on the back for 2021.

No, the real tip that the verdict was in way before Del Conte finished his “evaluation” was this:  Within hours of his firing, the school announced the hiring of Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian as the next Texas coach.”  [Emphasis added.]

Don’t mess with Texas boosters.

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The party starts now.

Shot.

Chaser.

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Today, in I read it on the Internet, so it must be true

This is something, alright.

Screenshot_2020-12-18 Ole Miss 247 publisher admits intentionally writing a fake story

Were I an Ole Miss fan who paid for that trash, think I’d be asking for my subscription fee back after reading that.

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That’s Dan’s story and he’s sticking to it.

Clear as mud.

Upon further review

“I went back to watch the play and he made the tackle and part of the football move and the kid’s shoe is in his hand and he kind of threw it and jumped and celebrated with his teammates,” Mullen said. “So it’s pretty unfortunate. In that situation, I don’t think there was any intent to taunt. It wasn’t like he was throwing it at their sidelines or doing any of that. It was a huge play. He thought possibly a game-winning play and he kind of threw the shoe and went to celebrate with his teammates, and it unfortunately was a penalty.”

He’d best polish up his act, ’cause the booster questions this offseason are gonna be brutal.

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Today, in fine for thee but not for me

The next time you hear a coach talk about commitment, you might want to have him define what he means first.

It’s amazing how these guys expect their bullshit to be taken seriously.

(h/t)

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Amateurism is whatever the NCAA says it is.

Really, how can you argue with rock solid logic like this?

It’s like the old “we’re just haggling over the price” joke come to life.

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