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

Today, in shameless trolling

Gridiron Now asks the musical question “Could Georgia’s hiring of Tom Crean hurt Dawgs football program?”.

Gee, that’s a tough one.

Sadly, we’ll never know their answer, because they’ve taken the post down.



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It’s amazing to consider that in just a few short weeks, Nick Chubb’s market value went from being impossible to calculate to this.

I tells ‘ya, those Nike folks are wizards.

It’s either that, or some of you are full of shit when it comes to wondering out loud how in the world a student-athlete would be able to establish his market value.



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It’s only make believe.

You’ve heard the NCAA has vacated a bunch of Notre Dame wins from the 2011 and 2012 seasons due to an academic misconduct violation.  (I know, I know.)

That in turn has led to this amusing flight of fancy.

Trey Burton was made aware of a painful bit of knowledge when Notre Dame’s appeal of an NCAA ruling that vacated the Fighting Irish’s victories during the 2012 and 2013 seasons was denied.

The former Florida player, who has been a tight end with the Philadelphia Eagles, used Twitter on Tuesday to express that the Gators would have played for a national title to end the 2012 campaign if Notre Dame wouldn’t have been eligible to face Alabama in the game.

Manti Te’o’s girlfriend would have approved of this… if she existed, of course.



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“Go save us from ourselves.”

While I’m on the subject of academic leadership in the world of college sports, this advice column (using the term “advice” very loosely) from Indiana Purdue president Mitch Daniels to Condoleezza Rice warning her about the minefield she’s stepping into in chairing the NCAA commission to (allegedly) reform college basketball (h/tis a masterpiece of misdirection and misguided self-congratulation.

College basketball’s integrity isn’t threatened by one-and-dones so much as it is by college presidents who have created the rules these institutions are expected to live by and then try to pretend it’s somebody else’s problem when the proverbial shit stirred up under those same rules hits the fan.

The only way you’re ever really going to clean up college athletics in a meaningful way is to take the money out of it.  And since that’s never going to happen…



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Praise the Lord, I saw the light.

I’m not going to get into the sincerity of the opening round of Hugh Freeze’s redemption tour, but, man, this quote:

“I have a total new appreciation for integrity,” Freeze said.

That’s some moral high horse you rode in on in Oxford, stud.



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Everybody’s broke.

Here’s how athletic department math works.

Always a college sports financial giant, the University of Texas athletics department has taken yet another leap. It had nearly $215 million in annual operating revenue and total operating expenses of $207 million during its 2017 fiscal year, according its new annual financial report to the NCAA.

It is the first time a Division I public-school athletics program has had at least $200 million in both operating revenues and expenses in the same year.

In addition to its operating expenses, the Texas athletics program reported making a separate $10.3 million transfer to the university. That type of transfer, beyond operating expenses, occurs annually at Texas. Over the past four years, the athletics department has sent a total of nearly $40 million to the university in this manner. So, arguably, from the athletics department’s perspective, the program operated at a deficit for 2017.  [Emphasis added.]

I’m not sure what there is to argue about there.  If I spend more money out of my checking account than I deposit, I’m in the hole.  But I digress.

The real point here is that when the NCAA and the schools whine about losing money, it’s a crock as long as the books are being cooked.  Arguably, they’re lying.  Arguably.



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For love of the paycheck

Boy, this is one steaming pile of horseshit:

The 2018 AFCA Convention officially closed down on Wednesday, and the last event on the docket was executive director Todd Berry’s press conference. After meeting with the AFCA’s Board of Directors, Berry outlined the organization’s legislative agenda ahead of the NCAA Convention next week in Indianapolis.

Here were the highlights.

– Coaches don’t want to see the transfer rules changed. There is a proposal out there to give athletes a one-time transfer exemption, where a player could go from an FBS school to another FBS school without sitting out a year. The AFCA is against this. “The school that you’re going to, that’s really important to you. It’s not just about football, this is about the university,” Berry said…

Put simply, coaches ability to leave a job and work immediately — and getting paid six, seven or even eight figures to do so — while unpaid athletes do not have the ability to do the same does not poll well externally. Here’s how Berry rebutted that argument later in the press conference.

“You’d like to think that student-athlete is coming to the university because he loves that university and he wants to get an education from there. Coaches, professors, librarians, they come not necessarily because they love the university, because they’re paying them. It’s their job. The other thing is: when coaches leave, they don’t get to leave for free. I leave and I go to XYZ school, generally I owe X million dollars back to the university I just left.”

That last paragraph in particular is a doozy.  The only thing I can’t figure out is whether Berry truly believes what he’s saying there or if he’s simply that cynical.  Well, that and I can’t figure out which of those is worse.

In any event, players, just remember these guys ain’t exactly in it for your best interests.  Probably that’s a good reminder for fans as well.



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