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

TFW nobody’s buying what you’re selling

The NCAA’s day in the life of a student-athlete video isn’t exactly getting boffo reviews from student-athletes.

A sampling of the reviews:

“Completely inaccurate, honestly,” said Tyler Cook, an Iowa forward.

“It’s not true,” said his teammate, Jordan Bohannon.

“I’m a current NCAA athlete, I don’t want to say anything to get in trouble, but that’s not accurate,” said Ryan Kriener, another Iowa player.

“We kind of work a little bit harder than that,” said Grant Williams, the Tennessee forward, who spoke with a touch of modesty.

“I feel like they left out a few things,” said David Crisp, a Washington guard.

Then again, they’re not the target audience.

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The kids are alright.

Shot.

Chaser.

Just leave the rest of the bottle on the table.

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In defense of Jim Delany

This appears to be the best anyone has to offer.

“People will talk about Rutgers’ competitive performance,” Smith told me. “However, when you think about our presence on the East Coast, it’s significant. Whether Ohio State goes to play at Rutgers or Michigan plays at Rutgers, the revenue generated significantly impacts our young people. I hope that people will pause and just think about the great things that [Delany’s] done to help our young people and institutions.”

He added: “Here’s one thing that people seem to forget about our move with Rutgers and Maryland. At the time, the ACC was looking to expand. Part of our move was to protect Penn State. Everyone forgets we had a teammate and partner institution that was on a [geographic] island, so what we did, beyond gaining exposure, is we further brought in a valued partner in Penn State. Had Penn State defected to the ACC, what would the conversation have been then?”

Let me see if I’ve got this straight.  The Big Ten was worried about losing a team to the same conference that lost Maryland to the Big Ten over financial concerns.  Does that bullshit actually fly with anybody?

Smith does get bonus points for wedging some sweet doing-it-for-the-kids phony justification in there.

With regard to that whole “What profiteth a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul?” premise to the linked piece, the author makes the mistake of ascribing a soul to a college athletic conference.  Those people would happily gain the whole world with no regrets over whatever path led them to Rutgers.  That’s what cutting edge college football management is all about these days.

Enjoy your retirement, Jim.  You’ve earned it.

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The new normal

This is some statement — and keep in mind this is a formal release offered after some semblance of thought went into its making — from Southern Miss’ president regarding his head coach who tried to hire Art Briles and sign a player accused of raping two women at knife point, both decisions made without first informing the school.

Coach Hopson assured me of his commitment to overseeing a program that upholds the values of The University of Southern Mississippi. I know Coach Hopson to be a man of high ethics and integrity, and I assured him of the University’s dedication to continuing a winning tradition.”

Our conversation included many topics, including the events of the past week. As a matter of practice, Coach Hopson seeks approval from and works in good faith with athletic administration on prospective student athletes who have special or unique circumstances for admission to the University, which is consistent with University protocol in student-athlete recruitment. Additionally, Coach Hopson notified the University of his desire to meet with Art Briles, which is his right to do so as a head football coach and is in line with normal University processes. After an intentional and thorough review of Mr. Briles, candidacy, I expressed my reservations, and ultimately that review led to the decision that Mr. Briles was not a viable candidate.

I consider the matter closed, and I am looking forward to working with Coach Hopson on our mutual priorities and shared goals for the Southern Miss football program and how it contributes to our vision for The University of Southern Mississippi.

Can someone explain to me exactly what the school’s mutual priorities and shared goals are for its football program?  Because I don’t think terms like “high ethics and integrity” or “good faith” mean what I thought they meant.

Not to mention referring to a kid with felony charges hanging over his head as one of a group of “prospective student athletes who have special or unique circumstances for admission” made me throw up in my mouth a little.  Hope it’s worth it, Mr. School President.

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TFW your damage control needs damage control

Every time Greg McGarity moves his lips…

“I think his comments were misinterpreted,” said McGarity. “From the very onset, if you look at the press conference in its entirety, he led off by taking full responsibility for everything. I think Tom cares deeply about these players and the perception that he was not caring or trying to shift blame to them was certainly not taken that way.

″…If you look at the whole press conference in its entirety, instead of maybe pulling a couple of graphs out and singling out those, it didn’t portray the whole story.”

an angel gets his wings ($$).

In any case, Crean said that once he read his comments, he realized he had made a mistake and that it was “heavy on his mind.” He said he considered putting out a statement over the weekend but decided to wait until Monday’s regularly scheduled media availability.

He also apologized even though his boss, athletic director Greg McGarity, defended Crean’s comments in an interview with the Athens Banner-Herald, saying they were “misinterpreted” because only a couple of paragraphs were singled out. McGarity, interestingly, did not say that Crean shouldn’t have said what he did, including the part about cutting players. But Crean did say he was wrong.

“That was definitely my mistake,” he said. “And I didn’t realize it at the time, or I’d have corrected it. I didn’t realize it until I read my words. That’s not what I meant. And it certainly wasn’t my intent. But I said it, and that’s why I’m apologizing now.” He went on to add, “It’s not about taking somebody’s scholarship. You don’t have the right to do that. But it’s about believing in guys. Right? And I want them to believe in themselves.”

Is there a more thankless job in college athletics than being a “Georgia athletic department spokesman” having to clean up after McGarity soils himself?  What’s the over/under on the number of times Claude Felton’s said “oy, not again” under his breath?

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Coaches say the darnedest things, NSD edition, part two

Generally speaking, it’s not a good thing when the biggest story about your signing class is the kid who left in between the early signing date and yesterday.  Clay Helton tried to babble his way through it.

Seriously, “he loved his time here at USC”?  He wasn’t even there long enough to make his bed.

It’s been a short offseason, I know, but between McCoy and Kingsbury, has anyone had a worse month than Helton?  The man is a walking “This is fine” meme.

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Coaches say the darnedest things, NSD edition, part one

Somebody’s got a tight sphincter.

He could tell you, but then he’d have to kill you.  And then he’d kill himself for telling you.

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