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Thursday morning buffet

The chafing dishes are steaming.

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Delany: it’s not the practice, it’s the label that’s the problem.

Well, as long as you still call them students, I guess.

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Today in bovine excrement, part two

Hey, the “we’re not workin’ with no stinkin’ union” feeling is turning into a party.  Come on down, Notre Dame!

“Notre Dame’s just not prepared to participate in any model where the athlete isn’t a student first and foremost — that’s the hallmark for us,” Notre Dame AD Jack Swarbrick told USA TODAY Sports after a Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics meeting here during which he appeared as a panelist. “If the entire model were to move toward athletes as employees, we’d head in a different direction. Our president has been clear about that. I’m not articulating a unique position.”

Lines are drawn, NLRB.  Do you really want to be the folks who killed Notre Dame’s football program?

This is silly on a number of levels.  First, Swarbrick doesn’t even bother to explain how a unionized student-athlete can’t still be a student first and foremost.  (Maybe he’ll have to start referring to them as athlete-students.)  For example, one of the major complaints lobbed in the direction of schools is how programs routinely violate the NCAA’s 20-hour rule.  Wouldn’t forcing that rule to be honored in real time be a step in the direction of first and foremost?

Second, this isn’t the first time Notre Dame has wrapped itself in the holy cloak of academics-first.  For decades, it famously clung to a policy of not letting its football team go to bowl games because, in the words of a 1969 Sports Illustrated article,

The continuation of the policy probably results from a misguided notion that participation in a bowl game would make Notre Dame look like a football factory. Football, of course, has done a great deal for Notre Dame—far more than anything else. Nor is there much wrong with this, except that there happen to be those within the bright glare of the Golden Dome who do not like to admit it.

I guess they stopped worrying about that perception a while ago.

The real irony here is that there may come a time in the near future, if Jeffrey Kessler and his ilk have their way in court, when Notre Dame and its peers are going to need a union partner to enter into a collective bargaining agreement.  Unless they can get Washington to grant an antitrust exemption – remember, you’re not doing it for the schools, you’re doing it for the kids, Congress – it’ll either be that, or an Ivy League packed with academic refugees.

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Call us from the Ivy League when you get there.

Sounds like somebody wants to take his football and go home.

Talk about cutting your nose off to spite your face – Northwestern received more than $27 million from the Big Ten in fiscal 2014.

Is it worth pointing out nobody stopped Henry Bienen from taking the school out of big time athletics when he was running the joint if he was so concerned about having to deal with Satan… er, a players’ union one day?

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Monday morning buffet

Piping hot goodies to get your day started…

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Friday morning buffet

As always, come and get it.

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Thursday morning buffet

Go on, have some.

  • Mark Schlabach asks the musical question, “Say what? A guy who actually graduated from Notre Dame can’t attend an SEC school, but guys who were accused of crimes such as theft and domestic violence can?”  That’s why we love you, SEC.
  • If you believe in the old adage, “where there’s smoke, there’s fire”, it can’t be good that it’s getting increasingly smokier around Tim Beckman.
  • And you wouldn’t be the only one who feels that way, evidently, judging by this.
  • People who keep writing posts about declining bowl game attendance show their ignorance about bowl game economics.
  • Here’s a different SEC power rankings list for you.
  • Roll Bama Roll looks back at how the current SEC scheduling format came into being.
  • And UAB’s president expects to make a decision about whether to bring the football program out of the grave he sent it to by June 1.

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