Category Archives: Look For The Union Label

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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Wednesday morning buffet

The chow line is open.


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“He’s put the welfare of this young man above everything else.”

Welp, the Illinois AD is swinging into action in response to Simon Cvijanovic’s heated claims of mistreatment by head coach Tim Beckman.  And it’s good to know he’s approaching his task with an open mind.

Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas said Monday the allegations made by former offensive lineman Simon Cvijanovic amounted to a “personal attack” on coach Tim Beckman, but Thomas added that he would internally investigate the claims in the near future with the university chancellor’s office.

Thomas defended Beckman and the team medical staff in a conference call Monday with reporters, addressing Cvijanovic’s claims from Sunday of medical mistreatment and a physical attack by Beckman on another player. He said Cvijanvoic’s allegations did not correlate with his review of records.

“He’s put the welfare of this young man above everything else,” Thomas said of Beckman’s care for Cvijanovic. “The feedback I get from players and our players’ families is that our coaches genuinely care for them and treat them like their own children.”

Thomas declined to provide a timeline or say who would be interviewed. He added that he did not plan to make the findings of the internal investigation public.

Hey, trust him, it’ll be a thorough job by the man who hired Beckman in the first place.  I mean, it’s not like his judgment’s on the line or anything, right?

Andrew Weber, a kicker who played at Toledo under Beckman, also said on Twitter he had similar experiences with the coach as Cvijanovic.

“We had the exact same issues,” he tweeted to Cvijanovic on Monday. “Thanks for standing up! Be proud!”

… Thomas said he was unaware of any past issues at Toledo, where Beckman coached before being hired by Thomas at Illinois after the 2011 season.

Again, barring the kid suing the school, I doubt this is going anywhere.  But Beckman might think about winning a few more games.  It’s funny how stuff like this can grow more significant in hindsight when you’re losing.


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“We cannot make any student accept our support.”

Somehow, I don’t believe this is a flap that’s arisen over a kid refusing to accept his coaches’ support.

It’s often the case in these kinds of heated situations that the truth lies somewhere between the extremes, so judge Cvijanovic’s allegations accordingly.  But there are two tells that make me think there’s some truth behind his heat.

One, it’s never a sign of confidence in the face of damning stuff like this to issue a one paragraph statement and then clam up.  But that’s what the school has done.

Beckman released a statement through the university and declined interviews.

“Simon Cvijanovic was a valued member of the University of Illinois football team,” he said. “He chose to leave the team during the 2014 regular season and withdrew from the university before the end of the semester. Upon his return for the spring semester, we have continued to support him with medical care, an academic scholarship and academic advising. We cannot make any student accept our support.”

Beckman and Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas did not return phone calls seeking further comment.

And, second, that bit about making injured players wear Northwestern colors in an attempt to shame them?  It’s not just weird; it’s evidently true.

Will this get any traction?  Who knows.  You’d think the school would have to do more to answer than a one paragraph statement of regret, but maybe not.  Maybe the kid winds up suing and pulling more information out that way.  But the cynic in me feels like Illinois finishing with a losing record last season has a lot more bearing on Beckman’s fate than how he treats his players.


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“Some things … in certain areas may be out of whack.”

No shit, Sherlock… er, Larry Scott.

But it’s not like it’s a job, right?


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“You don’t like these set of rules? Go play in that association.”

A lot of this Dennis Dodd post about Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick’s vision of D-1 academic elites and lower brow schools splitting into two collegiate athletic associations is silly – for example, Vanderbilt walking away from the SEC over fulfilling some highfalutin quasi-Ivy League mission would be an expensive one, to say the least – but I will say that Swarbrick has grasped one reality that I predict his peers will eventually have no choice but to embrace if they keep losing antitrust litigation.

… If the NCAA loses the O’Bannon case, players could make up to $20,000 in a trust fund payable after they leave school. Several lawsuits against the NCAA and Power Five conferences are calling for the full-on payment of athletes.

Northwestern is still waiting on a National Labor Relations Board ruling that would allow private-school athletes to unionize.

“The irony of all this is, maybe the only way we can get resolution is to ask our athletes to unionize,” Swarbrick said.

That, at least, would bring some sort of cost certainty instead of spending endless hours in court.

“You could have an enforceable collective bargaining,” Swarbrick said.

Yep, the same thing that keeps kids out of the NBA and NFL until the pros are good and ready to take them could be what allows schools to live with the cost of the consequences.  Ironic, ain’t it?


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