Category Archives: Political Wankery

“Two words — Donald Trump.”

According to Dennis Dodd, Tommy Tuberville is thinking about running for governor of Alabama.

PAWWWLLL!!!

Maybe he could urge passage of a law requiring the state to recognize Auburn’s 2004 national championship.

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“We’re putting the cart before the horse when we pay a coach more than a teacher in the classroom.”

If you were serious about that, random Alabama legislator, you’d be aiming your bill at state universities, too.  Those markets ain’t gonna un-free themselves, you know.

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In for a penny, in for a pound

Hell, if the Trump administration can make room for Ian McCaw’s new boss, why not offer a spot to his old one?

Might as well complete the trifecta and bring Art Briles on board.  Maybe he could run the Title IX department.

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“The NCAA has changed and it’s a business.”

I doubt this goes anywhere quickly, but two Connecticut legislators have proposed a bill that would create a “athletic protection commission” to monitor and enforce the safety for all NCAA athletes in the state.

As you can probably guess, that isn’t sitting well with the affected parties, who are indignant that anyone would think they need prodding to make sure their student-athletes are tended to properly.

“Do I really think there’s this kind of need? The answer is no,” Fairfield AD Eugene Doris said. “Normally, you hear the nightmare things behind the scenes. I don’t get any sense that student-athletes are in any jeopardy in any way. All of my colleagues, to a person, would be appalled if it happened on their campus and would fire people if they found out something was occurring and not being done correctly.”

Well, color me reassured.

Like I said, this bill’s likely doomed before it gets out of the gate, but add it to the steady drip, drip, drip of concern regarding players’ health.  Guys like Doris would be wise to get ahead of things, but that would require thinking ahead, which isn’t a strong suit for most athletic directors.

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“This bill has nothing to do with the current investigation at Ole Miss – nothing.”

Gridiron Now posts an interview with the doofus… er, Mississippi legislator… who’s pitching a bill that would fine the NCAA $10,000 a day for every day an investigation lasts past a year.

It’s as muddled as you’d expect someone who thinks a private, voluntary organization has to apply due process in dealing with its membership would sound.  Although it feels like he knows he’s not going far with his bill:

Q. Have you talked to people in other states that have had similar situations with the NCAA, and if so, what has been the feedback from those people?

A. Recently, I have had calls as far away as Connecticut to California, and in my preliminary research, I didn’t find where any other state had looked at it from this angle.

I think the conversation is ongoing, and that’s the goal, which is to raise awareness and create conversation on this topic.

Conversation?  Not until Stacey Osburn sings, skippy.

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Making Friday nights great again

I’m not sure how this proposed law would work, since the schools don’t control conference scheduling…

… but if somehow it leads to Jim Delany’s arrest one day, I’m down with it.

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Obvious political wankery is obvious.

Gee, who could have expected that a former Ole Miss football player who’s now a state legislator is introducing a bill aimed at NCAA investigations?

Rep. Trey Lamar, R-Senatobia, introduced the potential legislation (House Bill 1040), which would force under the threat of financial penalty for the NCAA “to complete its investigation, present findings to the NCAA Committee on Infractions and to render its final decision either imposing penalties for the violations proven in the investigation process or dismissal of the allegations” within nine months of a member institution’s response to a letter of inquiry.

“Financial penalty”?  Do tell us more, Trey.

Should the NCAA fail to meet these time frames, the bill proposes it would be fined $10,000 each day it goes past the window of time and said fine should be “payable to the member institution subject to the investigation and actionable through the Circuit Courts of the State of Mississippi.”

Only in Mississippi would somebody think it a good idea to incentivize schools to drag out violation investigations.  At least I hope only in Mississippi.

Though Rep. Lamar can rest comfortably with the thought that the NCAA’s head of enforcement is sensitive to time issues.

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