I’m a big fan of the Ole Miss Red Cup Rebellion website and I don’t envy those folks having to deal with the fallout from the Tunsil debacle right now, but, damn, regardless of what you think of the NCAA, there’s got to be a better way to try to calm the waters than citing Nevin Shapiro.
In 2013, the key figure in the Miami football investigation, Nevin Shapiro, was going through bankruptcy court. The NCAA leveraged this to their advantage, payrolling Shapiro’s lawyer to use depositions related to the bankruptcy proceedings as a cover to ask questions of witnesses within the football program under oath. Using the American legal system as a means to enforce its own petty rules is obviously wildly inappropriate—the NCAA was forced to apologize and drop any evidence it had acquired through the depositions.
As rationales go, it’s not even a particularly useful comparison. The NCAA didn’t get in trouble for using deposition testimony to try to hang Miami; it got into hot water for corrupting the judicial process by co-opting Shapiro’s lawyer to do its dirty work. The obvious lesson from that fiasco is for the NCAA to sit back and let Miller’s lawyer dig into Ole Miss on his own.
Not to mention that, um… shit did happen.
The school imposed significant penalties on itself, including the suspension of eight football players and removing itself from post-season bowl contention for one year. On October 22, 2013, after two-and-a-half years of investigation, the NCAA announced that the University of Miami football team would be docked three scholarships in each of the next three seasons, a three-year probation, recruiting restrictions, a five-game suspension for the men’s basketball coach, and a two-year show-cause order on a total of three former assistant football and basketball coaches.
The NCAA’s own misdeeds did result in nothing more than that being imposed on the school and the program. So they had that whole “it could have been worse” thing going for them. Somehow I doubt that’s what the guys at RCR are hoping for.
I know there’s an agenda behind this, but, boy, does Cook lay into Ole Miss’ head coach here:
Elsewhere in how Freeze gets work done. Interesting little glimpse inside the sausage factory Freeze is running at Ole Miss from a doofus with money:
An Ocean Springs businessman claimed to have offered his guest house to unnamed college football players rent-free, only to later amend his story. But a source with knowledge of the situation said Scott Walker’s neighbors were told by the renters they paid for a two-night stay at his home last weekend.
Renting his home on a short-term basis would be a violation of local ordinances, and when first contacted by the Mississippi Press Walker said it was “four university players” who were “absolutely not paying” to stay in his guest house.
That raised red flags, because a booster (Walker is an Ole Miss grad and fan) offering free or reduced rent is a clear-cut NCAA violation.
Ole Miss cheats. Hardcore, all the time. That’s how a nobody high school coach with one year at Arkansas State who arrives at a school with a fanbase that mostly still wants a plantation owner as their mascot and zero success in the past 50 years starts recruiting five-stars. I’m resigned to the fact that this will happen forever, and that the correct solution is to let people pay the players without repercussions.
But you run the cheatingest program in the country and you get sanctimonious about your free time? Harbaugh’s just trying to level the playing field out a little bit here. Freeze can take his vacations and come back knowing that an Ole Miss offer has thousands of dollars behind it that a Michigan one doesn’t.
Woof. I think my eyebrows are singed.
StingTalk is a registered message board now? Whatta bunch of wimps.
Sounds like an open invitation for G-Day QBR talk to me. Not that some of us need the invite.
Usually it’s the blogosphere where you find pieces criticizing mainstream media outlets on those occasions when they display an uncomfortable editorial tone-deafness, but in this case, the shoe is on the other foot and I can almost detect a faint tone of glee in the exposure. Although to me, it just seems like another example of how the lines between old and new media blur a little more every day.
It makes me yearn for a simpler time when I could be disappointed by the Washington Post’s embrace of all things boobtastic.
This From The Rumble Seat post about Georgia Tech’s recruitment of Demetris Robertson is about as classic an example of “so you’re saying there’s a chance” wistfulness as you’ll ever read.
Bonus points for “As for how georgia (sic) fits in to Robertson’s recruitment, it’s fairly unclear…”. Yeah, the genius’ offense is clearly a better fit for Robertson’s skill set than any other in college football.
It’s not every day you see a university chancellor’s office get involved in a pissing match with a college football blogger. In fact, I’m hardpressed to think of a time when any school released a statement tagging someone with a cow dung reference as a nickname. (Not that Chip Brown is any paragon of accuracy.)
I’d end this with a bit of “stay classy, dudes” snark, but I think they’re way past that stage already.