Category Archives: The NCAA

Too much progress isn’t a good thing.

Give the NCAA credit for finding a way to discourage graduate transfers in the name of accountability for the academic progress of athletes.

Some opponents contend grad transfers should be rewarded for earning a degree early and that the NCAA should not interfere with the current system.

Gosh.  Isn’t virtue it’s own reward?

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“The system is broken.”

Michael Adams most assuredly does not approve of this message.

Pitino offered an alternative to the NCAA’s tortured crime-and-punishment system, which almost always penalizes players who had nothing to do with the violations. His suggestion: fine the bejesus out of the school and take 50 percent of the head coach’s salary.

“Kill the university’s pocketbook and put it in a scholarship fund for needy kids to go to college,” Pitino said. “… We should be penalized, no question about it. But not this team. … I think it’s wrong to penalize these kids. You hurt a lot of good people, a lot of fans. Innocent people will pay the price.”

Say what you will about Pitino, at least he offers a suggestion that would have penalized the crap out of him personally.  But the idea that the schools should bear the brunt, financially speaking, of this kind of sordid behavior by their employees?  That they should acknowledge their responsibilities for operating athletic departments?  Yeah, that’s gonna happen.

It’s a lot easier to screw over the ones with the least amount of power.

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Justice is served.

Only in the NCAA’s world does a coach pay for strippers to dance for and have sex with recruits and players at a program he’s no longer at while two graduate transfers who came in last summer after he left in hopes of making their first NCAA tourney appearance are the ones who get punished.

Once again, you can’t help but appreciate how much the schools care about their student-athletes.

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If at first you don’t succeed…

The NCAA Football Rules Committee meets next week and will discuss possible modifications to the instant replay/targeting rule.

In 2014, the targeting rule was altered to allow the instant-replay official to confirm or overturn a targeting call made by an on-field official. If the replay official found that the targeting penalty should not have been called, the call was overturned, the 15-yard penalty removed and the player allowed to stay in the game.

Committee members plan to talk about whether instant-replay officials should have even more flexibility when it comes to judging whether a targeting foul occurred. Additionally, the committee will consider allowing the instant-replay official to stop the game and enforce a targeting foul that was not detected by the on-field officials.

Sigh.  Whatever they come up with this time, I’m sure it’ll wind up biting Georgia in the butt one day.

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Supply and demand

Why do so many college football players leave early for the NFL in the face of poor odds for many of them?  Here’s one theory.

Gil Brandt, a longtime N.F.L. personnel expert who writes for NFL.com, attributed the trend partly to the yawning gap between the number of draft spots — 256, spanning seven rounds — and the more than 800 agents registered by the N.F.L. Players Association.

Referring to agents, Brandt said, “They go to these younger guys and they explain they’ve ‘seen the draft’ — that’s the words they use — and, ‘You’re going to be picked in the second round.’ ” (N.C.A.A. rules technically bar agents from contacting players who are not in the draft; Brandt suggested agents sometimes find ways to communicate.)

Brandt added, “I wish someone would show me the draft, so that I wouldn’t have to spend all this time working on it.”

Logic would suggest that instead of advocating the withholding of information from kids and restricting access to agents, schools and the NCAA might think about coming up with a process that would give student-athletes the opportunity to make a realistic assessment of their future.  Then again, I’m not the guy who just got a three-year contract extension from the NCAA’s board of governors, so what do I know?

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Congratulations on a job well done.

Rejoice, America.

The NCAA Board of Governors has unanimously voted to extend NCAA President Mark Emmert’s contract for an additional three years. The action extends Emmert’s employment as the NCAA’s chief executive until October 2020, with an option to extend an additional year to 2021.

“Mark has done an incredible job leading the Association through an unprecedented period of change and transformation,” said Kansas State University President Kirk Schulz, chair of the Board of Governors. “I and the board feel strongly that Mark is integral in leading the Association forward as we navigate the complex and challenging way ahead, while better supporting student-athletes.”

From a blogger’s perspective, that’s awesome news.  If only Stacey Osburn would weigh in…

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If you ain’t cheatin’, you ain’t reapin’.

There’s no telling what sort of improper inducements will go athletes’ way.

“Tractors, farm implements, whatever it is that’s of value to that prospect can be currency,” said NCAA enforcement director Jon Duncan. “We are working internally to try to figure out how to get at a paper trail or a good, old-fashioned bag man. It still happens.”

Now that’s an investigation I’d like to hear about.

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