Category Archives: The NCAA

Look at it as another opportunity to check your messages.

So, this is a thing now.

The NCAA Football Rules Committee has approved several proposals to enhance student-athlete safety and allow electronic devices in some areas of stadiums for coaching purposes…

After reviewing numerous video examples and receiving strong feedback on its annual rules survey, the committee voted to expand the authority of the instant replay official, requiring them to review all aspects of targeting fouls. Additionally, the instant replay official will be able to stop the game and create a targeting foul in situations where an egregious action has occurred.

I guess letting CBS and ESPN jam more commercials into their broadcasts isn’t dragging out game times enough. This ought to be good for at least one additional commercial break per game.

It’s only a matter of time until the Rules Committee once again explores the need for a few changes “to speed up the game” – all in the name of the fans, of course.

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The smoke thickens at Ole Miss.

I’m not sure I’d say there’s a full-blown fire, but at least you can see the smouldering embers.

Mississippi’s football program was cited by the NCAA in 13 of the 28 rules violations levied against the school in the notice of allegations the university recently received, with nine of the violations occurring during current coach Hugh Freeze’s tenure.

The breakdown of violations by sport was first reported Tuesday by The Associated Press by a person with knowledge of the investigation, and later confirmed for ESPN.com by multiple sources.

The violations are a mix of Level I, II and III; the NCAA considers Level I violations the most serious. Many of the violations have already been self-reported by the school and, as sources told ESPN’s Brett McMurphy on Tuesday night, the ones that took place under Freeze’s tenure are low-level violations.

Ole Miss officials reiterated that there “were no surprises” in the NCAA’s report.

Yeah, well, except for the fact when the news first broke, the current staff wasn’t implicated for anything other than Laremy Tunsil’s poor judgment.  Not to mention that “many of the violations” being self-reported ain’t the same as “all of the violations”.  So Ole Miss has some maneuvering to do with the NCAA.

There is some good news for the school, though, assuming this is accurate.

Sources confirmed to ESPN.com’s Chris Low on Tuesday that Ole Miss was not cited for the more serious failure-to-monitor charge and that Freeze was not personally named in any of the charges.

Still, there’s enough in all of that, particularly the bit about a booster illegally transporting a recruit to campus, to give the NCAA something to dig its teeth into.  I doubt the end result will be anything too overwhelming, but it won’t be nothing, either.  And that means Freeze’s recruiting will face heightened scrutiny going forward.

Gee, I wonder if anyone will mention that on the recruiting trail.

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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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