Category Archives: The NCAA

It wouldn’t be SEC Media Days without memes, part three.

Oh, yeah.  This.

What’s going on at Ole Miss?

The Rebels find themselves in the news for the wrong reasons with star left tackle Laremy Tunsil involved in a domestic dispute with stepfather Lindsey Miller. After the incident, which Ole Miss said was Tunsil protecting his mother, Miller stated the Ole Miss junior received impermissible benefits during the recruiting process. The NCAA is now reportedly investigating the situation and head coach Hugh Freeze is going to get a lot of questions about it this week.

What’s the over/under on the number of Tunsil questions Freeze gets thrown his way?

Bonus question:  do you think Mark Richt gets asked to comment?


Filed under SEC Football, The NCAA

“There’s a real issue of unequal bargaining power.”

“In life, there are principles and people need to be held accountable to responsibility,” Memphis coach Josh Pastner told Sporting News. “You have to be a man of your word.”

The rebuttal to Josh Pastner pretty much writes itself, doesn’t it?


Filed under Look For The Union Label, The NCAA

A random act of trollery

Those of you who swore the end of your love for college football the moment student-athletes were paid… well, in the face of this news

A rare occurrence is going to happen soon: Current college athletes are going to be paid for commercialized use of their image and likeness. About 400-450 current college football and men’s basketball players made claims in the Electronic Arts and NCAA video game settlements, according to Leonard Aragon, a lawyer for the plaintiffs.

Assuming the video game settlement is approved July 16 by U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken, there will be active players cashing checks because their image was used in video games. Court documents show that a player could receive between $74 and $6,700 depending on the frequency and use of his image in the games. The maximum number could still increase. Current players make up less than 3 percent of the claims since many of them never appeared in the games.

… can the rest of us have your tickets?


Filed under It's Just Bidness, The NCAA

Stay in school, kids.

The story about the NCAA reconsidering its rule about letting basketball players declare for the NBA draft but allow them the opportunity to return to college under certain conditions with their eligibility intact is interesting for what it says about what the NCAA is struggling to do with its amateurism protocol.

But I wonder how much of an impact it would really have if the policy were extended to football, as SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey has hinted might be under consideration.  Take a look at this chart:

% of student-athletes who declared for NBA draft, but were not selected

  • 2015 – 34.04
  • 2014 – 36.36
  • 2013 – 37.7
  • 2012 – 30.6
  • 2011 – 30.95

% of student-athletes who declared for NFL draft, but were not selected

  • 2015 – 25.6
  • 2014 – 37
  • 2013 – 30
  • 2012 – 18
  • 2011 – 23

In 2014, the percentage of college football players actually declaring early but not being drafted exceeded that of college basketball players, but look what happened this year.  And if you’re wondering why, it’s because the NFL got more persuasive about the odds.

The decrease in players leaving school early for the NFL came a year after the league altered its evaluation process – limiting schools to just five draft-eligible underclassmen it can request evaluations for and altering the information that players receive.

Previously, five different grades were handed out by the NFL Draft Advisory Board: As high as the first round; as high as the second round; as high as the third round; no potential to go in the first three rounds; and no potential to be drafted.

That was cut to three categories this year: first round, second round, and neither – which is the board advising the player to stay in school.

Look, as much as these coaches like to say it’s a rule change that favors the players, it’s really about the rule favoring college coaches, by letting them keep the talent around longer.  The question I have is how much a change by the NCAA would really matter, given the effect education has had.  Let’s face it – it’s not like the NFL needs these kids to come out a year early.  If they don’t, it’s one less year they get paid.


Filed under The NCAA, The NFL Is Your Friend.

Laremy Tunsil, and waving red flags in front of the NCAA

Ole Miss fans, I speak from sad experience:  bad things can happen when TMZ is on the mother.


UPDATE:  Chill, everybody.  Just chill.

To continue the metaphor, maybe Ole Miss has called in Winston Wolf.


Filed under The NCAA

Hell hath no fury like a stepdad scorned.

I don’t think it’s going too far out on a limb to suggest it’s never a good thing when the media hears about an NCAA investigation before a school claims to know anything about it.

NCAA officials were here Friday and interviewed the stepfather of Ole Miss tackle Laremy Tunsil about allegations of multiple rules violations by the University of Mississippi football program.

The trip made by NCAA officials comes one week after Tunsil was arrested and charged with domestic assault against his stepfather, Lindsey Miller. According to an arrest report by the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office obtained by The Clarion-Ledger this week, Miller claimed the fight was a result of his warning to Tunsil about having contact with player agents.

Miller confirmed to The Clarion-Ledger Friday that he met with NCAA director of enforcement for football Chris Howard for what he estimated was three hours.

An Ole Miss spokesperson told The Clarion-Ledger that the school has not had contact with the NCAA and was unaware of any representatives being in the area.

And while we’re out there, this probably isn’t good news, either.

But on Thursday, Miller alleged to The Clarion-Ledger that in addition to the contact made by agents he is aware of violations that occurred during Tunsil’s recruitment as well, including claims of falsified academic records and gifts made by the university.

No wonder Hugh Freeze was so quick to make this a story about domestic abuse.

By the way, NCAA, while you’re in the neighborhood, maybe you could ask Mark Richt about this conversation.


Filed under Recruiting, SEC Football, The NCAA

Send lawyers, guns and money.

Life is good when you don’t have to pay the help much.

The costs of doing business for the NCAA continue to increase. NCAA president Mark Emmert received approximately $1.8 million in compensation during the 2013 calendar year, and the NCAA’s legal fees rose 59 percent to $13.8 million, according to the association’s latest federal tax return released Tuesday. Emmert made about $100,000 more in 2013 than the previous year. He had a base salary of $1,365,298, received $201,127 in other reportable compensation, and was credited with $235,700 in retirement/deferred payment that he can receive in 2017… … Like many coaches and athletic directors, salaries continue to increase for NCAA administrators. In 2007, the NCAA reported spending almost $6 million to compensate 14 of its highest-ranking executives. In 2013, the NCAA’s 14 highest-ranking officials totaled $8.5 million.  [Emphasis added.]

They’re worth every penny.  Just ask ’em. And the legal bills?  They’re for a noble cause.  Even the usually close-mouthed Stacey Osburn is on board with that story.

The NCAA’s legal expenses rose to $13.8 million in 2013-14 as the association fights a number of lawsuits, up from $8.7 million the previous year. As recently as 2010-11, the legal costs were $4.1 million. The increase is because the NCAA “continues to defend its mission and core values,” NCAA spokeswoman Stacey Osburn said.

Given the pay bumps, I’d say the lawyers are doing their jobs.

In ‘Murica, freedom isn’t free.  Neither is amateurism.


Filed under The NCAA