Category Archives: The NCAA

Tuesday morning buffet

A few tasty morsels I scrounged up for your morning enjoyment:

  • While some of this piece by Dean Legge is over the top, it’s worth reading to the end for the comparison between Mark Richt’s Georgia career and the first fourteen seasons of Vince Dooley’s.
  • The NCAA, bastion of amateurism, announces it will give $18.9 million to schools to help pay for cost of attendance stipends.  That should make for some fun questioning in somebody’s antitrust case.
  • Seven Georgia players are named to the media’s preseason All-SEC teams.
  • Between the academic fraud scandal and this, North Carolina’s on quite the roll.
  • Phil Steele looks at how often underdogs win outright.
  • And Dave Bartoo looks at teams’ starting position in 2014.  Georgia did well there.
  • Did you know that the Carter-Floyd-Jenkins trio had a nickname?  I didn’t.
  • Dennis Franchione makes the curious comment that “scholarships used to be equal”.  From a marginal cost standpoint, I agree, but I suspect those who like to trumpet how scholarships are full-blown compensation for student-athletes might not.
  • Nice job in the ACC media guide by some disgruntled human being.

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“There’s a very realistic possibility this winds up in Federal court.”

Does the NCAA ever get tired of hearing that?

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Amateurism ain’t cheap.

You can bet Stacey Osburn has no comment about this:

A federal magistrate judge late Monday ordered the NCAA to pay nearly $46 million to Ed O’Bannon’s lawyers in attorney fees and legal costs for their court victory. The NCAA had been seeking the costs to be heavily reduced to approximately $8.5 million.

US Magistrate Judge Nathanel Cousins awarded the O’Bannon lawyers $44.4 million in attorney fees, a reduction of almost $1.2 million from what they requested. The NCAA was also ordered to pay $1.5 million in costs and expenses, down $3.7 million from what the plaintiffs sought.

Good thing it’s got March Madness to pay for it.

This observation by Cousins has to sting.

“This win against a behemoth of an institution like the NCAA could significantly change American college sports; in particular, the way the NCAA treats its student-athletes.”

And this is when you know your arguments aren’t persuasive.

Another argument the NCAA made in trying to reduce the legal fees was that O’Bannon’s lawyers were overstaffed. Cousins said the NCAA’s claims are “undercut by their own staffing decisions. For example, while it cries foul over plaintiffs’ counsels’ alleged overattendance at trial, the NCAA had close to a dozen attorneys, not to mention paralegals, assistants, and technical staff members, representing its interests at the trial.”

So go ahead and put Cousins on the list of people who are just wrong, wrong, wrong about amateurism.  Pretty soon we’ll be able to add the Ninth Circuit to that, when it denies the NCAA’s appeal.  It’ll be interesting to see where things go after that.  Maybe we should ask Stacey if she’s heard anything.

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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?

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“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?

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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?

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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.

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