Category Archives: The NCAA

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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Yeah, but what would McGarity do?

The general consensus over the Notice of Allegations that the NCAA served on Ole Miss is that there really isn’t much in them to sweat over.  As an example, here’s what Bruce Feldman has to say:

… Multiple sources tell FOX Sports that the majority of the allegations stem from women’s basketball and track as well as from incidents occurring with the previous Rebels football staff from the Houston Nutt era, and that the Notice of Allegations does not contain anything that surprises the program.

Most of the allegations that are tied to Hugh Freeze’s staff involve the situation with star offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil, sources tell FOX. Tunsil had to sit out seven games in 2015 because it had been determined by the NCAA that he had accepted impermissible extra benefits that included the use of three separate loaner vehicles over a sixth-month period without payment.

A source at Ole Miss told FOX Sports that the Rebels football program took some measures to self-sanction itself in regard to scholarships given out in 2015 in the wake of the NCAA allegations.

While it’s never good any time the NCAA looks into a school, there really doesn’t appear to be much concern about it from Ole Miss’ AD.

In contrast, how do you think things would be going down about now if such a notice were delivered to Athens?  The Herbstreit tweet and Bradley thought piece write themselves, don’t they? Not to mention Butts-Mehre would be preparing to prostrate itself in front of the first investigator to hit town…

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Congrats, Ole Miss. You’ve made the big time.

Well, now.  It looks like somebody took Hugh Freeze up on his compliance challenge.

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When worlds collide in amateurism

I’m trying to wrap my brain around how the NCAA is going to wrap its brain around this lawsuit.

Former Northern Illinois University running back Akeem Daniels filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against DraftKings and FanDuel seeking more than $5 million in damages and alleging the daily fantasy sites’ use of student athletes can lead to, among other things, point-shaving and fixing.

In the lawsuit, Daniels claims New York-based FanDuel Inc. and Boston-based DraftKings Inc. used his name – and the names of thousands of other college football and basketball players – to generate millions of dollars in revenue.

The suit also mentions 15 other NIU players who appeared in various daily fantasy games on the two sites.

The lawsuit alleges that FanDuel and DraftKings have “immeasurably altered the college football and basketball environment” by putting Daniels and others “in an unwanted state of fear and concern of the risk of being contacted by speculators who have a financial interest” in how they perform on the field.

“[FanDuel’s] unlawful business model puts [Daniels and others] at unwanted risk of contact with speculators whose interests align with ‘corruption in the form of fixed outcomes and point-shaving,’ ” the lawsuit claims.

I can see Mark Emmert punching his fist in the air upon hearing the news, except…

The lawsuit is similar to one filed by Ed O’Bannon on 2009, in which he sued the NCAA for profiting off his name and likeness in the EA sports video games. That too was a class-action suit, won by O’Bannon in 2013.

At least he can take comfort in somebody else paying the lawyer bills.

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“Where’s my football team? Get over here, football team.”

University of Iowa officials say they are confident no NCAA rules or university policies were violated when members of the University of Iowa football and wrestling teams joined Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on stage Tuesday night.

That’s a damned shame.  Trump vs. Emmert would have been fun to watch.

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96 percent

There’s a judge-approved settlement proposal on the table in the concussion case filed against the NCAA.  The key terms look like this:

The proposed settlement, which was first submitted in July 2014, calls for a $70 million monitoring fund for former athletes, which would allow them the opportunity to receive neurological screenings to examine brain functions and any signs of brain damage like chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease. Under the settlement, the N.C.A.A. would also prevent athletes who have sustained a concussion from returning to a game or practice that day. [Emphasis added.]

United States District Judge John Z. Lee did request one notable change from the original settlement: that the N.C.A.A. not have complete immunity against class-action concussion litigation. Lee’s terms for approval include a provision that would still allow athletes at a particular college to sue their university and the N.C.A.A. as a class.

This is why you have to sue sometimes, folks.  Because on their own, the schools and their umbrella organization haven’t been able to agree to move forward with what sounds like the most basic protocol.  And now?

“After all the wait, we’ve basically got 96 percent of what we expected to get,” said Steve Berman, the lead counsel for the plaintiffs.

None of which is to say this is over and done.  That last bit means the sword of Damocles is still hanging over schools.  No wonder “(t)he N.C.A.A. issued a statement saying it was still reviewing Lee’s terms.”  If the NCAA rejects the deal, I can’t wait to hear Mark Emmert’s next ode to putting the student-athlete above all.

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UPDATE:  “Yes. They would always, you know, tend to put pressure on you to get good players back.”

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