Category Archives: The NCAA

Life on the plantation

Screenshot_2019-06-11 The Other Matt Brown on Twitter

Screenshot_2019-06-11 The Other Matt Brown on Twitter(1)

Nineteen.  Forty-six.  At least the players were getting some money for selling their services back then.



Filed under It's Just Bidness, The NCAA

“This movement of student-athlete freedom has gone too far to turn back now.”

Count Tom Mars as someone who thinks the NCAA is going to get out of the transfer waiver business soon by adopting a “a one-time, no-questions-asked transfer” process.

“The absence of any logic in penalizing student-athletes becomes even more apparent when one considers the freedom that other college students have to transfer without penalty,” Mars said. “After all, there’s no rule that requires a college violinist with a scholarship to be barred from playing in any concerts for a year following their transfer to another school. What’s more, when a student-musician transfers, you never hear anyone say ‘by giving you a scholarship, we paid for you to stay here until you graduate.’”

Ah, logic.  I forgot, this is the NCAA we’re dealing with.

Seriously, this makes too much sense not to adopt — even for the NCAA.  At least I think it does.


Filed under The NCAA, Transfers Are For Coaches.

No rhyme or reason


The NCAA doesn’t typically reveal why it grants some waivers of the mandatory “year in residence” for transfers and denies others. Illinois tight end Luke Ford is one player left wondering why his waiver request was denied.

Ford — the top-rated recruit in Illinois in the Class of 2018 — transferred from Georgia to Illinois in January, citing his grandparents’ failing health and his desire to play closer to home. He’s from Carterville, Ill., which is about 190 miles south of Champaign, and Illinois is one of the closest major football programs to his hometown.

The NCAA in 2012 established a distance limit of 100 miles in cases like Ford’s.

An Illinois spokesman said in a statement Wednesday that the program is disappointed in the decision to deny Ford’s waiver request and plans to help him appeal.

“My Waiver got denied,” Ford tweeted Wednesday. “Thanks for all your support. It’s all in the Lord’s timing.”

Apparently, it’s also up to the NCAA’s whims.

The NCAA also this week denied a waiver for immediate eligibility for offensive lineman Brock Hoffman, who transferred from Coastal Carolina to Virginia Tech to be closer to his mother. She had surgery in 2017 to remove a brain tumor and now struggles with facial paralysis and hearing and eyesight loss, but Hoffman said on Twitter that the NCAA denied his request because his hometown is five miles outside the 100-mile radius and because it said his mother’s condition is improving.


I don’t care which side of the transfer waiver divide you stand on, if you’re a fair-minded person, this has to be nothing but rank bullshit.  It comes off as little more than a random exercise of power over young men’s lives, young men who are already troubled with family problems.  To insist on enforcing some arbitrary measure is cruel.

I’ll say it again — just give every kid one bite at the immediate transfer apple and be done with it.  What the NCAA has done with these two, especially in light of the Martell decision, seems little better than the pre-portal days when coaches could arbitrarily block players’ movement.  Very sad for Ford and Hoffman, who deserve better.


Filed under The NCAA, Transfers Are For Coaches.

TFW “tethered to education” means getting a piece of the pie

Gotta love the NCAA’s flexibility on what amateurism means.

Our ADs have been in support of student-athletes using their name, image and likeness (or NIL) for non-athletic purposes, such as starting-up a business. However, when it comes to compensation to student-athletes for athletically related NIL, the issue becomes more complicated.

As Arizona State President Dr. Michael Crow pointed out at the Knight Commission meeting last month, universities own the intellectual property of their faculty and students if the university provided resources in the invention of new technologies. What rights do universities have with respect to their student-athletes using their NIL tied to their university sport?

… Providing carte blanche Olympic NIL rights to student-athletes without considering the interests of the university is not fair nor equitable, or not even how universities typically handle intellectual property with their faculty and students.

To paraphrase a familiar punch line, when it comes to revenue producing sports, we know what the schools are.  They’re just haggling over the fee.

And, yeah, you could say student-athletes are about to get a first-rate educational experience.


Filed under It's Just Bidness, The NCAA

What profiteth a student-athlete if he gains compensation and loses his AD’s soul?

Well, somebody’s making some money off Rodrigo Blankenship’s likeness.  Just not Rodrigo Blankenship.

The T-shirts that sold online for $24.76 each never mention Rodrigo Blankenship’s name.

They didn’t need to because the red helmet, mustache and signature goggles with the catchphrase “Respect the Specs” are synonymous with the Georgia kicker who burst onto the national stage during the run to the College Football Playoff championship game in 2017.

Under NCAA rules, Blankenship can’t profit from his name, image and likeness while still playing for Georgia, although the governing body announced last month a working group is examining the issue.

The shirt was sold by Nashville-based printing and apparel company The Seven-Six, whose co-owner just happened to grow up a Bulldog fan.

Very respectful, indeed.  But I’ll say outright thievery beats what Rod’s AD is offering.

“It sounds pretty easy to do, but the implementation of it, how does it affect the power five, how does it affect the group of five?” McGarity said. “Does it widen the separation? There’s so many unknowns. …It’s a complicated situation and I’d rather not get into what I personally feel. That’s why they’ve got the committee in place so that they can really bear down and have some fruitful discussions and figure out a pathway moving forward.”

Greg’s got that “complicated” company line down pat.  It’s only that way if you’re on the wrong side of the revenue line, though.

SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said his stance remains about what it was when he testified in the Ed O’Bannon lawsuit, which started in 2009 and involved name, image and likeness rights.

“I think and believe that the funding, the financial support provided to a student-athlete is appropriately tied to their educational pursuits,” Sankey said.

If you’re a student-athlete who thinks this NCAA working group is going to recommend any substantive changes to the amateurism rules, you probably still believe in the Tooth Fairy.


Filed under It's Just Bidness, The NCAA

Smart move

Just another day in college football land.

This kind of crapola is so frequent now, I can’t even muster up mild indignation anymore.


Filed under It's Just Bidness, The NCAA

“(But) it’s not that simple…”

You know, it’s funny how an entire group of folks pulling down six- and seven-figure annual salaries to make big decisions as a matter of routine all profess to being completely bamboozled when it comes to player compensation.

Some coincidence, hunh?


Filed under It's Just Bidness, The NCAA