Category Archives: The NCAA

“Yeah, anytime I can get a little bit more money in pocket, it is exciting.”

Several Georgia players are included in the class action group scheduled to receive payment from EA Sports for use of their likenesses in its NCAA Football video game.  Will some of you think less of ’em for that?

The funny thing is the kids would like to see the game return for the obvious reasons.

Theus played the game often growing up and would like to see it return. He says the game still has a huge following, and if the NCAA can work out a deal where the college football players are compensated for their likeness and image it could be a win for both sides.

“Whoever wants to play the game can play it, they [EA and the NCAA] can make money off of it, and guys can get a little more cash,” Theus said. “If they work something out, it would be awesome.”

EA Sports has already said it would be willing to resume production of the game and pay the kids for their likenesses.  But amateurism is in the fans’ best interests, right?

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“Look, Nick’s a friend of mine.”

So, do you figure the next NCAA rules dispute goes a little more in Nick Saban’s favor than the 10-second substitution kerfuffle did?

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“It’s an NCAA thing.”

I think every Georgia fan knows what it means when a player is suspended for four games and his coach says, “We have to respect what they say on amateurism.”

But I have to disagree with Saban a little bit here.

Bo Scarbrough is still recovering from a knee injury. Saban said he didn’t expect Scarbrough to be healthy enough to play early in the season anyway.  And it just so happens he’ll be back in time for Alabama’s game on October 3rd in Athens.  Anybody think things would work out so conveniently in an alternate universe where it was a Georgia running back in that situation?

That’s not an NCAA thing.  That’s a non-Georgia Way thing.

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Wednesday morning buffet

Hump day.  Get ‘yer buffet on.

  • 100 years ago… Vanderbilt was a football powerhouse.
  • Three overrated college teams, based on advanced stats – and Georgia isn’t one of them.
  • Georgia opened preseason practice yesterday almost complete from a health standpoint.  Amazing.
  • The CFP announced yesterday that it’s expanding travel help to players’ families to cover the semifinals.  That’s a nice gesture, but it’s hard to see how you square that with amateurism.  Maybe someone could ask Stacey Osburn for a comment.
  • Pruitt on Leonard Floyd“So the good thing about Leonard is he can help everybody else right. Until we figure out the other pieces of the puzzle he’s gonna kind of do all three.”
  • More Pruitt“Sometimes your second team strong safety is better than your second team free safety,” defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt said. “So when you’re starting free safety gets hurt, it’s not real smart to put in the worse player.”
  • Even more Pruitt“This league is a physical league. You better be big up front. You better have big people so you can sustain over the course of the year…”
  • Matt Hinton says yes, the SEC West is that good.  Which makes you wonder what kind of expansion pressure will be brought to bear on the CFP if the SEC gets shut out of the semifinals because the West ate its own.
  • And Grayson Lambert sees a lot of similarities between what Virginia and Georgia run in their offenses.

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Your Honor, we’d like to dismiss all charges.

You will be pleased to know that life with the Tunsils is heading back to normal, or at least what passes for normal.

Domestic violence charges against both Ole Miss left tackle Laremy Tunsil and his stepfather are likely to be dropped on Monday.

Tunsil’s attorney, Steven Farese, told The Clarion-Ledger on Friday that both attorneys mutually agreed to have their clients sign dismissal forms earlier in the week. Those forms are currently with the Lafayette County Justice Court’s clerk, officials said, and will be reviewed to be signed by Judge Johnny McLarty on Monday.

Farese said he sees no reason why the matter will not be settled then.

Matthew Wilson, the attorney representing Tunsil’s stepfather, Lindsey Miller, confirmed that both parties agreed to drop the charges.

The motivational stone for kissing and making up should be pretty obvious. Dude’s gotta play so dude can rake after this season.

Of course, that leaves the rock that Miller turned over when he was pissed off at the golden goose.  That’s why there was this on the record moment during the hearing which was completely irrelevant to the matter being heard by the court:

Justice Court Judge Mickey Avent dismissed a protective order Miller levied against Tunsil during the case’s only court hearing on July 14, which also presented Farese with an opportunity to combat Miller’s claims that Tunsil accepted a ride from an agent the night of the fight, which would be an NCAA violation.

Farese admitted there was an agent present, but said Tunsil left in a rental car driven by a friend named “Zo,” who flew from South Carolina to Memphis and rented the car to drive to Oxford.

Before you roll your eyes over this, look on the bright side.  If Tunsil had signed with Georgia, you can bet the NCAA would be all over Zo’s ass right now, Tunsil would be preemptively suspended, McGarity would be figuring out the necessary level of NCAA groveling the school would need to do and we’d be fretting about how many games the offensive line would be in turmoil waiting for Tunsil’s return. ‘Cause that’s how the Georgia Way rolls, peeps.

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The NCAA gets its stay.

And, yeah, it’s a pretty big deal.

An appellate court granted a stay on Friday of a federal judge’s ruling last year that N.C.A.A. rules preventing athletes from making money from college sports broadcasts and video games violated antitrust law.

The stay, in the so-called O’Bannon case, is at least a temporary reprieve for the N.C.A.A. and its decades-old rules barring payments to athletes. Without it, the association would have faced a new reality on Saturday in which colleges theoretically could have offered recruits unregulated money, or the association could have set a cap on such compensation.

There is no timetable for a ruling from the appellate court, a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, but the judges specifically noted that the stay was not an indication of how they might ultimately decide the case.

Eh, maybe not, but it’s a decent indication that Judge Wilken’s ruling may not stand in its entirety.

Michael Hausfeld, a lawyer representing a class of current and former basketball and football players against the N.C.A.A. and its member institutions, had hoped for a different outcome, one that would have allowed colleges to compensate players immediately.

“I’m disappointed,” he said. “I would have liked to see a decision. Now we’ll wait some more.”

The sides argued the case in March in front of the Ninth Circuit, with the N.C.A.A. contending that a ruling for the players would professionalize its amateur athletes and hurt its business model. The association requested the stay this month.

“It’s hard to imagine a situation where they grant the stay and then affirm the ruling,” Hausfeld said in a recent interview, although on Friday he added, “A decision is still coming, and this is not the end.”

Indeed, the stay could mean the court is trying to reach consensus or work through complicated issues.

“If anything, the stay is a recognition of the complexity of the case and unscrambling the egg if the schools are allowed to offer the money,” said Gabe Feldman, the director of the sports law program at the Tulane University Law School.

The odds on this case going to the Supreme Court have become a lot more likely.

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Your O’Bannon update

At the New York Times, you’ll find a nice summary of where things stand with just a couple of days to go before the expiration of Judge Wilken’s delay in the order going into effect.

One thing worth reiterating is this:

After the three-week trial last summer in Oakland, Calif., Wilken found that the N.C.A.A.’s rules were illegal. This does not mean universities must share licensing money with players, only that the N.C.A.A. cannot prevent them from doing so.

If the appeals court doesn’t grant the stay the NCAA seeks, I figure Auburn will be out of the gate on this before the weekend is over.

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