Category Archives: The NCAA

How do you know when the NCAA is lying to you?

When somebody tells you there’s a spending crisis.

Okay, if you want the longer answer…

So how has this perpetual crisis rhetoric survived so long in the face of year-over-year revenue growth? The best explanation comes from a working paper by two economics professors at Western Kentucky University, Brian Goff and Dennis Wilson, which explains how useful it is to look poor whenever someone comes looking for money:

Keeping awareness of the rent flow4 low, permits either certain athletic or other university officials discretion over use of the flows. As a result, the most common practice over many decades has been to minimize or diminish apparent surpluses. In fact, the supposed losses have been a means for university presidents to pursue “cost containment.”

In other words, we’re always in a crisis because the people in power have a vested interest in seeming poor. This means many of those who’ve been predicting a looming college sports apocalypse have something very much in common with your run-of-the-mill apocalypse cult: They have something to sell. It’s worked for a century, so why not keep selling it until people stop buying?

Makes you wonder if anyone in Congress will be paying attention when Mark Emmert comes calling to ask for that antitrust exemption.

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Mark Emmert, fearless leader

If you had any question about what kind of person Mark Emmert is, let Jay M. Glazer, a “big Washington booster and philanthropist”, set that to rest.

“The president of the university is the lead fundraiser,” said Glazer, not to be confused with the NFL analyst for Fox Sports. “We’re all expected to pay (our pledges). … Your integrity is on the line. You don’t make up phony stuff.”

The “phony stuff” he alludes to is a pledge to contribute $100,000 to the University of Washington when Emmert served there as the school’s president (where he was making more than $700,000 per year).  Glazer’s anger stems from the fact that Emmert apparently has welshed on paying off the entire pledge.

Records obtained by USA TODAY Sports show $51,000 of the $100,000 pledge was paid by January 2010, but the rest of the pledge went unpaid after Emmert left UW, his alma mater, to become president of the NCAA later that year. Another person with knowledge of the situation confirmed the pledge was only half-paid, leading the university to endow the scholarship at half its planned amount.

It’s pretty easy to lob the hypocrisy ball in Emmert’s direction – hell, what’s new about that? – and Glazer does so.

Glazer also said Emmert “sets the standard” and acts “holier than thou” as the president of the NCAA, the governing body of college sports.

The organization uses an honor system among member schools to enforce its many rules. It also punishes those who act dishonestly or disregard the values of higher education. In 2012, Emmert announced harsh sanctions against Penn State because of the child sex abuse scandal involving former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. Emmert noted then that part of the NCAA’s mission is “to insist that athletics programs provide positive moral models for our students, enhance the integrity of higher education and promote the values of civility, honesty and responsibility.”

“If he’s going to tell 18-, 19- and 20-year-olds, that (they violated NCAA rules) because they signed an autograph or they took a supplement or they got a tattoo free, who is he to tell anybody if he doesn’t pay his own bills?” said Glazer, whose father-in-law once served as president of the university’s board of regents.

But for me, the real window into Emmert’s soul comes from his response to USA Today’s invitation to comment about the pledge.

Asked if he wanted to comment on the situation and if he planned to pay the rest of the pledge, Emmert issued a statement through a spokeswoman.

“Personal philanthropy is a private matter for individuals and their families,” Emmert’s statement said. “My family and I care greatly for the University of Washington and will continue to support it throughout our lives.”

I’m using “his response” in a loose sense.  The man doesn’t even have the spine to do his weaseling personally.  This is so lame that Stacey Osborne can’t even bring herself to attach her name to a no comment.

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“Today, delivering the eulogy is Jim Harbaugh.”

The decency barriers keep coming down.

Best of all, with unlimited texting, it’s easy to multitask at someone’s funeral!

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Because you can never get enough Jim Harbaugh.

Per NCAA honcho Oliver Luck, the new satellite camp rule may be revisited.

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There’s never enough money when you need it.

So, NCAA, you just got a contract extension paying you another $8.8 billion for the March Madness broadcast rights.  What are you going to do next?

Um… I don’t think “continues to benefit athletes” means what you think it means.

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Clear as mud

Okay, NCAA, lemme see if I’ve got this straight:  Marcus Lattimore, due to his status as a former player and his presence through football camps and foundation, can be around the South Carolina program in an unpaid position, but Marcus Lattimore, due to his status as a former player and his presence through football camps and foundation, can’t be a paid member of the support staff… except Marcus Lattimore, due to his status as a former player and his presence through football camps and foundation, can be a paid member of Muschamp’s coaching staff.

Geez, that’s so convoluted, even Nick Saban couldn’t figure out a workaround.

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“They want to do all their stuff in the dark.”

According to Mike Leach, there isn’t a coach in the Pac-12 who is in favor of shutting down satellite camps.  And yet, the Pac-12 representative, UCLA athletic Dan Guerrero, voted to do just that.  Why?  Let the Pirate explain:

“The committee. Well who did it? Them. Well, who’s them? We can’t tell you who them is. They want it shrouded by secrecy. I think we need as much exposure to this as possible…”

The truth is out there.  Yar!

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