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Charlotte, NC (via Lakewood, OH)

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Comment 12 hours ago

Yeah, and Will could've run Texas (further) into the ground. I don't know if Muschamp can be angry over a deal he accepted though. He was coach in waiting (a BS moniker, but whatever), knew it would likely be his job when Mack left, and didn't feel like waiting around any longer. I seem to recall many UT fans being disappointed when he left -- I bet they're breathing a huge sigh of relief now that they've seen what he can do in the HC office. 

Comment 14 hours ago

It absolutely was a business deal and a money grab, and anyone who says differently is lying or stupid. My problem with bringing in those schools is I think the assumption behind them -- that Rutgers will bring the NYC market and Maryland will bring the DC market -- is faulty. I highly doubt those two programs are the biggest/most popular in their respective markets because those markets are destinations for people from all over. Anyone living in NYC or DC care to opine on the strength of the new B1G schools' fanbases and/or local effects of the realignment? Is the BTN in basic cable packages in the area now (the main driver for the B1G, I believe)?

Comment 25 Jul 2014

While the cover-up is often (always?) worse than the crime, I would be extremely disappointed with University management if this tape, or Waters' lie about yelling/cursing at band members, had more than a negligible factor in their decision to terminate him. Sure, he should have said, "yes, it is possible that I have yelled and/or cursed, though I cannot recall any particular instance" rather than make a blanket denial, but the accurate (though inappropriate) follow-up form him should have been, "and who gives a shit if I did?" We have hours upon hours of video/audio of coaches of nearly every sport yelling at their Buckeye players, some with expletives bleeped out, and none of them have been fired, and probably haven't even been reprimanded. Some of the findings in the report are bad -- the one about him yelling/cursing simply is not. And if any band member couldn't handle loud/bad words, it's he/she who should be gone.

Comment 23 Jul 2014

I must admit I picked the PERFECT OSU Saturday to get married

There is no such thing -- did you not read the article??!!?

Comment 18 Jul 2014

Thank you for that. I had no idea what he was referring to either. Now it makes perfect sense.

Comment 15 Jul 2014

There are reasons I pay the extra $10 (or whatever) for the floor model on things like "office" chairs and entertainment centers. 

DJ, I have some bad news for you: The floor model should be cheaper, not more expensive (because of use, wear and tear, nicks, dents, etc.). I think the dude down at Rent-A-Center has taken you for a ride.....

Comment 03 Jul 2014

This was so beautiful and energizing, I don't know if I want to cry or run through a brick wall. Maybe both. Happy (early) Independence Day, everyone!

Comment 23 Jun 2014

Chitown and Andy - I used the term "commercially exploit" in the non-pejorative sense, i.e., to use a resource for commercial purposes. I do not think that student-athletes are 'slaves', 'indentured servants', or the like. That said, it is irrefutable that these athletes are used to generate billions of dollars for the programs for which they play. And unlike the greeter at Walmart of the fry-guy at McDonalds, the athletes are the main reason for the revenue generation. I would compare the athletes more to the actors in a Hollywood movie than the line workers at a retail store or fast food restaurant. 

The business can decide what they want to give them. If you don't like it, don't work for that company. 

Except the athletes can't. If a player doesn't get playing time or the school drops his major, he relies on his 'boss' to consent to his going elsewhere. And as we've seen recently, the 'boss' can block any attempt by the athlete to change schools.

As for the value of the education received, that can be, but is not always, a real value. The recent UNC scandal is not the first, nor will it be the last, indication that not all college athletes are getting the education they're supposed to. (Yes, some of that is on the athlete for taking no-show classes, etc., but there's little doubt they are urged/pushed into such courses by the 'boss'.)

Comment 23 Jun 2014

Andy, he actually did present "the other side" -- he used Delany's and Emmert's own words. It just so happens that those words were turned against them. And while I may not like some of the likely consequences that will come with players getting some compensation, it is extremely difficult to argue that a system that generates billions of dollars a year in revenues isn't commercially exploiting the athletes who make the plays that allow the system to generate billions of dollars a year. 

Comment 19 Jun 2014

Agreed. I think it's more likely you'll get a "Go Bucks" in return if you say "Go Bucks" to another fan, but rarely if ever would you get an "I-O". Heck, for whatever reason, I'm usually so surprised when someone I don't know gives me a "Go Bucks" as I walk down the street that I fail to respond in any fashion. I guess that's my confession.