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Comment 01 Jan 2014

No way. This is some Big Ten BS. If it was an NCAA violation we would have heard about it, likely as national news. And the NCAA certainly wouldn't leave it at that they would make an announcement about whether they accept the discipline or will impose further sanctions.

This is obviously some asinine rule that the NCAA, or any other conference or team, doesn't have. Why else would the OSU AD assist with appeals?

To hell with this POS conference.

Comment 06 Aug 2013

Probably because if you don't want to talk about this kind of thing then don't read an article about and make a post about how you don't want to talk about the thing, which you ironically just read an article about and made a post about. There are a lot of articles about Xs and Os on this site and all over the Internet. If that's what you want, then go there instead of bothering people here, who must have an interest in this kind of topic. Or at least state that you are tired of off season stuff in a less confrontational way. But I'm pretty sure DENNY summed all this up in a more eloquent way above.

Comment 28 May 2013

This akin to a researcher pointing to only one article to refute a stance supported by a mountain of articles. 

Comment 28 May 2013

Many people from both schools claim to hate everything about the other state and yet cheer on kids from said state every Saturday. I don't get the scrutiny of another school/fanbase when when we do the exact same thing...

TTUN usually has a roster composed of about 40% Ohio players, with most of them being the best players on their team (as you can see from the article above). Ohio State usually has <5% of players from Michigan, and >70% players from Ohio. That is quite a huge difference for being the "exact same thing."



Comment 25 May 2013

Here's RichRod playing with a Mariachi band at his birthday party:


Comment 14 May 2013

What, nothing to say on Peter King?

Comment 02 May 2013

It's a national network, according to John Skipper.

ESPN and SEC have never been more inseparable. ESPN now owns SEC and most of the bowls (though CBS is still on their knees for the SEC too). Don't forget ABC is owned by ESPN too.  Makes me wonder how this will effect broadcasts of other conference teams such as the B1G games on ABC.  

I can only imagine ESPN will work harder to influence the polls and, as they have recently made a push for, recruiting news. They will have a hand in influencing everything from where recruits sign, when and where games are broadcast, and of course the insufferably almighty narrative in college football which tells us who the best teams are and what bowls they'll play in.  Fox, NBC, God, please someone save us from the SEC/ESPN tyranny...

Comment 30 Apr 2013

I think he was implying that at least Michigan isn't in a position where it needs to pony up for a big contract, which could backfire later, to keep their coach as Notre Fame did with Weis.

Comment 02 Apr 2013

It's still a corruption of NCAA competition, and therefore something the NCAA should be able to do something about.  The NCAA doesn't employ coaches, ADs, or players, but can still punish them and their programs.

Comment 02 Apr 2013

I understand the perspective on his highlight videos, given his local competition.  What about competition in the playoffs and championships?  He still put up big numbers in the postseason.  Did teams like Maryville, or whomever they played in the postseason, have more prospects?

Comment 02 Apr 2013

The few Louisville fans I know do nothing but talk trash about Ohio State.  All the time.  It's ridiculous.  No way I could possibly root for that team.

Comment 19 Mar 2013

In regard to your point about non-revenue sports, the universities have made the choice to have as many non-revenue sports as they choose. If they don't want to lose the money to have them, then don't have them. If they do want to have them, the revenue sports are creating more than enough to provide a fairer share to those athletes and still have enough left to provide for some non-revenue sports. 

An argument that a university doesn't have to pay a fair share to someone, who by any sane and logical definition is an employee, because the university chose to lose money on something unrelated, makes absolutely no sense.

Comment 19 Mar 2013

It may be easier to hate him because he's 1/4 Fillipino Caucasian-looking since overt sports villainy is enabled when the variable of white guilt is negated.

/looks again at Grantland's most hated NCAA players bracket 2000's region


/light bulb

Comment 19 Mar 2013

While we can and should look at the shortfalls some student-athletes fail because of already existing financial need, a recent USA Today analysis suggests that the average DI basketball player, for example, is already earning $120k per year in benefits for the right to play ball and earn a degree.

A lot of the things included in the $120K are flat out stupid.  It counts things like sneakers towards that figure.  Would a chemical handler count chemical aprons and gloves provided as personal income? 

The article does a fair job of rebutting some of the nonsensical claims, such as medical care:

Lawyer Kessler scoffs at this. "(Colleges) keep (players) healthy while they're on the team," he says. "It's just to keep them playing."

The most salient points of the article:

Zimbalist, author of a book about college sports finances titled Unpaid Professionals, contends that a typical big-time men's basketball player's compensation should be calculated simply: tuition multiplied by the men's nationwide basketball graduation rate, which, according to NCAA data, is 66%. Then, add room and board value.

That would total less than $20,000 a year at most schools.

Lawyer Jeffrey Kessler, whose clients include the NFL Players Association and other sports labor unions, says, "I think it's very hard to make the case that these athletes are getting a fair shake."

And of course this:

For most programs, their men's basketball player payrolls are a cheap date.

Everything from coaching, medical care, tutoring, work uniforms (ohh! sneakers!) are all beneficial to the university in that it makes sure the players are eligible and able to play at their best. Therefore, it all benefits the university to the tune multi-million dollar TV contracts and millions in other revenue every year.

Meanwhile, Jim Delaney is comish of the most profitable conference in the country.  That money is all going back to support the student athlete, right? Right? What? It's not? It's just a tax-free shelter for people like Delaney to reap millions.