I just seen a tweet from Jabrill Peppers and he went off on the NCAA for how they treating the kids these days and its been going on for years. Here's what Jabrill tweeted.
Kind of expected. Still a blow to Wisconsin who should take a step backwards next year. Good luck to the kid!
|Team||# of Entries||Percentage|
|SF Austin (WD..wtf?)||1||0.15|
|NO PICKS MADE||16||2.44|
|656 Total Entries|
Just a little table. Kind of interesting. Lots of entries this year. Obviously there is an overwhelming favorite taking with over 54% of people picking UK to take the title. This lead to only a handfull of teams picked to win it all.
Now that stipens for athletes is just around the corner (they begin in the 2015-16 school year) for the Big Ten and other Power Five conferences, it's time to consider how much money will be involved and what kind of disparity there will be between schools. David Jones, of pennlive.com has an interesting article that includes a table showing tuition and incidental expenses (labeled Stipend) from 2014-15 for each Big Ten school.
Jones discusses the competing interests within universities that will play into determing the amount for these stipends: ADs want them high enough to help lure top athletes while other university officials want to keep them low enough to not scare off prospective students and their parents who are trying to figure out how budget for college expenses.
Jones also points out that "Penn State coach James Franklin is on record recently as saying the expenses stipend is definitely on the table as a recruiting factor." Even though the stipends in the table below are for the current academic year and not what will be paid next year, it's no surprise that Franklin is willing to use stipends in recruiting, given that Penn State's incidental expenses or "stipend" is more than double the amount for some of the other universities, including Michigan.
SB Nation has a story up detailing how a California judge is unsealing the documents related to the Reggie Bush investigation, specifically McNair's defamation suit. This may be hard to believe, but apparently the NCAA does not come out smelling sweet.
I'm of two minds. On the one hand, I wish that could be done about the apparent rampant cheating in football recruiting. On the other hand, the NCAA is an awful organization.
The Roquan Smith and Mike Weber recruitment stories cry out for someone to take on the NCAA and a school like UCLA or OSU and sue to rescind a NLI for fraudulent inducement. These kids are being misled into thinking guys who have jobs elsewhere are going to be coaching them, and they get trapped in the NCAA regulations and have to miss a year if they are PO'd that the coach left. Weber has perfect facts for a lawsuit: he was conflicted at the last minute, his "position coach" at OSU was recruiting him hard, the guy obviously had the Bears job in his pocket and was waiting until after signing day to announce. Weber can easily allege he would not have chosen OSU had he known the true facts. Discovery into the text messages, emails and phone records among Urbs, his RB coach, the Bears etc. would be fascinating. I'd wager there is testimony to be had (probably from the Bears) that "we need to keep this quiet until after signing day." Fraudulent inducement allows you to rescind the NLI, meaning it never existed. NCAA regulations can't trump the law of the land. I would love to see one of these kids get PO'd enough to bring this abusive system down.