I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
Damn, these deals are just exploding:
The Pac-10 has agreed to a 12-year television contract with ESPN and Fox that will more than triple its media rights fees and be the most valuable for any conference in college sports.
The contract, which will begin with the 2012-13 season, will be worth more than $225 million per year -- or $2.7 billion over the life of the deal, Sports Business Daily and The Associated Press reported on Tuesday.
The Pac-10 made less than $60 million in media rights this past season but became the latest conference to take advantage of the escalating market for college sports on television.
The ACC recently signed a deal for $155 million a year and the Big 12 reached a deal with Fox that made its total annual package worth about $130 million. The Pac-10, which will be renamed the Pac-12 in July with the additions of Utah and Colorado, topped those deals, as well as the $205 million the SEC gets and the $220 million paid to the Big Ten.
The school issued its official response Monday night regarding NCAA violations committed by five of its sports, including secondary ones involving the football program. The most serious violation involved the women’s tennis program and prompted the NCAA to include the dreaded “lack of institutional control” into the allegations, although it appears likely that hammer will not fall on the football side of the ledger.
On the football side, all of the 63 instances noted by the NCAA involved potential recruits receiving impermissible benefits provided by players who were at the time members of the football program. The NCAA’s inquiry alleges those impermissible benefits occurred from 2005-2010.
The majority of allegations involve impermissible housing, transportation or meals, where an incoming student-athlete was provided a place to sleep (often on a couch or floor), a car ride or was provided free food by an existing student-athlete.
In football, the NCAA determined that total dollar value over five years was $4,934 for all of the housing, transportation and meals provided to 63 incoming student-athletes. All services ranged from $2.34 to a maximum of $417.55 and have been reimbursed by the student-athletes.
(Yes, you read that correctly; they got dinged in one instance for two dollars and some change.)
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Joe Bolden is the feature of an article on MLive's homepage right now. He feels slighted, particularly by ND for not recruiting him, and wants revenge:
"It will be good to walk over and shake the Notre Dame coaches' hands and say thank you for giving me the drive to be even better," Bolden said.
He also calls OSU "Ohio" fwiw. Quick learner.
Standard disclaimer for clicking on CFN, please take it with a grain of salt. It's ancient in terms of internet time but I didn't see it posted. No dead players starting but UM did pick up a hybrid QB.
Final Polls will be...:
17. Michigan 9-3
The Spring Call: Brady Hoke’s first season will be a major success. Rich Rodriguez left the shelves relatively stocked, and it’ll show with an improved defense and with Denard Robinson doing less (and staying healthier). An early loss to Notre Dame will be big, but the wins will pile up until late in the season when the win over Ohio State brings a Legends title.
Sched. and too early predictions:
2011 CFN Pred. (Spring): 9-3
Sep. 3 Western Michigan W
Sep. 10 Notre Dame L
Sep. 17 Eastern Michigan W
Sep. 24 San Diego State W
Oct. 1 Minnesota W
Oct. 8 at Northwestern W
Oct. 15 at Michigan State W
Oct. 22 OPEN DATE
Oct. 29 Purdue W
Nov. 5 at Iowa L
Nov. 12 at Illinois L
Nov. 19 Nebraska W
Nov. 26 Ohio State W
2010 Offensive Player of the Year … QB Desmond Robinson
Again it CFN and it's the off-season. Hopefully we'll hear some Buckeye tear article or a new recruit pick up and this will fade to the second page or you could to keep pretending that your working.
Is there any doubt we will add a mac team to the 2012 schedule? Michigan’s open dates are 9/15 then ND on the road, and 9/29 then Purdue on the road in the BIG opener. Alabama in Dallas and Air Force at home are the other non-conference games already on the schedule.
Most MAC teams seem set with 4 non-conference games or are otherwise out of realistic contention. With Umass joining there is some potential for changes.
-Buffalo (UGA, Morgan St, Uconn, Pitt--ugh)
-BG (FL, ID, VT, RI--doh!)
-Miami (Ohio St, Boise, Mizzou, Cincy--ouch!)
-NIU (IOWA, UT-Martin, Army, Kansas)
-Ohio (Penn St, NM st, Marshall, Norfolk St)
-Ball St (Clemson, Indiana, USF, Army)
-WMU (Illinois, EIU, MInny, Uconn)
-Kent (Army, UK, Rutgers, Towson)
-EMU (Purdue, Mich St, Army, open date on the 29th)
-CMU (Mich St, Iowa, Navy , open dates on the 15th and 29th)
Leaving as realistic choices.
-Temple (Penn St, Maryland, Villanova, open dates on the 15th and 29th)
-Toledo* (Arizona, Wyoming, Coastal Carolina, open dates on the 15th and 29th)
UPSHOT: Clearly, Brandon based on odds, goes for UMass then Akron or Toledo on the 29th preferably but the 15th is okay if you can get Umass. Temple could be a wild card from the MAC or could Brandon go Coastal or Appy St on us?
Amirite? Are there rumors I've missed?
I have been mentioning Scottsdale Saguaro ATH DJ Foster (5'10", 180 lbs) for awhile now. I've spoken with his coach quite a bit, and his coach had always been telling me they were hoping Michigan would come through with an offer, and they finally did today.
Foster's coach told me that Dan Ferrigno was out to see him today and loved what he saw. They offered on the spot, which was the same outcome he got from Auburn today as well. Foster is the real deal, plays wide receiver, running back, and defensive back. He has offers from Arizona, ASU, Arkansas, Auburn, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oregon, USC, and more.
I'll have more directly from him soon, but his coach told me that DJ is definite interested and excited about the offer. He said, "I know Michigan has been down for the last couple years, but it's still Michigan. It's still Michigan and DJ is definitely interested. We're excited for him."