further adventures in Jed York being unsuited for his position
Illinois 6-6 vs Baylor 7-5
GOOOOOO BIG TEN
A few thoughts on the apologies that DeVier Posey and TP gave yesterday and ESPN played heavily...
1. It could not have been more annoying during DeVier's comments that he kept referring to "the ohio state university" - really took away from his apology and sounded conceited to me and someone should have coached him to avoid saying it (Buckeye Nation references, ESPN counted 9, where also annoying, but not as bad).
2. As for TP, how weird was it when he described OSU as "the greatest university in the nation"... he said it in complete apathetic monotone, clearly he barely meant it and it made it more obvious that the only thing he is sorry about is that he is getting punished. I gave the same apologies all the time when I was eight years old.
3. I was completely disappointed that TP refrained from saying something obviously stupid. He usually puts his foot in his mouth, so this must have been a coached apology. Yet, in the ESPN article OSU spokesman Shelly Poe told the AP that she did not know if it was part of their punishment or if they were compelled by coaches to do the press conference. Seems like this was decently organized and she didn't check her email/missed the memo.
4. TP may be apologizing, but on 12/22 at around 9pm he was tweeting "I paid for my tattos. Go Bucks." You would think he would be well aware that this punishment and stuff was coming down the line the next day and that he wouldn't need to tweet anything about a minor infraction like the Tattoos. His twitter account has as many deleted posts as saved posts. http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/blog/dr_saturday/post/Yes-Ohio-State-is-probing-the-NCAA-s-first-tatt?urn=ncaaf-299540
While in Cleveland over Christmas, it was interesting to get the feeling of several tOSU fans on (edit) the tattoo/memorabilia fiasco. I certainly couldn't speak for all OSU fans, but there was consensus that Pryor was a bust, and that they would just assume he move on to the NFL now, rather than come back. From the perspective of these fans, the other guys could go too.
What about Michigan fans? What is best for Michigan in this whole debacle? I suppose it would help our chances at winning next year if they all left.
Also, it now is at the point where tOSU fans are ready for Michigan to become competitive again. They complained about the stands being less than packed and less than enthused for the Big Game last month. I have to say, I was offered a ticket to the game at face value, and I passed.
UConn's former QB Cody Endres is enrolling at Slippery Rock
All I have to say in response to the NCAA is...Srsly?
The NCAA responded to critics today by making this statement today.
"Money is not a motivator or factor as to why one school would get a particular decision versus another. Any insinuation that revenue from bowl games in particular would influence NCAA decisions is absurd, because schools and conferences receive that revenue, not the NCAA."
You forgot about the advertising. If players from osu are suspended for the Sugar Bowl and they start to get clobbered, a lot of people will turn the channel, missing the advertising. Advertisers may be cautious next time around about sponsoring BCS bowls. At least that is my take.
Doesn't change my Epinion. In fact it may increase the ANGAR I have for the NCAA.
In relation to the decision last week involving rules violations with football student-athletes at Ohio State, several current student-athletes were interviewed as part of our fact-gathering process. They indicated they were not aware there was a violation and learned of the issue based on later rules education, which was confirmed by OSU through interviews and supporting documentation.
Inadequate rules education is often cited in student-athlete reinstatement and other waiver cases (such as inaccurate or misguided academic advising), but it is just one of many factors considered in these types of situations.
Ok...They didn't know/did it for their families.(No way) Also would this be a failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance? From the mouths of osu's coaches and AD came the admission that they didn't adequately inform players of the rules against selling memorabilia. Will there be a investigation for this?
There have been questions as well since last week related to the withholding policy and student-athlete reinstatement for NCAA championships and bowl games. This policy was developed and implemented by the Division I membership, specifically the Division I Committee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement and approved by the Division I Academics/Eligibility/Compliance Cabinet, in 2004. It allows for suspending a reinstatement condition in specific instances involving NCAA championships or bowl games. It recognizes the unique opportunity these events provide at the end of a season, and they are evaluated differently from a withholding perspective for student-athlete reinstatement.
What is the unique opportunity Mr. Emmert? Are you teaching student-athletes a proper moral lesson on breaking rules/laws with this exception to punishment? I'm sure here in the real world the police would let me go to my wedding if I was caught selling "hot" items illegally, wouldn't they?
Gag me with a spork.
After the dust settles from our impressive win at the Gator Bowl what are the chances we'll be ranked. It looks like 2-5 of the fringe teams will likely drop out of the top 25.
It sure would be nice to finish the season in the top 25 and make Bruce Feldman's preseason prediction come true.