"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
With Russell Wilson landing at UW does that make them the preseason favorites to win the B1G? QB was UW's glaring weekness going into this season but obviously Russell Wilson is a major upgrade from anyone they have on their current roster. He only has one year of eligability remaining so we would only see them in Indy.
The violations just keep piling up across the country, and it appears the University of Georgia has found themselves in the middle of a controversy involving this years starting OLB Jarvis Jones and their prized basketball recruit from the 2011 class Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Caldwell-Pope is the # 3 ranked SG in the class of 2011.
Current Georgia and former USC linebacker Jarvis Jones could have his eligibility called into question after the Columbus (GA) Parks and Recreation Department uncovered what appeared to an impermissible bank account used to pay for Jones’ air travel when he was a member of a Los Angeles, Nike-sponsored AAU team in 2009.
Adams reportedly provided financial assistance to UGA basketball signee Kentavious Caldwell-Pope by paying a $280 phone bill for Caldwell-Pope’s mother using AAU team funds.
Not sure how much will come of this, but it's another story where a contact allegedly violating NCAA rules is being investigated by law enforcement officials:
While police are still investigating the actions of P&R director Tony Adams and associate Herman Porter — both are (or, at least, were) involved in a local AAU team by the name of the Georgia Blaze — UGA has notified both the NCAA and the SEC regarding the allegations.
If both player's are ruled ineligible it would be a huge loss to both the football and basketball team
I know this has been batted around a million times by now, but according to Scout, now it looks like Kalis' father is supporting him committing to UM right now, but others in his family are maintaining that he should prolong the process for one reason or another. I wish the kid luck in his decision-making and the process.
Not too sure why ... but it seems like other athletes feel sympathy for Terrelle Pryor, and they feel they need to come clean themselves. In an interview today Channing Crowder came out and said he "hypothetically" sold his jerseys in college.
"I'll say hypothetically I don't have any more of my Florida jerseys," Crowder said Sunday. "There were some Jacksonville businessmen that really hypothetically liked my play."
Why come out and sell yourself out over things like this that are NCAA violations, and which also throw your alma mater into the spotlight.
Does this open the door to an NCAA investigation into Florida's program?
It'll be interesting to see what other players come clean on things that went on while they were in college.
Either way ... Ohio State is under the gun mainly for Tressel and his cover up, so none of this nonsense keeps the heat off Ohio State.
I know it's early but I saw 2 things today on Mich Bball that I thought were interesting.
Tim Hardway is nowhere to be found in the 2012 Mock Drafts. I know it's early, but I'll say right now that this is going to be proven wrong. I think he is gone next year and he'll be a top 20 guy.
The 2nd was a story on the easiest non conference schedules. It was interersting when they showed a graph of the hardest schedules. Michigan is in the top 10 hardest schedules close behind MSU which I think most people would find surprising given that all the media does for 3 months is stroke Izzo and make excuses for their lack of out of conference success.
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I read an interesting article posted at SI.com by the folks from Cold, Hard, Football Facts:
I am curious whether there is any of the stats minded guys (or gals) around here who could be cajoled into seeing if the Passer Differential Rating correlation between winners and their ability to pass the ball and defend the pass transfers from the pros to college football. I find it fascinating that the single biggest predictor of success in the NFL is a team's ability to both pass the ball and defend the pass.
With the greater diversity of offenses in the college game that include both run first offenses as well as pass happy attacks there may be less predictive value for Passer Differential Rating in the NCAA, but it might provide anothe point in the debate over which offensive system is the "best."
Important also is the defensive component. Dominant defenses may be able to make up for a lack of a world beating pass attack. What is most interesting about this stat is that it is a team's ability to pass the ball and defend the pass that is most important (think recent Michigan secondary doom) predictor of success. Its not about running the ball or stopping the run, but rather passing the ball and stopping the pass. Its not overall offense or defense that is most important as a predictor, but just passing success and passing defense.
I wonder if there is someone here willing to take up the challenge of seeing if this correlates at the college level...