"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."
from Omaha World-Herald's Tom Shatel:
"....we're on the verge of some kind of revolution in college sports. The TV money is now through the roof. I think the kids will eventually get a slice. It feels like we're headed for a playoff. Maybe a super division of top 60 schools.
Whatever happens, it will be all about money, power and winning. You want integrity? Go to church."
Lots of talk on Twitter about some huge news about to break out of WVU. Blog post from this morning cites the usual disarray in the coaching staff (Holgorsen/Stewart/Casteel, etc). But the people on twitter saying they know and will go public with confirmation suggest its better.
Some choice quotes:
RT @SmokingMusket: WVU football: shit, meet fan.
RT @SmokingMusket: The next week will define WVU football for the next five years.
RT @SmartFootball: Just got a taste of the WVU and I hate to say it but my reaction is that it's really goddamn hilarious (but to WVU fans, I'm really sorry)
RT @romulus9 about the WVU news that's buzzing all over Twitter and elsewhere... if it's what I'm hearing, it's not bad. It's disastrous.
Anyone hearing anything?
So there was some definite angst here when Desmond spoke out at a conference and used Denard as an example of the entitlement that the fans and media give to athletes (paraphrased as to what I hope/think he meant)
Desmond's twitter feed shows that the two of them are just fine:
My brother, a local attorney and sports writer, told me that he feels the corruption of college football by money is related to the fact that there is no minor league for professional football. The problem with college football (and to some extent basketball with the rare Kobe, Lebron, like exceptions) is that there is no minor league for high school students to choose when they want to just get to work and make some money at their chosen sport rather than get a college education,. In the other big money sports, (baseball, hockey, soccer, tennis, golf) there are no barriers to going pro to make some money right away if that is your interest instead of further schooling.
The WVU Board of Governors approved the sell of beer at Mountaineer sporting events by a 10-5 vote.
So what does AD Oliver Luck think?
Luck said he was "pleased" with the approval, which he believes will adress "coarseness" in the stands and "increase civility." The policy change will go into effect as WVU prohibits smoking in public areas of the stadium and ends its practice of allowing re-entry at Mountaineer Field during games.
"I believe we have taken a step forward toward our goal of a safer, friendlier and more civil game day experience," Luck said in a prepared statement ...