also duty-free guys falling over and grabbing their shins
After that dissappointing loss let's have a separate thread to differentiate this hopefully much better game from that poor showing. Game starts at 7:00 p.m on ESPN. GO BLUE!
Last one, heald in the Grand Daddy of them all!
Florida State is favored by 13 on a neutral field, by some ESPN bottom line metric. Will Jameis Winston with the Heisman and MNC and end the SEC's run of 6 straight?
Auburn is the self-proclaimed team of destiny. Will they have one more miracle tonight?
Line: FSU - 10.5
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SLIGHT MOD EDIT - Not really OT for our purposes. We'll make this the open thread. - LSA
The ULM/Arkansas St game may be the more entertaining game tonight.
The College World Series kicks off in about 30 minutes with two games on today's schedule:
1 p.m. (Central), TCU vs. Florida State
6 p.m. (Central), Florida vs. UCLA
While no game is a bad game, the first one definitely has my attention. TCU is starting a true freshman, but don't let that fool you. The kid was drafted as a first rounder out of high school but passed up the money to play for the Horned Frogs. Purke is the real deal. Just be prepared to hear way too many times about his cockeyed hat and fist pumping. Florida State is as hot as they come. They feel as if they were sleighted by the NCAA committee for not getting to host a regional as a #1 seed. They instead were shipped to UCONN. The Seminoles are one of the strongest overall teams in the bracket.
Game two is also really good. I think I favor Florida who has the best pitching and defense in the tournament. UCLA is still somewhat young, but they did come out of the toughest bracket, beating LSU, UC Irvine, and a super regional against Cal State Fullerton.
Should be good games in what is the last CWS Opening day in Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium.
Brian has done an excellent job finding and posting two Public Infraction Reports for schools with similar violations to Michigan's. I looked around the internet a little, and found a summary of Alabama's last few run-ins with the NCAA and the report from Florida State's recent violations.
These cases were both much more severe than Michigan's, so I wanted to show what the upper bounds were for the NCAA right now. Alabama's is interesting, because the school and its boosters did some crazy shit and lost only 21 scholarships from 1995-1997. This is a huge penalty for some bad stuff, including $24000 in loans and a lack of institutional control.
Remember, major violations is a technical term, not necessarily a description of awfulness. I'm posting this mainly because I thought there might be interest in this after the morning email.
Didn't see this on the boards.
Definitely a little fluff -- as you'd expect with such a story -- but also some really interesting new stuff, such as:
1) NPV of Myron's decision to postpone entering the draft
2) Marketing of a rhodes scholar/athlete -- is there any premium you can get for that?
3) Perception of intelligence and classroom success among minority populations in the US.
4) Interview with Jim Brown.
Good for a watch. Great story, in general, but also a lot of interesting subtexts.
EDIT: Definitely check out the full interview with Jim Brown. Great interview: