Mason NEEDS this, Pistons, after all you've put him through
I have been delighted to follow Michigan football this last month, rather than focusing on Ohio at all. But, I vaguely remember in the recesses of my brain that there will be some kind of NCAA statement and or possible additional sanctions & penalties levied against Ohio, in light of Tatgate, Tressel, Pryor, et. al. Is there a set date for when the NCAA will announce it's findings and any sanctions to be imposed?
I must say, I have been delighted to see Ohio continue to twist in the wind as things dribble out bit by bit. It is great to see them think things are back to normal and then BAM!!! Another piece of info comes out. Hearing about suspensions for "gift bags" and then finding out, uh, no, it was $200 cash, not gift bags, was rich. I think we're about due for some more dead bodies from Ohio football to wash up on the shores of the Olentangy.
I also know that the NCAA announced that the investigation was not closed . . . what does that imply? Are the screws tight enough on Pryor or the tat parlor guys that some will flip and rat out the program to save their own hides? What would really clinch the deal would be if something clearly illegal comes out, that OSU knew about but never revealed, showing a continued pattern of obfuscation, denial, and coverup from the admin. I'd love to see more come of cargate.
It would be awesome to see some scholarship reductions, and for a bowl ban of a year or two to be imposed on Ohio, with the bowl ban being announced in January, so they can't opt to take a bowl ban this season. A bowl ban, and scholarship reductions, could be exactly what it takes to seal the deal with Dunn. Even better would be to link basketball, football, cash for fundraisers, leading to a finding of LOIC. While I normally want Ohio to be strong, I'm ready for them to feel some serious pain, and to be set back in recruiting for several years.
One more article before I turn in for the night. This one comes from Doug Harris of the Dayton Daily News:
I was talking before the football season to University of Dayton defensive coordinator Landon Fox, who once was a graduate assistant under Brady Hoke, about whether he felt the new Michigan head coach could flip the Ohio State rivalry in the Wolverines’ favor.
Fox had no doubts.
“He’s a great recruiter. And once you get players, the rest is easy,” he said.
I was skeptical then, but I’m not anymore after watching the Wolverines’ implausible win against Notre Dame last Saturday when they scored two touchdowns in the final 72 seconds.
Yes, they still have issues on defense, but that’s not likely to last. Hoke has assembled the nation’s No. 3 recruiting class for 2012, and I imagine the Wolverines have gotten a significant jump with juniors for 2013.
ESPN basically gave them a one-hour commercial after that prime-time game, frequently going back during “SportsCenter” for live look-ins. And announcers Brent Musburger and Kirk Herbstreit marveled at how the 114,000 fans wouldn’t leave.
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1. Hire a savant, as the compliance officer, that has memorized the NCAA rulebook and uncontrollably freaks when any section is closed to being breached: “OH-OH! Section 2.4.32 of Bylaw 11 CLEARLY STATES that … NO NO NO NO WAPNER! WAPNER!” (hitting head repeatedly)
2. Reduce the square footage of press conference room so only half of the reporters are allowed: “Sorry Mr. Rosenberg, the fire marshal has limited this room to 12 people. Better luck next time.”
3. Reduce game attendance and end the stadium sell out record by eliminating visiting school section and filling the seats with Bo Schembechler and Lloyd Carr cardboard figures.
4. Eliminate cushy toilet paper in stadium stalls and replace with the Detroit Free Press.
5. Instead of extra practice time that gave Michigan the competitive advantage, replace some practice workouts with random ski mask attacks on the student body.
6. Spot all opponents one touchdown by allowing one tight end pass in the flat to go 80 yards untouched. (Ooops! sorry-we already do that)
7. Force Coach Rich Rodriguez into gab-addiction rehab, where he will learn the Carr stone-faced silent treatment and the Bo scowl.
8. Force the quality control staff and graduate assistant staff to attend the remaining basketball team games.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I assume that if we lost scholarships it wouldn't affect any current players or incoming players, but rather we'd have have to take slightly smaller classes in 2011, 2012, and maybe 2013. Seems to me that, with how young our team is right now, and with an urgent need to turn the program around right now, it wouldn't be that big a deal to lose a few scholarships over the next few years, whereas losing practice time might hurt us a lot. Although, it seems that usually the penalty matches the violation: if you practice too much, you're going to lose practice time.
Do you think it would be wise to self-impose a scholarship penalty in hopes of mitigating a possible practice penalty? Or might that backfire and the NCAA would tack-on a practice penalty ON TOP of a self-imposed scholarship penalty. Anyone have any informed thoughts?