at least it's not just us?
Caltech, a technically-focused nerd-haven with ~900 undergrads occupying 2 city blocks in Pasadena (and my alma mater, hence the username) was hit with NCAA violations for a lack of institutional control (link below). Apparently, its because students, who have the first couple weeks of term to figure out their schedules, may not have been properly enrolled in the system and were thus ineligible. Of course the coaches, most of whom have other jobs cuz a coaching job at a D3 school doesn't pay a whole of scratch, had no clue about the foibles of the system, and didn't catch it. Of course we have little to no compliance staff either.
Speaking from first hand experience, the students are already wrecked from the demands of insane professors and a curriculum that has all grads (even english majors) study theoretical quantum mech and differential equations as sophomores. Sports are what kids do to get away from crushing amounts of work. I had buddies who would regularly run from preparing lab experiments to basketball or tennis practice, all after working back-to-back all nighters. I of course didn't play sports cuz we haven't had a football team since 1993. As far as trying to gain some competitive advantage, this is dumbest thing in the world, cuz our teams all suck ass.
This just might be more frivolous than practicegate (though nowhere as public). I figured that on a lazy Thursday, we could all have a good laugh at the NCAA and the things they waste money on.
I'd put the over/under on wins vacated at around 20. Across 13 sports. Over maybe 3 years.
Well, um, I'm not sure what to say other than to quote and link this article. Terrelle Pryor details the story of selling his Gold Pants for $3,000, money he says he used to pay his Mom's rent and heat bills.
Whenever I write my book the proof will be in there, the receipt that the money I gave my mother was to pay the electric and heat bill. The truth is going to come out one day when the time is right. I don't think I deserved (being punished) in that way, because of the reason I was doing it. I felt like I was doing God's work in a way, and I was getting driven into the ground.
Strangely, he mentions nothing about tattoos, loaner cars, etc. Some people are just crazy enough to believe their own nonsense.
Here is a link to the Transcript that a few people / articles have mentioned. SI's Stewart Mandel tweeted the link a little while ago. Its like 139 pages. I made it through the first 10 or so before I started skipping around.
Just for laughs, go to ebay and look at the "game used" merchandise for sale.
search for Michigan Wolverines memorabilia.....hey, there is a game used Travis Conlon jersey.
search for Ohio State Buckeyes memorabilia, there are like 30+ items....signed jerseys, gloves, garbage........even Ray Small memorabilia.
Ha Ha Ha. freaking clowns.
Interesting take on the yesterdays announcement of the NOA that Ohio State recieved last Friday from the writers at elevenwarriors. While I am not surprised that the consensus opinion among buckeyes is in favor of Tressel I am surprised at the depths to which they will go to justify that McCheatypants love.
Every tragedy has a well-intentioned idiot, and this one is no different. From the moment that Columbus attorney Christopher Cicero created a paper trail to Tatgate, Tressel had his work cut out for him. While he had options and could have acted more covertly, it's now abundantly clear that Tressel tried to abort Tatgate before it gestated into Tatgate. Immediately notifying the compliance department would have effectively birthed Tatgate last April. While he failed in the noble endeavor to ultimately make it go away, he kept it obscured until the Feds finally shot their publicity ray at it.
You know how many other FBS coaches would have hoped or tried for this episode to erase itself rather than give a glimpse of it to their compliance departments? All of them. This isn't the cop out of "it happens everywhere." This is the fundamental principle of risk mitigation that says if you think you can make trouble disappear rather than deal with its consequences, you make it disappear.
So basically the argument is that everyone would have done the same thing and we were simply unlucky enough to get caught. Hmmm.... sounds familiar. There is more about this article that is just so very wrong but try telling them that. Just thought it might give the mgoboard a good laugh.
Apparently, they paid 28k+ to people assocated with recruits...
According to State of Oregon expenditure records, the university paid $25,000 to Will Lyles of Complete Scouting Services in Houston, and $3,745 to Baron Flenory of New Level Athletics. Lyles is a former athletic trainer who recently was serving as a mentor to highly touted Ducks running back recruit Lache Seastrunk. Meanwhile, Flenory runs the Badger Sports Elite 7-on-7 football camps which have featured several celebrated Ducks signees including running back DeAnthony Thomas, defensive back Cliff Harris, defensive back Dior Mathis and wideout Tacoi Sumler. Flenory had a personal training relationship with recent Ducks signee Anthony Wallace.
If true, this is some bad joojoo for the ducks.
As it turns out, this isn't the first puff of smoke regarding these two characters.
That was posted 3 months ago!