Hey guys, I'm getting to take part in a group lunch/Q&A with Coach Beilein tomorrow. The topic at hand is ethics in college athletics. If you guys have any questions feel free to share them here and I'll try to get Johnny B to answer.
Remember the time he ate my goldfish? And you lied and said I never had goldfish. Then why did I have the bowl, Mr. Beilein? Why did I have the bowl?
I know student tickets--and outreach between them and the team--are up, but what's being done within the Athletic Department to increase the general size and extension of the Maize Rage around the entire Lower Bowl of Crisler?
If we want to be recognized as one of the premiere student sections in the Big Ten and all the country, this will have to be addressed.
That is in the long-term plans. At the time (right after the UCLA win I think) no one could have expected the student section to be nearly 2,500 people strong this year, so maybe if there is sustained support and the team keeps winning it will happen sooner. The dream is to have a big enough section where the entire lower bowl could be nothing but students like it is at MSU.
As much as I hate to emulate Sparty (usually we're the trailblazers), you're right, that will have to happen.
I think only half of the lower bowl at Breslin is student seating. The other half is still general admission.
But there are lower bowl sections behind them that is regular seating. For us I meant it would be around the lower bowl like the current bleachers. Not the entire lower bowl.
I believe this year the student section is extending to section 19. In other words, the blue sections to the right of the student section will also be students. The band will remain in section 19 (south end, right behind the basket) and students will fill the seats in 19 above them. Remaining students will be in the upper level.
curios to know if Beilein thinks the solution to all shadiness that goes on around amateur athletes is to better compensate them (or some of them) or is it to be harsher on the AD's, coaches, kids the perpetuate the problem. I doubt he believes the status quo is the answer.
It seems that b/c of the "1 & done" rule in the NBA, college basketball has suffered in the "student" part of atudent athlete where a guy only has to pass classes through the first semester of his first year to be eligible to play his entire first year. Do you think a possible solution is to have the NCAA allow long term drafting like what happends with hockey and baseball where a professional team can draft a player at any time and hold their rights throughout college? If that were to happen, why couldn't the NCAA eligibility rules then be changed to allow the professional team then sponsor that student's scholarship the duration of their time in college? Seems like that would allow the pro's to have a cost efficient minor league, allow the players to develop and mature, and provide some cost relief to the university?
Unless something has changed, college baseball players can be drafted but if they don't sign they go into the draft again.
"Starting in 2007, the deadline for signing a drafted player is August 15. A selected player who enters a junior college cannot be signed until the conclusion of the school's baseball season. A player who is drafted and does not sign with the club that selected him may be drafted again at a future year's draft, so long as the player is eligible for that year's draft. A club may not select a player again in a subsequent year, unless the player has consented to the re-selection."
I think basketball has something close with allowing players to keep their eligibility as long as they don't deal with an agent.
I've always been a little fuzzy on the baseball draft rules... I still think the NHL draft rules are the best for college bound athletes.
Beilein was a guest speaker in one of my classes last year, and he addressed the "one and done" rule. He said there are some players who could go directly to the NBA after high school, and he thinks players should have that option. The alternative he proposed would have players who aren't ready for the NBA go to college and not be allowed to go pro until after their 3rd year. I agree with him, though I'm not exactly sure how they would enforce this
It's up to the NBA. College basketball can't enforce anything that has to do with the draft.
History of College Athletics with John Bacon?
...Good Class! I recommend it to all students.
I was in that class, Bacon is a great lecturer. If taking the class is not an option I would also recommend attending one of his occasional open lectures on campus. They are infrequent but worth keeping an eye out for
Ask him when he and Mr. Farrugia are going golfing in Atlanta
how about his personal feelings re: recruiting a prospect after he's given a verbal.