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|1 day 16 hours ago||I don't think it was really a||
I don't think it was really a problem of scouting. If you look at the list of HS draftees you'll see some busts (Kwame Brwon), but everyone else is probably pretty comparable to college players taken at the same draft slots. I think it was more about the NBA wanting kids to stop making bad decisions coming out of HS. The kids that didn't get drafted or went in the second round that failed to make a team. The NBA wanted kids to have one year against better competition to better understand the realities of their position, and/or get the chance to develop into a guy that the NBA could draft highly expecting a contribution.
A lot has changed since the rule went into effect, and I think a new model is in order. The D-League has developed into more of a minor league and can help those young, borderline professionals looking to develop their game eventually make it to the NBA. The high school level has also changed significantly with more and more of the top kids playing for basketball teams only loosely associated with a school. When combined with AAU, there are far greater opportunities for kids to actually see how they stack up against similar talent.
I'd like to see the NBA/NCAA go to the baseball model. Everyone is eligible to be drafted after they graduate high school, and again after they turn 20 or so. A kid who declines the NBA must go to school for 2/3 years.
|3 days 18 hours ago||They also had Peyton Hillis||
They also had Peyton Hillis in that backfield. I remember an Arkansas fan I knew was so upset at them running all the time with that backfield, because it caused the "great" mitch mustain to transfer. So, Houston Nutt was a bad guy for wanting to run the football with two 1,000 yard NFL backs and a solid NFL change of pace back instead of relying on a true freshman QB. They won the SEC west that year, yet everyone wanted to run him out of town. It was then that I realized that Arkansas may have the most insane college football fan base.
|4 days 14 hours ago||Ed Davis question||
One thing I noticed in the link on the questionable nature of the MSU 6th year requests was this quote out of the NCAA regulations: " A student-athlete who has exhausted his or her five years of eligibility may continue to practice (but not compete) for a maximum of 30 consecutive calendar days, provided the student-athlete’s institution has submitted a waiver request. The studentathlete may not commence practice until the institution has filed such a request."
Brings up two questions: He participated in spring practice (http://www.mlive.com/spartans/index.ssf/2016/06/michigan_state_lb_ed_dav...), was that illegal since MSU couldn't even put in the request until he graduated? If not, 30 consecutive calendar days would have also expired, so can he not participate in camp until, at the earliest, August 18?
|1 week 2 days ago||I think that summary is||
I think that summary is overselling his contribution over the last two years. Junior year he played almost entirely in short yardage/goalline situations. Last year, despite the injury woes they had, he only saw real snaps (more than 15) in 6 games, with a high of 36 snaps.
It no doubt his helpful for their depth chart to have him back, but I don't think it is all that meaningful in terms of a quality offensive lineman.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||She was pretty clearly taking||
She was pretty clearly taking the drug for performance enhancement. I haven't seen any doctor anywhere say anything to suggest that the long-term use of the drug is appropriate. When you take things for performance enhancement, it's on you to make damn sure it continues to be legal. I don't have a huge problem with her punishment.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||She tested positive, no?||
She tested positive, no?
|5 weeks 1 day ago||I've only read a couple quick||
I've only read a couple quick summaries from others, but that tweet Brian embedded seems to be the mildest way of reporting the findings. That program should be gutted. It is amazing that Baylor of all places would have the kind of basketball and football scandals they have had.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||It's almost shocking that||
It's almost shocking that someone in Texas did the right thing when it came to someone good at the whole football thing. I took it as a foregone conclusion that Briles would survive.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Honestly, who cares? I don't||
Honestly, who cares? I don't know a singld person that chooses a college team to play or root for that cares how much the school's "brand" is valued at. It's a dumb, useless metric.
Obviously "brand value" can affect some things that do matter, like the amount of money that can be paid to coaches. But I don't think we're ever going to be hurting in those areas where it counts.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||I see that he was arrested||
I see that he was arrested with a less heralded teammate (though he has lesser charges), easy solution for Nick Saban... make an example of the other guy.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||What did we really gain by||
What did we really gain by that? He almost always said enough that it was pretty clear Caris wasn't playing in the next game. And for what? Making your star player look soft and selfish? I get hiding the nature of an injury for a kid who is going to actually be playing to protect him from opponents targeting the injury. But that wasn't the case here.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||I don't quite understand how||
I don't quite understand how any player is allowed to go through a spring practice after his eligibilty has expired if the school hasn't already filed paperwork. Seems like the rule should be that once your season ends terminating your eligibility, you're ineligible to participate in practices unless you have applied for another year of eligibility.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||I still contend that Beilein||
I still contend that Beilein didn't handle the situation well because, in my opinion, his handling created the grumbling that Caris should be playing. I don't think anyone felt that Caris should be playing on a serious injury, such as a broken foot. People were grumbling because it seemed that he had a sprained ankle, or some other relatively minor injury. Beilein's secrecy and obsfucation were what created the backlash, not Caris getting hurt.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||I think they're just saying||
I think they're just saying what he didn't get to accomplish thanks to his injury is unfulfilled potential. He was young when he suffered his hip injury which robbed him of his prime in both sports. It's fair to wonder what could have been and say what the world missed out on due to his injury is one of the top 25 unfulfilled potential stories of all time. He's low on the list because he did get the chance to accomplish a little something before his career was cut short.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||When you have a vague and||
When you have a vague and ambiguous term like "unfulfilled potential," you're bound to get some disagreement over how to define the term. Thus, as you say, some guys on the list that seemingly had unlimited potential and others that were simply over-hyped. The big head scratcher to me is Akili Smith. Sure he was a bust as a draft pick, but so are a handful of other players every year. I also don't get Matt Leinart.
I feel like what they were shooting for were guys who could have been all timers but for something either outside of their control (injuries) or off the field problems (drugs), but some "panelesits" didn't get the memo and included guys that just didnt pan out. Drew Henson is probably more the latter, though I guess there's the argument that focusing on baseball robbed him of his potential on the football field.
I think Bo Jackson is on the list, and ranked relatively low, because he truly was awesome and was showing it when his hip injury prematurely derailed his career. Now he is remembered more as an oddity of a time when it was possible to play professionally in two sports rather than one of the greatest in either sport.
|9 weeks 15 hours ago||It doesn't matter what it||
It doesn't matter what it meant in 1863. What matters is what it's meant for the last 50 years. There's only one honest interpetation of it's meaning over that time period.
|9 weeks 17 hours ago||this is the truth. You have||
this is the truth. You have to be stupid to get caught committing NCAA violations. It's pretty simple, really. Have one coach be the liaison to the shady network of boosters, preferably with a degree of separation. Have the coach explain to the kids that nothing is to ever be written down, anywhere. Never a chance that there is ever corrobarating evidence, and thus no sanctions.
Things to never do as an athletics employee: write anything down in any form, pay the player yourself, have direct phone calls to the shadiest part of the bag men system.
This is not that hard. Despite my ethical problems with the rules as they are written, I have no problem with any coach getting hammered for involvement in any pay the players scheme. Stupidity should be punished.
|9 weeks 17 hours ago||I'm just going to throw this||
I'm just going to throw this out there, re: Malzone. If the question is "how much money is Auburn throwing under the table?" The answer is always "A LOT." That is a dirty program. Always has been, always will be. I doubt a large percentage of Auburn fans would even be upset about the characterization. That Ole Miss has made them look tame by comparisson, shows just how crazy Ole Miss has been.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||I think being a little bigger||
I think being a little bigger than just the P5 is advisable. Maybe include the AAC and MWC plus Army, BYU and ND as independents. If you're just the P5, you're either going to have a new class of P5 schools that settle as the consistent body bags for the powers in college football, or you have a lot of powers that have to get used to losing more than 4 games on a pretty regular basis. Neither scenario is great for the long term health of college football.
I do agree that the MAC/C-USA/Sun Belt should be playing FCS football.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Not before GERG! Actually not||
Not before GERG! Actually not quite true, the decline had started under Pasqualoni. Syracuse wasn't a dominant force or anything, but from about 1950 until GERG happened, there was far more good than bad in Syracuse football.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||I think you're right, but at||
I think you're right, but at the same time ESPN was running a countdown clock to The Game on their ticker a full two weeks out. The "looking ahead" holds the same weight.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Wasn't everyone trying to||
Wasn't everyone trying to talk themselves into the GERG hiring when it happened? He had just finished the utter destruction of Syracuse football over a four year period. I thought the general feeling here and elsewhere was "maybe it won't be bad, he did well at Texas and Denver, right? RIGHT???"
|10 weeks 4 days ago||There should be a lot less||
There should be a lot less family pressure on this kid to make a quick jump to the NBA. His brother is going to be a superstar in the NBA for a long time. The family won't need Kostas to take care of them.
And frankly, if he goes after a year because he showed enough potential to be a lottery pick like his brother, that's probably more than we can hope to get out of that scholarship slot next year with any other player. The scholarship would then be freed up for next year. Literally no harm done.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||That was my impression as||
That was my impression as well, that it was far from a guarantee. And just having a previous medical redshirt isn't a guarantee of getting a sixth. Like I doubt Gardner would have qualified for a sixth year if he had gotten injured his fifth year because his freshman year redshirt was so soft.
As to your point above about graduating before finding out. These guys haven't graduated yet with five years, summer school, etc.?
|11 weeks 2 days ago||I take it then that there has||
I take it then that there has been no official word on him and the other MSU player yet? I don't quite understand the certaity that they're gettig sixth years either.
|12 weeks 16 hours ago||I doubt it was just the||
I doubt it was just the SEC/ACC. I'm sure all southern non-P5 schools were opposed as they don't want anyone gaining access to their diamond in the roughs. I wouldn't be shocked if the have nots of the Big Ten also opposed because they couldn't get the budget to do this and didn't want further disadvantages compared to the top schools.
|12 weeks 16 hours ago||Maybe some schools in NFL||
Maybe some schools in NFL cities use NFL facilities for practice reguarly or even just on occasion, for instance if they lack an indoor practice facility. Schools like SMU, Tulane, Houston, Miami, Vanderbilt, Charlotte (going FBS soon, I believe), Temple, etc. There could be a reason one of those schools would also want to hold or participate in a camp at the NFL facilities.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||A post-championship||
A post-championship basketball top-25 is even dumber than football. No point in even discussing until after draft departure decisions are made. Indiana could lose their top 4 scorers from when they actually played well, yet they're currently ranked #8. He acknowledges this in the post, so why even do it?
|12 weeks 3 days ago||I don't know that Roy||
I don't know that Roy Williams has ever been a great in-game coach. Excellent recruiter, great at putting in a system and adapting to his team's strengths. I'd even grant great at designed plays. But there's a reason he's only won national titles when his teams have been absolutely stacked with talent beyond his competition. In game adjustments are his weakness. Well coached teams that can identify and attack his team's weakness or can disrupt his system have always had success against Roy Williams coached teams.
Being great at everything is pretty damn tough, so that isn't a real slight against Williams. I'd argue the only coach that puts it all together is Coach K or maybe Pitino (though his recruiting isn't otherworldly for how good of a coach he is).
|12 weeks 3 days ago||And they did it quickly. The||
And they did it quickly. The review complaint is a strange one for this game. Wasn't the final one the only time they went to the monitors all game long? And everyone knew the last review was perfunctory. They may have reviewed the Paige three to see time left, but I think they accomplished that during the timeout anyway.
Reviews in college basketball are ridiculous, but this wasn't the game to complain about.