landing spot. will be interesting to see how he does.
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|12 hours 1 min ago||So, what's the message here,||
if you allow sexual abuse on campus without doing anything about it, it might occur on spring break at an exclusive high school with top football recruits?
I would agree that Coach Harbaugh is doing what he's doing because he can and he has both approval and funding to do it. And he does what others would never consider doing or only find palatable doing because they have to compete with him. OK, and... this could lead to unchecked authority to do anything...?
All the guy has done has looked for ways to improve his program and team brand for recruiting purposes by being aggressive in seeking ways to both market his own celebrity and calibrate that with the school's well-known reputation as a great academic institution that competes nationally to be the best.
Again, another dumbass who doesn't get that Harbaugh's work ethic is different and that he has always coached clinics and kids in the offseason because that's what he does. This isn't new. This is how he spends his summer by working. He's done this since he played college football.
Why don't you examine the guy's history instead of selectively making a dumbass comparison to poor ethical choices at the top at Baylor and a college coach who actually removed a player from his program for the same alleged abuse without allowing it to fester.
Nobody complains about the University of Texas creating its own TV network to make a mint off its foundational football program and thus forcing the realignment of a whole conference. Maybe this behavior is endemic to Texas and Southern climes where entitlement is a part of the stock and trade of the football experience.
By the way, little late complaining about the escalation of the revenue gap and the big money floating around college football, isn't it? Not like this trend started at Michigan with Harbaugh. What a dumbass, with an obvious message based on some claim to be a voice in the wilderness of unchecked football passion leading to ethical and financial apocalypse.
How about growing the game to ensure its future against uncertain threats to its collapse as a competitive sport? Harbaugh is hardly a barbarian looking to break down the gates of responsibility and goodwill of college football. He's just the brightest light in the universe promoting it. Get on board or get the fuck off. Either way, this train is rolling to its next destination, your opinion be damned.
|3 days 11 hours ago||There is justice and perfect justice.||
Back when Kenneth Starr was the go-to Republican hatchet man in Washington and carved out a political controversy and wore it like an emblem of courage in pushing the impeachment of the Clintons to the brink for the breach of a sordid escapade with a White House intern and alleged other things that got so legally convuluted they boggled the media mind for years on end, until the country just got so tired of the Starr chamber and his vapid political theater, they turned it off.
Finally, everyone mostly moved on. The case largely died because of bad ratings.
Afterward, life became more deadly and White House decisions while still awash in skullduggery turned on less lusty tales of political intrigue. And Kenneth Starr became the president of a Texas university in a place best known for FBI incinceration of a nutball and his followers in Waco.
Now, as Hillary Clinton reincarnes a run for the White House and her husband still has to dash and dodge the political barbs leftover from that woman period of his Starr-crossed past, the man who sought to take him out, has now been forced to his own private exit, brought down by the politics of football sexual scandal, a deadly combination even in Texas where football and politics, always a great cocktail, suddenly became a toxic mix. If you were a producer of Friday Night Lights, you couldn't make this up if you had to find someone to write a screenplay about it.
As president of Baylor, Starr was charged with failing to heed an ongoing government edict to root out rampantly bad sexual behavior on campus and apparently came up with an F grade. So he was impeached. Again a victim of bad ratings. Just another fallen star.
|5 days 17 hours ago||This is always our focus,||
not the team's necessarily, which, is to win every game.
But back when losing was acceptable --NEVER- this wasn't an issue, it was just understood. Actually, I think that still is true; it's just knowing now as Gerdeman finally admits, this isn't about if the gap is closing but when. Personally, I think he underestimates Michigan's deffensive talent level and its potential coordination this year and how that will alter its look and effect. The offense will feed off that and take off on its own but the gap between September and late November, always means the game is THE GAME, regardless of what you write in May.
|5 days 17 hours ago||Foe Michigan, there is always an integral||
authority who set the precedent and bar for future coaches and programs in Bo. I mean if you want to know how he operated, all you have to do is read about it. Because he talked and was quoted about how you handle problems like this and he used to get calls from police about his guys.
And he he used to get calls about guys even after he wasn't coach, just because. Harbaugh knows how to handle this stuff but he had a pretty good role model and mentor and template to work from and history shows what happens when you let things get out of hand to accommodate self-interest even at Michigan.
On Warde and Harbaugh's new-found work relationship and his international satellite camp tour and schedule, I find most don't seem to understand that this coach has a greater mission in mind than simply spreading the message about Michigan near and far, it's saving the sport itself from the kind of negative safety arguments and criticism that is slowly going to undermine the game and its ongoing growth.
While promoting youth football in Ann Arbor, the coach was clearly aiming to make that the keybote point of his appearance just as I believe that issue is paramount to him as he travels about the country and elsewhere. In places like football-mad Texas, that issue seems hardly a concern, but Harbaugh seems on a mission with his own agenda to continue to spread the word about football as a game of life, achievement and success with saftey concerns that are being addressed as never before. We have a coach who not only thinks outside the box about his program but about the future and prosperity of the game for his university and beyond. And for that, we are blessed.
|1 week 3 days ago||I suppose this BTN coverage after the ESPN pullout||
has nothing to do with the Big Ten announcement that it has sold half the conference TV football rights to Fox and that ESPN will have to fend with others for the remaining half starting in 2017. No wonder ESPN has been shedding its CFB broadcasting roster and most expensive names. Looks like the Worldwide Network is facing some major retrenchment and will have to begin development of some new talent while pushing more SEC games to the forefront.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Let's see,||
the NCAA has already suspended Tunsil for receiving improper benefits, a suspension lasting 7 games last season. He apparently went ahead and hired a business agent who was only fired after others in the agent business informed Tunsil that his guy was not licensed.
Which part of the above facts give Ole Miss officials confidence that old Barney didn't pay Tunsil the money he asked the athletic department for to pay his mom's light bill, a pretty expensive light bill by the way, especially in Mississippi. Must have had the ac going all day long.
So let's recap, in recent days, Ole Miss has confirmed that instagram account messages that popped up in Tunsil's account name on draft day were in fact publiished messages. Tunsil did in fact go to AD officials to ask them about paying his mom's utility bill, and was directed to Barney Farrar, who is involved in football recruiting for the school. But ole Barney denies that he ever turned over any cash to Tunsil.
Barney, however, is proud of the fact that Ole Miss has produced three consecutive top 15 recruiting classes for the school and Tunsil was part of that remarkable recruiting cycle for a school rarely ever breaking into the nation's Top 10 but neverteless landed one of the top high school Oline guys coming out of Florida.
Then we get to the root of the Tunsil internal drama, a battle before the draft in which Tunsil's mom was pushed and cursed in some predraft tiff by her husband, whom she is now divorcing even as he files suit against her son for defaming him.
Out of this family circus, and Hugh Freeze's support for Tunsil's defense of his mom, we have Ole Miss lawyers circling Freeze's wagons to prevent any disclosure from these swirling legal matters even as the NCAA belatedly waits along the sideline observing every effort by Freeze to avoid talking and allowing disclosure of said truth, and nothing but the truth behind the myriad allegations.
Which part of all this looks like Ole Miss is doing its best to cooperate with a pending investigation?
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Of course, deposition questioning||
should only be limited to written questions, nothing outside of Tunsil's defense of his mother, primarily because Hugh Freeze would be soley targeted for disengenous information about what he knew concerning Tunsil's comments regarding pay for play, because his stepfather is represented by a Mississippi State grad who has nothing but the worst motives for seeking to find ou all he can about the matter for NCAA purposes, to help his school get over on Ole Miss,
God forbid that anyoe is curious about possibly wanting to know about discipline inside the Ole Miss progra or how the athletic department becamse a conduit for payments to players and their families instead of appointed bagmen called in to handling the job.
I'm certain Freeze knows nothing about this anyway. It was just one of those unfortunate slips of social media outing and hackers having their fun. Pay no attention to the need to answers as part of an ongoing investigation. This is nothing but character assasination. I am tired of all the rumors and innuendo. Shouldn't we just applaud Mr. Tunsil's truth-telling on behalf of his mom and avoid giving sustenance to greedy lawsuit challenges by rivalry-induced family spats?
After all, lawsuits like this are like satellite camps sponsored by the Jim Harbaughs of the world, time-consuming and pointless, especially when they require personal responsibility.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||The SEC yocals still don't get it.||
It's about the kids, not the programs. If you hold them, they will come to get noticed. That's the point. Everyone knows who Alabama and Michigan are in college football. And those schools don't take just anyone and just about anyone who wants to be recruited and seen comes to the camps. Glad Sound Mind and Body is attracting SEC interest. For Harbaugh, this isn't a strike against his program, this is a victory over the system and the benefits of inclusion.
May be the SEC beeds an interpreter to explain the meaning of the camps and what broad representation means. Not every school will participate in camps liike Harbaugh and his coaches will, going anywhere and everywhere to offer their coaching talents during the summer. This is how Harbaubgh spends his summer, teaching football. Saban and Freeze don't want to do that.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||It was a should win last year. And it was a win, until it wasn't||
That's all I've got to say about that.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Well, considering||
that each level of their defense had a player taken first round, if not Top 10, I guess you can look at the potential dropoff two ways: either not far, or a lot. That view would pretty much guide your ranking. And Phil Steele is nothing if not a pragmatist who goes by reputation if not strictly by the numbers. And what suggests there will be a major drop-off in Columbus: nothing, but hopeful developmental slack.
And we never get to face them when their team is just working out the kinks, anyway.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||It's downright SECish, hardly||
worth concerning ourselves about. I love how no pundit ever takes the SEC to task for playing 8 conference games and 4 non-cons with two at the beginning and two at the end of each season before a closeout rivalry. And the non-con rarely if ever includes a journey beyond regional borders.
Moreover, the SEC still schedules FCS programs while the remaining Power 5 schools and conferences have vowed not to do that.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Rutgetrs doesn't have the history of the||
Michigan softball program and its success under Hutch, nor a program donor like Fred Wilpon, owner of the Mets, either.
But I agree the school could do better than offer a second-rate field now that it has joined a first class league to compete in. I've seen high schools and Division II programs with better facilities for their programs.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Having grown up in Bergen County,||
it's pretty curious that OSU, Temple and Rutgers, which never had much presence in northern NJ suburbs, is now setting up a camp at Farleigh Dickinson, in Teaneck, N.J., along the Route 4 corridor toward the GW Bridge and Manhattan. Paramus Catholic isn't far away; less than 10 miles.
But the high schools in the area including the one I attended are not traditionally known for producing major football talent outside of Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey. Let them eat cake and pretend they are competing, The benefit of these camps is for the campers who attend and receive upper tier coaching, not the schools per se, except to get some program visibility. The kids are well aware of the major programs. This territory by the way has mostly been a Penn State recriting draw and secondarily to Rutgers, only as a fallback program, especiallly before the school joined the Big Ten.
Farleigh Dickinson is best known as a basketball school. So, the fact that they are hosting this event in a suburban industrial area of NJ next to Englewood, Englewood Cliffs, Hackensack and Hudson River and the Palisades where publc school football is not major bespeaks a reach of their own design.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||No, but when you settle and pay claims||
you are acknowledging that you lost, because you can't prove that the allegagtions filed are false. So, to claim that you are not admitting wrongdoing, you are simply accepting certain allegations without regard to their provable veracity means you weren't convinced there was sufficient evidence to disprove their veracity, which means you are acknowleding a pattern of behavior existed that you need to financially atone because there isn't sufficient evidence to argue otherwise.
Even If your action is only taken to mitigate greater public relations damage by expanded coverage of an issue you had hoped was capped after the lifting of NCAA sanctions, insisting these allegations have no basis in fact denies the very action you took to mitigagte them, because you couldn't convince a jury or judge otherwise.
So scream all you want about whether certain allegations are unprovable and plausibly deniable but the fact is the behavior and acts which led to the sustained charges in the case now have an expanded history which the university has paid for, thus making them part of the official record of documented claims of action. And those stretch over 40 years. And the school can't deny that fact regardless of how it views the allegations that led to its action.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Whether that assumption is true or not,||
there was a court action in which testimony under oath was submitted to the trial court alleging certain behavior by a convicted child molestor and possible knowledge of this previously undisclosed allegation by certain Penn State officials including the late former coach. Perhaps Joe Paterno knew or maybe he didn't, but while the allegation itself doesn't prove anything, it does give rise to information worthy of investigation.
The contention by the president is that there is no basis of concluding categorically that Sandusky molested a child in the 70's and that this ever became known to Paterno and or other Penn State officials. I haven't seen any rush to judgment on this other than the allegation itself. People will form opinions based on reported information regardless of its veracity or the purpose of the finding.
The new report of older behavior by the same man already convicted and serving time for similar offenses makes the argument denying the possibility that Paterno and or other school officials didn't know earlier about them less plausible instead of less likely. Why? Because Sandusky became more emboldened in the manner in which he conducted himself while at the school as time went on and nothing happened.
Denying that an alleged victim's word is less plausible than whatever cursory study was undertaken by the university president's office to refute the latest allegations surfacing in an insurance-based civil suit in the Sandusky molestation era. As I recall, the Paterno family never claimed independent knowledge of Sandusky's actions until after being informed about them by others. So, saying that the family has always denied prior knowledge didn't require any investigation, because it was simply a blanket belief based on that assertion itslelf, limited knowledge without any public support of any other independent sourcing.
The facts are that Sandusky molested children on or about a certain time frame in and around the Penn State campus at a time while he was coaching under Joe Paterno at Penn State. That identification is irrefutable without question and not subject to shifting public opinion on a once highly respected and revered football coach who once tainted by scandal threatened to drag his institutional employer down with him because those who managed him failed to act more quickly and assuredly to allegations of child molestation involving him. It matters not to anyone now when Paterno precisely knew or if he just had some vague idea of what Sandusky was doing with younger-aged kids in his basement at his home or while attending school bowl trips, the fact is the connection was known. And now his behavior is known.
Whether there was actual knowledge of certain acts, there was indeed knowledge of proximity to certain kids whether under the guise of a charity organizational connection, so that when certain facts based on eyewitness and police reports that were either never acted on or followed through, a prior record followed giving the appearance of prior knowledge even if not acknowledged or proven as charges. So that now when other charges seep to the surface from cases never considered in any criminal proceeding give rise to fresh reports of now known behavior, there is a greater likelihood this information will be seen as documented fact rather than unproven allegations. Why?
Because Penn State was convicted in the court of public opinion and then sentenced by the NCAA for not stopping Sandusky sooner. That's the crime the school was charged and convicted of by the media and the public. There is no appeals court once the verdict is in.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Wow. I just love this guy.||
Our coach knows softball is just as special as baseball. And he loves to show his love and respect for all things grest at Michigan. Just a regular guy. The greatest compliment for a supremely well-rounded guy who gets his job at the best school in the land and just knows how to appreciate life.
|4 weeks 9 hours ago||Hash tag, Mr. Irelevant going forward,||
job priority, holding clipboard, pretending he is the answer to the oft-asjed question, how many Spartan qbs have led a team to the Super Bowl or won an MVP award, let alone served as captain of their team or been allowed to call their own play in the huddle.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Not like the No Fun League||
has a terrific record of drafting quarterbacks with franchise-saving potential in the first round.
Consider the three latest first round picks who almost certainly will either be out of the league or holding a clipboard for the majority of their career.
Now, let's consider two almost certain first ballot HOF qbs who were overlooked after splendid work as Big Ten signal-callers. I mean even Brian Griese as a successor to John Elway practically worked out better than Johnny Manziel, while Tom Brady and Drew Brees are still playing and leading their teams as the ulitmate brand of franchise signal callers.
I mean the Redskins wasted millions and three years on RG !!! and now have a Big Ten qb as their starting qb.
How about Russell Wilson as an ACC-Big Ten hybrid qb who is already one of the game's best qbs?
I mean outside of Cam Newton, an almost can't miss guy who has won at every level of football and is a magnificent athlete,can you name a first round qb outside of the Mannings who have actually lived up to thier draft status? Pretty rare. Maybe Mariota and Jameis Winston get there. We'll see.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Having family in Mississippi||
with legacy ties to the school, discovering that football players actually get paid seems about as revealing as water is wet. The question is, would the Tunsil affair actually prompt the NCAA to do anything about the truth behind the magic act of enrollment and admission practices of the SEC and ACC (where anything goes from academic fraud at UNC to pay for play at Ole Miss and Alabama foreced to dump a coach for wink, wink recruiting violations). ? Not likely now or ever.
But let's consider the backdrop of these new developments and the ACC abd SEC commissioner appeal to end satellite camps as a way to protect their bagman practices and enrollment qualification on their own recruiting ground.
It's one thing to claim that you are protecting your territory for some relative cause of backyard prospecting , it's quite another to do offer any sense of appeal for continued support of a satellite camp ban after everyone discovered that the emperors really don't wear clothes after all.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||So, in the college football||
version of the Game of Thrones, Jim Harbaugh sits atop a throne of skulls.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Could have just named||
it Little Caesar's Red Wings Arena, incorporating business with Detroit's greatest winter passion, hockey. But I agree that Little Caesar's is synonymous with both youth hockey and baseball for that matter in Michigan. I mean is the COPA or Comerica Park a better name. It used to be Tiger Stadium. That worked pretty well for a long time. Now with naming rights, stadium names turnover that I can't even recall where some pro teams in the NFL and MLB actually play. And I used to know them all by heart when they were named after owners or prominent folks or simply the locale of the building.
Mr. Illitich could have called it Fox Palace or the Red Wibgs Lair and I'd be cool with it.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||I don't know, pizza and wings||
are some of everybody's favorite things to chow on for viewing parties, so the idea of enjoying the Wings at the Pizza Palace or the Oven or Little Caesar's Arena seems to go together.
Illitch needs to roll out more dough for a heartier and grittier bunch of Wings to put more pucks in the net instead of trying to outmanuever with speed and quickness. That works in the regular season not in the playoffs. And this team hardly seems built to comoete in the postseason no matter how physical they try to be. When your leading players are not the physical types, it's harder to set the tone for that style of play no matter what you do.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Here is what the NCAA||
has done in its latest notice of allegations against UNC, eliminated ANY LANGUAGE that could have given the Committee on Infractions license to indentify many invidual athletes and teams that used players who would have been otherwise ineligible; instead after an eight month delay that phrasing is now linited to former faculty chairwoman Jan Boxill who served as women's basketball academic counselor in the academic support program, and the school's women's basketball program.
There were 252 references to exhibits that showed how football, men's basketball, women's soccer, baseball and other athletes were involved in the academic scandal in the original notice of allegations and overall program indictment. The amendend version makes no such references, and apparently there are only 112 exhibits that now go with it.
In today's Charlotte Observer, columnist Luke DeCock writes: "The allegations have have become more general and less specific, with the exception of Boxill, who continues to play an oddly prominent role, as if she alone conceived, perpetrated and hid all of the malfeasance. The reality is that countless people who should have known better played a role for two decades whether by admitting unqualified athletes, shunting them into phony classes or merely looking the other way.
"They're set up to get a free pass, as are any of the programs that competively benefitted from the academic fraud over the years, including the two big money-makers, football and men's basketball. The NCAA has been scrambling to figure out a way to deal with the North Carolinas of the future....
"That's why the UNC scandal has been the knot the NCAA can't untangle, why it resorted to using impermissable benefits as a blanket charge in the original notice of allegatons. Had that thread been folllwed into the transcripts, it could have resulted in scores if not hundreds of athletes being declared retroactively ineligible, just as if they'd taken money from an agent. "
So, now the university is likely to face punishment only as an institution, except for the women's basketball program, which conveniently enough has been singled out to bear the brunt of the NCAA's wrath.
This is how the NCAA survives as a monitor of membership abuses. It's the politically expedient result of being seen as one thing and in reality understanding it's real public relations role in salving over the wounds of the greatedst academic scandal in the history of college sports.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||This is an ironic statement by the court||
because the commissioner's authority to actually serve as both judge and jury was a leading issue in lhe last CBA battle and Goodell's office didn't want to lose that sole auhority for fear of losing control of the game, which is the same reason why corporate ownership isn't perfmitted except as grandfathered in the case of the Packers. Why? Because it's easier to manage and influence people when you don't have to go through board room and arbitration rulings anytime you have a lawsuit or a disiciplinary matter.
It saves time, money and makes the NFL look more autoritative when, in fact, recent history has shown the leauge to be almost comical in its approach and handling of certain cases.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Yes, this reminds me||
of the legal action in Northwestern players' attempt to establish the ability to organize for collective bargaining authority under Labor Relations Board regulations and the move being perceived as an attempt to get players paid and the implications of that for college sports in general.
Deflategate is just a battle of political will and the NFL seeking the last say in a pointless argument. It's ironic that Goodell was on the precipice of being dismissed after he botched a series of orior disciplinary cases, and only held onto to his job because of the way he keeps slicing the revenue pie for the owners in this Game of Thrones enterprise.
The NFL trades on the abiiity to draft players from a talent pool it doesn't pay to support and then complains when certain schools don't do a good enough job of development before getting it. This is how arrogant this league is. They've turned every aspect of the NFL media presentation into a revenue-producing opportunity, from division of games into various network deals to highlights that can only be viewed if prepaid and contracted for under certain time limits.
The NFL is just like all the other selfish corporate structures in this country rotting at the core with two-faced leadership that cares only about its public perception and how it can enrich those in charge.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||You've heard of Classic Rock? It was invented||
in the late 60's, It combined various music elements from R&B and Jazz, the soul roots of the South and were fed by the black migration to the north and midwest to Hitsville in Detroit, home of Motown and Chicago. political assasinaiton, the civil rights and equal rights movement, Viet Nam, the protest movement of the 60's, the hippy era, Woodstock, the shootings at Kent State, all became fertile ground for the sounds that you still hear today on the radio.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Wow Just Wow!||
Springsteen was rockin down the House back in Harbaugh's school days at Michigan, but he's been around even longer. Not recognizing Springsteen's name, music or why Harbaugh might have an interest based on his own Michigan experience, means you have missed the boat on on a HOF icon who still puts on marathon concerts for his loyal audience.
How about the Piano Man, Billy Joel, Paul McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison, heard of them and their music?
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Yeah, well, now he's just showing off.||
Bring your dad or mom to class, maybe a relative if they work for the police or fire department. But I mean, Drew Brees. Really? Seriously? Was he just stopping by the Harbaugh household for a visit?
I mean the guy could get most anyone. I love this guy. He is the epitome of a guy living life to its maximum and you know what, it's because he came back home, that this has freed him to do so.
He goes to the Capitol for the State of the Union, he talks to SI about satellite camp stuff, still has to write his commencement address to the senior class at Paramus Catholic High School,
I don't know whether any of you have been to his daughter's school or Paramus Catholic High School. I've actually been inisde both schools. It's like turning the clock back to your childhood when you go there. And he looks just like the happiest guy in the world posing in that classroom with all those kids.
I love this guy. What a role model for living life to the absolute fullest and enjoying every opportunity to share and make a moment special.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||First of all, how can something||
that was not previously viewed as a threat now be viewed as a recruiting threat if the SEC itself imposed a restriction on camps because it recognized that those camps didn't attract the players it necessarily wanted for its programs but understood they were important for other schools and coferences. They didn't mind when other schools coaches from out of state attended camps in Alabama, Georgia and Texas because the restrictions in place were sufficient to ensure that their own competition for players was controlled and that their conference wouldn't be severely impacted by any leakage of players to surrounding states and schools.
For sometime now, the Sunbelt states have been increasingly drawing more residents from the Midwest and elsewhere, and this economic fueled population migration combined with technology and more advanced coaching at the youth and high school levels combined with greater access and keener interest in specialized football training for kids regarded as college prospects has given the SEC and to an extent certain ACC schools a recruiting advantage over many other Power 5 conferences. They've enjoyed this without any competitive constraint while seemingly ignoring other restraints of trade.
As a conference, the SEC has ignored scheduling standards that apply to most other conferences while almost never as a group agreeing to play many schools outside of their own region during the non-conference season. And they have used the argument that their league offers a greater challenge than others face as the primary excuse, which, again, is how their recruiting edge factors in both historically and otherwise. And this scheduling allowance applies to both the regular and post season, which, as a consequence, means they are never forced to travel like schools throughout the rest of the country. Their only travel issues were conference-created to expand their reach and solidify their hold on their recruiting territory.
However, now that one celebrity coach because of his school's tradition and national brand was willing to put in the time and effort to invade this fertile recruiting ground to re-establish his program as a national contender, the SEC and ACC feel suddenly threatened. They see Pandora's box opening.
And the question you have to ask yourself is why? If, the SEC and ACC weren't concerned with satellite camps before, didn't see them as a problem for theiir own recruiting, why was it necessary to rush through legislation seeking to stop one coach and school from from bursting their bubble? Because it would lead to a groundswell of change in the way camps are set up and used for recruiting purposes based on the Harbaugh example and actually force the SEC and thier coaching staffs to do some extra work. And they don't want to do that.
The NCAA does nothing to eliminate the sleaze element of bagmen from the game because NCAA membership really doesn't want to expose and deal with that problem. But it's largely a regional one. The NCAA membership doesm't want to deal with the SEC's scheduling allowances and NCAA leadership through its conference commissioners and top administrators agreed on a simple vote to ban satellite camps without taking into account how that action would impact those most affected by them. Not even Jim Delany seemed to care about that, because aside from voting to permit the camps, he saw the fight with the SEC and ACC as a battle not worth fighting, a stupidly thought-out position. And you knew he didn't care just as Mark Dantonio didn't seem upset by the issue, by their immediate comment on the camp ban. Oh well, Delany opined, the coaches can pick up recruiting. And Dantonio added, "abuse" leads to control. What abuse? You mean, Miichigan, right coach? No, he corrected himself days later after a tidal wave of negative reaction to the throughtless action. What Dantonio really meant by that comment, he said, was that it could lead to a torrent of abuse that would need correction.
The only correction that needs to be taken now is for NCAA members to start putting the SEC in its place and quit backing down to its failure to want to go along with the NCA football program as the rest of the country practices and plays the game.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||I don't know why people keep missing||
the point about what the NCAA really is. It's an organization that has slavishly and selfishly built a veneer of institiutional intimidation structured on the divining framework of its member schools which it serves by acting as a clerk, referee and traffic cop for the schools on intercollegiate issues.
It's not independent of the schools themselves. It has no authority of its own and no enforcement powers that are not conferred or approved by the school presidents, other member apppointees and representatives which are then carried out administratively by the NCAA.
From that standpoint, the NCAA moves in the direction of its most influential members and the sway of their authority and power. And its leadership speaks on issues based on the political correctness of the organization's moral majority.