SI - Under-the-radar 'freelancers' a main source of college corruption

SI - Under-the-radar 'freelancers' a main source of college corruption

Submitted by gater on September 16th, 2010 at 1:09 PM

This article is about the Reggie Bush and NC football scandals.  It basically says that it's not agents that are breaking the most rules, it's sports marketers who operate in a gray area.  There were two bits that stuck out to me.

 

These individuals are the source of much of the corruption in college football today, and are at the center of NCAA investigations underway at schools such as North Carolina and Georgia, as well as probes at other schools that are expected to be made public in the coming weeks.

and...

 

Earlier this year, Michigan football players and aspiring pros Brandon Graham and Brandon Minorasked two fellow students they trusted -- Daniel Stillman and Jordan Klein -- to help them pick an agent. Less than a year later, Stillman and Klein have opened Compass Management Services, which manages the financial needs of those two NFL players and hopes to add others.

Stillman said concern for athletes being taken advantage of financially led him to start Compass Management Services. His intentions seem pure, but the fact remains that less than a year ago he was a college student, and now he is managing two NFL players' money.

I'm hoping Graham and Minor didn't contact these guys before they left school and that they stay away from our current players!

 

Edit: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/george_dohrmann/09/16/college.agents/1.html

If you don't rank by resume, aren't you just pleasuring yourself?

If you don't rank by resume, aren't you just pleasuring yourself?

Submitted by Blazefire on September 16th, 2010 at 12:50 PM

Here's Andy Staples of SI's explanation for not ranking Michigan this week.

I didn't rank Michigan this week because I still don't know how good the Wolverines are. I know quarterback Denard Robinson is one of the best players in the country, but a win against Notre Dame doesn't reveal anything because we don't know if Notre Dame is any good, either.

Uh huh. Well, how do we know if Alabama or Ohio State are any good either? All they did was win their first to games. Is it because Miami and Penn State are ranked? Well, how do we know Miami and Penn State are any good? All they did was win ONE of their first two games.

Now, this is a serious question. If you were a press person with a ranking, and you did not rank on resume, aren't you just stroking your ego? "I know more than reality, and baby, it feels good"?

I hereby declare a new rule. BCS conference teams are worth 3 points. Non AQ FBS teams are worth 2 points. FCS teams are worth 1 point. After points are calculated, ties will be broken based on the following criteria. Every touchdown scored is worth a point. Every touchdown given up loses a point, and every 100 yards gained or given up is worth half a point up or down, respectively.

There's your rankings. Prove to me that's not pretty much the only sane way to rank teams this early in the year. Later in the year, you can mix in Opponent Wins, etcetera.

Tickets for Wisconsin game

Tickets for Wisconsin game

Submitted by sdafoe19 on September 16th, 2010 at 12:39 PM

Looking for 2-3 tickets for the Wisconsin game on November 20 at the Big House.  My brother and I are for sure planing on making the trip, and possibly taking my father.  He is a tormented Wolverine fan, living in Ohio.  Any information would be great.  I know I can get some decent tickets on stubhub and other sites.  Just wanted to put the feelers out for some better seats.  With 2 months until the game, I figure I have a little bit of time to be picky.

 

Thanks.

 

Go Blue!

 

Meta: who revises 2011 Recruiting Board?

Meta: who revises 2011 Recruiting Board?

Submitted by StephenRKass on September 16th, 2010 at 12:34 PM

I love seeing updates from TomVH and Tim on official visits, what recruits are thinking, etc. However, it seems that one of the mods needs to see that the 2011 recruiting board under "useful stuff" is updated more. In particular, shouldn't the names of the recent three transfers be added in the top table, in order to update the available slots, and shouldn't we move Woolfolk out of the expired eligibility category? Is this something only Brian does, or are other mods capable and authorized to edit?

OT- LeBron scared to take his talents to the 'Shoe

OT- LeBron scared to take his talents to the 'Shoe

Submitted by briangoblue on September 16th, 2010 at 12:16 PM

Remember all that talk about LeBron James coming to Columbus to support his lil' buddy Terrelle Pryor against Miami? The Ohio State police force denied him an escort, and it turns out without one he's just as scared to enter that Thunderdome-like freakshow as any safety minded opposing fan. Can't say I blame him for not showing without the cops, but hilarious nonetheless.

I can just imagine what Buckeye fans think of LeBron having their quarterback's ear, too. 'Forget the fans, man, just get yours. Go pro!' Yet another reason to be thrilled with Denard, who smiles throughout press conferences, answering questions with, "I was taught saying you're the man...just isn't a good thing to do."

Here's a couple links to some pretty heated opinions on "The King" and what went down:

http://outofbounds.nbcsports.com/2010/09/lebron-cant-always-get-what-he…

http://www.waitingfornextyear.com/?p=33655

Is the Denard coverage too much?

Is the Denard coverage too much?

Submitted by michgoblue on September 16th, 2010 at 12:09 PM
Let me start out by saying that I am loving the fact that Michigan is again relevant to the college football discussion and that we are something of the "hot" team, albeit over only the first two weeks of the season. Also loving seeing our awesome QB talked about daily on almost every national college fb show, and representing our university in such a great way. But, is the Denard media coverage / hype maching going in overdrive? He has played all of 2 games and people are already analyzing how he would transition to the NFL (Bayless and Parker on the worldwide leader). To me, this is insane. I just don't want to see the hype get to the point where Denard can't live up to it and where a 350 yard game with 170 rushing and 180 passing is considered a letdown. Also, while RR and some of the other players have talked about hot Denard is not the type of guy who will develop an ego or crumble under the pressure, he is still only a 19 year old kid - he wouldn't be human if all of this did not affect him in some way.

Offense Vs ND UFR, The Touchdown Run, O/U + What

Offense Vs ND UFR, The Touchdown Run, O/U + What

Submitted by jamiemac on September 16th, 2010 at 11:51 AM

Alright, we're all waiting breathlessly for Brian's offense UFR from the ND game. I mean, Tim posted like almost an hour ago, why come he hasnt been posted over yet!?!?!

I kid, I kid Brian, because I care.

But, in the D UFR there was discussion on the neg that Cam got on the Rupdolph play and how it compared to the largest single player neg anyone has recieved. It was.

But, lets talk something postive. That amazing 87-yard TD run by Denard. I think cumulatively, it might set the single play record for total plusses in an UFR.

Dorrenstrein, Koger will get at least a plus. Omameh and Roundtree will gets points for sure. Denard? Denard! I have been waiting all week to see the point assignment on this play. I think combined we might even hit +10

So, Over/Under +9.5 for that play.....discuss........i read these every week, but I know there are more diehard UFR-heads out there. Do we need to set this number higher or what?

Denard was topic on Ist and 10

Denard was topic on Ist and 10

Submitted by DenverRob on September 16th, 2010 at 11:17 AM

Skip bayless and Rob Parker discuseed DROBs chances in the NFL

Skip says he has a below average arm in terms of strength, but reminds him of Chris johnson as a runner and DROB could be an every down back.

Rob Parker trashed him and said only things that make me hate Rob parker even more now

Flash's Theme=Denard

Flash's Theme=Denard

Submitted by Yostal on September 16th, 2010 at 10:42 AM

In honor of FLASH...Dilithium and in the spirit of movies from 1980, I wonder if it would be possible for the MMB to learn the Flash's Theme stinger from Flash Gordon.

Flash was a quarterback, OK, a Jets' quarterback, but still, a quarterback,

Flash a-ah
He'll save every one of us

Flash a-ah
He's a miracle


Flash a-ah
King of the Impossible