So, I've had this weird idea for a while and I've been wanting to bounce it off mgoblog to get some feedback (or basically to have an interesting discussion).
CBS has viewed the 9 page letter Shea provided to Michigan officials detailing the timeline of events and allegations against Ole Miss. They don't reveal the details of the letter yet since the case is still ongoing, but there are still some interesting bits in the article.
In a scathing nine-page rebuke of Ole Miss to the NCAA, Patterson begins by saying, "I'm not going to hold anything back …"
In his filing, Patterson said he found "a trustworthy, high-caliber coach" with "values, integrity and leadership qualities" in Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh.
Patterson stated he began having conversations with his father about transferring in the middle of October 2017. When the NCAA dropped the second year of a bowl ban on Dec. 1 that year, "I knew I'd made the right decision to leave Ole Miss."
Patterson spends most of the document describing, in detail, how he was allegedly misled by Freeze and, at times, athletic director Ross Bjork. "It doesn't seem fair to me that the only thing standing in the way of Coach Freeze making $5 million a year at another school was the discovery that he wasn't the trustworthy, straight-laced role model that he claimed to be," Patterson states.
It also sums up some of the other details about the case, most of which I think were discussed here before. And it ends with some info about the man incharge of handling the case, and his linkedin page/qualifications... but says he has no direct role in deciding the case. Worth the read imo
Nothing novel about this post or content, other than to remind everyone to savor this time of year, win or lose. It's pretty magical and creates moments to remember (or to forget) for a lifetime.
Michigan makes an appearance five times (3 good, 2 bad).
Go Blue, beat Purdue!
This article from ESPN.com talks about a couple of new proposals for kickoff and timing rules changes. The timing rule changes include a 40-second play clock after touchdowns and kickoffs. If this speeds up the game, then I'm all for it. They also propose a ten second runoff if, inside one minute of the half ending, a play is overruled and that the correct ruling would not have stopped the game. The first scenario that comes to mind is if a pass is completed a yard short of a first down but the initial ruling is a first down, but then instant replay correctly rules short of a first down, then you'd see a ten second runoff. I'm very suspicious of this rule change and feel it may be an unwarranted disadvantage to the team with the ball.
The kickoff rule change allows a team to call a fair catch anywhere between the goal line and the 25 and have it count as a touchback, placing the ball at the 25. This simply increases the number of touchbacks and it takes out a HUGE advantage by the teams with good kickers and sound strategy. Pinning kicks inside the five near the sideline could then be fair caught. I hate this rule for that reason, and really hope they don't implement it. But, because they're so concerned with head injuries (or at least good PR of looking concerned) this rule will probably be implemented.
According to some reports (linked below), the corruption probe involving Louisville, Adidas and a few assistant coaches may expand greatly based on banks records of Andy Miller and Christian Dawkins currently in possession of the F.B.I. and wiretaps:
Multiple sources who’ve been briefed on the case and are familiar with the material obtained by feds told Yahoo Sports that the impact on the sport will be substantial and relentless. Sitting under protective order right now are the fruits of 330 days of monitoring activity by the feds, which one assistant US Attorney noted Thursday was “a voluminous amount of material.” That includes wiretaps from 4,000 intercepted calls and thousands of documents and bank records obtained from raids and confiscated computers, including those from notorious NBA agent Andy Miller.
“This goes a lot deeper in college basketball than four corrupt assistant coaches,” said a source who has been briefed on the details of the case. “When this all comes out, Hall of Fame coaches should be scared, lottery picks won’t be eligible to play and almost half of the 16 teams the NCAA showed on its initial NCAA tournament show this weekend should worry about their appearance being vacated.”
I say blow it all up.
NCAA I guess just feels like making more enemies. Kid is just having fun and earning money for himself and family. I can understand if it was objectionable content but seems harmless enough (didn't see a lot of videos). I really don't think people were flocking to his page solely because he was a UCF kicker but that's his life and I can see why the content would revolve around it.
Does anyone know where to find a NFL salary standard distribution or table? I'm working on a research project to find out what BCS programs would look like under the NFL's CBA. I have most of the necessary data, including the median salary. However, I'd like to have the standard deviation and/or table to get a sense how how much a 5 star, transfer, or grad transfer could command on the open market.
Additional notes (constructive feedback is always useful):
This is a what if, not a should be
Bullet points: including some of the primary factors.
- Salary caps by conference
- using conference revenue to establish salary caps
- Total conference revenue: 47% (nfl min.) for players, 53% (max) for Ath. Dept.
- cap floor: 89% min for a year. Roll over
- 95% conference cap avg for 10 year period
- 15.74% of total conference revenue for player benefits.
-long-term medical coverage, scholarships, worker's comp, unemployment etc.
- Using two teams for each P5 and G5 conference plus ND
- revenue and expense reports/ breakdown
--apparel contracts (cash and apparel from company are separate categories)
-- ticket sales, conferenece payouts, media, licensing/ branding/royalties, donations etc
-- Staff packages (HC, assistants, supports staff), equip/apparel, travel, promo etc.
Happy Monday everybody! I feel like this is worse than a typical Monday coming off opening weekend of the tournament (simply judging by Twitter). A quick update: nobody has a perfect bracket; things are still tight at the top, but it's still early; not a lot of parity when it came to picking a champion.
The following are teams picked to win and the percentage of the total:
Michigan(177) - 17.42%
UNC(171) - 16.83%
UCLA(121) - 11.91%
Villanova(115) - 11.32%
Gonzaga(110) - 10.83%
Duke(101) - 9.94%
Arizona(84) - 8.27%
Kansas(80) - 7.87%
Kentucky(37) - 3.64%
Louisville(8),Oregon(2), Baylor(1), WVU(2), FSU(2), UVA(3), Notre Dame(1), Wichita St(1) < 1%
So that's it. Only 17 teams chosen from the vast # of entries submitted. Aside from the Michigan bias, UNC is the overwhelming favorite. I'm sure there is some pickers remorse over that after the weekend.
There are a whopping 1016 entries this year! Up almost 300 from last year. And don't forget we do have prizes at stake this year. I thought it was a pretty good first weekend. Two prevailing topics by media and coaches: seeding and the refs. Both awful.