OT: Further proof that the NCAA really has nothing better to do...

OT: Further proof that the NCAA really has nothing better to do...

Submitted by pasadenablue on July 12th, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Caltech, a technically-focused nerd-haven with ~900 undergrads occupying 2 city blocks in Pasadena (and my alma mater, hence the username) was hit with NCAA violations for a lack of institutional control (link below).  Apparently, its because students, who have the first couple weeks of term to figure out their schedules, may not have been properly enrolled in the system and were thus ineligible.  Of course the coaches, most of whom have other jobs cuz a coaching job at a D3 school doesn't pay a whole of scratch, had no clue about the foibles of the system, and didn't catch it.  Of course we have little to no compliance staff either.

Speaking from first hand experience, the students are already wrecked from the demands of insane professors and a curriculum that has all grads (even english majors) study theoretical quantum mech and differential equations as sophomores.  Sports are what kids do to get away from crushing amounts of work.  I had buddies who would regularly run from preparing lab experiments to basketball or tennis practice, all after working back-to-back all nighters.  I of course didn't play sports cuz we haven't had a football team since 1993.  As far as trying to gain some competitive advantage, this is dumbest thing in the world, cuz our teams all suck ass.

This just might be more frivolous than practicegate (though nowhere as public).  I figured that on a lazy Thursday, we could all have a good laugh at the NCAA and the things they waste money on.

I'd put the over/under on wins vacated at around 20.  Across 13 sports.  Over maybe 3 years.

 

http://www.ncaa.org/wps/wcm/connect/public/ncaa/resources/latest+news/2012/june/california+institute+of+technology+cited+for+lack+of+institutional+control

Terrelle Pryor on Improper Benefits - "I felt like I was doing God's work."

Terrelle Pryor on Improper Benefits - "I felt like I was doing God's work."

Submitted by Michael Scarn on May 9th, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Well, um, I'm not sure what to say other than to quote and link this article.  Terrelle Pryor details the story of selling his Gold Pants for $3,000, money he says he used to pay his Mom's rent and heat bills.  

Whenever I write my book the proof will be in there, the receipt that the money I gave my mother was to pay the electric and heat bill. The truth is going to come out one day when the time is right. I don't think I deserved (being punished) in that way, because of the reason I was doing it. I felt like I was doing God's work in a way, and I was getting driven into the ground.

Strangely, he mentions nothing about tattoos, loaner cars, etc.  Some people are just crazy enough to believe their own nonsense.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/writers/jim_trotter/05/09/terrelle.pryor/

For a good laugh, check out "game used" merch on Ebay

For a good laugh, check out "game used" merch on Ebay

Submitted by Blue Blue Blue on May 31st, 2011 at 3:51 PM

Just for laughs, go to ebay and look at the "game used" merchandise for sale. 

 

search for Michigan Wolverines memorabilia.....hey, there is a game used Travis Conlon jersey.

 

search for Ohio State Buckeyes memorabilia, there are like 30+ items....signed jerseys, gloves, garbage........even Ray Small memorabilia.

 

Ha Ha Ha.  freaking clowns.

Eleven Warriors take on Tresselgate

Eleven Warriors take on Tresselgate

Submitted by Bighousemike84 on April 26th, 2011 at 8:30 PM

http://www.elevenwarriors.com/2011/04/mr-clean#more

 

Interesting take on the yesterdays announcement of the NOA that Ohio State recieved last Friday from the writers at elevenwarriors. While I am not surprised that the consensus opinion among buckeyes is in favor of Tressel I am surprised at the depths to which they will go to justify that McCheatypants love.

Every tragedy has a well-intentioned idiot, and this one is no different.  From the moment that Columbus attorney Christopher Cicero created a paper trail to Tatgate, Tressel had his work cut out for him.  While he had options and could have acted more covertly, it's now abundantly clear that Tressel tried to abort Tatgate before it gestated into Tatgate.  Immediately notifying the compliance department would have effectively birthed Tatgate last April.  While he failed in the noble endeavor to ultimately make it go away, he kept it obscured until the Feds finally shot their publicity ray at it.

You know how many other FBS coaches would have hoped or tried for this episode to erase itself rather than give a glimpse of it to their compliance departments?  All of them.  This isn't the cop out of "it happens everywhere."  This is the fundamental principle of risk mitigation that says if you think you can make trouble disappear rather than deal with its consequences, you make it disappear.

So basically the argument is that everyone would have done the same thing and we were simply unlucky enough to get caught. Hmmm.... sounds familiar. There is more about this article that is just so very wrong but try telling them that. Just thought it might give the mgoboard a good laugh.

 

Oregon paid pair with ties to recruits

Oregon paid pair with ties to recruits

Submitted by pasadenablue on March 3rd, 2011 at 7:39 PM

http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/news?slug=cr-oregon030311

 

Apparently, they paid 28k+ to people assocated with recruits...

 

Money shot:

According to State of Oregon expenditure records, the university paid $25,000 to Will Lyles of Complete Scouting Services in Houston, and $3,745 to Baron Flenory of New Level Athletics. Lyles is a former athletic trainer who recently was serving as a mentor to highly touted Ducks running back recruit Lache Seastrunk. Meanwhile, Flenory runs the Badger Sports Elite 7-on-7 football camps which have featured several celebrated Ducks signees including running back DeAnthony Thomas, defensive back Cliff Harris, defensive back Dior Mathis and wideout Tacoi Sumler. Flenory had a personal training relationship with recent Ducks signee Anthony Wallace.

If true, this is some bad joojoo for the ducks.

 

EDIT:

As it turns out, this isn't the first puff of smoke regarding these two characters.

http://recruitocosm.fantake.com/2010/12/10/street-agents-in-texas-some-new-competition-for-will-lyles/

That was posted 3 months ago!

Maybe OT: UNC being investigated for possible NCAA violations

Maybe OT: UNC being investigated for possible NCAA violations

Submitted by bronxblue on July 15th, 2010 at 8:51 PM

Just saw this on the crawler while watching DC United vs. Seattle, and checked on ESPN to confirm.

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=5384232

Looks like UNC is being investigated for agents and other benefits.  This is very preliminary by the sound of the article, but when you are interviewing players there definitely is some smoke.  Knowing nothing about Butch Davis outside of the fact he built those crazy Miami teams and then failed in the pros, and the fact that he is pulling in great recruiting classes at a school not particularly known for its football exploits, it will be interesting how this plays out. Personally, I'm not that surprised that there are at least some whiffs of improprieties.  

What could RichRod do to lose support?

What could RichRod do to lose support?

Submitted by dahblue on February 24th, 2010 at 1:44 PM

In reading many of the comments on the recent fun times with the NCAA, it's clear that most here remain strongly in support of RichRod. I think it can fairly be debated whether or not the alleged major violations are indeed "major", whether the media is out to get the coach/program and whether or not the losses are his fault.

For some, RR has done enough to lose his job (from the win-loss record to the current allegations). For others, he has done nothing to put that job in jeopardy. For those in the latter category, I wonder what (if anything) RichRod could do for which his termination (whether now or at a later date) would be justified?

I'm not asking this sarcastically, but I genuinely wonder where the bar is set in terms of tolerating concerns with his handling of the program.

FLERBY DERBY DOO!

FLERBY DERBY DOO!

Submitted by Firstbase on October 27th, 2009 at 11:53 PM

editor's note: title updated

Okay. What do you think? If "major" violations are found to have occurred relative to practice time, is it enough to fire RichRod? Ostensibly that contractual option is open to U of M officials, should they decide to act on it.

Regardless of the outcome, I can't help but think of the potential negative impact this could have on recruiting. The political posturing behind the scenes and uncertainty within the program are problematic at the very least right now.

Official Journalist Shitlist Thread

Official Journalist Shitlist Thread

Submitted by Tim Waymen on September 1st, 2009 at 5:30 PM

I figure that instead of starting a new thread every time some douchebag, POS excuse for a journalist jumps on the anti-Rich Rodriguez bashing bandwagon without actually thinking logically, we can just post here about who has dealt the most recent blow to journalistic integrity. In other words, if a sports reporter or writer has just said something that is off the wall, post about it here! When this whole thing ends and Michigan is fully exonerated and Michael Rosenfuck, Mark Snyder, and their editor find themselves unemployed, we'll have a list of which journalists officially suck.

King of the anti-Michigan propagandist assholes is Michael Rosenberg, of course. I just heard Woody Paige raving like a lunatic about how RR is a cheater. Congratulations, degenerate! You just made the list!

Also, in the preview for Sports Center, the reporter mentioned Herbie calling the whole thing a witch hunt. In Herbie we trust.