Unverified Voracity Welcomes You To Emmert Day Comment Count

Brian June 19th, 2014 at 12:07 PM


Wat. All joke circuits shorted out, man.

I just can't, man.

I wish I could disagree. Michigan opens up as big dogs against Michigan State (they are +7.5) and Ohio State (+8). They're only +3 for Notre Dame, so we've got that going for us.

Michigan should be favored in the rest of their games; they're a touchdown favorite against Penn State and –3 against Northwestern.

O'Bannon stuff. The trial has been a bit odd, as scheduling issues have caused plaintiff and defense witnesses to come in a jumbled mess instead of a particular order. I think we can safely call this the low point (read tweets from bottom):

Yesterday South Carolina president Harris Pastides had his turn on the stand, where he asserted that if athletes were granted rights to their image that South Carolina would shut everything except football and men's basketball down, because they can't find any more money.

I did not see any tweets to the effect of "plaintiff lawyer ask Pastides how many sports South Carolina had in 1990 and how much revenue they had then," unfortunately, but Kevin Trahan jumped on Pastides's ridiculous assertions anyway.

JetBlue Hooks the Horns

One dollar says Christine Plonsky sounds like Ben Stein

Meanwhile Texas women's AD Christine Plonsky, who we've pooped on in this space before, turned in the spectacularly tone-deaf performance you'd expect, claiming in a danged courtroom that players asking for a slice of the money they generate is a symptom of "entitlement." Plonsky seems to think everything is entitlement. From last April:

"Who gets a four-year, $120K deal guaranteed at age 17?" Christine A. Plonsky, women's athletic director at the University of Texas, wrote in an e-mail to The Chronicle. "The last thing young people need right now is more entitlement."

From September 2012:

"I view these cases as being the result of the entitlement attitude we've created in our revenue sports," Plonsky wrote. "We now have threatening s-a's -- many of whom, based on grad rates of the '80s and '90s, sucked a whole lot off the college athletics pipe -- and now want to buckle the system at the knees of the expense of today's s-a's."

Plonsky makes 350k a year supervising sports that lose piles and piles of money; a large chunk of her testimony worked its way around to the fact that the NCAA is protecting their athletes from commercial "exploitation."

It's remarkable how insane these arguments are once you put them in a legal setting. In the NCAA's eyes, it's only exploitation if someone gives you money for something. The people with inflated salaries preventing this transaction from happening are the heroes.

I leave the law-talkin' to BISB, but the immense amounts of double-speak being issued here would make me want to swing my gavel into the head of the people presenting them.

And today. Today is Mark Emmert day. He probably won't issue quite as many howlers as Plonsky, who has a real knack for sounding like the worst possible use of 350k. I wouldn't take a bet on that, though.

The latest "people are just in charge of things for no reason." KU's student government took a look at the athletic department's finances and recommended that KU's student athletics fee should be terminated. They ended up not quite doing that but cutting about a quarter of the completely unnecessary subsidy to the AD. The AD responds thusly

Kansas associate athletic director Jim Marchiony said Thursday that the KU athletic department has decided to re-allocate those seats for boosters, cutting out some of the KU students’ best real estate.

The decision, according to Marchiony, stems from a student government vote earlier this year that aimed to remove a student fee that channeled close to $1.1 million to the athletic department.

Kansas athletics revenues have almost doubled since 2005.

Nope, not yet. Zagsblog momentarily reported that Canadian PG Jamal Murray had gotten a Michigan offer, but corrected itself. Michigan called, but an offer is not on the table at the moment. Murray has been on an unofficial so he could get one at any time, and while he's mostly being recruited as a point guard he is 6'5" so there is some possibility he could coexist with Thornton or Winston.

In other basketball recruiting news:

  • Michigan is poking around 2015 NY SG Matt Ryan. Ryan has a Notre Dame offer and is projected to end up there by the 247 Crystal Ball; he might be waiting for bigger offers.
  • Another new name($) is 2015 FL combo guard Prince Ali, a former UConn commit who's around 50th most places. His named popped up out of nowhere when Rivals's Eric Bossi reported that Ali's top two are now UCLA and Michigan. Ali is a "hardcore driver and really athletic" who needs to work on his shooting; he'd be a departure from the Beilein mold. He should take an official this fall.
  • 2016 CA PF TJ Leaf is thinking about moving up his thinking about moving up his timetable to March instead of taking officials next fall.

While Michigan appears to be looking at other options, Jalen Coleman is the top priority in 2015. Given the promising way the class of 2016 is looking Michigan may take a small 2015 class (they have one spot now but will probably get up to three or four) in order to take more of the 2016 guys.

A potentially large blow for Buckeyes. OSU was going to rely on freshman shooting guard D'Angelo Russell heavily, as he can shoot and such. OSU needs someone to do those things. But they may not have him; he still doesn't have the requisite test score:

The eligibility center is awaiting Russell’s score from a standardized test he took earlier this month, the source said. He needs a test score that, combined with his grade-point average in his high-school “core courses,” makes him eligible to play as a freshman.

If he doesn't get the number there he's just about out of chances.

Prepare for hits. USA Hockey has announced the 42 players invited to their WJC evaluation camp, including four Michigan players: D Michael Downing, F JT Compher, F Dylan Larkin, and F Tyler Motte. Recruit(!) Kyle Connor is also invited; he's the second-youngest player there.

Compher made the team last year before a broken foot sent him back to Ann Arbor for the GLI. Compher played anyway, because he is JT Compher, and this is the reason he's a holy lock for the WJC this year:

The group embodies what Johansson hopes to have with the group picked for the 2015 WJC: Strong, skilled and hard to play against.

"J.T. Compher embodies all of that," Johansson said. "We look at a player like that and a coach says I can use him in any and all situations. He's hard to play against."

Motte went last year and should go again this year. Downing probably won't make the team without a big leap from him; the US is stacked on D. I'd bet Larkin goes as well. The hockey roster's enormity will at least give Michigan options for the GLI.

Etc.: I would be super mad about this, but I am not perpetually aggrieved. Tyus Battle visits Louisville and Kentucky, says requisite nice things. David Sills, who committed to Lane Kiffin as an eighth grader, is not going to end up at USC. Surprise.



June 19th, 2014 at 12:13 PM ^

Correct me if I'm wrong Ms. Plonsky, but soccer players, baseball players, and basketball players all sometimes get this overseas.  Also, Vince Young was more important to the value of your department than you could ever hope to be. 

So there's that.


June 19th, 2014 at 12:43 PM ^

Hell, Drew Henson took a cool $1M from the Yankees to be their third baseman of the future, leaving scholarships and a potential lucrative NFL career on the table.  

What drives me crazy with people like this is that they seemingly argue against market forces except those that they control, yet would be the first on the picket line if the NCAA were to come down and try to reign in coaching and staff salaries.  Again, nobody is saying the NCAA should let kids get multi-million dollar contracts from teams to play college ball, but asking for some percentage of the profits these athletes generate for their schools really shouldn't be this offensive to people.

El Jeffe

June 19th, 2014 at 1:10 PM ^

I might agree with this if it were a total profit-sharing kind of deal. But if some struggling athletic dept. has a megawatt star on one of its teams (probably football or men's bb), and the school makes a lot of money selling the kid's jersey and selling his likeness to EA Sports (not sure if that point is relevant anymore), then it seems fair to me that the kid ought to earn a share of the profits from that jersey.

I don't see why it follows from this that the kid ought to pay to help balance the budget of said struggling athletic department.


June 19th, 2014 at 4:29 PM ^

Depends on if that's in your contract or not. I have friends that get performance bonuses as well as stock options. The argument isn't performance based pay though, it's whether or not the NCAA has the legal ground to restrict players from profiting off of themselves. It's like if your company told you that you weren't allowed to have a lemonade stand in front of your house:

"Why not? It's my house, my time, I should be able to do with it what I want. "

"If you do that then you're fired"

It's arguing the legality of that statement.

I think the above is a little off-track on their argument; it's not going to be they get a % of #16 jerseys sold though and that may be your point. LeBron James doesn't even have arrangement.


June 19th, 2014 at 4:58 PM ^

I'm talking about use of the likenesses, but if a football/basketball program failed to bring in money, it wouldn't exist.  

This is the argument that drives me crazy - if AD departments truly fail to generate enough money to pay, what $5k a year extra to football and basketball players (which seems impossible to me), then I'm guessing they probably shouldn't be fielding D1 programs anyway.  


June 19th, 2014 at 5:00 PM ^

Also, if every athlete entered into a full partnership with its school, then by all means share profits and debts.  But since the scholarship is effectively an employment contract, the nature of the relationship can be defined clearly and then both sides can agree or walk away.  But not allowing it to even get on the table because of unfounded fears of lost amatuerism doesn't move the conversation forwarded.


June 19th, 2014 at 12:25 PM ^

Yes, the Pep Band needs to play the theme from Alladin if he ever makes it to Ann Arbor.

The KU student government has a good point. If the Michigan student section is around 20,000 seats, at $300 each, that's $6 million in revenue to the AD. The AD has an annual budget of $137.5 million, so giving student tickets away for free would only impact them by less than 5%. Heck, cutting season student ticket prices to $100 for the season would still raise $2 million, impacting budget by less than 2%.


June 19th, 2014 at 12:48 PM ^

I can not stop giggling over Christine Plonsky's concern about college athletics' pipe being sucked off so much that the system's knees buckle.  I mean, shouldn't everyone be for the kind of pipe suck-off that leads to a systemic knee buckling?   


June 19th, 2014 at 12:44 PM ^

That Tyler Green post reminds me both why rivalries are kind of fun for people involved and also how sad it is how many grown-ass men and women get worked up over it because reasons. 

Blue Mike

June 19th, 2014 at 1:39 PM ^

Every time I see the "Bitcoin" St. Petersburg Bowl, all I can read is the "Bitchin" St. Petersburg Bowl.  That would be a corporate-sponsored name change I could accept.


June 19th, 2014 at 1:52 PM ^

That needs to be the message. If NTUSC's (not that USC) AD is saying that football & basketball subsidize everry other sport, isn't that socialism (I know it's technically not, but I'm referring to when conservatives criticize Obamacare or higher taxes).

If I were the players, I'd play up that argument on the airways of SC.