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03/23/2015 - 10:42am There's a bit more to it...

There's a bit more to it but this website outlines the new requirements: http://www.ncaa.org/static/2point3/

It is an NCAA site. The new rules were passed before the high school class of 2016 ever stepped foot in high school.

03/04/2015 - 10:57am Cost-of-Attendance

It isn't actually a stipend. Student-athletes will be able to get up to the cost-of-attendance. I'm not trying to argue semantics but cost-of-attendance figures have some federal aid implications. The cost-of-attendance figures can vary from institution to institituion, while also varying within an institution. It is not uncommon to have five or more cost-of-attendance figures at one institution. I believe Texas Tech has six.

One doesn't have to extrapolate too much to realize institutions will be able to toy with the parameters of specific cost-of-attendance figures on campuses to keep up with one another.

08/05/2014 - 10:17am Best David Wilson Quote

Still my favorite David Wilson quote is:
"I'm like birth control. You have to believe in me. Like birth control, 99.9 percent of the time I'm going to come through for you."

08/01/2014 - 12:01pm The rule....

This rule actually is designed to help student-athletes. If you only have to take six credit hours to graduate then you only have to take the six hours. The rule has been changed a little few times, but instead of making a student-athlete take an additional six (or nine, ten, etc.) hours just to be full-time the rule lets a student-athlete takes only those classes needed for graduation. Are there times when student-athletes' schedules look like a joke? Yes, but it is designed to help:

14.2.2.1.3 Final Semester/Quarter
A student-athlete may compete while enrolled in less than a minimum full-time program of studies, provided the student is enrolled in the final semester or quarter of the baccalaureate program and the institution certifies that the student is carrying (for credit) the courses necessary to complete degree requirements. The student granted eligibility under this provision shall be eligible for any postseason event that begins within 60 days following said semester or quarter, provided the student has not exhausted the five years for completion of the individual's maximum permissible number of seasons of eligibility (see Bylaw 14.2). Thereafter, the student shall forfeit eligibility in all sports, unless the student completes all degree requirements during that semester or quarter and is eligible to receive the baccalaureate diploma on the institution's next degree-granting date. (Revised: 1/10/92, 1/16/93, 1/10/95, 2/1/05, 11/1/07 effective 8/1/08, 1/14/12, 8/21/12)

06/27/2014 - 11:26am At least...

I know they at least get a stipend while being housed.

04/01/2014 - 9:45am NLI

The NLI (binds institution to the recruit and the recruit to the institution) cannot be signed as of today. That ship has sailed.....but a prospect can sign a grant-in-aid (binds an institution to a recruit but not the recruit to the institution) at any time. If Malik is 18 he could sign the grant-in-aid today, tomorrow or on August 14th. Whenever.

I do not know the ins and outs of this, but I'm not sure why Malik just can't sign the grant-in-aid. Maybe he needs his mom to sign FAFSA paperwork or something else?

02/10/2014 - 3:34pm He has been newsworthy...

Jim Bob has been newsworthy in the past: http://www.govolsxtra.com/news/2009/jul/01/former-vol-cooter-arrested-burglary-charges/

02/06/2014 - 9:56am My understanding....

First, signing some sort of agreement with non-NCAA schools has no bearing on an NCAA NLI. So, take the JUCO signing out of the equation. I actually recommend to high school prospects that are struggling academically to sign both an NCAA and JUCO agreement. That way they are covered if they fail to qualify.

Second, it is my understanding that whichever NLI was signed first is the valid NLI. There is a spot of the NLI next to the signatures (prospective student-athlete and parent/guardian) for the date and time of the day. If both NLIs have the same time then I have no idea what will happen.

02/05/2014 - 9:58am NLI

It is NLI, not LOI. I'm just trying to inform not be Picky McPickerson.

12/12/2013 - 10:31am If institutions pay....

If institutions pay student-athletes you will see much more of this happening:
http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/business/Experts-Temple-Cut-Sports-Because-Football-Not-Producing-Enough-Revenue-235324641.html

The resources just aren't there for over 90% of Division I athletic departments. The effect will be discontinuing athletic programs. This leads to taking away opportunites for student-athletes which is contradictory to the initial purpose.

12/11/2013 - 11:36am Wrong

Devin Gardner received a Hardship Waiver, not a redshirt.

12/09/2013 - 10:44am The argument never made...

This argument is never made:
How much does the Michigan brand have to do with the money that student-athletes bring in to the institution? Over one hundrend year of football, alumnae base (size and wealth), the institution in one of the ten largest states, etc.

How much Devin Gardner had pulled in if he was the quarterback at Arkansas State? How much if he was at Eastern Michigan?

12/04/2013 - 4:42pm Depends on a lot

It really depends on a lot. The biggest factor: was the student-athlete deemed a qualifier or non-qualifier out of high school. If it is a qualifier (meet certain academic criteria such as the 2.0 and 2.3 core GPA mentioned above) then it is easier to transfer to a four-year institution and be eligible for competition immediately. Non-qualifiers have to graduate (Associate's Degree) to gain immediate eligibility when transferring to a four-year institution.

After that it depends on several factors which deal with credit hours, GPA and enrolled full-time semesters.

12/04/2013 - 11:21am Clarifications

- The new two-year transfer eligibility requirements take effect for any student-athlete who enrolled in college full-time after August 1, 2012.
- The 2.3 GPA the article states is the lowest possible core GPA from high school/prep school for freshmen to be eligible. But that doesn't take effect until the high school class of 2016. The lowest possible high school/prep school core GPA for the 2014 and 2015 classes is 2.0.
- Two-year transfers with a GPA between a 2.0 and 2.49 can still receive athletics aid and practice. So the NCAA isn't taking away any extra educational opportunities. The year not being able to compete is designed to help ease the educational burden on incoming students who are at risk (2.0 to 2.49 and/or student-athletes who do not meet the necessary core course hour requirements).
- I work in compliance at the FCS level and I have seen a lot of two-year student-athlete transcripts. The classes the two-year institutions were having them enroll in was awful. Student-athletes who want to be business majors but they have taken mostly physical education classes to stay eligible. There is an issue and this needed to happen.

10/03/2013 - 5:15pm ????

A full athletics scholarship grants a student-athlete housing and 19 meals a week. 99% of the time that's what they get. Along with medical care, training table meals, extra educational help, etc.

If the individual's family did not have enough money then he most likely met the qualifications for a Pell Grant. Pell Grants are usually around $5,000.

09/27/2013 - 9:38am What if? Then a lot of other

What if? Then a lot of other student-athletes would lose their opportunity to participate in college athletics while getting an education. Extrapolate this over the country and you are talking tens of thousand that will miss these opportunities.

08/08/2013 - 3:38pm Sorry

Sorry, no name plate but they are using his name.

08/08/2013 - 3:38pm Glen Rice too

Glen Rice too: http://www.mden.com/shopping/product.cgi?TI1308+1014

07/24/2013 - 3:21pm When this happens...

When this happens will it be an NCAA violation?  He will be giving money (illegal benefit) to a student-athlete.

07/12/2013 - 9:59am I was there....

I was present yesterday during this.

The camp starts around 5:00 each year on Thursday, but before it starts all the counselors (college QBs) work with Peyton and Eli for a couple hours.  There are about 40 college WRs, RBs and TEs that they throw to. Jacob Hester (Broncos) and Chase Clement (Giants) were also present.  There were a couple other NFL guys I think but it was hard to tell who was who.  Some of the guys get in throughout Thursday night so more will come.

Notes:
- The QBs are split in to two groups (one works with Peyton, the other with Eli and then they switch).  DG was always first in line.  Often taking reps with Peyton or Eli.
- I'm no football expert but DG seemed to do alright.  I was standing with some college coaches and they were going on and on about his size and athleticism.  Vince Young's name was thrown out a few times.
- After the workout the QBs and WRs were standing around talking to each other.  A camper (8th or 9th grade) asked DB if he wanted to throw with him.  He did so for about 15 minutes.  he was the only counselor to throw with campers.
- Eddie George is a massive human. MASSIVE.
- Local ladies flock to town for this event.  Let your imagination run wild and it is probably true.
- Chris Mortensen is always around.  Everywhere you look.
- Jon Gruden and Jesse Palmer are regulars.
- Denard came for a few days a couple years ago.
- This year's winner of the Matt Barkley Award: Nick Montana.  Awarded yearly to the QB who is waaaaay smaller than you would think he is.  Former winners: Matt Barkely and Aaron Murray.
- Around 1,200 campers annually.

07/08/2013 - 4:34pm Clarification

I was wondering if I could get clarification.  Does Hernandez appear as:
1) With his name attached this player
or
2) as FL TE #81 or someting similar FL TE #81

If it is the latter then this decision could have some major impact on the O'Bannon case.

I have no idea how he appears in the game but wanted to know if anyone else did.

04/30/2013 - 4:06pm Excuse me.....

Excuse me, it is call "CoFoPoff."

02/27/2013 - 11:22am Sleeves not the jerseys....

It is not the jerseys that are appalling, it is the sleeves.  Without the sleeves those jerseys would be fine.

02/27/2013 - 11:16am Fads are awesome

You guys got it all wrong.  FADS ARE AWESOME!!!!  You should hear all the compliments I get on my double bicep barb wire tattoos.  Sometimes I wear bibs with one strap undone and no shirt underneath.  People get so jealous.

02/26/2013 - 12:53pm Bracket Buster Games

This is the last year of Bracket Buster games, but here is what has happened to these games:
1) Originally only had teams competing that had a chance of making the tournament.
2) Entered in to agreements with certain conferences (MVC, MAC, CAA, etc.) to have games for all of the teams in the conference in hopes of getting a couple good tv games.  They would evenly pair the teams (i.e. first place from Conference A would play first place team from Conference B).  This also led to last place teams playing each other.....teams that had no chance of busting any brackets.
3) Entered in to agreements with all sorts of conferences.  This has led to teams with 3 or 4 wins in a conference that gets a 16 seed 75% of the time playing in Bracket Buster games.

02/13/2013 - 12:09pm Real GF

But does he have a real girlfriend?  I am skepitical of all Hawaiin recruits.

02/13/2013 - 12:04pm Problem with current rules...

I love this idea.  I am a proponent of the FCS/FBS games because of the economic impact it has on FCS athletic programs (cross country, tennis, etc.).  These guarantee games have a major impact on FCS athletic deparment budgets.

The probem is that there aren't enough FCS teams currently eligible to play FBS schools.  An FCS school must maintain an average of 57.6 football scholarships yearly in order to play an FBS school.

Rework the legislation!

02/06/2013 - 12:44pm Some omissions...

You are forgetting one obligatory aspect of Disney movies: over coming racial tension.

P.S.: I hope #12/1 has a real girlfriend.

01/09/2013 - 12:52pm Hoke and Recruiting Points

Hoke should use some of his weekly recruiting points to try and get him to stay.

Also, he should use some on Stefon Diggs.

12/13/2012 - 4:20pm Comment

This is what I left in the comment box:

"Add Occidental College and Misericordia University to get the LA and Dallas tv footprints."

12/13/2012 - 11:27am NCAA

The NCAA requires this now.

12/11/2012 - 3:22pm Kiffin in M gear

Lane Kiffin sporting a Michigan hoodie NNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

12/05/2012 - 5:12pm NCAA Violation

That is an NCAA violation.  Richt did this recently at Georgia.

11/14/2012 - 12:03pm 112-1

Denard scores 16 TDs and An Iowa assistant coach talks to the scoreboard operator and he feels bad for them.

Michigan 112
Iowa 1

11/08/2012 - 12:06pm Fred Jackson

I'm not even sure if I want to hear what Fred Jackson thinks of her.  I may explode with the awesomeness.

10/31/2012 - 11:59am and...

.....guest starring Avery Queen as the 6th man

10/31/2012 - 10:15am 37-10

Michigan 37
Minnesota 10

09/24/2012 - 10:45pm NCAA Core GPA

The NCAA takes weighted Core GPA at a lot of these schools. I have come across several of these schools in Florida.

08/06/2012 - 4:33pm Practice has started

We will see how the NCAA handles this now that practice has started.

08/01/2012 - 6:11pm Be Careful...

Be careful, RDT's dad went to SWASIT.

07/27/2012 - 11:30am Lobster bisque?!

I don't think so, my friend.  The official soup of Michigan Football is clam chowder.  No other soup will be consumed.

07/26/2012 - 4:43pm Serious saving and...

Not only did you get some serious savings, but what about all that DNA you got? 

07/25/2012 - 4:05pm Passion

I hear you and I add passion to the argument.  Guys who didn't step foot on one country's soil until their 20s can't have the same passion for a country that a natural born citizen can.*

*There can be exceptions.  I know Luol Deng has stated multiple times that he has a large amount of respect for being able to wear the England/Great Britain uniform.  His family was exiled for politically reasons.

07/25/2012 - 9:50am Soccer

Don't ever watch soccer then.  There are guys from all over who play for countries they never stepped foot in until their 20s.

Also, see Chris Kaman in the 2008 Olympics.

07/25/2012 - 9:19am ???

Yale can't offer athletic aid.....investigate!!!!!

07/24/2012 - 4:26pm No

No.

07/23/2012 - 3:22pm Bake Sale

There is going to be a bake sale.  Cathy McGloin makes the best snickerdoodles.

07/02/2012 - 11:27am Nbadraft.net article

A few years ago, nbadraft.net had an article about many NBA players are actually worth a max deal. I don't remember the hard figures but I believe it said that there are less than 10 players at any time that deserve a max deal. The criteria of wins, people in the seats, tv exposure, merchandise, etc. It was very interesting.

And yes, Hibbert's deal is exactly the reason the owners locked out the players.

06/28/2012 - 9:31am There is no way...

There is no way you can play professional football and basketball.  If your team makes it to the Super Bowl then you would miss over half of the NBA season.  This is why two sport athletes usually play football and baseball, football and track...nowadays anyway.

Speaking of other anomalies: Charlie Ward

06/25/2012 - 2:34pm From what I understand....

From what I understand (and I may be wrong), after McQueary told JoePa and Sandusky was "retired" he still brought kids around.  I believe as recently as 2008 he had kids at practice.

People turned their hands instead of stepping in.