Posted on: November 15, 2010 6:20 pm

Crime and Punishment in the NCAA

Auburn is guilty.

That is an easy conclusion to come to. Auburn is guilty of committing some type of recruitng violation. Not because I think Auburn cheats but because I think the NCAA has so many just plain ridiculous rules that it would be virtually impossible for someone being recruited to not be given some type of improper benefit.

Just a couple weeks ago, a college basketball program was guilty of improper benefits when they had recruits visiting and watching a game accidentally meet Demi Moore. Really. That qualifies as a recruiting violation.

So, you can't tell me that Auburn didn't do something illegal. Almost impossible not to.

Auburn's biggest problem now is twofold. Let's call it the USC Syndrome.

There are two reason USC was hammered so hard by the NCAA. One was of their own doing and one was because of a circumstance beyond their control.

First, what USC, or more specifically Mike Garret, did wrong. Arrogance. The former USC AD refused to cooperate with the NCAA, refused to act any bit remorseful and basically ticking the NCAA off. It's no wonder USC got the heavy penalization it did. Had Garret been just a tid bit humble during the entire mess, Maybe USC would not be trying to appeal a case of possible overkill in punishment.

This is where Auburn can learn from USC's mistake. Do not act all high and mighty when the NCAA comes a-calling. Say 'yes sir' and 'no sir'. Show the investigators everything they ask for. Apologize profusely for the terrible confusion that has brought the ncaa to their campus. Do not act like an arrogant jackwagon.

And hope for the best.

Because, even that might not be enough.

Again, looking back at the USC case. And the thing they could not control. Publicity. The saying "any publicity is good publicity" is not so much true in the case of a college sports team under the microscope. The Reggie Bush situation was very high profile and was an opportunity for the NCAA to make a statement. Coast to coast, people knew what was going on, and it went on for several years, and the NCAA had to come down the way the did for the sake of public perception as much as anything else.

This is the bad news for Auburn.

Because Cam Newton is becoming as big a story as Reggie Bush was. So, a simple slap on the wrist is not going to make the NCAA look very good when it comes to public perception. So, when they get the evidence they need, they are going to hit Auburn. How hard they hit will depend a lot on how remorseful the Auburn AD appears to be and how much the story dies down over time.

The good news for all this, if you are an Auburn fan, is that that probably won't happen until around the year 2015. If, Newton is a non-story 5 years from now, Auburn has a chance to get just a slap on the wrist. If, on the other hand, he is still at Reggie Bush publicity level....

Auburn might have to forfeith the 2010 season.
Posted on: January 20, 2010 12:19 am

Runaway Lane

I found this quite hilarious and figured many people, especially SECers, would enjoy it as well:
Category: NCAAF
Tags: Kiffin, Tennessee, USC
Posted on: November 24, 2009 8:01 pm

Solving the Mid-Major Crisis

We enter yet another end of a college football season with one or more undefeated mid-majors screaming for a chance at the BCS Championship. And, once again, they just don't get it.

Listen up. I like mid-majors. I root for mid-majors every time they play BCS teams. But these mid-majors need to understand something. It's called the BCS Title for a reason. It crowns the champion of the BCS. And, you mid-majors, don't belong to a BCS conference. So you aren't ever going to be the BCS Champion. You are the red-headed stepchildren to BCS schools. Baylor will always have a better chance to win the BCS Title than TCU, no matter how good or bad TCU is. LSU can win the BCS title with a 2-loss season but Utah will never win the BCS Title no matter how many times they go undefeated.

They will toss you guys a bone or two to shut you up but they will never give you a slice of the BCS T-Bone steak that is the title game.

So, why not do something about it?

Create your own champion.

You want a playoff system mid-majors? Then create one. The BCS schools don't want to play? Who needs them? 1-AA doesn't fret that Florida isn't in their playoff brackets. Why should you?

Yes, at the moment, you are obligated to bowls contractually. But those contracts will run out. And then you will have a choice. Continue to play the BCS' game and never have a chance to ever appear in their so-called title game.

Or, have some guts, take a stand, go out on a limb, get together with the other mid-majors and show the Bull Crap System that playoffs can work in Division 1 football.

Yes, you would be risking a lot. Financially. There is no guarantee that a mid-major playoff system will get you as much money as the bowl contracts guarantee you. So, if you don't want to take that risk? That's fine. Then take your place at the kiddie table and be content with the scraps the BCS will give you.

If you really are sick of being the BCS' redheaded stepchild, then tell the BCS to stick it come contract renewal time.

The ball, mid-majors, really is in your court.

If you don't get out of the bed that the BCS is making for you, then don't cry that it keeps you up all night.
Category: NCAAF
Posted on: September 19, 2009 8:05 pm

Sick of the Term Hater?

Hater is one of the most abused words on sports message boards. If you criticize someone, you're a 'hater'. Even if the criticism is warranted. If you root for someone to faiil, you are a 'hater', even if that person is too disgusting of a human being for anyone to be proud that he or she had any success.

Yes, I am sick of the term 'hater'.

But, some of you out earn the term 'hater'.

We see it on the college forum today. Washington has just beaten USC and here come the threads. Not the thrads congratulating Washington for winning. The threads bashing USC for losing.

Every one of you who has done that has earned the indignity of being branded a hater.

Why can't we all just say "great win for Washington". No. Can't do that. Especially fans of teams that just lost to USC. That's right Ohio State fan. I'm talking to you.

Don't be a hater. Give cred to Washington and move on. Today's result still doesn't change the fact that USC beat Ohio State.

If people would quit being haters, the term hater would go away.

If you are sick of the term hater...

then stop being one.
Category: NCAAF
Posted on: January 8, 2009 1:47 pm

Conference Supremacy? Not In Burnt Orange Country

Tonight, I will find myself somewhere surrounded by burnt orange. Longhorn fans will be around the television watching the BCS Title Game, wearing their orange shirts with white letters or orange hats with white bull head emblems.
And they will all be cheering for Florida.
While SEC fans agitate other fans (most notably Big Ten fans) with their "SEC SEC SEC" chants, the people in the Lone Star State mostly yawn at all this conference supremacy talk. In particular the Longhorn fan base that populates this area of Texas where I live in. They come to work daily, wearing their Texas logos on their shirts and caps, with their Texas bumper stickers on the back of their trucks.
You ask them if they want the Big XII to be national champions and they say "No. I want Texas to be national champions."
They won't be chanting "Big XII Big XII Big XII" at the television tonight. They will be chanting some things OU's way. Things that I can't type without getting warnings, my blog removed and my reputation lowered.
And OU fans wouldn't expect Texas fans to do anything less. In fact, OU fans would probably be disappointed if they thought Texas fans wanted them to win. And OU fans would be rooting for Florida if Texas had been the team invited to the BCS Title Game.
That's because there is a real rivalry between OU and Texas. Texas fans would love nothing more than to go 14-0 and win the BCS Title. But to do that and to have OU go 0-12 would be even sweeter for a Texas fan. And OU would feel the same way.
So, Tennessee Vol fans can chant "SEC SEC SEC" all they want tonight. Same goes for Georgia fans.
But don't try to use that as a way to get to Texas fans.
Cause Texas fans will be right there chanting with you.
Category: NCAAF
Posted on: October 18, 2008 1:26 pm

Running Up The Score

Many times last season, I heard complaints about the New England Patriots running up the score. Also, earlier this season, Miami accused Florida of running up the score. I wonder if these accusers really know what it means to have the score run up on you.
Tonight, the Houston Cougars play the SMU Mustangs. So, I figured this was a perfect time to show everyone what it really means to have the score run up on you.
On October 21, 1989, the Houston Cougars faced the SMU Mustangs. Houston was in the midst of the run-and-shoot offense, with Jack Pardee at head coach and Andre Ware, who would win the Heisman Trophy, at quarterback. SMU was in its first season back from the death penalty, was starting 14 freshmen and basically fielding a team of walk-ons. Bunch of college students who just happened to want to play football.
Ware completes 25-of-41 passes for 517 yards and six touchdowns - in the first half. His five TDs in the second quarter alone are an NCAA record, as are his passing yards for a quarter (340) and a half. The Cougars led 59-14 at the half. Andre Ware's day was done as there was no reason to keep throwing and scoring. Right?
David Klingler came in after halftime and then he had 20 pass attempts of his own. That's right. Houston threw the ball 20 times with a 45 point lead. 12 of those passes were "bombs".
The Cougars became the most offensive team in college football history with an astounding 1,021 yards (771 passing, 250 rushing), the first team to gain more than 1,000.
So, even with a 45-point halftime lead, the Cougard throw for another 254 yards in the second half. Against a group of walk-ons. They weren't playing football players who just happened to be going to college. They were playing college students who just happened to be playing football.
The final score was Houston 95 SMU 21.
"I'd never run up the score like that on a group of freshmen and sophomores. I hope they're really proud of their accomplishment. It was a sad day for college football." Thus said SMU head coach Forrest Gregg.
Whenever I hear someone complaining about a team going for it on 4th down with a big lead or kicking a late field goal with a 2 or 3 score lead, I just want to laugh. Don't ever tell one of those Mustangs that someone ran the score up on your team if all that happened was someone kicked a late field goal with a 20-point lead. I don't think they will be listening.
Category: NCAAF
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