Tag:Bryan Fischer
Posted on: August 23, 2011 7:18 pm
 

Report: Kiffin, Tennessee escape sanctions

Posted Bryan Fischer

Tennessee's football program and former head coach Lane Kiffin will not be subject to further NCAA sanctions, according to The Knoxville News Sentinel.

The two parties went in front of the Committee on Infractions in June to explain major violations surrounding recruiting infractions and Kiffin's failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance. According to the report, the committee deemed these violations minor and accepted Tennessee's self-imposed penalty of two-years probation.

Former basketball coach Bruce Pearl and staff were not as lucky, as a source told CBSSports.com that Pearl would receive a multi-year show-cause penalty and former Vols assistants Tony Jones, Steve Forbes and Jason Shay will each receive a one-year show-cause. No further restrictions were placed on the program beyond what was self-imposed.

Kiffin left Knoxville to become head coach at USC and is dealing with that school's NCAA sanctions following the Trojans' unsuccessful appeal earlier this year in the Reggie Bush case.

The News Sentinel and other outlets are reporting that the full NCAA Infractions report will be released on Wednesday.
Posted on: August 18, 2011 11:29 am
 

Larry Scott has some choice words for Paul Dee

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott has ruffled the feathers of those in college athletics before and it appears he has no problem doing so again in light of reports about significant NCAA violations at Miami.

Scott's most recent shot across the bow is aimed directly at Paul Dee, who was athletic director in Coral Gables when most of the violations occurred. Dee also was chairman of the NCAA Committee on Infractions and severely sanctioned USC for the school knowing or that they should have known about violations involving running back Reggie Bush.

Safe to say the commissioner agrees with many that Dee blasting the Trojans while his own department ran amok makes him a hypocrite.

"If the allegations prove true," Scott told The Los Angeles Times, "the words irony and hypocrisy don't seem to go far enough."

Scott added that the reports about what happened with the Hurricanes were "a real indictment of some of the problems that exist in college sports and college football and underscores the need for dramatic reform in rules, culture and the enforcement process."

Though he stopped short of fully advocating it, the commissioner also brought up the possibility that the NCAA could separate the enforcement process and allowing it to be done outside the organization.

"I think we need to step back and consider bold new ideas, including the possibility of bringing in outside resources," he said.
Posted on: August 17, 2011 6:42 pm
Edited on: August 17, 2011 6:44 pm
 

Uncle Luke speaks out about Miami & Nevin Shapiro

Posted by Bryan Fischer

One of the tidbits to come out of the explosive investigative report by Yahoo! Sports into Miami was that infamous booster Nevin Shapiro thought of himself as, "Little Luke."

The nickname is a reference to Luther Campbell, a rapper and record label owner known for his connection with the Hurricanes during their infamous run as the bad boys of college football during the late 80's and early 90's. "Uncle Luke" as he is better known as, was notorious for being around the program and offering bounties for hits and touchdowns, just as Shapiro did.

You've heard the pundits, you've read the very good columns (here, here and here for example) but Uncle Luke also decided to weigh in on the allegations as well. Writing on his "Luke's Gospel" blog for the Miami New Times, Campbell says - in a not safe for work manner - that Shapiro can go ahead and kiss his butt.

"That punk could never be me," Campbell wrote. "First of all, I have never been a UM booster. I have never given a dime to the school. I have and always will support the players and the program out of civic pride, but I never violated any NCAA rules when I was the team's biggest fan in the '80s.

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"You can't be me just by reading a Dan Le Batard article in the Miami Herald from 21 years ago alleging I paid players for hits on the field. The NCAA investigated those accusations and found no wrongdoing on my part. This notion that I was paying players is false. It never happened."

So tell us Uncle Luke, how do you really feel about the man who is calling himself a little version of yourself?

"Shapiro is nothing more than a jilted groupie who ------ over a lot people. He is an opportunistic schemer who now wants to play the role of jailhouse snitch. His word isn't worth squat, especially if Yahoo! paid him for the exclusive. Nevin is angry because he couldn't get former players to invest in his Ponzi scheme or come to his rescue when his criminal enterprise was exposed."

Gotcha, we know how you feel now.

Posted on: August 16, 2011 11:39 pm
Edited on: August 16, 2011 11:53 pm
 

Former staffers mum following Miami report

Posted by Bryan Fischer

While most of the attention from the exhausting Yahoo! Sports report detailing impermissible benefits from Miami booster Nevin Shapiro was focused on the 72 athletes named, there were seven current or former Hurricanes staff members named as having knowledge or direct participation of violations. Because several are no longer at the school, the potential impact of the NCAA investigation is not limited to Coral Gables.

Clint Hurtt
Detailed allegations
Previous position at Miami: The Hurricanes' defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator for three years.
Current position: Defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator at Louisville.
Statement: According to WAVE3, Louisville put out a statement saying they would not be responding to any accusations.

Jeff Stoutland
Detailed allegations
Previous position at Miami: Was offensive line coach for the Hurricanes for four years. He was also the interim head coach following the departure of Randy Shannon.
Current position: Became the offensive line coach and assistant head coach at Alabama in January.
Statement: Alabama released a statement saying they were aware of the story but would not comment, according to The Birmingham News.

Aubrey Hill
Detailed allegations
Previous position at Miami: Wide receivers coach for three years.
Current position: Wide receivers coach for Florida.
Statement: Florida issued a statement saying that while Hill declined comment to Yahoo!, he was comfortable and confident with how he conducted himself at Miami, according to The Orlando Sentinel.

Joe Pannunzio
Detailed allegations
Previous position at Miami: Tight ends and special teams coach for five years.
Current position: Director of Football Operations at Alabama.
Statement: Alabama released a statement saying they were aware of the story but would not comment.

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Sean Allen
Detailed allegations
Previous position at Miami: Student manager from 2001-2005.
Current position: Returned to the school as an assistant equipment manager in 2009.
Statement: Miami provided a statement early Tuesday saying they were fully cooperating with the NCAA investigation. As an employee, Allen is required to cooperate or face a possible show-cause penalty.

Ralph Nogueras
Detailed allegations
Position at Miami: assistant equipment manager
Statement: The school provided a statement early Tuesday saying they were fully cooperating with the NCAA investigation.





Posted on: August 13, 2011 10:52 pm
Edited on: August 13, 2011 10:52 pm
 

Big 12 statement: You're still welcome here A&M

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Following a conference call, the Big 12 Board of Directors issued a statement regarding the possible departure of Texas A&M to the SEC:

The Board strongly conveyed to Texas A&M its unanimous desire that it remain a Big 12 member, and acknowledged its value to the Conference. The Board noted that Texas A&M expressed concerns about institutional networks and that the athletics directors worked together and took actions, which the Board has approved, to adequately address those concerns. 

The other nine members reaffirmed their long term, unconditional and unequivocal commitments made to each other and the Conference last summer. Although the Board hopes Texas A&M remains in the Conference, the Board is prepared to aggressively move forward to explore expansion opportunities. In doing so, the Board recognizes the strength of the Big 12 Conference national brand and the opportunity to capitalize on it.

To summarize, the conference wants to make sure all the Aggies want to know they're welcome in the big, happy Big 12 family.

Posted on: August 13, 2011 1:34 pm
Edited on: August 13, 2011 1:44 pm
 

Arizona State loses another defensive starter

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The talk coming into the season was that Arizona State was a Pac-12 title contender largely due to the fact that they returned so many starters in 2011. With the season fast approaching however, the talk has turned from the Sun Devils' depth to the team's lack thereof due to injuries.

It appears you can add one more name to the walking wounded as news surfaced Saturday morning that starting linebacker Brandon Magee would miss the season with a torn Achilles tendon. In addition to several backups going down with injuries, the team has already lost three starters in cornerback Omar Bolden, leading receiver T.J. Simpson and defensive end James Brooks.
"Besides being a great player he's a great leader," head coach Dennis Erickson said of Magee. "Him and Omar were our two leaders. Some other guys are going to have to step up."

The loss of Magee cannot be understated for Arizona State's defense as he was the squad's second leading tackler a year ago behind Vontaze Burfict. Defensive coordinator Craig Bray recently told The Arizona Republic that though Burfict was listed by many as the conference's preseason defensive player of the year, Magee actually out performed the star linebacker last season.

"Our best defensive player last year was Brandon Magee, and you don't hear anything about him," Bray said.

Senior Oliver Aaron was Magee's backup but he is recovering from an ankle injury suffered last week and is expected to miss three to four weeks. Carl Bradford and Collin Parker are also expected to compete for the open spot.




Posted on: August 12, 2011 12:04 pm
 

Isaiah Crowell limited with minor groin injury

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The hits just keep coming to an already injury depleted Georgia team.

This time it's prized recruit and possible starting tailback Isaiah Crowell, who is dealing with a minor groin injury according to head coach Mark Richt. Columbus Ledger-Enquier beat writer Seth Emerson reports that the injury has sidelined Crowell for Friday's practice and made him day-to-day the rest of camp.

How big is this injury? Considering that the team's top two rushers from last season, Washaun Ealey and Caleb King are both no longer with the team, Crowell was expected to compete for significant playing time for the opener against Boise State.

Journeyman Richard Samuel entered camp as the number one running back but with Crowell limited, the depth at the position is perilously thin. Redshirt freshman Ken Malcome is the lone back behind Samuel with Carlton Thomas expected to return following his suspension for the Boise State game.

Posted on: August 11, 2011 12:39 pm
Edited on: September 2, 2011 1:53 pm
 

PODCAST: Pac-12 Preview

Posted by Bryan Fischer

On Wednesday afternoon, I joined cohorts Adam Aizer and J. Darin Darst to talk about the 2011 Pac-12 season, and how the conference's first year is shaping up to be a good one. From Andrew Luck to Washington's offense to USC on probation, we discuss it all.

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