Posted on: July 1, 2011 5:26 pm
Edited on: July 1, 2011 7:18 pm

Texas' Goodwin to redshirt due to track

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Earlier this week we wrote about the good problem that Texas wide receiver Marquise Goodwin has. Goodwin qualified for the IAAF World Championships in the long jump last weekend, but the event takes place in Korea on the same weekend that Texas is scheduled to open its season against Rice. Well, that meant that Goodwin would be missing about a month of practice and at least one game with the Longhorns this season, so it seems that he's reached a reasonable solution to the problem.

Goodwin has decided to redshirt during the 2011 season to focus on his track career.

“To compete in the World Championships and Olympics are dreams of mine, and I’m going to do everything I can to represent them while I’m competing for our country with Team USA,” Goodwin said in a statement. “I’m still going to be around football as much as possible, supporting them every step of the way next season, and will be ready to go with two years left when I fully return.”

Goodwin caught 31 passes for 324 yards and a touchdown in 2010. 

Posted on: June 27, 2011 2:29 pm
Edited on: June 27, 2011 3:07 pm

Texas WR to miss opener thanks to jumping ability

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Texas wide receiver Marquise Goodwin qualified for the IAAF World Championships on Saturday with his long jump of 27 feet, 4 inches, and while Goodwin has no reason to be anything but elated about his accomplishment, it's going to cost him at least one football game.

You see, the world championships will be held in Daegu, Korea, from Aug. 27 to Sept. 4. The long jump finals, which Goodwin will be trying to qualify for, will take place on the night of Sept. 2.

Texas begins its season on Sept. 3 against Rice.

So I think it's safe to assume Goodwin won't be back in Austin for that game, and he's also going to miss a lot of football practice in August as he prepares for the world championships. While this poses a problem for Goodwin's football career, it's hard to blame the kid for not being all that worried about it.

"I'm just glad I have (the) opportunity to represent the USA," Goodwin told the San Antonio Express-News. "I will talk to them when the time comes and figure that all out, but I'm just blessed to represent my country."

Of course, while we know that Goodwin will miss the opener because of his track accomplishments, he could lose his starting spot as a result. Missing an entire month of football practice in August will be costly, and it gives Goodwin's competition plenty of time to take his spot from him. Though given Goodwin's leaping ability, he may just jump over everybody and be back at the top of the depth chart when he returns.

Goodwin had 31 receptions for 324 yards and a touchdown in 2010. 

Hat tip: Dr. Saturday 

Posted on: April 26, 2011 1:19 pm

Hey Big East: UCF leads C-USA in revenue

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

UCF has sworn they'll be part of of a BCS conference one day, a day that could come sooner rather than later if the Big East and Villanova can't get on the same page (and the alleged backroom efforts of USF to keep the Knights outside the league fall on deaf ears). But whatever argument the Knights might like to use, there's one that's always talked louder than any others: money.

And fortunately for the Knights, they've got it, as Forbes.com contributor Kristi Dosh illustrates in this report on the 2009-2010 financial picture in C onference USA. UCF leads the way in the conference with more than $15 million in football revenue, a number greater than several BCS schools and two Big East programs--UConn and Cincinnati.

Dosh points out that UCF's football profit wasn't necessarily a result of overwhelming fan interest so much as UCF's simple overwhelming size; at 56,000 students, UCF is the second-largest school in the country, and all those student fees and alumni donations add up. The Knights also boosted their bottom line by not immediately re-investing all their grosses back into the program, as the school's football spending (at approximately $8.5 million) lags in the middle of the conference.

But if anything, those details probably only emphasize why the Big East might take an interest. If the Knights can turn such a substantial profit even without a horde of ticket sales, what happens when interest both on- and off-campus receives the kind of spike that comes with BCS competition? If UCF's athletic department can turn out a C-USA champion and BCS top-25 team even while keeping their spending relatively in check, how good could they be with the budget boost that comes with a distribution check from a BCS league?

The Big East may still let some other conference find that out, of course. Adding UCF means adding yet another basketball team to an already over-swollen 18-team (hoops-centric) conference, and unless Villanova joins up as well, it still wouldn't give the conference the necessary 12 for a lucrative championship game. There's a reason the conference is taking its time in expanding beyond its TCU addition.

But there's also little doubt UCF's friendly bottom line will give the league's decision-makers some food for thought.

One other note on Dosh's report: it would be tempting to look at SMU's conference-leading spending and assume that explains their quantum leap forward under June Jones and C-USA division championship last year. But the next two schools on that list -- Rice and Memphis --suggest that it's not as easy as simply throwing money at the problem.

Posted on: April 22, 2011 12:06 pm

Rice has 4 players arrested in 3 days

Posted by Tom Fornelli

I don't know if you pay attention to the Fulmer Cup over at Every Day Should Be Saturday, but if you do, then you already know that there is no way anybody is going to catch Auburn to take the title this year. Still, that doesn't mean some schools aren't going to try, and you have to give Rice some credit. Having four players arrested within 72 hours is nothing to sneeze at.

Which is exactly what happened, as four players from the school were arrested in two separate incidents. One last Saturday, and then another on Monday.

Reserve defensive end Cody Bauer and offensive lineman Cade Shaw were arrested on Saturday for possession of a firearm in their on-campus residence, according to Harris County court records.

Both posted a $5,000 bail bond and were released from custody.

Cornerbacks Kevin Gaddis and Phillip Gaines were arrested in a separate incident Monday.

Gaddis was charged with a pair of misdemeanors — theft of property valued between $50 and $500 and possession of two ounces or less of marijuana, according to the case summary. He posted a $500 bail bond on both charges.

Gaines was arrested on a misdemeanor possession of two ounces or less of marijuana. He posted a $500 bail bond.

“We are aware of the allegations. We take these seriously,” Rice athletic director Rick Greenspan said. “Obviously, we have some investigations to do, both with the campus and off-campus (authorities), and when we have more information we’ll share it.”

The school has yet to make a decision on whether or not the players will be suspended, but I suspect the players will be at some point. As nebulous a description as the famous "violation of team rules" is, I'm pretty sure that being arrested is a violation of just about every team's rules. 

Phillip Gaines is the only starter of the bunch, as he started ten games for Rice at corner last season and finished third on the team with ten tackles. While not starters, both Bauer and Gaddis played in all 12 games last year, while Cade Shaw saw limited action in 2010.


Posted on: October 27, 2010 12:42 pm

Lawsuit seeks to alter NCAA scholarship policy

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

The fundamentals of the NCAA's scholarship policies regarding major college football have been in place for a while now: no more than 85 players on scholarship at a time, no more than 25 new scholarships issued in a year, each scholarship must be renewed after each year.

According to former Rice student and football player Joseph Agnew (and at Rice, it's fair to apply both those terms), it's those policies that led to his football scholarship being "canceled" in the wake of an Owl coaching change. Which is why he's filed a class-action lawsuit in an effort to force the NCAA to change two of them:

The lawsuit accuses the NCAA and its member schools of violating federal antitrust laws and asks the court to rule the NCAA's limit on scholarships and prohibition of multi-year grants unlawful. It also asks for a jury trial ...

"The NCAA is reviewing the allegations," the NCAA's Bob Williams said in an e-mail to USA TODAY. "However, it should be noted that the award of athletic scholarships on a one-year, renewable basis is the more typical approach taken within higher education for talent-based and academic scholarships in general."
Agnew's argument is that if Rice either had more than 85 scholarships to distribute or didn't have the option to leave his scholarship unrenewed, he would still be at Rice. If the suit is successful, the NCAA could be forced to either increase or abandon the 85-scholarship limit on FBS rosters, or allow programs to offer recruits multiyear packages that would eliminate the need for an annual renewal.

Either development would change the face of college football as we know it. Remove the limit of 85, and rosters at the sport's "football factory" programs return to the pre-limit days of 100-plus scholarship players, sucking much of the parity out of the game; allow schools to offer multiyear packages and the pendulum could swing the other way, as smaller schools willing to take a chance could offer academic- or character-risk prospects four-year guarantees larger programs might not be willing to extend.

The potential impact makes this a story that must be followed as it proceeds through the courts. Unfortunately, this blogger is certainly no lawyer and has no idea how much merit the suit carries. (Though he can say the "academic scholarship" analogy drawn by the NCAA doesn't appear to hold water; academic scholarships have specific performance requirements spelled out in writing for their renewal, whereas football scholarships can be annulled simply on the head coach's whim, a key difference.)

That the suit hasn't drawn more attention to date suggests that it may not come to much, but until we know for certain, it's possible that a previously unheard-of former defensive back from Rice could become one of the most important figures in college football.

Category: NCAAF
Posted on: October 6, 2010 4:20 pm

Feinstein: Duke should leave ACC football

Posted by Adam Jacobi

As a program, Duke is terrible at football. Currently, historically, inexorably terrible. Duke football had more seasons with two wins or fewer in the last decade (seven such seasons) than they've had bowl game invitations in the nearly 60 years they've been in the ACC (five). They are so, so bad.

In spite of this crushing haplessness, Duke head coach David Cutcliffe told one local radio station recently, "We have a struggling team, but we don't have a struggling program."

Noted sports author (and Duke alum) John Feinstein felt compelled to respond to WRAL in Raleigh:

"Is this team not part of the program? I said years ago, I got shouted down. And I'll still be shouted down, that Duke should not play ACC football."

He went on to claim that if Duke had a president with any leadership ability, he would get together with the presidents at Tulane, Army, Navy, Rice and Vanderbilt and form "Conference SAT" - a league for good academic schools that haven't been competitive in their current football leagues.

First of all, leave it to a Duke fan to turn sucking at football into an elitist activity. Bravo, Feinstein. Second, on its face, this seems like a good idea (and how about Northwestern not making the list? Congrats, Wildcats fans!); excepting the rare and fleeting moments of success, these programs typically struggle, and their unusual admissions standards certainly don't help matters.

The only problem is that nobody's going to want to watch that league. Their television ratings would just be "NO." And if they're not going to get good ratings, they're not going to make money, and really the only reason for a school to ever field a football team is to finance the rest of its athletic department. What Feinstein's really making the case for is that these schools should stop fielding football teams, but that's probably a little too uncomfortable for a Duke partisan to consider rationally at this point.

Posted on: September 4, 2010 2:56 pm

Texas-Rice sell out Reliant Stadium

Posted by Chip Patterson

Planning on strolling right up to Reliant Stadium in Houston and waltzing in to see Texas and Rice?  Better warm up the couch.

The game will be Garrett Gilbert's first career start, and first time on the field since being called on to replace the injured Colt McCoy in the national championship game against Alabama.  Outside of the title game, the sophomore signal caller has never had more than six attempts in a game.  This is will be the first chance Longhorn fans have to see how Gilbert will stack up to his quarterback predecessors.

The in-state showdown between the Longhorns and Owls in the home of the Houston Texans was declared a sellout earlier today.  Reliant Stadium seats 71,500 for football games and for those curious; the retractable roof will be closed.  Pretty impressive for what figures to be far from a nail-biter.

You never know though, would have been hard to predict what's happening in Gainesville right now

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