Posted on: July 8, 2011 1:05 pm
Edited on: July 8, 2011 1:19 pm
As our series on college football’s cheaters continues today, I looked at the most frequent cheaters – at least in terms of major infractions – since SMU received the Death Penalty in 1987.
It’s a neck-and-neck race between Alabama and Texas Tech, with three major infractions each.
There are also a dozen teams – Cal, Colorado, Florida International, Florida State, Illinois, Minnesota, Mississippi State, Oklahoma, SMU, Texas A&M, USC and Washington – with two infractions each
Here are the remaining 42 teams with one major infraction each: Arkansas, Arkansas State, Arizona State, Auburn, Ball State, Baylor, Central Florida, Cincinnati, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Houston, Kansas, Kansas State, Kentucky, Louisiana Lafayette, Marshall, Maryland, Memphis, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, Mississippi, New Mexico, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, San Diego State, South Carolina, Syracuse, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, UTEP, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Washington State and Wisconsin.
In all 56 of the 120 FBS programs have committed a major infraction in the past 25 years, including nearly two-thirds of the automatic qualifying BCS programs.
By the way, I loved a response on Twitter from @FGrimes1 – listed as Forrest Grimes – defending Texas Tech’s three major infractions. He wrote: “Most of Techs major infractions came around the same time, way to make Tech look like a contuinously dirty program a--hole."
For Mr. Grimes’ information, Tech’s violations were not at the same time – but spaced more than 10 years apart in 1987, 1998 and on Jan. 7, 2011 – during Grimes’ current semester as a journalism major at Tech
While our two-week series is looking at whether schools can win without cheating, I think it’s important to recognize the 23 AQ BCS programs that have not committed a major infraction since 1987 … so far.
ACC–Boston College, Duke, North Carolina, N.C. State, Wake Forest.
Big East–UConn, Louisville, South Florida, West Virginia.
Big Ten–Indiana, Iowa, Nebraska, Northwestern, Penn State, Purdue.
Big 12–Iowa State, Missouri.
Pac-12–Arizona, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA.
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Posted on: June 1, 2011 4:57 pm
Edited on: June 1, 2011 5:00 pm
DESTIN, Fla. – South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said he was battling laryngitis so he had to speak softly. His message, though, was loud and clear: football players should receive financial compensation.
At Wednesday’s SEC spring meetings, Spurrier presented a proposal that league coaches – out of their own pockets – provide $300 a game to its players. The money would be for game expenses.
“They can give to their parents for travel, lodging, meals,” Spurrier said. “Maybe they could take their girlfriends out Saturday night and so forth.”
Spurrier said six other coaches signed his proposal: Alabama’s Nick Saban, Florida’s Will Muschamp, Ole Miss’ Houston Nutt, Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen, LSU’s Les Miles and Tennessee’s Derek Dooley.
“A bunch of us coaches felt so strongly about it we would be willing to pay 70 guys 300 bucks a game,” Spurrier said. “That’s only $21,000 a game. I doubt it will get passed, but as the coaches in the SEC we make all the money as do the universities with television [deals]. And we need to give more to our players. That was something we need to get out there.”
The five coaches who didn’t sign Spurrier’s proposal: Arkansas’ Bobby Petrino, Auburn’s Gene Chizik, Georgia’s Mark Richt, Kentucky’s Joker Phillips and Vanderbilt’s James Franklin.
"I told the other coaches Im going to tell the media what coaches wouldn't sign," Spurrier said.
SEC commissioner Mike Slive said it was doubtful Spurrier’s proposal could ever get passed.
"I don't think [it would pass],” Slive said. “It was a gesture by Steve, thinking about student athlete welfare.”
Spurrier said he’s felt this way for years, especially how much money is made in college athletics by the universities and coaches.
“I just wish there was a way to give our players a little bit piece of the pie,” Spurrier said. “It’s so huge right now. As you know 50 years ago there was not any kind of money and the players got full scholarships. Now they’re still getting full scholarships and the money in the millions.
“I don’t know how to get it done. Hopefully there’s a way to get our guys that play football, a little piece of the pie. The coaches make so much, we ‘d be willing to pay it so there’s no additional expense to the university or anybody.”
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Posted on: May 31, 2011 10:31 pm
DESTIN, Fla. – There's no questioning new Florida coach Will Muschamp’s defensive knowledge. But what - or how - the Gators will do on offense isn't as clear cut.
“Be multiple and do what your players can do,” Muschamp said Tuesday at the SEC’s spring meetings. “I’ve said this before: I don’t believe whether you’re on offense or defense you take a scheme and throw it on your players and say ‘this is what we are.’
“You have to do a good job of evaluating your talent and see what you can do – don’t ask them to do something they can’t. Put them in a situation where they can be successful.
“That’s what we’ve done. We’ve identified playmakers offensively. We’ve identified things we think our strengths are. We’ve curtailed our offense to be what we can be based on those guys.”
Earlier this month speaking at a Gator booster club gathering in Tampa, Fla., Muschamp said SEC teams have to be able to run the football to consistently win in league play.
“Granted I would love to be 50-50 balanced down the middle, running and passing,” Muschamp said. “When you become too one-dimensional – I’m just looking at it from a defensive perspective – it makes it pretty easy for you. When you’re a one dimensional team, you have to be balanced in what you do especially in this league.”