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Here's the thing about the plucky, upstart schools clambering up the ladder of college football's...

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Here's the thing about the plucky, upstart schools clambering up the ladder of college football's highest echelon: Their time has come. That is, it's time to peel back their fingers and let them fall. The nation's poorer programs need to drop down because they drain money from their schools, keep bigger programs from reforming rules and often limp along academically—all while having no real shot at winning it all.

Enough Already With the Little Guy in College Football The Wall Street Journal's Rachel Bachman calls on the NCAA to do the same thing they did back in the late 1970s: separate the big guys from the small guys and let its horses run.

Although the Commission proposed that a number of the problems be handled by presidents through the...

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Although the Commission proposed that a number of the problems be handled by presidents through the instrument of the NCAA (The National Collegiate Athletic Association), it acknowledged that "the NCAA has many critics" and also that "some of the members of this Commission are among the organization's more severe critics; most of us are not." However, it also pointed out that if the NCAA did not exist, the universities would "have to create it, or something very much like it" because "a governing, rulemaking and disciplinary body of some sort is required." It also pointed out that, since the NCAA is the "creature of its own members," those members "have only themselves to blame for its shortcomings." College Presidents Must Assert Control to Cure College Sports Problems - Knight Foundation Right...Donna Shalala was on the Knight Commission Like I said to the NCAA's Ronnie Ramos in a Tweet..."But everyone eats at the same trough. The accountability angle really is hollow. How do members seek change?" The NCAA is not interested in change...they are interested in staying in power... H/T Jay Bilas

NCAA president Mark Emmert said Tuesday that he believes coaches who lie to NCAA investigators...

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NCAA president Mark Emmert said Tuesday that he believes coaches who lie to NCAA investigators should be subject to the same type of punishment given to student-athletes who lie to NCAA investigators. "I certainly believe [the same guidelines] should apply, of course," Emmert said. "[They should apply] at least as much [as they apply to student-athletes]." Emmert discusses subject of coaches lying to NCAA - CBSSports.com This is from December. Emmert is about to get the chance to put his money where his mouth is...

Note that the sextet will not miss the Sugar Bowl, because "the student-athletes did not receive...

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Note that the sextet will not miss the Sugar Bowl, because "the student-athletes did not receive adequate rules education during the time period the violations occurred" – even though the NCAA decided to dock a fifth game on top of the standard four-game suspension because the players "did not immediately disclose the violations when presented with the appropriate rules education."

Whatever shred of credibility the NCAA had left after the Cam Newton saga is gone now, in the wake of the suspension of several key Ohio State players for games occurring after the Sugar Bowl. The alleged lack of "adequate rules education" (about which more anon) is an aggravating factor, not a mitigating one; if they didn't know, they should have known. Isn't that the precedent the NCAA set with A.J. Green and the other athletes who were sidelined earlier this season? Regarding the absence of "adequate rules education," I'm sorry, but I call BS on that. In this environment, a student-athlete who says he didn't know not to sell his stuff is like a suspect in police custody who says he wasn't told his Miranda rights. Dude, do you own a television? Every American who's watched a cop show in the last 30 years can recite the Miranda warnings by heart, and every NCAA football player who's watched ESPN in the last six months knows you're not allowed to do this sort of thing. This isn't baseball, where postseason games are treated as entirely different entities. Bowl games no longer are treated as exhibitions; bowl numbers count toward season statistics and bowl outcomes affect rankings and determine national championships. If I were an Ohio State fan preparing to watch the Buckeyes take on an SEC team in a bowl game, I might like to believe that bowl games aren't "real" games, but they are. Athletes were declared ineligible and were given suspensions. Those suspensions ought to run from the point at which ineligibility was determined; if you're not eligible, and you must serve a suspension before becoming eligible again, you can't play a game prior to serving the suspension. The NCAA's excuse is totally bogus; ignorance of the law is no excuse, and, if it is, then why are they being suspended at all? The NCAA's cockamamie explanation reads like something out of Kafka or Lewis Carroll; all that is required to refute the Association's position is to state it aloud and stand back to watch it collapse under the weight of its own implausibility. This is complete crap, and, if Ohio State wins the Sugar Bowl, there needs to be a great big asterisk next to the Buckeyes' glittering 1-9 record against the SEC in bowl games. Go 'Dawgs! . . . and go Hogs!

Kansas State’s Jacob Pullen and Curtis Kelly won’t play against UNLV. Both committed a secondary...

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Kansas State’s Jacob Pullen and Curtis Kelly won’t play against UNLV. Both committed a secondary violation of NCAA rules. [...] Both players received impermissible benefits on the purchase of clothing at a local department store. [...] NCAA has ruled Pullen must miss 3 games but has yet to decide on Kelly’s status/punishment.

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If there is some sort of documentation through Facebook that Hawkins misrepresented himself to...

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If there is some sort of documentation through Facebook that Hawkins misrepresented himself to Green, that is different. That is proof that Green didn't know what he was doing -- beyond, of course, the original issue of selling the jersey in the first place. If there were ever an extenuating circumstance, you would think that would meet the definition. In that case, the NCAA should consider reducing Green's suspension to the two games he will miss.

C&F acknowledges that maybe I wasn't wrong, clueless, and trying to change the subject, after all. Go 'Dawgs!

Georgia officials are hoping the NCAA makes a ruling on Green's eligibility as soon as Wednesday. ....

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Georgia officials are hoping the NCAA makes a ruling on Green's eligibility as soon as Wednesday. . . . A person familiar with the NCAA investigation told ESPN.com that Green did not sell his jersey on eBay and received less than $1,000 for it. The source said Green has been forthcoming and honest with NCAA investigators, but added there were "some twists and turns" involved with the case. Green, a preseason All-SEC selection, also is linked to the NCAA's ongoing investigation into alleged improper contact with agents by players at Alabama, North Carolina and South Carolina. But a person familiar with the investigation told ESPN.com that Green has adamantly denied attending the agent-sponsored party in Miami or ever traveling to South Florida. . . . Bulldogs coach Mark Richt told reporters he hoped to learn Green's fate sometime this week. "I'd be highly disappointed if we don't hear something this week," Richt said on Tuesday. "I would think we will."

Mark Schlabach has the latest on the NCAA witch hunt. Go 'Dawgs!

In a similar vein, the median institutional subsidy for athletics in the FBS rose from around $8...

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In a similar vein, the median institutional subsidy for athletics in the FBS rose from around $8 million in 2007-8 to more than $10 million in 2008-9. This reliance on institutional funds has increased as the growth in median revenue generated directly by athletics programs in the FBS — via sources such as ticket sales and media contracts — slowed to nearly 6 percent from 2008 to 2009. This is down significantly from the 17 percent growth in revenue from 2007 to 2008. By comparison, total athletics expenses sped in the other direction, ballooning by nearly 11 percent. This is double the growth in expenses from 2007 to 2008.

According to the NCAA, only 14 FBS athletic departments made a profit in 2008-2009, down from 25 only a couple of years ago. This graphic is really telling. Men's football and men's basketball are the only athletic department programs that make a profit on average, with women's basketball generating the largest loss. According to the report "60 percent of teams have generated such surpluses in each of the past six years".

Hahaha this talk bout AJ is hilarious..that country boy ain't never been to Miami!!! You can put...

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Hahaha this talk bout AJ is hilarious..that country boy ain't never been to Miami!!! You can put those rumors to rest...

Michael Moore has A.J. Green's back. Go 'Dawgs!

North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall today launched an investigation into possible...

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North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall today launched an investigation into possible improprieties by sports agents in the state. Spokesman George Jeter said the department hasn't received a complaint but is responding to media reports of possible NCAA violations that may have been caused by improper contact between agents and college athletes. "That's it, precisely," Jeter said. "The number of media reports coming out and talking about possibly things that might have happened and possibly actions by agents, or people who should be agents if they're not, [sparked the investigation]."

NC Secretary of State starts agent probe. The NCAA's investigation, BTW, has expanded to include Georgia.
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