Does the Prez even UNDERSTAND the BCS?

 

Once again it is Fearless Friday, Memorial Day Edition. This is where you are free to sound off on any topic, even if it’s non football related.

On a programming note: We’re going to take a break for the holiday weekend and will rejoin you on Tuesday for the annual SEC Meetings in Destin. Given some of the stuff that has happened among the league’s football coaches since national signing day, that first coaches meeting should be a lot of fun.

 

Until then, here are five burning questions to ponder. Feel free to talk among yourselves:

Does President Obama even UNDERSTAND the BCS? The new president is a pretty smart man but Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany recently told USA Today: “He’s a scholar and a lawyer and a great politician. But I don’t think he understands the complexity of the issue.”

  

 

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/college/football/bigten/2009-05-20-jim-delany-obama-bcs_N.htm

 

 

 

 

 

Oh, it gets better.

“It’s very hard to be disagreeable with a popular president, that’s my first thought. The reality is that he has a pulpit and people listen. I think his strength is probably basketball brackets.”

What does this mean? It’s simple. For the longest time the conference commissioners who make up the BCS have simply been on defense. They were convinced—and still are—that the law is on their side.

But we are in a totally different political climate now where having the law on your side may not be enough. So this is another example of the BCS starting to go on offense. Stay tuned.

 

Does the transfer rule need to be changed?  Former Miami quarterback Robert Marve has announced that he will transfer to Purdue instead of Tennessee. Marve started 11 of 13 games last season for Miami but left the program. One of the factors that pushed Marve to Purdue was that if he attended Tennessee he would have to pay his own way for the 2009-2010 academic year. Why? It’s because Miami would not release him from his scholarship to play for any ACC or SEC team.  And if a school doesn’t officially release a player, he cannot receive an athletic scholarship from another Division I-A school for a year.

 That rule needs to be changed. I still believe that players transferring from one Division I-A school to another should have to sit out a year. But if the kid is willing to sit out a year, I don’t believe his old school should be able to restrict where he transfers. The scholarship contract is already one-sided enough in favor of the school.

What do you think?

 

Are coaches are going to have to take furloughs, too? Here’s a good piece of reporting by Glenn Guilbeau of the Gannett News Service about how universities, like a lot of businesses, are dealing with tough economic times by asking employees to take furloughs of one or two weeks. Arizona State, Clemson, Maryland and Utah are among the schools that have already implemented furloughs. Others will surely follow.

http://www.thenewsstar.com/article/20090518/SPORTS/90517019/1006

There may be some debate about what coaches will be required to do if their university implements furloughs. But if they are smart the coaches won’t say a word and will “donate” a week’s salary to the cause. Politically, you can’t have the academic side struggling to survive and have the athletic side not pitching in to do its part.

 LSU’s Les Miles, for example, makes $3.751 million per season as the head football coach. But it is logical that he would have to donate only from this base pay of $300,000, which is the only part paid by the university. The rest comes from other sources.

 

Does Lane Kiffin deserve a break on the Twitter NCAA violation? Yes. Like all of the football coaches who now have Twitter accounts, Kiffin has somebody to do the actual Tweeting for him.  An employee on his first day posted a reference to J.C. Copeland, a defensive end from LaGrange who had just verbally committed to sign with Tennessee next February. That’s a no-no by NCAA rules. You can’t mention recruits by name until they sign on the dotted line. Tennessee self-reported the minor violation, its fourth since Kiffin came on board as head coach.

Expect more of this kind of stuff until coaches become more comfortable with the technology and get the staff up to speed on the complex recruiting rules. I am not ruling out the possibility that the NCAA will eventually put a ban on coaches Tweeting just like they did with text messaging. Like most things that are done for recruiting, this one has the potential to get out of hand.

 

Will Kentucky will win the SEC—in men’s basketball?  I know this a football blog but last week I was in Lexington, Ky., on business and I’ve got to tell you—that place is up for grabs. The excitement level was off the charts about the arrival of John Calipari as head basketball coach. Well, it looks like that $4 million a year is already paying off. Now Calipari has added the No. 1 point guard in America, John Wall of Raleigh, to what was already one of the nation’s top recruiting classes. That just shows you the biggest difference between football and basketball. A dynamic coach can sign one big-time recruiting class and totally transform the program. The downside to that is all of those guys could leave after one year.

 

Enjoy your holiday, folks. Please be careful. We’ll talk to you next Tuesday from Destin.

 

 

169 comments Add your comment

Ray

May 23rd, 2009
7:40 pm

Why not adjust the out of conference schedules so as to include meaningul games? This would produce enough of a cross lattice of play to offer reasonable comparison between the teams. Do this, madate conference championships, and there will be no question as to who nos.1 and 2 are at the end of the year.

T

May 23rd, 2009
8:32 pm

Interesting anti – Obama comments. You tie anti BCS to Obama, and the comments from these rednecks are he doesn’t need to be worrying about sports. He made a comment, gave his opinion, nothing wrong with that.

Had you said the BCS is great, the comments would have nailed you to the wall.

I don’t like the BCS, we can have a playoff, it is a simple matter of money. The big schools get the benefit of the BCS and have the influence and control over the NCAA, and so they don’t want to give it up. This is not rocket science, it is simply money and the bigs want to keep it to themselves.

John

May 23rd, 2009
8:40 pm

Whining, crying, wallowing in self pity, inability to step up and accept responsibility, arrogance, no accountability, all contributed to losing the Congress and the Presidency. Why don’t you guys get on a political blog and shut up on this one. This is a sports blog! You each buy your own immature excuses and approach to losing and then go into juvenile booger flipping at the one who beat you. Real mature approach, ya think?

Gen Neyland

May 23rd, 2009
10:54 pm

Anyone out there doing the 5K or 15K Ranger Run at Camp Frank D. Merrill Saturday..?

shane #1 : Amen

Cuz : No

Coach "O"

May 24th, 2009
8:52 am

Hey Baby Kiffin… send Layla over to my office. Coach “O” needs a rubdown! ARRRRRGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

GT

May 24th, 2009
9:13 am

Back in the 30s college football had players that played for four of five colleges like hobos drifting for one college town to another. Some of them lived under the stands in the college stadium they played for. Things would go missing from shops or dorm rooms and there were flea markets in these camps with these guys selling stolen mechanize, or laying around dunk and most never saw the inside of a classroom which was noticed in their articulation. Parents were not involved because most of these men were in their mid twenties and a few in their 30s. We have made some progress but the overall theme is the same.

staff fan now

May 24th, 2009
11:03 am

This old ‘nam era vet is glad we are not commemorating me today…never was a target.
But I am confused about some of the anti president comments – both past and present.
Guess the no name required blogs does bring out the coward in many.

Shane#1 and Gen Neyland above got it correct. Happy Memorial Day…both R,D and L.

dt4c

May 24th, 2009
1:24 pm

As long as the rule hurts the crooks at Tennessee I think it should remain the same. You can’t have kids like Marve changing schools every time a know it all coach changes jobs. Sign with the school play for the school you sign with.

Preston

May 24th, 2009
2:07 pm

It’s a free for all blog…remember? I didn’t start this crap but I’ll voice my opinion. Dave, I haven’t read all the posts but I never blamed Obama for the way things are. I simply know how liberal he is and I blame a liberal congress for the mess we’re in. I believe we’re screwed unless we get two things going. 1) conservative leadership, and 2) the FairTax. Obama sucks a$$ and so does Pelosi, Reid, and the rest of the liberal jacka$$es!

DirtyDawg

May 24th, 2009
11:20 pm

I didn’t start this political crap, Barnhart did when he introduced Obama into the discussion on the BCS…just before he bugged out for the weekend. But I couldn’t stand by while you peckerwoods skinned you ignorance. I know you’ll never admit that you were wrong about any of this but I assure you, you are. It’s called cognitive dissonance and you guys have it in spades. My guess is that none of you really know what a Liberal is, but if being a 180 degree opposite of a Rush Limbaugh, or a Sean Hannity, or a Bill O’Reilly, a Dick Cheney or a George Bush is Liberal, then you’re damn right I’m Liberal and proud of it.

Now for what I had tried to post earlier only to lose it…I don’t believe that some 16 team playoff system would ever work, nor should it. What I want to know is what’s so bad about the way we’re doing it now. At worst you may end up with one or two teams that may whine about not being given a ‘fair shot’ at the BCS Championship…and even those are probably the Boise States or the Utahs…so what. If you try to select sixteen teams then you’ll have a hellovalot more complaining about being left out of that.

The way it is now, with some 25 bowl games, you have 50 programs that get to reward their teams and fans with a post-season trip – and 25 of ‘em go home happy, coaches keep jobs and get raises and athletic departments get season ticket renewals. Plus communities all over the country get to have a football game as part of a local festival or tourism promotion. Not to mention how will you set up the playoffs? Top seeds get home games? How fair is that? How many tickets do the ‘visitors’ get? How do you set the seeding…the same way to do the BCS now? That sure won’t cause arguments, will it? If all the games are associated with current bowls that means, in addition to some of the communities having to move their traditional Holiday Festivals every year, 16 teams and their fans, will have had to travel to four games with all the expense associated with that – tickets, rooms (three night minimum), airfare, etc…hard to imagine, particularly in a ‘down economy’ that going over.

No, I say keep what we have. Maybe add a ‘plus-one’ game to eliminate that one team that might claim ‘it wuz robbed’, and have fun. Because if we’re gonna go through all this aggravation just to establish some concept of ‘equal opportunity competition’ it won’t be worth it…in fact it even smells like something them Libruls, or the ACLU, would have thought up, and we all know how you guys feel about that.

DirtyDawg

May 24th, 2009
11:26 pm

What I, of course, meant was the two finalists would have to travel to four games…but then you knew that.

H OBAMA

May 25th, 2009
12:02 am

DIRTYDAWG THANKS FOR STANDING UP FOR ME MY LITTLE LACKEY. I AM PROUD THAT YOU ARE PROUD TO BE A LIBERAL WHICH MEANS THAT THERE MIGHT BE ENOUGH STUPID AND GULLIBLE PEOPLE TO REELECT ME FOR ANOTHER TERM SO I THE WORLDS GREATEST MUSLIM CAN FINISH DESTROYING THIS DEVIL COUNTRY WITHOUT FIRING A SHOT. FIRST I DESTROY THE ECOMOMY AND THEN TAKE YOUR FREEDOM SO THEN YOU WILL NOT NOTICE WHEN I REPLACE FOOTBALL WITH SOCCER. THANKS AGAIN MY LITTLE MSNBC DUMMY FOR NOT LISTENING TO THOSE THAT OPPOSE My socialist PLANS. EXCUSE ME WHILE I GO PUFF SOME WEED ER ER CIGS.

H OBAMA

May 25th, 2009
12:27 am

I SUPPOSE MY REPLY TO DIRTYDAWG WAS TOO CLOSE TO HOME FOR MY LIBERAL FOLLOWER SO MY COMMENTS WERE REMOVED EVEN THOUGH NO PROFANITY OR STUPID STATEMENTS WERE WRITTEN. THANKS AJC FOR SHOWING YOUR TRUE PREJUDICE. I RESPECT THE OPPOSING VIEWPOINTS GIVEN BY RUSH. HANNITY ETC BECAUSE THEY ARE SMARTER THAN ME AND DIRTYDAWG BUT I STILL HAVE THE ABILITY TO FOOL A LOT OF LEMMINGS SUCH AS MY DIRTYDAWG AND THE AJC.

H OBAMA

May 25th, 2009
12:32 am

OOPS YOU PUT MY COMMENTS BACK UP. THANKS AJC. WE STILL LOVE YOU AND DIRTYDAWG. WHOA JOE QUIT PULLING ON THE LEASH AND NO MORE COMMENTS

SC Rules!!!

May 25th, 2009
2:15 am

shane#1,

Well put on all points my friend!!! Long time no blog, how are the Dawgs shapin’ up? We both have several holes to fill, y’all on offense us, well ONLY THE THREE GREATEST LB’s EVER!!! Cush & Rey Rey will have monster rookie seasons! Clay will have a solid one too I suspect but not as much of an immediate impact as the other two. But don’t feel to sorry for us in that dept. Coach Carroll has the cupboard well stocked, after spring practice wrapped up he told ABC 7 (L.A.) that he felt the Defense was going to actually be “BETTER” this season than last. Last season we finished #1 D while only giving up 6.8 pts per game (this after the 24 in the Rose) with a per play yardage yield of .8 yds per play. I saw a glimpse of the new guys during a few practices, man I can’t wait for the ‘09 season to get started!!!!
Hope you’re ahveing a great Memorial Day weekend, Semper Fi!!!

SC Rules!!!

May 25th, 2009
2:23 am

Vol fans:

Man are we (SC Fans) glad Jr. is y’alls problem now! After the Raiders pulled the plug on him there were ruimors he was headed back to us. (the horror) He was a twit then and he’s even more so now, you would have our sympathies but then again y’all don’t seem to have much love loss for us, so why should we care about the pain and suffering y’all are in for! To bad so sad. I have much respect for the SEC (less Les) but that hiring by y’all is gunna sting for quite some time. Hope y’all have plenty of Goodies headache powder. Fight On!!!

DirtyDawg

May 25th, 2009
9:41 am

Since nobody’s paying any further attention to this thread, I suppose it’s probably superfluous to do this, but I can’t help myself. To whoever the hell H OBAMA is, and/or was, in earlier posts, you have made my point for me. If you truly believe the crap you posted here – your attempts at facetiousness and/or sarcasm notwithstanding – then you are indeed one of those dumbass peckerwoods that permeates this blog and, indeed, this state. Despite you and those like you, we’ll bring Georgia back to the 21st Century one of these days – starting with Roy Barnes back in office to scour the feces off the Capitol Dome left by your boy Sonny P.

H OBAMA

May 26th, 2009
11:16 pm

DIRTY DAWG LIKE YOU I COULD NOT HELP MYSELF BUT TO REPLY TO YOUR IGNORANT RANT. YOU ARE NO WAY A DAWG FAN AND BE A LIBERAL. LIBERALS PLAY SOCCER AND SUCK UP TO LEFTIST POLITICIANS THAT HAVE A PLAN TO RUIN THIS COUNTRY AND PRACTICE IN THE MASS MURDER OF UNBORN CHILDREN. DO YOU SUPPORT ABORTION? IF SO WHY DON’T YOU ABORT YOUR SELF ALONG WITH ANY CO CONSPIRATORS, ROY BARNES IS A CROOK BUT TO A LIBERAL THAT DOESN’T MATTER. MOVE BACK TO CALIFORNIA AND FIGHT FOR THE RIGHT TO MARRY YOUR BOY FRIEND. YOU ARE A GAY LIBERAL RACIST IN LOVE WITH BARNEY FRANK. ANY OF YOUR FUTURE POSTS ARE IRREVELANT AND NO ONE WILL BELIEVE WHAT YOU SAY. POST NO MORE LIL BARNEY.

True Champion

June 1st, 2009
10:09 am

President Obama and Rep. (TX) Joe Barton have every right to question a bowl system that is unjust and hold those accountable for making it just. The AJC asking SEC football coaches if Congress should be involved is laughable. Of course the SEC commissioner, SEC athletic directors and SEC coaches are not going bite the bowl system that feeds them.