The volatile nexus of politics and college athletics

Apparently, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has a strange understanding of “limited government.”

As sports fans know, the nation’s college athletic programs are playing a high-stakes game of musical chairs at the moment, forcing universities to scramble to make sure they have a conference to play in. West Virginia University, for example, this week thought it had nailed down membership in the powerful Big 12 conference, with a media announcement scheduled for today.

That announcement has been canceled, thanks to McConnell. The Kentucky senator reportedly made a phone call or two, and before you knew it the Big 12 started thinking that inviting West Virginia to join their conference would be a big mistake. Instead, the conference may now extend that offer to the University of Louisville.

McConnell (University of Louisville, class of ‘64) isn’t talking. But Sen. Joe Manchin (West Virginia University, class of ‘70) is making up for it.

“If these outrageous reports have any merit – and especially if a United States senator has done anything inappropriate or unethical to interfere with a decision that the Big 12 had already made – then I believe that there should be an investigation in the U.S. Senate, and I will fight to get the truth,” Manchin said.

West Virginia’s other senator, Jay Rockefeller, has also gotten involved. “The Big 12 picked WVU on the strength of its program — period. Now the media reports that political games may upend that,” Rockefeller said.  “That’s just flat wrong. I am doing and will do whatever it takes to get us back to the merits.”

Rockefeller is chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction over college athletics. All in all, it looks as though West Virginia and Kentucky may be headed for a border feud the likes of which ain’t been seen since the days of the Hatfields and McCoys.

Pass the popcorn, please.

– Jay Bookman

282 comments Add your comment

Stonethrower

October 27th, 2011
10:29 am

Don't Tread

October 27th, 2011
10:32 am

“Apparently, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has a strange understanding of ‘limited government’.”

Apparently, Obama has zero understanding of limited government.

stands for decibels

October 27th, 2011
10:33 am

Taxpayer subsidized farm teams for monopolistic professional-sports organizations? Whatever could be wrong with that, Jay?

Keep Up the Good Fight!

October 27th, 2011
10:36 am

Pick a topic, any topic…… blame Obama nonsense in 4 posts or less!

rwcole

October 27th, 2011
10:38 am

Exactly 8 minutes til someone swings at Obama. Someone’s slipping.

Peadawg

October 27th, 2011
10:38 am

Another example of Congress getting involved in sports when they have other more important problems to take care of.

(Also, funny how Jay does an article on a GOP congressmen getting involved in sports but not an article on the 3 Democrats who are sniffing around HGH testing in the NFL)

getalife

October 27th, 2011
10:39 am

Way to focus on the 15 million jobs you lost turtle.

Adam

October 27th, 2011
10:39 am

Wow, McConnell sticking his nose in and obstructing even progress on freaking sports. SPORTS.

Ideologue! WTF.

Normal

October 27th, 2011
10:40 am

Criminy! Second blogger takes a dig at President Obama…class, that.

I hope they do make a big deal out of this and at least get the esteemed Senator from Kentucky censored…

Jm

October 27th, 2011
10:44 am

Democrats destroying the superncommittee. And this is the mid morning coverage?

Hmmmmm :)

Granny Godzilla

October 27th, 2011
10:44 am

Call in the CIA, the FBI, the MIB and the O of O.

Can I throw that yellow penalty flag thingie down on the floor of the Senate and do some pointy stuff with my arms …

offsides? holding?

Peadawg

October 27th, 2011
10:45 am

Grasshopper

October 27th, 2011
10:45 am

A politician exerting influence — how shocking.

ty webb

October 27th, 2011
10:45 am

I wasn’t aware louisville even fielded a football team.

stands for decibels

October 27th, 2011
10:46 am

Exactly 8 minutes til someone swings at Obama.

Guys with “Don’t Tread” stickers on their cars don’t tend to be plagued with little distractions like, oh, the actual topic at hand and suchlike.

Adam

October 27th, 2011
10:47 am

jm: Democrats destroying the superncommittee. And this is the mid morning coverage?

Where’s the Republican’s supercommittee plan?

Curious Observer

October 27th, 2011
10:47 am

As a graduate of West Virginia University (on the way to the Emory graduate school), I’ve followed this debacle with interest. On the negative side, I’ll add that the state legislature did the university no favors when it mandated a few years ago that any state resident with a 2.0 GPA had to be admitted to WVU, a crippling blow. Add to that an academic scandal in which administrators granted an MBA based on “life experiences” to the daughter of a former governor-now-US Senator, and you have a recipe for allowing even diploma-mill SEC schools to look down their collective nose at WVU academically. Throw in a few thugs like PacMan Jones, plus a reputation for burning couches in the street and throwing garbage cans at opposing players, and you have a less-than-stellar reputation for admission to any other conference.

Just the same, there’s no question that WVU is the flagship of Big East football. However, the university has damaged itself badly by its actions. Whoever remains in Big East football is a dead man walking. There’s no question that the conference will lose its automatic bid to a BCS bowl once the current agreement expires. The loss of Virginia Tech, Miami, and Boston College to the ACC has now been followed by the agreement of Pittsburgh and Syracuse to join the ACC. Is it any wonder that politicians allied with the University of Louisville and West Virginia University are now throwing their weight around?

Jm

October 27th, 2011
10:47 am

McConnell pulls a lever. Dems lose.

Now, rather than focusing on jobs the democrats want to fight over football in the commerce committee?

Gimme a break. Democrats are pathetic and costing the economy jobs from their intransigence.

md

October 27th, 2011
10:47 am

“The Kentucky senator reportedly made a phone call or two”

And there in lies the operative words……..but folks will take it and run……

Peadawg

October 27th, 2011
10:48 am

“I wasn’t aware louisville even fielded a football team.” – They’re 2-5 or something like that…not really relevant. It’s all about the money with this musical chairs stuff going on.

Joe COOL

October 27th, 2011
10:48 am

WOW….on the 2nd comment, Obama showed up.

ty webb

October 27th, 2011
10:48 am

“censor” McConnell?…what are they going to do…black out his nipples?

Jay

October 27th, 2011
10:49 am

Peadawg, I’d say there’s an obvious distinction between using your political clout to get your alma mater into a conference and calling hearings on the illegal and potentially fatal abuse of human growth hormones.

But hey, that’s just me.

Jm

October 27th, 2011
10:50 am

Adam 10:47
Already been proposed. But republicans, adhering to the rules, unlike Dems, haven’t publicly released it.

They’re both submitted them, which happened yesterday in a meeting. Grow up.

Adam

October 27th, 2011
10:51 am

jm: But republicans, adhering to the rules, unlike Dems, haven’t publicly released it.

By previous Republican logic, that’s called NOT having a plan.

At least Democrats have a plan. Where’s YOUR plan?

Kamchak

October 27th, 2011
10:51 am

Grow up.

Glass house, meet stone.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

October 27th, 2011
10:53 am

Now, rather than focusing on jobs the democrats want to fight over football in the commerce committee

Right…because the Republicans are hard at work with the Dems on passing jobs bills….and all Dems are focused solely on this issue. :roll:

Adam

October 27th, 2011
10:53 am

Kamchak: Nice, but I’m taking the high road. No need to call people names when I’m on the correct side of the issues :)

Jm

October 27th, 2011
10:54 am

Adam. Stop trolling

stands for decibels

October 27th, 2011
10:54 am

“censor” McConnell?…what are they going to do…black out his nipples?

Nominated for post of the week. Any seconds?

Peadawg

October 27th, 2011
10:54 am

“But hey, that’s just me.” – I see both as getting involved in sports, where they have no business being involved in. Remember all the money wasted on steroids in baseball? And now Roger Clemens wants taxpayers to pay for his lawyer fees b/c of the screwups during his perjury trial.

Generation$crewed

October 27th, 2011
10:55 am

There are many successful alumni of many institutions that call to offer their opinion on a wide variety of things involving their former college all the time.

Why is Mitch McConnell not alloud to or suppossed to do this?

If he offered preferential treatment (don’t know what senate could offer the Big 12)then that is another issue. But seems like he just called in a couple of favors.

Exxactly which politician on any side is not guilty of doing that?

Adam

October 27th, 2011
10:56 am

Jm: Adam. Stop trolling

And the corollary to my statement above is, when you only have name calling left, you have lost.

Adam

October 27th, 2011
10:58 am

GS: Obama is consistently on record (since people seem to think they have to ask him all the time) as saying these guys in sports need to handle their own business. They can figure it out without his opinion. But he loves the Chicago teams.

ty webb

October 27th, 2011
11:00 am

Jay,
What exactly does McConnell allegedly lobbying for his alma mater’s entrance into the Big 12 have to do with what he prefers to be the appropriate size and scope of the federal government?

Jm

October 27th, 2011
11:01 am

Adam. You’re daft. I didn’t name call. I said stop doing something.

As I am not a congressman, my plan is wholly irrelevant. My vote is not tho.

Vote republican.

Rick

October 27th, 2011
11:02 am

Don’t Tread, the term “limited government” doesn’t mean no government. It doesn’t even mean minimal government. Get a dictionary. And you might want to actually read The Federalist Papers rather than just allowing the right-wing propaganda machine to pull out a few out-of-context passages in order to fill your head with nonsense.

Jm

October 27th, 2011
11:03 am

Oh and Adam. Daft is an adjective

Aquagirl

October 27th, 2011
11:04 am

I see both as getting involved in sports, where they have no business being involved in.

Look, I am the first to say men in all political parties spend waaaaaay too much time obsessing over young guys who wear tight pants and nestle their hands up to another man’s junk.

But even I will concede illegal drug rings might be a fair topic for the law, while college conference alignment is clearly not.

Contractor

October 27th, 2011
11:05 am

Do yourself a favor Bookman and don’t get into the realm of sports, because I highly doubt you understand anything about them. Stick with what you’re good at, being a low class Liberal writer.

Generation$crewed

October 27th, 2011
11:05 am

Adam

October 27th, 2011
10:58 am

Correct,

has he used his political influence in areas it was not needed or his opinion on matters that are not part of his job description?

All of them have, for you to claim they do not is simply false or ignorant.

Did McConnel make any deals with the Big 12? Is the Big 12 going to get special treatment from congress for inviting Louisville?

He made a call and used his name to voice his opinion. Again which politician has not done this with something?

Adam

October 27th, 2011
11:06 am

Jm: “I’m not calling you names, I’m just…. well, I’m just…. calling you adjectives!”

Come on, man.

stands for decibels

October 27th, 2011
11:06 am

Democrats destroying the superncommittee.

Can someone rational tell me what jm is bitching about now?

from what I can tell, the Wussiecrats are being their usual surrender monkey-selves and leading with offers of cuts in benefits to old people.

http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Daily-Reports/2011/October/27/super-committee-deal-swap.aspx

WTF do these right wingers want as a first offer? The rendered fat from the resulting dead bodies, as well, to be used as lamp oil to light the poorhouses?

kayaker 71

October 27th, 2011
11:07 am

I would wonder how many telephone calls have been made behind the scenes to influence college sports, by both Democratic and Republican elected officials. Why single out McConnell? He is just one of many.

Occutard

October 27th, 2011
11:09 am

Do politicians really need to be involved with every aspect of human existence?

Adam

October 27th, 2011
11:09 am

stands: What they want is for the Democrats to offer first, so they can oppose it, no matter what it is. Oddly, I am at least 95% sure that if a package of only spending cuts were offered, it would be rejected for not cutting enough. Then the Republicans would move the conversation in that direction.

Personally I think the first offer should have been tax increases only, because we know that the Republican plan will be tax cuts, spending cuts, and deregulation only.

Read My Lips: No New Tax Cuts!

TaxPayer

October 27th, 2011
11:10 am

Well geez, Jay. It’s not like Mitch is some sort of honest or honorable or fair human being! He’s a Republican!!!

Misty Fyed

October 27th, 2011
11:13 am

Just goes to show what a little power can do to you.

TaxPayer

October 27th, 2011
11:15 am

And there in lies the operative words……..but folks will take it and run……

You mean sorta like that ClimateGate thingie…by the way, what ever came of that. Any word on any of the stations that talked about it before. Any word from any of the bloggers that talked about it. Watts up with that, dontcha know.

1811/0311

October 27th, 2011
11:15 am

Jay:

Although there are many more important things to talk about today, this is a rare occasion that we agree.

Except, we need a Constitutional Amendment to ensure we have BCS playoff !!!!

Peadawg

October 27th, 2011
11:16 am

“But even I will concede illegal drug rings might be a fair topic for the law” – What does whether or not the NFL and Player’s Union agree on HGH testing have to do w/ illegal drug rings?

“Do yourself a favor Bookman and don’t get into the realm of sports, because I highly doubt you understand anything about them. ” – This needs to be sent in an email to every member of Congress. There’s more important things to take care of.

kayaker 71

October 27th, 2011
11:16 am

One of the biggest iniquities in college sports is the NCAA’s insistence that college athletes not be compensated. They get a really substandard education, only a small percentage go on to professional sports and they make gazillions of dollars off of them in the process. If it were not for football, most of the SEC schools, and others around the country, would be sucking wind. Wonder if any of McConnell’s telephone calls had to do with money?

Kamchak

October 27th, 2011
11:17 am

Vote republican….

…it’s easier than thinking.

Senior Citizen Kane

October 27th, 2011
11:20 am

As a conservative, I say right on, Jay. A lot of these guys are conservatives until it comes to some pet project, especially one involving college football. Orin Hatch did the same thing a few years ago when Utah didn’t get a BCS birth. He called for a congressional investigation. Give me a break.

Generation$crewed

October 27th, 2011
11:22 am

kayaker 71

October 27th, 2011
11:16 am

“They get a really substandard education,”

That is way lees the norm than it is the exception.

It happens but only a small percentage of the NCAA’s student athletes are not recieving a great education. Many of these student athletes would not be getting an education at all if not for athletics.

Again it is only a very small percentage that are not recieving an excellent education, opening many dorrs and opportunities that will help them throughout their lives.

Peadawg

October 27th, 2011
11:22 am

“One of the biggest iniquities in college sports is the NCAA’s insistence that college athletes not be compensated” – They get a free education.

Aquagirl

October 27th, 2011
11:22 am

Why single out McConnell? He is just one of many.

Flag on the field! 15 yard penalty for patently childish conduct: screaming little Johnny does it too in an obvious attempt to deflect attention from an @$$hat move.

Some of us have raised children, using a defense commonly raised by six year olds looks extraordinarily lame.

rightwingextreme

October 27th, 2011
11:22 am

gracious Jay….this all you got for today?

bammy’s attempting to bribe students with a pathetic college bailout.

the supercommittee can’t get it together on spending cuts

islamic sharia based governments are taking over the middle east

bammy has lost iraq as he couldn’t secure immunity for our soldiers…..(i know bush couldn’t either) but hey bammy’s suppossed to be the best and brighest we’ve ever had….at least that’s what he tells us (not that we’ve seen any transcripts or writings to prove or disprove this!)

1811/0311

October 27th, 2011
11:23 am

Maybe some team disagreeing with a call on an “instant replay” should have the right to appeal to Congress ?

Might slow down the game a little but so what ?

Peadawg

October 27th, 2011
11:24 am

“the supercommittee can’t get it together on spending cuts” – And you really expected them to get something worked out?

1811/0311

October 27th, 2011
11:25 am

rightwingextreme:

My point earlier but you see there is something you may not know …………………….

Jay is from WEST VIRGINIA !

So ……………….. the bias is not only with the good senator but with Jay the journalist.

AmVet

October 27th, 2011
11:29 am

Poor Kentucky.

The Bluegrass Republirubes have saddled themselves with two of the most buffoonish US Senators in the entire US Congress. And given just how many gawdawful lamebrains there are up there, that is one helluva feat.

Here in Georgia we are relatively lucky. We only have one industrial strength loser and coward in that august body.

And alas the Little10. Trying to replace a Nebraska with a Louisville?

Desperation…

kayaker 71

October 27th, 2011
11:31 am

The ridiculous amount of money that college coaches are getting today is in direct relation to the amount of TV money that the University lands. Saban… 4.7M…. Spurrier…. 2.8M…… Chizik…. 3.5M….. Miles 3.75M. Getting a good education? yeah, right. My daughter shared a bunch of classes at Auburn with people like “Cadillac” Williams and others who routinely got their tests taken by someone else and had term papers and other work done by other people. Many of them majored in Sociology or Criminology, two of the favorite joc majors that produce absolutely nothing. The “education” that they were getting was abysmal. But they provided fodder for the TV cameras and gobs of revenue for the schools. Most of them who didn’t make it to the NFL draft are selling cars.

Knuckle Draggin' Crybabies

October 27th, 2011
11:31 am

Man, this is weird. Jay shares an interesting sports story, and accurately depicts it in his headline.
Are there really that many stupid people in Atlanta that PeaDawg and Don’t Tread are a reflective sample?
They seem to be a perfect example of what Republicans are all about: maintaining the status quo and thwarting progress by changing the subject every time someone has a new idea.
We gave Republicans the House, and they accomplish nothing. We could give them the White House and the Senate, and they would go back to trying to ban gay marriage and try to dig up Terry Schiavo and bring her back to life. And Georgia Conservatives fall for this silly crap every time. Pathetic.

Libertarian

October 27th, 2011
11:34 am

First of all….we shouldn’t even have a senate committee that oversees college athletics. That is ridiculous. Second…with a 9% approval rating and 9+% unemployment, you’d think all of these losers would have more important things to worry about.

godless heathen

October 27th, 2011
11:35 am

“We gave Republicans the House, and they accomplish nothing.”

See Jay’s previous post. They’ve turned the economy around.

Kamchak

October 27th, 2011
11:36 am

Here in Georgia we are relatively lucky.

Not when we have Neal “When you grow up on a farm in Georgia, your first girlfriend is a mule” Horsley.

1811/0311

October 27th, 2011
11:38 am

Jay:

Maybe it should be the W.Va. “Mutineers” for trying to leave ??

ragnar danneskjold

October 27th, 2011
11:38 am

Count me as a vote for Congress preoccupying itself with matters of athletics and Hollywood culture, and getting it out of the business of micromanaging the real economy (i.e., healthcare, banking, manufacturing, etc.).

kayaker 71

October 27th, 2011
11:39 am

Kamchak,

I wish to take issue with you on your comments about mules. Some of us prefer sheep but they must be stump broke. There’s a pretty funny joke about that but Bookman probably wouldn’t allow it.

Midori

October 27th, 2011
11:39 am

KDC – You erroneously left out Godless Heathen………..

getalife

October 27th, 2011
11:39 am

LSU whooped the turtle’s team like our President whooped the gop.

Kamchak

October 27th, 2011
11:40 am

I wish to take issue with you on your comments about mules.

Take it up with Horsley, it’s his comment.

stands for decibels

October 27th, 2011
11:42 am

Jay

October 27th, 2011
11:43 am

I’m all for a BCS playoff, Scout. I just don’t think it should be strong-armed into existence by Congress.

And for the record, I’m not from West Virginia, my dad is. As a military brat, I’m from nowhere in particular.

Sure is Amazing

October 27th, 2011
11:43 am

rightwingextreme

October 27th, 2011
11:22 am
gracious Jay….this all you got for today?

bammy’s attempting to bribe students with a pathetic college bailout.

the supercommittee can’t get it together on spending cuts

islamic sharia based governments are taking over the middle east

Did someone let Rick Perry into the room today??????

Adam

October 27th, 2011
11:43 am

godless: They’ve turned the economy around.

Only if your sentence is followed by the phrase “by doing nothing.”

Aquagirl

October 27th, 2011
11:44 am

Maybe some team disagreeing with a call on an “instant replay” should have the right to appeal to Congress ?

There’s no end to Scout’s ignorance. For god’s sake, man, did you sleep through high school Civics? All serious Constitutional scholars agree instant replay falls under the Supreme Court. :)

getalife

October 27th, 2011
11:46 am

We have a playoff system and the game is played in Atlanta.

SEC Champions are the National Champions.

LSU!

Wondering...

October 27th, 2011
11:47 am

Democrats seek hearing on HGH tests

WASHINGTON — Three Democratic congressmen are urging the House Energy and Commerce Committee to hold hearings on the impasse between the NFL and players union on testing for human growth hormone.

Committee hearings will allow us to learn about these issues, hearing from top scientists about the validity of HGH testing and from the NFL and the NFLPA about the extent of HGH use in the league and their plans for testing to eliminate such use.
” — Excerpt from Democrats’ letter

California Rep. Henry Waxman, the top Democrat on the committee, and two others made the request in a letter Tuesday to chairman Fred Upton, a Michigan Republican.

The NFL and the players agreed to begin blood testing for HGH as part of their new collective bargaining agreement reached in late July — but only if the union agreed to the methods. The union has delayed implementing the test, asking for more scientific data to prove it is reliable.

NFLPA sources told ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen that the union would welcome hearings because it believes it may hasten its unfulfilled efforts to get data it is seeking from the World Anti-Doping Agency.

“This delay is a cause for concern,” wrote Waxman, along with G.K. Butterfield of North Carolina and Bobby Rush of Illinois, both of whom chair subcommittees on the panel.

The lawmakers cited a recent letter to the union and NFL from nearly two dozen scientists and lab directors from around the world stating the current test is scientifically reliable; and noted that the test has been used in the Olympics.

“There appear to be few questions about the validity of the HGH test,” the Democrats wrote.

They also noted that CBS football analyst Boomer Esiason, a former NFL quarterback, said that the union is “backing off because they have players guilty of using this substance,” and said that many believe at least 20 percent of players are using it.

“We hope that this is not the case,” the congressmen wrote. “Committee hearings will allow us to learn about these issues, hearing from top scientists about the validity of HGH testing and from the NFL and the NFLPA about the extent of HGH use in the league and their plans for testing to eliminate such use.”

In an email to The Associated Press, union head DeMaurice Smith said that players’ health and the safety and integrity of the game go hand-in-hand.

“I applaud the members in their request for a hearing and look forward to fully discussing all of these issues as soon as possible,” he said. “We are sending letters to the teams immediately in order to assist Congress in its fact finding mission.”

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the league appreciated the lawmakers’ commitment to the issue, “but there should be no need for this hearing if the union would simply live up to its agreements.”

A spokesman for Upton’s committee, Sean Bonyun, said lawmakers on the committee are in bipartisan agreement that “it is well past time for the NFL and Players Union to live up to their HGH testing agreement.”

“Each day that goes by without rigorous HGH testing tarnishes the image of the NFL and sends the wrong message to the nation’s youth,” Bonyun said.

Earlier this month, the chairman and ranking member of another panel, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, emerged from a meeting with the NFL and players union and announced a deal to begin collecting blood for testing. But the union demurred, and last week, told the NFL to hold off collecting the blood.

The union is seeking data from the athletes who were used to originally set thresholds as to what constitutes a positive test, so it can compare that data with a population study on football players. The union believes players could have naturally higher HGH levels than those of other athletes.

Jimmy62

October 27th, 2011
11:48 am

If theres a bigger bunch of scum than in congress, its the ncaa, whose entire purpose is to make money off talented kids while talking about high-minded ideals like student-athletes, which is code for indentured servants.

granny godzilla keeper

October 27th, 2011
11:50 am

14 million Americans are unemployed and 9.3 million are underemployed. Our debt has grown over $4 trillion in less than three years and will be above $16 trillion before the end of 2012. The safety net for the poor is coming apart at the seams and no one in Washington seems to care.

The only way we can restore our prosperity and save our great nation from President Barack Obama’s failed policies is to elect conservative Republican leaders from the Court House to the White House in 2012 — and make President Obama a one-term president.

scott

October 27th, 2011
11:52 am

Where was this outcry when Senator Warner(Va), then governor or VA, did basically the same thing to get VA Tech into the ACC? Nope. A non-story. Status quo for Jay.

Peadawg

October 27th, 2011
11:54 am

stands for decibels
October 27th, 2011
11:42 am

I didn’t read the article, but I doubt they are as weird as Kam’s squirrel fetish.

scott
October 27th, 2011
11:52 am

Why, of course.

Evans Dawg

October 27th, 2011
11:56 am

Just more proof that neither party is for limited government.

ty webb

October 27th, 2011
11:57 am

excuse me, there already is a BCS football playoff…It’s called the SEC Championship game.

Stonethrower

October 27th, 2011
11:57 am

Mr. Horsley, as the preacher said in the old joke, “da__ed if I’d of told that”!

pat

October 27th, 2011
11:58 am

Then you have the idiot senators trying to ban tobacco use by the MLB..Seriously, we don’t have any bigger problems?
I wish the worst problem we had was that baseball players chew. Who give a rat’s ass really?

1811/0311

October 27th, 2011
11:58 am

Should a team have the right to “secede” from a conference?

stands for decibels

October 27th, 2011
12:00 pm

PD @ 11.54, not only admitting on a nationally broadcast radio show that you had sex with a mule, but claiming that anyone who grew up on a farm in Georgia did likewise?

Call me biased, but I think that might trump Kamchak borrowing a riff from the movie “Up” on yonder Weirdness scale.

n

October 27th, 2011
12:01 pm

A good portion of the western world is on the verge of financial collapse and this is what our congress obsesses about? State-sanctioned gladiator shows to placate the masses foreshadowed the fall of the Roman Empire. Is there nobody left in federal and/or state government with a modicum of reason (or civility, or honesty)?

ty webb

October 27th, 2011
12:03 pm

HGH in the NFL, NCAA conference alignment, Tobacco in Major league baseball…these issues are precisely what our federal government should be involved in…They can spare us all their “help” with the economy and jobs…better to keep them preoccupied with these shiny objects.

AmVet

October 27th, 2011
12:05 pm

The SEC should dominate.

Outside of Miami (which is in a league of it’s own) they have the highest player payroll and the most scandals in any given year.

This was a bit of an off year for them though – just Auburn, LSU and Tennessee in the news. For the wrong reasons…

Peadawg

October 27th, 2011
12:05 pm

“Then you have the idiot senators trying to ban tobacco use by the MLB”

But it’s unhealthy. And is bad for kids to watch baseball players chew.

(sarcasm)

Daily Aued

October 27th, 2011
12:06 pm

Garters at rouged knee course of my visits.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

October 27th, 2011
12:08 pm

Even in sports, Scout has to try to create new rabbitholes…..

ty webb

October 27th, 2011
12:09 pm

Amvet,
hmmm… pretty sure Ohio st., USC, and UNC are giving Miami a run for their money…and none of those are in the SEC.

Adam

October 27th, 2011
12:11 pm

Evans Dawg: Eh, both parties ARE for limited government – limited in the ways they want it to be limited and really really big in the ways they want to control things. The argument really should be on what makes more sense for government to be involved in and what makes more sense for the government to stay out of.

Marie

October 27th, 2011
12:12 pm

Let’s get politics out of sports period. I still have no idea why the US Senate or House calls players up for hearings on steroids. It’s none of their business. And yes that includes ending these anti-trust clauses that Senators/Congressmen love to waive around whenever they want the NBA, NFL, NHL, or MBA to co-operate with them in some stupid investigation.

But it sounds like Rockefeller and Manchin are just mad that McConnell may have more clout than them. If they’re that upset it seems to me they probably made a few calls on behalf of their school too. And Senators make calls all the time in favor of one thing or the other; quit whining R&M and just suck it up. Just slap McConnell on the back and say “you got us dude” and have a beer summit.

Adam

October 27th, 2011
12:12 pm