For the first time in seven years, the Oregon-Washington game may be competitive. I am constitutionally required to post this:
Tag: "NCAA football"
Chances that I would pay the faculty discount rate of $38 to watch the Kentucky Wildcats host the Central Michigan Chippewas at Commonwealth Stadium? Decent enough, until I read the following:
Q: Does my infant/toddler need a ticket for a football game?
A: Yes. All individuals, regardless of age, must have a ticket to enter Commonwealth Stadium.
Compare this to the Cincinnati Reds child policy:
Great American Ball Park offers complimentary admission to children 3 years of age and under. However, we do request that these children sit on their parents’ or guardians’ laps and not occupy additional seats. Promotional giveaway items are only available for ticketed guests. Tickets for children four years and older are priced the same as adult tickets.
Prospects for the Central Michigan game to sellout? Not so much. Damn those high player salaries for driving up ticket prices!
A University of Miami booster, incarcerated for his role in a $930 million Ponzi scheme, has told Yahoo! Sports he provided thousands of impermissible benefits to at least 72 athletes from 2002 through 2010.
In 100 hours of jailhouse interviews during Yahoo! Sports’ 11-month investigation, Hurricanes booster Nevin Shapiro described a sustained, eight-year run of rampant NCAA rule-breaking, some of it with the knowledge or direct participation of at least seven coaches from the Miami football and basketball programs. At a cost that Shapiro estimates in the millions of dollars, he said his benefits to athletes included but were not limited to cash, prostitutes, entertainment in his multimillion-dollar homes and yacht, paid trips to high-end restaurants and nightclubs, jewelry, bounties for on-field play (including bounties for injuring opposing players), travel and, on one occasion, an abortion.
• Prostitution: Shapiro named 39 Miami players or prospective recruits who he says received prostitution paid for by the booster. Due to the sensitivity of the claims, Yahoo! Sports has chosen not to reveal the names of the players Shapiro claims were involved. However, two players confirmed the booster paid for sexual favors for themselves and others during their careers with the Hurricanes.
As for Shapiro, he said his role in arranging for prostitutes encountered various cosmetic changes over time. From 2002 to 2003, the booster said he used a handful of hotels to either make the services of prostitutes available to individual players, or throw “parties” where services were made available to multiple players. The booster said he would use connections with escorts or at local strip clubs to arrange for the availability of women.
In individual situations, he would set up a player with a hotel room and have a woman sent to their location. In group settings, Shapiro said he would use the Mercury Hotel in South Beach, where he would purchase multiple rooms where array of women would be made available to a large group of players. The rooms were typically registered under the alias “Teddy Dupay” – a reference to the former University of Florida point guard whose 5-foot-9 stature and features were similar to the 5-foot-5 Shapiro.
Shapiro described one such party in graphic detail, taking place at the Mercury Hotel during Miami’s off-week in September of 2002 and featuring multiple women hired to have sex with players. The booster said he rented out several suites on a single night and entertained a handful of Hurricanes players.
Wow. We all know the world of big-time college athletics is corrupt beyond belief. But I’ve never read anything that exposes the dark underbelly so thoroughly.
Moreover, the compliance officer at Miami at the time was the same individual most responsible for USC’s harsh probation in the Reggie Bush case.
So basically Miami is screwed beyond all belief.
The 20-year-old Notre Dame student who was killed when the hydraulic lift he was on fell over as he filmed the football team on a windy day had expressed displeasure about practice being held outside, according to a state report released Tuesday.
Declan Sullivan wasn’t happy when he found out the team would be practicing outside last Oct. 27, assistant video coordinator Reuel Joaquin told an Indiana Occupational Health and Safety Administration investigator.
Sullivan’s response was, “Aw man, this sucks,” Joaquin told investigator Jerry Marquell. Less than an hour earlier, Sullivan had tweeted his concerns about what he described as “terrifying” weather.
“Gusts of wind up to 60 mph today will be fun at work … I guess I’ve lived long enough,” he wrote.
Joaquin also told the investigator that he and video coordinator Tim Collins had decided not to put a female videographer on a lift until midway through practice because it wasn’t necessary and “so we would not scare her.”
Well, then. I suppose it’s all okay. Notre Dame will certainly miss the $77000…
Either we shall quack of tonight’s exploits from this day to the ending of the University of Oregon, or we shall never speak of them again. For the record, take the Ducks straight up if you can, plus the points if you can’t. I don’t think that Auburn’s defense can stop the Ducks, and I do think that the Ducks D can slow down the Tigers.
Don’t Fuck with the Ducks!
Four brief points signifying my inability to resolve the contradiction between my contempt for the NCAA cartel and my love of college athletics:
1. Congratulations to the Stanford Cardinal on ending UConn’s 90 game win streak last night!
2. Mystified congrats to the Washington Huskies for beating Nebraska last night. Wow.
3. I do think that the NCAA should adopt the NFL rule in situations like that which extended the UNC-UT game last night. A 12 men on the field penalty shouldn’t serve as an informal extra time out.
I have created an LGM Bowl Mania league. Let’s remember; the default point arrangement has the BYU-UTEP game as the most important (35 point) game, and the UO-Auburn game as the least important (1 point). This is to say that higher numbers indicate more confidence. You’d think that the fine readership of LGM could manage this problem, but last year there were… issues.
League: Lawyers, Guns and Money
As always, there will be a prize. Deadline is the 18th of December.
I guess that’s not all. I have BELIEVED. Since Bill Musgrave’s junior year, I have believed that this might be possible. Through Danny O’Neill, and Tony Graziani, Akili Smith and Joey Harrington, Kellen Clemens and Dennis Dixon, Jeremiah Masoli and Darrin Thomas, I have believed that THIS MIGHT BE THE YEAR. The first year that I can remember a national championship being spoken of openly in Eugene was 1996, in which Graziani told the Daily Emerald that the Ducks true goal was not just the Rose Bowl, but the national title. Things did not go well that year. Oregon since 1987 has been fabulously successful, but only in 2001, 2007, and now have they been spoken of realistically in national title terms. Ironically enough, 2007 and 2010 were the only years wherein I had serious doubts about the ability of the Ducks to compete. The 2007 game against Arizona, perhaps because of my incertitude, remains one of the most crushing moments of my adult life. I remember saying to Oregon alums at my December 2007 wedding, “I wish we could have met again under happier circumstances.”
But now we have a national championship game. I’m glad that it’s against Auburn; I have no doubt that the Ducks will prevail, and there’s no way that the SEC fans who surround me would ever take seriously a championship not won against an SEC team. Until January 10…