There will be no death penalty or nuclear option in the UNC academic case. Heck, the NCAA has stated that there will be no investigation on their end. The facade of the "student-athlete" and the NCAA giving a half-a-damn about academics and integrity makes for good bumper sticker sound bites for the Kool-Aid drinkers in the cheap seats, but no one with a couple of synapses still firing was ever expected to take this bull@$&! as holy writ.
I would be lying if I said it wasn't fun to watch the NCAA and its supporters shucking and jiving as years of hypocrisy and corruption have mounted in such a way that the backlash has now become inevitable.
9er asked: Start him or sit him? Gurley and Chubb.
If Todd is able to suit up for the Florida game, which I suspect he will, Gurley gets the start. It's a 1a and 1b scenario with Gurley and Chubb. The best running back in college football averaging 8.2 yards-per-carry backed up by a freshman who has averaged 172.5 yards-per-game since becoming the primary back. As dilemmas go, it's not a bad one by any means.
I hate to cite Wikipedia as a source. Because, you know, it's Wikipedia. They have Suzy Kolber listed as being 50 years-old (birthdate: May 14, 1964). If correct, that means she is older than me by seven-days. However, she has aged a helluva lot better than I have.
"You treat your body like a temple, I treat mine like a tent." --Jimmy Buffett
Concur with BiB on Suzy Kolber. Good looking lady. Nice disposition. And the girl can flat-out talk some football. I'm not saying she is perfect, but...
9er asked about bad endorsements by athletes. Well, there was that collection of NFL players that practiced in adult undergarments in commercials for Depends. Tony Siragusa has been hocking a similar line that protects against "unwanted leakage." And Jimmy Johnson sold boner pills that would make your dangler bigger and put the lead back in your pencil. By comparison, LBJ driving a Kia doesn't seem all that bad.
"We encourage the discourse and exchange of ideas. And most of all we encourage the ability for people to agree to disagree and then move on to the next discussion," --jgreeson
Jay, you ignorant slut...
Rules are rules. Thus, the NCAA has one choice regarding their current stipulations concerning player compensation: adapt or die. When United States Federal Judge Claudia Wilken ruled against the NCAA in the antitrust case brought by Ed O'Bannon, legal precedent was set. Rules are rules. Judge Wilken deemed the NCAA to be in violation of parts of the Sherman Antitrust Act and ruled that the current rules banning players from capitalizing on their names and likenesses are unconstitutional. Rules are rules. The NCAA, insular and oblivious as they are, must understand that their authority does not supersede that of the United States Federal Court System. Rules are rules. Adapt or die.
Who won the weekend? Hard to go against newly minted #1 Mississippi State, but I'll wear my homer hat and go with the Georgia Bulldogs. We needed a few guys to step-it-up Saturday, and every player that suited up for the Mizzou game did just that. We lost our best player and turned in our best team performance of the season.
9er, nothing wrong with a bit of scurrilous behavior. That's right in your wheelhouse.
Jay, try to look on the bright side, it's times like these you really appreciate indoor plumbing.
Stewwie, it was a question. My use of the word plantation clearly pushed a button. Okay, so what is the preferred term for the system in place in college athletics?
As for not being able to dig myself out of this hole...now that is something to "lol" about. This is an Internet message board. When I click "logout", it has no further bearing on me one way or another. If the regulars here in the 5@10 all vote that I am bat$&@! crazy...My life will go on.
Not slavery per se, he is free to leave anytime he likes. So should we call it good ol' free market economics instead?
No need to feel sorry for Todd. This time next year he will be in the NFL. One thing though, you wrote: "He had access to any summer job he wanted in the state of Georgia." Really? Unless of course the NCAA arbitrarily decided that he made too much money for the work done. THE Ohio State knows what I'm talking about.
Yes, the Todd Gurley situation is cut-and-dry. He signed memorabilia that was sold for financial gain and the NCAA strictly forbids that kind of behavior. Unless...it's one of the many pieces of autographed memorabilia available at the storefront at georgiadogs.com. Then it is not only acceptable, but actively promoted. The NCAA pimps these kids out and then feigns moral outrage when those kids prostitute themselves.
As for blaming the NCAA...Who on God's green earth could ever question the NCAA? That bastion of integrity and wisdom. Some of us smelling of sour grapes today act as though the NCAA has practiced selective enforcement and in some instances buried their heads in the sand in the face of overwhelming evidence before. Utter nonsense of course. Hold the powers-that-be accountable for their past transgressions that have led to lost trust in the institution...that's un-American.
If I were Todd Gurley, I would sign the release. Forgo remaining eligibility and begin preparation for the next chapter in life, the NFL. He doesn't need to stay on the plantation any longer, his work here is done.