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Posted Friday April 11, 2014, About: ... I-O
Quality Quad. GO BUCKS!
Posted Friday April 11, 2014, About: ... I-O
...H-O!!!
Posted Friday April 11, 2014, About: ... I-O
Fellow Bucknuts: Anybody going to the 'Shoe tomorrow for the Spring Game? Tickets now reduced to $5 each and can be bought at Donatos and Krogers, or walk-up at the 'Shoe. Sure wish I could be there.
Posted Friday April 11, 2014, About: ... I-O
You've heard the old "...Where were you when...?" Well, I was on my old Road Glide going up Transmountain Road when I heard the news on the on-board radio. Couldn't believe my ears.
Posted Friday April 11, 2014, About: What'll ya have?
I've been of the opinion (based on almost four years of empirical evidence) that the SI writers have monitored our comments on various sports topics as kernels for their own op-eds. Maybe we're not that inspirational any more.
Posted Wednesday April 09, 2014, About: Delany Vs. O'Bannon: Bluster or Bond?
Welcome, JM! As Al Capone said in "The Untouchables:" 'We laugh because it's funny and we laugh because it's true.'

Another interesting article on the upcoming Northwestern unionization vote by CBS' Dennis Dodd ("Pat Fitzgerald in No-Win Situation with Northwestern Union Movement", 4/8/14):

"...In the future, players will have more say in their day-to-day obligations. Whether that means collectively bargaining the length of practice or establishment (of) a lifetime educational fund, remains to be seen.

"But the issue will not be altered-- not by a coach, a college president, or Mark Emmert. The discussion is too far down the track because it has been ignored for too long.

"Either the courts, the NCAA or the NLRB-- maybe all of them-- are going to change the model forever. The only issue is acceptance by those who are fighting this change..."
Posted Tuesday April 08, 2014, About: What'll ya have?
...And a heartfelt Good Morning to you also, O-6. I salute your eternal optimism for Kentucky BBall. It 's easily equal to Van's positive outlook for Notre Dame football.

One UConn stat that stood out for me (and also tied Calipari's hands late in the game) was the Huskies' team free throw shooting percentage for the tourney: 88%. That was an astounding weapon unto itself.
Posted Monday April 07, 2014, About: What'll ya have?
Dog bite my (Colonel's) Cats. UConn 60, Kentucky 54.
Posted Friday April 04, 2014, About: Delany Vs. O'Bannon: Bluster or Bond?
As I alluded in another thread, TM, politics and Federal agendas are suffused throughout this issue. I personally think the current administration would love to see the NCAA, member schools, and its participants denuded of their tax-exempt status and parasitized- now and henceforth- to fill the national coffers.

I'm already seeing some navigation towards this goal with the O'Bannon case in the 9th Circuit Court. The NLRB has charted a similar course in these rich fishing grounds. The harvest is coming.
Posted Thursday April 03, 2014, About: Ohio State hoops
The National Association of Basketball Coaches today named Aaron Craft of tOSU as the National Defensive Player of the Year. Nice sendoff for Craftwerk. He'll be recognized at the Final Four in Arlington, TX this weekend.
Posted Thursday April 03, 2014, About: What'll ya have?
Outstanding, DS. Is she also teaching on the side? And what is her Ph.D going to be? Interesting your daughter's in Finland. Helsinki, by chance?
Posted Thursday April 03, 2014, About: What'll ya have?
Sincere congratulations, DC. You owe me a cigar if/when we meet at Chope's.
Posted Thursday April 03, 2014, About: Delany Vs. O'Bannon: Bluster or Bond?
NLRB confirmed today that Northwestern football players will vote April 25 on whether to organize with CAPA.
Posted Thursday April 03, 2014, About: Delany Vs. O'Bannon: Bluster or Bond?
That's "DC" as in my man Deep Creek.
Posted Thursday April 03, 2014, About: Delany Vs. O'Bannon: Bluster or Bond?
Difficult to know at this juncture, UlT. The NW NLRB ruling could die on the vine with a Federal overruling on appeal, or- in conjunction with O'Bannon, et al- compel the NCAA to make changes in athletic scholarship contracts that would reflect NCPA/CAPA aims and goals. That outcome would ultimately affect both private and public universities.

But the salient point DT made about Title IX remains the 800-lb. gorilla in the room.
Posted Thursday April 03, 2014, About: Delany Vs. O'Bannon: Bluster or Bond?
You Da Man, DC! Thanks.
Posted Thursday April 03, 2014, About: Delany Vs. O'Bannon: Bluster or Bond?
I agree. Title IX compliance can and will trump everything in the stipend debate. Equity will be achieved, one way or another. I don't think the unionization proponents thought that one through.
Posted Thursday April 03, 2014, About: Delany Vs. O'Bannon: Bluster or Bond?
I'm surprised some "enterprising" lawyer hasn't figured that one out yet. ;)
Posted Thursday April 03, 2014, About: Delany Vs. O'Bannon: Bluster or Bond?
You're absolutely right, T3. It doesn't compute. I think the student-athletes hit hardest tend to be ones who come from out of state and have to pay out-of-state tuition (at least for the first year, until they get residency).

I did a little research and found a nugget of an Andy Staples article that illustrates the stipend conundrum pretty well. Sorry I can't link it, but if you or someone else can, it would be a valuable piece of background to the current CAPA debate.

See "Full Cost-of-Attendance Scholarship Debate Could Break Up the FBS": SI/Inside College Football, March 8, 2012 by Andy Staples.
Posted Wednesday April 02, 2014, About: Delany Vs. O'Bannon: Bluster or Bond?
IIRC, the cost of attendance stipend is currently at $3,500 for full scholarship student-athletes (see Wong's quote in #253). I'm no math whiz, but wouldn't an additional $3,500 be a 100% increase?

I think what you outline in the various combinations of scholarship numbers and percentages has tremendous merit, T3. Getting over 200 NCAA member schools to come to a consensus on a lower # (say, the 65 total you mention) might be a huge challenge, but would save bucks. The walk-on clause would probably be open to abuse with slush money and hired ringers, IMO.

As to the salary cap model, check out comment #31.
Posted Wednesday April 02, 2014, About: Delany Vs. O'Bannon: Bluster or Bond?
Not mentioned in this particular article, DC. You do raise a good point, however. To wit: would the other 185 Division I schools be able to cover even these legitimate costs for their student-athletes? Couldn't the NCAA pool money to distribute to these member schools as needed to defray the costs of these extended coverage guarantees?
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