Friday, August 19, 2011

Miami Mess

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Camp Clarity

To clarify, today is NOT any kind of official beginning of Columbia football camp.

The players will probably start practicing on Monday.

But they’re coming back on campus bit by bit, hour by hour and our long wait for another season of football is almost over.

Higher education

Hurricane Hell

If you ever feel left out because Ivy League football is not as popular or given as much due as BCS football… well, this story is for you.

The fact that payoffs, prostitutes, and abortions are part of what boosters provide at schools like Miami is probably not a surprise for any of you.

What is somewhat surprising is the NCAA is basically admitting that it doesn’t want to issue the “death penalty” to the U. because it would cost the BCS system so much money and could spark an all-out mutiny against the NCAA.

What a disgusting tangled web of junk the NCAA has become at the BCS level. If you aren’t relieved to see Ivy League football after reading stories like this, then you never will.

Speaking of death penalty’s Columbia was actually a beneficiary of the famed SMU death penalty back in the mid-1980’s

They snagged a strong transfer named John Robinson who made a nice contribution to the team in 1987.

Would Columbia want to even touch anyone from this tainted U. of Miami program if the team indeed gets the death penalty and the players become eligible for transfers anywhere?

Well, if we get access to upstanding young men like Robinson who would be innocent victims in this travesty I say: “Yes!”

But I doubt the NCAA will do the right thing here, and I’m not really sure there are too many players who are even eligible academically to play in the Ivies.

But all it takes is one…

Top 100 Moments of 2010

#30: Waking Up

Columbia entered the locker room at halftime trailing 31-7 to Yale and spent most of the 3rd quarter not doing much to change that.

But with a little more than four minutes left in the quarter, the Lions took over at the Yale 43 and finally got something going.

The key play was a six yard run by QB Sean Brackett on a 4th and 5 at the Eli 27.

But the prettiest play was the 23-yard TD pass Brackett threw two plays later to TE Andrew Kennedy in the back of the end zone.

The score made it 31-14, but no one though the Lions were back in it quite yet.


At Fri Aug 19, 10:11:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My fear with every story like Miami is that it makes it harder for the presidents to allow post season play. The excesses of the few hurt us all.

At Fri Aug 19, 10:36:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger DOC said...

Are we surprised that Miami got nailed with this type of behavior? The school has treated football as the business the BCS has become long ago, first using the Big East as a stepladder to respectability, then bolting for the big TV contracts that the ACC afforded them. The BCS must be under tremendous pressure from the NFL to maintain the status quo- a free minor league that grooms stars for the big stage. "A fish rots from the head first..."

At Fri Aug 19, 06:28:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And the biggest phony at The U of M is it's President, who keeps on talking about making it a first class academic institution, none other than Donna Shalala. How can anybody take that place seriously when it will say or do anything to win a few more games?

At Fri Aug 19, 09:41:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At Sat Aug 20, 07:27:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Miami is to football what Kentucky is to basketball. Coach Calipari brings in players who can barely read, uses them for a year with no regard for their education...and then they go off to the NBA. Might as well just call those schools what they are: Sports factories with an optional education component

At Mon Aug 22, 07:09:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually - big-time sports actually makes sense from an academic perspective at many of these schools.

Big public schools like Michigan and Texas are among the best-ranked colleges in the nation. The bread-and-circus atmosphere of BCS football helps attract lots of talented students, especially those who can't stand uber-liberal hippy campuses.

The Ivy League can afford to treat sports like just another extra-curricular activity, because they aren't begging for applications, money or top faculty.

In fact, most Ivy League schools have dorm and student union facilities that pale in comparison to the rest of the nation. There is no economic or strategic incentive to turn the ancient eight schools into posh resort-like atmospheres. They leave that for the alumni-funded eating/finals/secret society clubs.

Some state schools and private colleges have luxurious dorms resembling upscale apartment buildings, in the south and west this includes swimming pools. Some on-campus rec centers have hot tubs and spa services.

There is no need for ivy schools to upgrade student life (including sports) because people are literally killing themselves to get in.

On a campus of 20,000 undergrads like Ohio State, what difference does it make if the football and hoops players are sham students? It's worth it for Gordon Gee to keep up the charade.

Without the thrill of big-time football at many of these schools, whatever academic-minded local students who see a decent low-cost education would apply elsewhere. Funds would dry up - which would lead to an inability to pay top faculty...

OSU without semi-pro football would become a glorified community college real quick.

If anything, the real hypocrites aren't Donna Shalala and her ilk, but rather the media which likes to play judge, jury and executioner, while paying fortunes to cover the BCS championship.

If the New York Times sports section really had the courage of its editorial page's convictions, it would put Ivy League and D-III sports on its pages instead of Cam Newton and Brandon Knight.

The REAL hypocrites are the reporters.


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