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  • Ohio State puts its position coaches in charge of their players’ financial literacy


    CBS Sports columnist Dennis Dodd published a long look at the oncoming Cost of Attendance package FBS programs will offer student-athletes as of Aug. 1. Hidden among the forest of discussion points the COA creates, Dodd uncovered one interesting nugget: In the wake of the Tattoogate scandal that rocked Ohio State’s football program in 2011, Ohio State places its position coaches in charge of their players’ financial literacy.

    From the article:

    Players can’t buy a car or lease an apartment until they clear it with a position coach first. Athletes have to write out a budget and are responsible for balancing a checkbook.

    During that scandal, former tailback Dan Herron was suspended twice by the NCAA for accepting improper benefits.

    “He legitimately needed some money,” Ohio State AD Gene Smith said. “That was a miss for us. We were teaching financial literacy but, still, how did that pass us? How did we not have a method for that young person to say, ‘I am in dire straits?’.”

    Smith said the process was borne out of, yes, Tattoogate, but also years of seeing students spend Pell grant money in a way that wasn’t in their long term best interest. “What was happening is if you were Pell eligible and you got that big check, they were going to Nordstrom and buying a nice pair of shoes,” Smith told CBS.

    Is this overreaching the bounds of what a position coach should be, or the necessary oversight players need? Should coaches cede this responsibility to parents or teachers, or do coaches have to step in as financial chaperones because no one else will?

    If you’re a college coach, how much financial education does your program impart on your players? How much should a football program oversee its players finances?

    Read the full story here.

  • Watch how Houston is “building champions through competition”

    “We’re not afraid of any type of competition.”

    That seems to be the message that the Houston football team is sending under new head coach Tom Herman judging by their first two off season workout video releases (the first of which can be seen here).

    “At Houston we are building champions through competition.” the clip closes by stating.

    There is certainly a new energy surrounding the Houston program.

  • Texas A&M backing away from #WRTS trademark

    247 Sports

    247 Sports

    Ever since Kevin Sumlin’s arrival prior to the 2012 season, Texas A&M has used social media to its advantage like no other program in college football. While an aggressive, smart coaching staff, the SEC, instant success, the SEC, new facilities and the SEC have led Texas A&M considerable recruiting efforts over the past three years, dynamic marketing hasn’t hurt. Central to that marketing identity has been the #WRTS hashtag.

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    As recently as two weeks ago the #WRTS mantra was central to the Aggies’ recruiting efforts.  

    But legend has it, five-star defensive tackle Daylon Mack is the originator of the #WRTS hashtag. While we can’t prove that, we do know his family has filed for and no owns its trademark. In a statement provided to ESPN’s Darren Rovell, the Aggies confirmed they are backing away and ceding the profitability (however lucrative it may or may not be is another question entirely) to the Mack family.

    “Texas A&M has not had any plans — past or future — to trademark, purchase, or otherwise profit financially from #WRTS,” the statement read. “Texas A&M was aware of Mr. Coris Mack’s trademark application but this trademark application had nothing to do with the recruitment of Mr. Daylon Mack as a student-athlete at Texas A&M.”

    For the Mack family’s sake, here’s hoping their business efforts have a longer shelf life than the last time the family of a current Aggie tried to turn notoriety into cash.

  • Video: Mike Riley narrates “There is no place like Nebraska”

    Mike Riley, the new face of the Nebraska program, does a really nice job narrating this piece about Nebraska, one of the most iconic football programs of the past 50 years.

    Produced as if he’s penning a personal letter to a recruit (or perhaps even a fan), this is one of those videos where you’ll want to stop everything you’re doing, and hang on to every last word.

    “This place was built by people working together to build it the right way. That’s what Nebraska, and what playing for this program, has always been about.” Riley notes.

    “In the end, we are all responsible for each other. That’s what a team is, and what representing something bigger than yourself means…and what representing Nebraska means.”

    It not only does a good job characterizing Nebraska, but it also serves as a good analogy for Riley, and his staff, as coaches and people

    “We’re here to grow young men and win championships, and those aren’t exclusive of one another.”

    “We’re going to build this the right way. Let’s start building it together.” he ends by saying.

    Those are pretty strong words considering Riley has only been in Lincoln for a handful of months after spending 14 seasons in Corvallis leading Oregon State, but it also provides some perspective on just how highly regarded this job is to him.

  • Video of the Day – Spring is here at Cincinnati

    Friday February 27, 2015

    Video of the Day

    Spring is here at Cincinnati