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A new low for the NCAA?

The NCAA has been taking it's fair share of abuse over the past few years; but overall most people believe that they are good people who have a very challenging role.  With nearly unlimited resources, one would expect that they would hire the best possible people and afford them the best possible training.

Now as you might have heard, yesterday Yahoo Sports broke news of an investigation into NCAA rules violations at the University of Miami.  

Now here's the shocking part.  This morning, the NCAA's managing director of digital communications (Ronnie Ramos) tweets, "Notice how folks like Dan Wetzel and Pete Thamel post false statements and then never correct them.  Accountability a two-way street."  

For those that don't know, Wetzel is one of the lead reporters at Yahoo Sports and Thamel is the national college sports reporter for the New York Times.   

As Brian Fischer (CBS Sports - college football and recruiting) was quick to point out, "NCAA bashing some of the people that do the investigating for them...Hilarious that they just don't get it."

NCAA guy Ramos responded via twitter that he was referring to something having to do with Mark Emmert not having called another summit on something.... How many more summits can we have?

So, let me get this straight.  Yesterday Yahoo Sports breaks the story on what they say is an 11 month investigation.  Today, the NCAA's managing director of digital communications calls out one of the lead Yahoo Sports reporters for, "making false statements and then never correcting them".  Really, NCAA?  That's how your going to role?  




Expensive Tickets

Darren Rovell who covers the "business of sports" for CNBC tweeted out an article he compiled today showing the 10 most expensive tickets on the current secondary market in college football.  Drumroll please...

1. LSU vs. Orgeon $560
2. Alabama at Auburn $515
3. USC at Notre Dame $509
4. Texas vs. Oklahoma $464
5. Ohio St. at Nebraska $463
6. Texas A&M vs. Arkansas $461
7. Notre Dame at Michigan $457
8. Georgia vs. Boise State $438
9. Florida vs. Georgia $424
10. LSU at Alabama $421

There are some big games on there and some unique experiences; but at average of $1k for two tickets is enough to make a lot of people choke. 

A service called TiqIQ provided CNBC with the prices for the secondary market for every game in college football for the upcoming season.  If you're into slideshows, you can see CNBC's here




DII and DIII coaches

It's the 16th of August.  Just over two weeks until the first set of games.  The worldwide leader will be bringing us plenty of coverage of USC, Alabama, Oklahoma, LSU, etc... and their head coaches.

We will be bringing you coaching news and updates throughout the season; from the largest of universities through some of the smallest.  If there is coaching news, we plan to bring it to you.  

With that said, if there are any great coaching story lines this season in DII or DIII (or elsewhere) that you feel should be receiving attention, please let us know.  Email us [email protected] or give us a call to discuss (225.229.3429).  

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What we're doing is unsound

Pitt head coach Todd Graham and his defensive coordinator Keith Patterson are best friends.  Have been since they played and roomed together in college at East Central.  Graham was the strong safety and Keith the free safety.

One day Graham walks into their room and says, "Let's go...We're going to see the defensive coordinator."  

Patterson tells the story, "We sit down in the coach's office and (Todd) commences to tell him what we should be doing.  It was really uncomfortable for me...."

Graham tells it a little more to the point, "I walked in there and said, 'What we're doing is unsound,' I thought Keith was going to have a heart attack..."

Jerry DiPaola of the Pittsburgh Tribune has the full story here.  Great read about a true friendship and mutual respect.  

 




Urban's staff

How well did others perceive Urban Meyer's final staff at Florida to have been?

Well, here's the rundown of "where are they now".

Coach Meyer's 9 assistants from last season are now:

2 Head coaches (Dan McCarney - North Texas; and Steve Addazio - Temple)

4 Coordinators (Chuck Heater - Temple DC, Scott Loeffler - Temple OC, Zach Azzanni - Western Kentucky OC and D. J. Durkin Florida's Special Teams Coordinator)

1 NFL assistant (Teryl Austin - Ravens Secondary)

2 Position coaches (Stan Drayton - Ohio State WRs and Brian White - Florida RBs)

Impressive.




Compliance no longer an issue

It might be hard for any current college coach to imagine how much more fun life would be if "compliance" didn't always have to be in the back of your mind.  Well, maybe not that hard to imagine.

Take the example of Pete Carroll.  The Seahawks head coach clearly likes to have fun.  

This morning he took to twitter to announce that he had hacked into the University of Washington's athletics' twitter account.  He made a post or two and had some fun with it.  Even posted a video.  

Can you imagine the repercussions of a current NCAA head coach doing so?  It is our belief that the compliance officer in charge of reviewing twitter would have either had a coronary on the spot or simply would have left the building. 




Has your selection of weapons improved?

"As they get older and you coach them, they should continue to get better and if they don't they either don't care, don't want to be coached or have a drug or alcohol problem."

That was Oklahoma State's offensive coordinator Todd Monken's response when asked about his "selection of weapons being even greater this Fall than this past Spring".  

Monken went on to say that he's not sure he has more weapons; but that they are playing better, "as they should".  

We're pretty sure OSU is not lacking for offensive weapons.  Perhaps the scarier thing for opponents is that defensive coordinator Bill Young says his defensive backs look much impoved this Fall.  






Saban makes a decision about scrimmage statistics

Nick Saban is not, REPEATING, is not going to allow the media to create a perception of his top two quarterbacks.  A’ight? 

Saban has yet to decide on a starter between AJ McCarron and Phillip Sims. 

In order to keep the opinions and perceptions to an absolute minimum, Saban refused to allow scrimmage quarterback statistics available to the media. 

Saban said, “I wasn't even gonna give them to you so you didn't have to worry about it. Would you all be happy with that? Because sometimes the guys playing against the two's is a little bit different when playing against the one's and vice versa for everybody out there.” 

"So how a guy does relative to his leadership, his command, the opportunities that he had, what receivers he had in there, who he was playing against ... there's so many factors and variables." 

"I don't want to make this a public controversy. This is something that we're going to handle internally, we're going to handle it internally with the players. They're doing a great job of handling it and I don't think we need anyone to add to the confusion, of what we're managing relative to those two guys competing for this position, and they're doing a great job of it.”

Bama opens the season in twenty days against Kent State.