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Posted on: August 31, 2010 5:20 pm
Edited on: September 1, 2010 2:34 pm
 

Jeremiah Masoli's football waiver denied by NCAA

Earlier today, we mentioned that Houston Nutt and Ole Miss were still awaiting word on the eligibility of embattled Oregon transfer QB Jeremiah Masoli; Masoli had filed a waiver with the NCAA that would allow him to play football right away, on account of his new graduate school major being unavailable at Oregon.

The good news is that the ruling on Masoli came well in advance of Ole Miss's first game. The bad news--well, you've seen the headline, you already know the bad news:
Jeremiah Masoli has had his waiver to play football for #olemiss in 2010 denied. Ole Miss will appeal
That's from Oxford Enterprise sports editor Ty Allushuski, and that's also bad, bad news for Masoli; he doesn't have a year of eligibility left, so unless Ole Miss's appeal is successful (unlikely), Masoli's college football career is now over.

No word yet from the NCAA as to what, specifically, they objected to with Masoli's waiver; while the entire situation seemed to be a pretty naked attempt to get back on the football field, it looked as if Masoli had jumped through all the requisite hoops. Hence, we suppose, the impending appeal.
Posted on: August 31, 2010 1:54 pm
Edited on: September 1, 2010 2:35 pm
 

Ingram undergoes knee surgery, will miss opener

Posted by Chip Patterson

UPDATE: Dennis Dodd breaks down the implications of Ingram's injury on the beginning of Alabama's schedule.

While Alabama is currently sitting atop most major preseason polls, there certainly are some doubters as to whether the Crimson Tide will still be there at the end of the season.  There are questions on defense, particularly in the secondary, but at least Alabama could count on an offense headlined by Julio Jones, Trent Richardson, and 2009 Heisman Trophy Winner Mark Ingram.

But the Tide suffered their first major scare of the 2010 season when Mark Ingram went down with a knee injury in Monday's practice.  Head coach Nick Saban addressed the issue in an official release from the university.

"Mark Ingram sustained a left knee injury late in Monday's practice. It was a situation where everyone involved thought it would be better to take care of now, so he would not have any issues with it later in the season.

"Mark had an arthroscopic procedure this morning with Dr. Cain and Dr. Andrews and it was successful. We have full confidence in our medical staff and we know the doctors and athletic trainers will do an outstanding job in taking care of Mark and assisting him in his rehab.

"Mark will definitely be out for this week's game against San Jose State and we will manage this on a week to week basis beyond this week. We will make every decision in the future based on what's best for Mark and his career as we consult with Dr. Cain and Dr. Andrews on his progress. This is not an injury that will affect Mark's future ability to make a full recovery in a relatively short time frame."


Posted on: August 31, 2010 1:29 pm
Edited on: September 1, 2010 2:37 pm
 

So what's the deal with Butch Davis and UNC?

Posted by Adam Jacobi

It's a rather precarious situation in Chapel Hill these days. UNC coach Butch Davis is under heavy fire for allegations of academic impropriety, evidence of which was uncovered while the NCAA investigated a separate issue: whether some Tar Heels had received improper benefits from agents. Not good.

The academic allegations just came down last week, and now as many as a dozen unnamed players are in limbo as the school awaits the results of NCAA investigations. The NCAA doesn't have long--the Tar Heels' season starts on Saturday against No. 21 LSU, so every second that UNC can get with the final verdict known helps their preparation for the game.

Thus, shouldn't North Carolina take the precautionary step of indefinitely suspending every athlete involved until they're cleared (or, y'know, not) by the NCAA? Yes, in some sense, that's a presumption of guilt before innocence, but that's the position the school's basically forced to take. After all, if the Tar Heels win but use even one guy who's found to be ineligible, that game's getting forfeited--and make no mistake, the NCAA will likely not be in the mood to grant UNC the luxury of merely "vacating" the win.

So why not prepare like they're all shelved and make a public stand in defense of your academic department's integrity? Granted, "UNC and academic impropriety" is a bell that's not getting unrung, but the redemption's got to start sometime--it might as well be as soon as possible.
Posted on: August 31, 2010 1:26 pm
Edited on: August 31, 2010 3:38 pm
 

Big Ten To announce 2011 divisions on Wednesday?

Posted by Chip Patterson

The addition of Nebraska in 2011 has provided the Big Ten with the opportunity to host its own conference championship game, adding an extra week of premiere Big Ten football and most importantly, a significant spike in revenue for the conference.

While it was initially expected that the announcement will come in mid-September, there is speculation that we could know as soon as Wednesday evening.

The Big Ten Network has scheduled a "live football special" for Wednesday evening at 6 p.m.  It is the belief of some that this will be the announcement of the 2011 divisions.

The most commotion has been caused by the discussion of how to divide the divisions of the new 12-team Big Ten.  Most notably, how the split may affect the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry.

There are those that believe the teams should be in the same division, so that their annual matchup will continue to take place in late November, as the last game of the season.  If "The Game" were to be moved any earlier in the season, it would certainly be to the displeasure of many former Buckeyes and Wolverines - many of whom have sounded off publicly on the issue.

Unfortunately, many of the heavy hitters, especially Big Ten commissioner Jim Delaney, believe that splitting Ohio State and Michigan across the divisions will be better for the cash flow rivalry in the big picture.

"You can make a pretty good argument that Michigan and Ohio State should never be playing for a divisional title," [Delaney] said in explaining why the two rivals would be in different divisions. "If they're going to play, play for the right to go to the Rose Bowl."
Of course, a Buckeyes-Wolverines showdown in the Big Ten championship game has the potential to generate an absurd amount of money for the conference, and as we have clearly seen throughout the last decade with expansion: the name of the game is dollar dollar bills yall.

Posted on: August 31, 2010 11:53 am
Edited on: September 1, 2010 2:39 pm
 

Nebraska takes clandestine road to the Big Ten

Posted by Adam Jacobi

The Omaha World-Herald published a great piece yesterday about the path Nebraska took en route to joining the Big Ten. It's a long read, to be sure, but it's less romance novel and more spy thriller. There's clandestine meetings, coded statements, and even an unnamed tipster who gets the ball rolling. Here's one snippet: Because [Nebraska athletic director Tom] Osborne is a well-known figure who tends to attract attention, it was agreed he and the chancellor would fly separately. [Nebraska Chancellor Harvey] Perlman was joined by Joel Pedersen, the university's general counsel. Few on any of their staffs knew the reason for their travel. 

After staying overnight in a city and eating breakfast separately to preserve their low profile, Perlman and Osborne received cell calls summoning them to meet a car outside. They then rode to a rural location about an hour outside the city. 

They were greeted by Delany, Big Ten Deputy Commissioner Brad Traviolia and the conference's legal counsel. 

One thing that becomes clear from Jim Delany's behavior throughout this process is that even though tradition isn't much of a factor in Delany's large-scale decision-making, identity is still critically important. After all, Delany bucked trends with the inception of the Big Ten Network and may tinker with the Michigan-Ohio State rivalry, but when it comes down to adding another member to the conference, saying things like "we try to do things the right way" and "some things are more important than money" is still enough to send Delany's heart aflutter.

Big XII commissioner Dan Beebe and Texas president William Powers declined interview requests, and that's a shame, because their sides of the story would have been fascinating. They were the primary sources of pressure on Nebraska, after all, and now that Nebraska is in the process of bailing, some reflections on the situation from their end would be worth our attention. All in due time, probably.
Posted on: August 31, 2010 11:13 am
Edited on: September 1, 2010 2:40 pm
 

Nutt, Masoli still await official word from NCAA

Posted by Chip Patterson

When Rebels fans file into the Grove on Saturday to prepare for the season opener against Jacksonville State, there is one thing they can expect at quarterback: Nathan Stanley.  

The 6-5 sophomore from Sequoyah, OK is listed as the starter on Ole Miss' depth chart heading into the game, and will likely be the first man to take the reigns of the Rebels' offense since the departure of Jevan Snead.
But it's one of his backups that has been getting all the attention since his arrival in Oxford.  
Oregon transfer Jeremiah Masoli awaits word from the NCAA on whether he will be granted a waiver to bypass the NCAA's one year requirement for transfer students.  Head coach Houston Nutt is trying his best to be optimistic.

"I wish I could feel as good as [Jacksonville State coach Jack Crowe] does about it," said the Rebels coach. "I truly don't know."

"I'm expecting (a decision) either today, tomorrow or the next day at the latest," said Nutt, whose team hosts Jacksonville State on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

Masoli is expected to be granted the waiver because the graduate program he has enrolled in was not available at Oregon.  if he is made available, there is no doubt he will have a chance to make an impact right away.  Say what you will about his off-field troubles, but Houston Nutt would be more than happy to have Masoli's 15 passing and 13 rushing touchdowns from 2009 on this years' squad.  

Nutt currently has Masoli and junior Randall Mackey both listed as second on the depth chart.  All three quarterbacks have been sharing snaps during camp, but most of the snaps this week will be split between Stanley and Snead.

"I just know the clock is ticking and it's game week," said Nutt. "I have a guy who has played (Masoli) and two guys that haven't, so I have to get them ready."

If Masoli suits up, I expect Nutt will utilize the quarterback tandem that is becoming more and more popular in today's game.  If so, fans in Oxford should get ready when they see No. 8 on the field.



Posted on: August 30, 2010 1:16 pm
Edited on: September 1, 2010 2:41 pm
 

Marvin Austin vents frustration on Facebook

Posted by Chip Patterson

Marvin Austin has long been known for a larger-than-life personality that, at times, eclipses eve his on field contribution.  His affinity to entertain the masses is not denied by anyone, and he has always been more than comfortable with social media.  

But the man who dubs himself "Anchorman" has been relatively quiet after his Facebook and Twitter status updates became the center of attention when Agentgate first broke in Chapel Hill earlier this Summer.  After several status update time stamps, TwitPic uploads, and deleted Twitter posts soon became pieces of "evidence" in the NCAA investigation (that cache is a stinger), the defensive tackle has stayed relatively mum on the issues at hand, allowing the investigation to run its course.

Of course, until he decided to take to his Facebook page to vent a little frustration.

Marvin Austin Facebook Status

From the sound of it, Austin appears to be questioning his decision to return to Chapel Hill for his Senior season.  Oh really?  He finished the 2009 season as a Second Team All-ACC selection, though many scouts projected he could have gone in the first three rounds of the NFL Draft.  Now Austin, who has been moved to the 2nd team defense in preparation for possible suspension, may never get to suit up for the Tar Heels again after a few questionable decisions may have jeopardized his eligibility.  

Now if I were in Marvin's inner circle, I might remind him that the decision to return to school is not the regret, but some of the things he has done since making that decision.    


Posted on: August 30, 2010 12:19 pm
Edited on: September 1, 2010 2:42 pm
 

Ponzi scheme head writing book about The "Real" U

Posted By Chip Patterson

With NCAA violations being all the rage these days, it is not surprising as we have begun to see more "insiders" coming forward with information and allegations about their relationships with big name football programs.  The most recent of which is coming from Nevin Shapiro, a man who was an "ardent, intense supporter" of Miami Hurricanes football...until his arrest earlier this year for running a $900 million Ponzi scheme.  

Shapiro has written a first draft of The Real U: 2001 To 2010.  Inside The Eye of the Hurricane from his new home in a New Jersey jail and is currently searching for a publisher.  Word from his attorney is that the tell-all book will detail "major NCAA violations" committed by former players.

Shapiro has said he was close with Jon Beason, Devin Hester, Antrel Rolle, Randy Phillips, Robert Marve, Kyle Wright and others when they played at UM, plus former UM assistant coach/recruiting coordinator Clint Hurtt, now at Louisville.

"This will be a tell-all book from a fan and booster perspective,'' said Shapiro, who did not attend UM. But why write a book that will hurt UM?

"I want to make the average fan aware of what really exists under that uniform,'' he said. "They might be great players, but they're certainly not great people. I'm speaking of no less than 100 former players.'

Shapiro, 41, is angry because "once the players became pros, they turned their back on me. It made me feel like a used friend.'' He was motivated by heartbreak and disappointment on behalf of the university, which I considered to be an extended part of my family.''

The plan, according to the story in the Herald, is to use the profits from the book to pay back investors in the alleged Ponzi scheme.  Shapiro will not be allowed to keep any earnings for himself, though with an estimated $80 million left to shell out, it doesn't sound like the book will be busting him into the black anytime soon.  

Of course the book may never see the light of day, and if so the credibility will be more than questionable.  Hard for fans, much less the NCAA, to take the word of an alleged felon who is writing from jail in hopes to pay off his debts.  However, Shapiro's one-time role in the Miami program appears to be prominent enough to make his story interesting.

The University of Miami reports that Shapiro contributed $150,000 to the athletic program, had his own suite at games, and has a student lounge named in his honor.  He was known by many players as "Little Luke," a tribute to former Miami gift-giver Luther Campbell.  So while his shadiness is undoubted, his view from inside the program may reveal details which show little difference between this decade's Miami and the well-documented days of "The U."  
 

 
 
 
 
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