Time for the hump day look around the world of college sports, with a soundtrack from a reunited legend. We look at playoffs, SEC controversy, NCAA hypocrisy, and other items this week.
There's Your Problem
Props- No, not the side bets before the Super Bowl, the recognition of two Buckeyes who are now World (excluding everyone outside of the USA) champions as the NY Giants defeated the Evil Tom Bradys. Great photos abound, but check out Jake Ballard at the parade, Jim Cordle with the key to the city, and the Jake holding the trophy. Ohio State, where tight ends go to catch as many passes in their career as the NFL will have them catch in a season… we help them build slowly.
Crutches- Speaking of Ballard, the unfortunate word is that his exit from the game was not so he could get Madonna’s number (thank God), but due to a torn ACL. Thoughts and prayers, big man.
Not So Fast- Lots of folks pointed at the Giants win over the Patriots as being an argument against playoffs, since the GMen worked hard and got hot at the right time rather than being the best all season long. Team Speed Kills shot holes in this argument, and gave us our SBP discussion question of the day:
In the comments, give us your thoughts: Is “champion” a team who is the “best” over a season, or the team who wins a prescribed end of season event? You probably know my thoughts on this- “champion” is an arbitrary designation, and as such should be acknowledged that delineation as such is valid no matter the circumstances or criterion.
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Oh, Sweet Irony- We had a good conversation on twitter this week with the guys from the B1G blog at the WWL. (If you’re not following us on twitter… why not?). Just thought you might be interested in this:
Their research shows that there have been 61 major infraction cases since 2007. Thirty-one of those cases schools have been slapped with the “failure to monitor” a program designation. Ohio State was hit with both that designation as well a being named a repeat violator because of previous major violations in 2006 in basketball, within the allowed five-year window.
Failure to monitor is considered a serious violation. In the NCAA eyes it is perhaps second only to the dreaded “lack of institutional control” designation. NCAA bylaws state penalties for major violations can include “prohibition against … postseason competition.”
Twelve of those 31 cases were in football. Three of the 12 BCS conference schools were slapped with failure to monitor and repeat violator status, same as Ohio State. They were Colorado and Oklahoma in 2007 and West Virginia in 2011. None of the three got a postseason ban.
Therein lies the greatest irony of the sanctions era: Even with the most heavy-handed scholarship penalties in 25 years, the relatively small classes that preceded his arrival left Kiffin with fewer scholarship players on the roster in his first two seasons, 2010 and 2011, than the penalties are calling for over the next three. Thanks to the huge influx of freshmen (and subsequent redshirting) last year, the Trojans will be essentially operating at replacement level for the life of the sanctions.
Your Case? You’re Not Helping It- Guess who was scoping out a local elementary school during recess? Yup, Jerry Sandusky. Sigh.