I thought the situation he went to was a good one, thinking that (former Oakland QB Carson Palmer) wouldn’t be there forever. I didn’t know he’d be gone in two years. I remember saying to Terrelle when they brought Matt Flynn in, ‘Here’s your chance to compete and see how you can do,’ and I’m sure the competition will be ongoing and so forth.
All I can do is speak for myself. I broke rules, and I paid for it. I don’t know if Manziel did or not – that’s not my business. But at the end of the day, I broke a rule, I learned from it, and I now understand that I can’t do that type of stuff.
When I was young … I made those mistakes when I was 18. I took it as a man, and I’m moving on. … I was greedy, taking money. I learned quite a bit about not being selfish in those terms. I was young when I made that mistake, and if I could have it back, I’d go a different route and make better decisions. It was a poor choice when I made it, but all I can speak on is myself. It was just setting forth that in terms of the NCAA, you have to do everything right.
This Week In Silverman
Buckeye Hoops Scoops
It should be no surprise to regular readers of tBBC that we’re big fans of TBDBITL hereabouts- we gave you the full halftime show on Monday, here’s how The Pride Of The Buckeyes began their season:
Sorry, no Walking Dead updates for you.
With last week’s announcement that the NFLPA and the League had reached a settlement in the concussions lawsuit, you knew that today’s news would be following shortly thereafter. Several former NCAA athletes are now suing the Association in a similar action; holding that their Universities did not do enough to educate them on potential risks or to provide access to research that would adapt the impact of the game.
The lead attorney for these former athletes is the same council as the current suit brought by Ed O’Bannon against the NCAA, which seeks to force the Association to compensate student athletes for using their likeness in video games and other media and publicity.
It should be noted that the two concussion related actions are unfortunately at odds with each other. One of the aspects of the NFL’s agreement is the sealing of all of the documents and research regarding the League’s knowledge of and research into this matter; which, one might expect, is pretty damning. Nonetheless, the persons bringing the NCAA suit could certainly benefit from some of this information, particularly as they attempt to show that there should have been awareness of the issue for quite some time.
In a just world, this would end with the release of compiled internal documents about medical negligence, and the NFL’s complicity in it. In a just world, the full extent of the NFL’s contempt for the safety and well-being of its primary employees would be vivid, for all to see.
This would not be a just result simply on its merits. It also would be a great step forward for public health policy. School districts around the country, and the taxpayers that support them, have a moral right to the information the NFL might have concerning the medical aspects of the game, and to assess the risks to the students in their charge. Colleges have a moral right to that information for the same reasons. Every single athlete who chooses to play football has a moral right to that information in order to give his informed consent to the risks he chooses to run. The important thing, always, is to know.
This is why, for all its legal merits and for all its practical benefits to many of the plaintiffs and their families, the settlement of the concussion lawsuit is a national tragedy and a moral failure
The announcement today could not have come at a worse time for the NCAA, as it occurred simultaneous to an article in the Chronicle for Higher Education regarding the pressure that Athletic Trainers feel to fast track student athletes back onto the field. Of the 120 largest programs assessed, 101 personnel responded with 42 saying that “they had felt pressure from football coaches to return an athlete to the field even after he suffered a concussion.”
In the words of Brady Hoke, “Not… not good”.
Several quick thoughts- First, I’ve talked before regarding the fact that football as we know it will probably cease to exist in 10-15 years without some major changes. And, given that many young adults are playing in 7-v-7 “passing leagues”, don’t be surprised if this isn’t the future of the sport.
Second, I’m not sure what these suits ultimate goal will be… at some point, there’s going to be no money for anyone, if the Association loses it’s marketing dollars on top of needing to pay restitution to the thousands upon thousands of college athletes who may find themselves eligible pending the courts’ decisions. Don’t be surprised to see the next wave of legal action, if this first one is successful, target the institutions themselves- many of whom, as you should be well aware, cannot balance their budgets without support from the University’s general funds and state dollars.
Third, this may be yet another straw that pushes the D4 model, even to the point where the NFL has to assume liability for the “minor league” system that they’ve enjoyed for these many years.
At any rate, this will be interesting and perhaps difficult to watch develop.
Around The NCAA
From the “show us what you did during your summer vacation” department: