This is true, but it reverts to a Title IX issue if you're conspicuously salarying only the men's football and basketball teams and no one else. And if you salary a small subset of all male players and none of the female players it's not a Title IX issue - it's an EEOC issue (which, as you said, is a whole other mess).
Why? At the end of the day he's giving up the built-in advantages of coaching at an HBC in terms of recruiting. At the FBS level it's all going to come down to NIL money in terms of 4-star and 5-star recruits and neither of those programs can offer anything near what FSU and UF can.
It will be interesting. Cincinnati has the best pedigree and is going to be a member of the Big 12 next year, so probably also the clearest path to CFP relevance and a national spotlight. They also can probably pay the most. But USF probably presents better recruiting opportunities and he's got lots of Florida connections (and is from Fort Myers). Also, Tampa's just a better place to live than Cincinnati by almost any metric. It's hard to see what Colorado has to offer that's better than either of those.
Yeah, they kept showing the front angle where you couldn't see it - they only showed the reverse angle once on TV. But, like you said, the back judge was who threw the flag.
Wrong. They opened against Michigan in 2017 at Arlington.
I'm not up in arms about it, but it seems like Florida should have been 14/15 with Utah one spot behind them at 15/16. There's a lot of football left to play so it will all work itself out. Also, this being a coaches poll, I'd bet money that your "Alliance" of Pac-12/Big 10/ACC coaches didn't want to promote an SEC team any further than they had to.
Seriously. When did he come to this conclusion? AFTER we fired him? Because it sure doesn't seem like he believed it when he was in Gainesville.
Their biggest problem is that they are not a wealthy program (and certainly not by SEC standards). In the 80s and 90s they lagged behind cultivating a robust booster culture like a lot of other schools (Tide Pride, the Georgia Bulldog Club in its current fundraising iteration, and the Bull Gator program, as examples were, created in the late 80's). This means that decades of poor engagement have forced severe problems when FSU needs upgrades and renovations. They've had to essentially "raid" the school's general revenue in the past while professors were getting laid off, resulting in a lot of nasty press. More recently in 2022, unable to raise revenue to renovate Doak Campbell, they actually had to bully the local County Commission into giving them money from the tax revenues (you can Google all of this). They bring nothing to the table in terms of television markets (Miami is another story, of course). There's no reason to consider adding FSU.
Starbucks gift card in the mail BUT, I'm not sure that limitation is enforceable. Someone is going to challenge it.
Let's take what seems like a plausible scenario. ABC University is looking to partner with businesses to give exclusivity to market the NIL of their players (and the various court decisions and laws which have been passed seem to indicate they can do this - if a school has a deal with Nike, the kid can't cut a separate NIL deal with Adidas). Let's say that XYZ BBQ gets an exclusivity deal. However, the University throws in a wrinkle to the contract. Any contract which XYZ BBQ signs with a UF player for their NIL rights MUST include a provision that the player cannot play for any other college and cannot transfer. I don't see any reason they couldn't do that - contracts (particularly for entertainers) have exclusivity agreements built into them all the time. I can't be the first person who's thought of this - but wouldn't all colleges WANT to do this if they could?
Why can't they prohibit a transfer? Isn't that the upshot of all the litigation and court decisions on NIL to date - that the NCAA cannot regulate players ability to monetize their NIL rights? Why can't a kid sign a contract that pays him for agreeing, at least in part, not to play for any other college. Contracts have exclusivity deals built into them all the time.
So, serious question, and I have no idea if there's an answer to this. A couple people have said he'll just transfer in a year. What if he CAN'T? Can his NIL agreement with Barstool forbid him from transferring or, alternatively, from playing football for any college other than JSU? Would that even be enforceable? It seems like they'd be insane not to put something like this in his contract, but have colleges just indirectly found a way to defeat kids' ability to transfer by locking them into NIL deals with their school?
Again, like I said above, the issue is not Evers leaving (i.e. the relationship ending). The issue is mom trying to do as much damage as she can on the way out (i.e. your ex's mom coming over to your house, slashing your tires, kicking your dog, and spray painting your house after the breakup).
Some rando on a thread last night somewhere apparently threatened to show up at their house, which is where the whole "threats" thing is coming from, I think. And - to be clear - frack that guy. But based on everything I've read fans have been largely "live and let live, good luck" about the whole thing until we got a rash of decommits in the 48 hours afterwards and it seems to have tied to mom making calls and trying to burn down the village on her way out. That ain't cool.
You can take this for what it's worth, but the problem was never that Evers decommitted. The problem is that he (or, more likely, his mom - who had sort of been acting as the "team mom" for the recruiting class) has been calling up other commits and getting them to decommit - something she inferred in a Twitter post she later deleted, in which she also implied that he decommitted because Napier wouldn't guarantee not to sign any other QBs in this class. These things seem to be what his dad is now trying to refute and do spin control on.
I like Stoops a lot as a coach and have a ton of respect for what he's accomplished at Kentucky. If he leaves I don't think it will be for money - it will be for ego and a chance to win a conference/national championship somewhere else. He can't do that at Kentucky and I don't mean that as a slight to them - I think most KY fans would agree. His best case scenario with the Wildcats is where they are - a nice team that will reliably upset one or two of their SEC brethren every year, lose one or two games they shouldn't, and every couple years pull off a major upset. If he's content with that, good for him (and Kentucky).
"It wasn’t like Jones took the field and displayed a lack of touch or a lack of arm strength." - Actually, it was a lot like that, and has been for three games. He consistently short arms throws forcing receivers to come back to the ball or hitting them below the waist. He rarely hits guys in stride. "Mullen deserves credit for not abandoning the game plan to run the ball." Except that wasn't the game plan. Through the first 2 drives we ran design pass plays 8 times (EJ had to scramble twice so they read as run plays in the box score but if you watched them they were clearly designed passes where he couldn't find the open man) and ran the ball 5 times. The second series ended with the INT. The third series was no better - 6 design pass plays and 3 runs. It wasn't until after the third series that we moved to a more run heavy attack and Mullen deserves credit for the adjustments, but the hole was too deep at that point. The initial game plan was terrible - it forced EJ to make throws against one of the best defenses in the country when we'd already established that running was our strength.
Miami has the same problem that programs like Tennessee and Nebraska have - current recruits cannot remember a time when they were a nationally relevant program in their lifetimes. Miami has been able to weather it somewhat better because South Florida is a recruiting hotbed and some local name recognition just bleeds through because a lot of the local coaches have Miami ties. But the Canes are not a particular well-endowed program (the school is, but the program is not), it's in an urban setting, and their football stadium is an hour away from their campus. Things like the turnover chain and "showing the rings" are just gimmicks and without results, they become a joke. And 4-5 star kids who want to eventually play in the NFL know that.
SDS Mailbag: SEC’s chances to go unbeaten in Week 1, dream non-SEC tailgate and Super Bowl prediction
I went to a West Virginia game in Morgantown a few years back. At one tailgate a guy had 10 different colors of moonshine and a live band and was slinging hooch like there was no tomorrow. That's a fun group of fans.
Hang in there guys. We're ALMOST done with Danielson.
Yeah, that Week 2 matchup is pretty much the best SEC game that weekend. There are a lot of cash cow beatdowns scheduled and Arkansas plays Texas, but Kentucky/Missouri is pretty much what you want to watch that Saturday as far as SEC head to head.
It sounds like it's going to be a lofty "position statement" without anything concrete or specific happening. The ESPN reporting says that there will be no announcement on scheduling and it won't affect any games already scheduled in the future. It also sounds like it's the PAC-12 driving the whole thing. *yawn*, in other words.
I still don't understand what this "alliance" is supposed to mean in practical terms. It can't be revenue-based (there's no way the Big 10 in particular is going to just give money away to the ACC or Pac-12 to prop them up). If it means something like they're going to agree to schedule an opponent from each of the other conferences every year...fine? But there was nothing stopping them from doing that before. And even that is only going to produce half a dozen games that people actually care about. For every Clemson/Ohio State game your going to get 6 Illinois/Cal or Wake Forest/Arizona games that no one cares about. Plus their travel costs are going to skyrocket. I know they're trying to respond to what the SEC is doing but this seems like all sizzle and no steak.
It just bugs the heck out of me how many people were (and always do) root for him to fail in whatever he does. Yes, I'm Gator, and I'm obviously going to defend him. But he's such a decent, good person who is always humble, never self-promotes, and never asked for any of the attention that gets heaped on him. But level of sheer personal hatred that he incites in other people is mind-boggling.
I've come around on the whole pod idea in the past year and the Texas/Oklahoma deal has cemented it for me. Look - I get the arguments. But it's silly that everyone's conference schedule is identical every year except for 1 slot in the other division that is in a 7-year rotation. If we go to a 9-game conference schedule (which seems like a done deal at this point) and a pod system, you'll play EVERYONE in the conference on a 2-year cycle and your schedule will be dramatically different every year. It's hard to argue against that. Even a kid who goes to the NFL early in his third year will have gotten to play everyone in his conference. Yes, you lose some permanent rivalries but the only really meaningful one is Georgia/Auburn. With all due respect to Alabama/Tennessee, that "rivalry" hasn't been meaningful since Gene Stallings and Phil Fulmer were stalking the sidelines.
Yeah, Spikes not being in the HOF is an absolute crime. That dude was a monster.
Couldn't agree more. Auburn should be on this list in the 5 spot and Florida shouldn't.
Fair, although if we're comparing those teams head to head I'd point out that the Arky team didn't even advance to the SEC Championship game that year and Florida theirs. It's hard (for me anyway) to put a team on the "All time greatest SEC basketball national champions" when they didn't win the conference championship (or even play in it).
That 95/96 State Final Four team with Erick Dampier and Dontae Jones was really something.