Today’s sports question: How many Division 1 football programs can one “scout” bring down? So far it looks like only one, but we have a late report that the coach of the LSU Tigers, Les “Is More” Miles, has also spoken to the NCAA about a guy named Willie Lyles and his association to the program.
Did we say Hillbillies? We meant Mountaineers. Sorry. Anyway, the UWV program got two years probation for not one, but two, past coaches for failure to monitor, and violations including “involving out-of-season coaching and the use of non-coaching staff who worked with players.”
Only at the University of Nebraska: The school actually self-reported to the NCAA that it bought books for athletes. And not just any books: RECOMMENDED class books. Not REQUIRED class books. Apparently, you can’t do that. To which many people under 18 reply, “What’s a book?”
#Andy Staples latest column is entitled “Cheating for Dummies: Your guide to smarter NCAA rule-breaking” and yes, it does appear that today’s players and coaches aren’t smart enough to cheat and not get caught. Maybe the NCAA should offer webinars for schools on how NOT to get caught?
The #Tide administration is saying their athletic programs (including Nick Saban’s football team) violated what are known as “secondary” (minor) violations more than 40 times from July 1, 2009 through July 1, 2011. Among the list of sins are “impermissible transportation, entertainment, meals and lodging during two trips” and a player receiving “impermissible benefits” from an agent and “preferential treatment based on (his) status as a student-athlete.
Could the NCAA consider this an invitation to have #boosters near the program?
Every time a major college sports program makes a dramatic turnaround, I always wonder what’s going on behind the scenes that we (and the NCAA) don’t know about? Case in point: the mighty Oregon Ducks who made it all the way to the BCS Sham Title Game against Auburn this year. Will it be there last trip to the big dance for a long time? Sounds like a “scout” got…
And God know the #Terps could use the extra practice time. Unfortunately, they spent too much time on the practice field last year, so this season the NCAA is going to dock them 2 and 1/2 hours a week for the 2011 season.