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.
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 paid to herd some players toward the program in exchange for some cash . . . allegedly.
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.
Sounds like some University of Georgia jocks may have gotten a little extra money from an “unauthorized bank account” controlled by a Columbus, GA parks and recreation program. They’ve notified the NCAA to see if they have some eligibility issues as a result.
The North Carolina defensive end was spotted at an NFL draft party, but apparently nothing happened . . . which is pretty true for most of the NFL these days.