Our 2013 BCS Picks

Posted on September 18, 2013. Filed under: Football, NCAA Sports | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Who will play for the final BCS championship?

Since everyone has played at least one game, and we do NOT believe in pre-season polls too much, here is our Bowl Matchup predictions.

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Illini Chicago Homecoming Game

Posted on September 13, 2013. Filed under: Football, NCAA Sports, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Illini host ranked Washington

September 13, 2013

Just two games into the 2013 season, but the state of Illinois is buzzing for the Fighting Illini, who are 2-0, after defeating top-contender Cincinnati 45-17 last week in a very impressionable fashion.

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On the other side of the ball, Washington (2-0) have had an impressionable win too defeating Boise State 36-6 in the season-opener. Now, the Huskies have been resting since the game against Boise allowing for their young talent to get prepared for the fast Illini offense behind the fine play of Nathan Scheelhaase.

The Fighting Illini brought in former Western Michigan coach Bill Cubit to revamp the offense, and the results were favorable in victories over Southern Illinois and Cincinnati. Illinois is averaging 43.5 points and 493 yards and has posted 17 plays of 20-plus yards after having just 34 last season. The Huskies will have All-American tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (69 receptions, 850 yards in 2012) back on the field after he was suspended for the Boise State game due to an offseason DUI charge.

The Huskies come in to Soldier Field trying to prove their season-opening thrashing of Boise State wasn’t a fluke and Illinois looks to start 3-0 for only the second time in 12 seasons when the teams met today. The Huskies shot into the national rankings after their convincing 38-6 win in their opener but went 3-10 away from Seattle over the previous two seasons. Illinois is playing at Soldier Field for only the second time.

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ABOUT WASHINGTON (1-0): Senior quarterback Keith Price passed for 324 yards and two touchdowns against Boise State and is 115 yards away from overtaking Brock Huard (6,391 yards from 1996-98) for third place on the school’s all-time list. Junior tailback Bishop Sankey rushed for 161 yards (his fifth 100-yard performance in his last six games) in a strong opening-game salvo to follow up last year’s 1,439-yard season. Junior middle linebacker – and defensive leader – John Timu racked up 13 tackles in the opener while senior safety Sean Parker made an interception.

ABOUT ILLINOIS (2-0): Cubit’s effect on quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase has been stunning as the senior has six touchdown passes in two games to surpass last season’s output (four in 246 attempts). Scheelhaase threw for a career-high 416 yards in the opener against Southern Illinois and followed up with 312 in last Saturday’s 45-17 rout of favored Cincinnati. The defense, which has experienced issues while allowing an average of 431 yards, is led by senior outside linebacker Jonathan Brown (14 tackles against Cincinnati, 23 overall), sophomore middle linebacker Mason Monheim (2.5 tackles for loss among 18 stops) and junior strong safety Earnest Thomas III (16 tackles in two games).

1. Washington leads the all-time series 5-4. The programs last met in 1972, when the Huskies notched a 31-11 home victory.

2. Illinois’ lone previous contest at Soldier Field was a 10-9 victory over Washington State in 1994.

3. Sophomore WR Jaydon Mickens set career highs for receptions (nine) and yards (109) in Washington’s season opener.

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�The Fighting Illini (2-0) look to continue their hot start on Saturday when they head to the Windy City to host No. 19/23 Washington at Soldier Field for Chicago Homecoming (5 p.m. CT, BTN). A win would make Illinois 3-0 for only the second time in the last 12 seasons. The other was in 2011, when the Illini started the season 6-0.

�Following Saturday’s shellacking of Cincinnati, the Illini are receiving votes in both polls for the first time since Oct. 24, 2011. Illinois sits 34th in the AP poll (nine votes) and 39th in the coaches poll (three votes).

�Illinois faces its first top-25 opponent of the season on Saturday as Washington is ranked No. 19 in this week’s Associated Press poll and No. 23 in the USA Today Coaches Poll.

�Scheelhaase has more passing touchdowns (six) in two games than 102 of the 123 FBS teams. He also has thrown for 728 yards, more than 116 of 123 FBS teams through week 2.

• Scheelhaase’s 728 yards are the most in Illinois’ first two games of a season since Jason Verduzco passed for 783 yards in the first two games of 1991. Scheelhaase also has six passing touchdowns, equaling the school record for most TD passes in the first two games of a season shared by Juice Williams (2008) and Kurt Kittner (2000).

• Senior LB and Butkus Award candiate Jonathan Brown leads the Big Ten and ranks 14th nationally in tackles (11.5 tpg). Brown had 14 stops against Cincinnati, a B1G single-game high this season.

• Washington leads the all-time series with the Illini by a 5-4 margin, but the teams haven’t met since 1972. The two programs are 2-2 in games played in Champaign, while Washington holds a 3-1 margin in Seattle. The Illini notched a 17-7 win in the 1964 Rose Bowl. Illinois will travel to Seattle in the third week of 2014 for a Sept. 13 tilt at Husky Stadium.

• This year is the 50th anniversary of Illinois’ 1964 Rose Bowl victory over the Huskies, an Illini squad that was led by Chicago-born Illini legends Dick Butkus and Jim Grabowski. Washington took a 7-0 lead in the second quarter, but Illinois’ defense took over and the Illini managed touchdowns in the third and fourth quarters for the 17-7 final score. Grabowski earned MVP honors, finishing with 125 yards and a touchdown.

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So, can the Illini continue their winning ways at their northern home, Soldier Field Saturday night? Or will the Huskies speed in the pass rush be too much for Scheelhaase?

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BIG Ten Goes East and West

Posted on August 13, 2013. Filed under: NCAA Sports | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

No more Legends and Leaders… 

PARK RIDGE, Ill. (AP) — No more “Legends.” And no more “Leaders.”

The Big Ten is giving them the boot and following a more conventional route for its division names.

The conference is going with “East” and “West” instead and switching to a nine-game scheduling format after presidents and chancellors approved the moves on Sunday.

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The new division alignments will begin in 2014 when Rutgers and Maryland join the conference, meaning “Legends” and “Leaders” will be a thing of the past. That will probably come as good news for fans who have criticized those names ever since the league unveiled them in 2010. To many, they were confusing and didn’t help identify where teams play, but that won’t be an issue any more.

Besides the new division alignment, teams will go from playing eight conference games to nine in 2016.

“Big Ten directors of athletics concluded four months of study and deliberation with unanimous approval of a future football structure that preserved rivalries and created divisions based on their primary principle of East/West geography,” commissioner Jim Delany said in a statement. “The directors of athletics also relied on the results of a fan survey commissioned by BTN last December to arrive at their recommendation, which is consistent with the public sentiment expressed in the poll.”

Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers will be in the East division. The West will consist of Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Purdue and Wisconsin.

Schools will play six division games plus two against teams from the other division in 2014 and 2015. In 2016, they’ll play three cross-division games.

Indiana and Purdue will meet on an annual basis. But Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon said each school had to make compromises.

“Fourteen athletic directors came to the table with different objectives and our goal was to compromise to the point that we could move together with one plan,” he said. “Each of us had things that were extremely important and things on our wish list. I wanted us to play Michigan State and Ohio State every year and for the Michigan-Ohio State game to be the last one ever year. I’m pleased we’re going to be able to do those three things.

“But it’s not a perfect setup because no school got everything they wanted.”

East division teams will host five conference games during even-numbered years starting in 2016, with West teams hosting five in odd-numbered seasons. Under that format, teams will be guaranteed to play each other at least once every four years, and in a statement, Nebraska chancellor Harvey Perlman called that “an important feature.”

He also praised the changes, saying they are “the best option” and “will serve us well.”

Brandon said a 10-game format was “carefully considered to even out the home-and-away problem,” but that would have hindered nonconference scheduling.

“If you take away another nonconference game, it would have a detrimental impact financially for everybody in the conference, and we would’ve taken the biggest hit because we have the largest stadium,” he said.

Nebraska coach Bo Pelini praised the division alignment and the nine-game format.

“Geography seems to be a logical way to determine the divisions, and it should allow for easier travel for our fans,” he said in a statement. “The nine-game conference schedule will help improve the strength of schedules across the board in the Big Ten, and I think everyone anticipates strength of schedule being a key component for choosing teams to participate in the new playoff system.”

Delany said athletic directors met in person or talked on conference calls six times from December to March to discuss the changes.

“The level of cooperation and collaboration was reflective of what we’ve come to expect from this group of administrators who have worked extremely well together on a number of complex matters over the past several years,” he said. “We are all looking forward to ushering in this new era of Big Ten football.”

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Mediocrity Bowl Games

Posted on December 19, 2012. Filed under: Football, NCAA Sports | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Do Too Many Bowl Games Reward Mediocrity

December 18. 2012

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Over the last few years the critics of the football bowl games have consistently harped on two issues: 1) the inherent unfairness of both access to the bowl games and the revenue share that favors BCS conferences; and 2) the amount of money being left on the table by not having a BCS playoff system. Both of these criticisms are justifiable and may very well carry the day in moving toward a playoff because of antitrust concerns and the need to maximize revenue. However, there is another argument that needs to be considered and that is the simple fact that at least 21 bowl games involve football teams that have mediocre records, which begs the question of why average teams are being rewarded with postseason play?

Of the 70 teams playing in the 35 bowl games only 28 of those teams had won 9 or more games prior to their bowl appearance. Winning 75% of your games (9-3) seems to be a reasonable standard to meet in order to justify a postseason appearance based on having a successful season. This standard suggests that only 14 bowl games deserve to be played. Therefore, based on this season’s records, 21 of the bowl games are simply rewarding mediocre football teams with a postseason trip. Sophisticated fans understand this fact, which helps explain both poor ticket sales and attendance for many bowl games, and poor television ratings as well. Believe it or not this year 14 schools will play in a bowl game after finishing 6-6;  and, remember in many cases one of those wins came against an FCS school.

In a pattern reminiscent of recent years many schools around the country are having trouble selling out their ticket requirements. This dilemma results in universities having to pay six or seven figures for the privilege of sending the football team to a bowl game that is poorly attended and poorly viewed on television.

A recent Bloomberg.com article had an insightful quote: “Bowls have become network-owned, commercial enterprises, in some cases, pitting average teams in money-losing bowls for the benefit of a few,” said Charles E. Young,  president emeritus at the University of Florida and a member of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics. “I think the losses are higher than anyone knows.”

Over time the historic relationships with the established and largely commercially successful bowl games have given rise to economic endeavors by visitor and convention bureaus to attract economic activity and the need of networks to find sports content for programming purposes. These twin factors have taken a previously limited number of successful bowl games and attempted to stretch the concept to the position we find ourselves in now. When you add compensation packages for coaches, athletic directors and commissioners that reward bowl appearances you have created the type of conflict of interest that may lead to bad decision making.

The weight of the current bowl product in the marketplace is starting to foment change. As the case for change builds over time, universities should not forget that as educational institutions they should be teaching lessons about demanding excellence and not accepting or rewarding mediocrity from their students, student-athletes and teams. A good place to start would be to rid post season football of undeserving teams because it is sending the wrong message, and people are starting to notice.

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2012 Illinois takes on Indiana for homecoming

Posted on October 27, 2012. Filed under: Football, NCAA Sports | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Who will receive their first conference win?

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AmateurSports365.com) — As the subheading ask, well, it was Indiana defeating Illinois, 31-17, in front of 47,981 here at Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon. This win gives Hoosiers their first victory in the Big Ten Conference Leaders Division and hopefully getting their season back on the right track.

“It was a good win; the guys played hard,” coach Kevin Wilson shared during post-game. “I don’t know if we played particularly well; the defense rallied up and played well down the stretch. We didn’t turn it over, just the one pick early.”

Fighting Illini gots things going offensively on their opening possession with an 8-play, 73 yard drive that ended with a 2 yard pass from junior quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase to Eddie Viliunas (7-0).

Indiana answered on their second possession of the game with a 9 play, 75 yard drive ending with a 2-yard touchdown run by Stephen Houston tying the score 7-7. It is important to note that Mr. Houston has now scored in every contest so far for the Hoosiers, and a total of three times in the first half.

Scheelhaase (17 for 27, 176) gave the Illini back the lead (14-7) on an 8-play, 55-yard drive resulting in him running the ball in from 5 yards out in the second quarter.

Hoosiers tied the game (14-14) with 10:10 in the second quarter when Houston scored for the second time in the game on a 10-yard screen pass from Coffman. This scoring drive was setup by a 48-yard pass from Nate Sudfield to Cody Latimer.

Sudfeld took over as QB1 as starting quarterback Cameron Coffman was benched and this sparked the team as coach Wilson shared. “Yeah, (this move was) a little spark.”

Shortly after their second score, Indiana obtained their first lead (21-14) in the game when, Illinois senior, Tommy Davis, muffed a punt giving the Hoosiers the ball deep in their territory. Four plays later, Mr. Houston scored for the third time from 7 yards out, and with this score, they never looked back. The junior back finished the game 21 carries for 73 yards, plus 16 yards receiving.

The Hoosiers did everything they planned to do, including containing Illinois’ rushing attack and force the Illini to become one-dimensional. In addition, Hoosiers defense created two key turnovers.

Illini had chances, lots of them, but couldn’t capitalize, the way Indiana did on the afternoon. The Hoosiers final score came off of a 6 play, 60-yard drive in which Sudfield (10-15 for 107, 2 touchdowns) connected with Shane Wynn (31-17).

Indiana’s season started off very well with a pair of wins over non-conference foes Indiana State (24-17) and UMass (45-6), but since then it has continued to tailspin with now six consecutive losses. The Hoosiers’ four losses in league play have come in hard-fought battles against very good teams in Northwestern (44-29), Michigan State (31-27), Ohio State (52-49) and now Illinois (31-17). This makes their official Big Ten record 4-26 since the start of the 2008 season.

“We talked about how you want to get used to that feeling (of winning) and the best way to do that was to prepare and tonight we’re on a college campus and let’s try to be winning team,” coach Wilson added with perspective of the victory today. “We’ve been doing a lot of things right and it’s nice to get a Saturday scoreboard to go our way and we want a more of those.”

Saturday was homecoming for Illinois, but as Memorial Stadium emptied, the Hoosiers did all of the celebrating. The team gathered in the southeast corner of the stadium with a few dozen red-clad fans who likely shared the team’s relief in finally getting a win.

“Well, it’s Homecoming and I’m not used to being involved in losses,” said coach Tim Beckman after the game. “So I guess first and foremost, the game of football is played when you don’t turn the football over and you don’t beat yourself.”

This lose gives Illinois a five-game losing streak and they continue to spiral with multiple double-digit losses and today they suffered eight penalties for 81 yards, along with penalties, sacks and turnovers were costly. On a brighter note, the Illini had one of their best rushing days of the season with 196 yards, and had 23 first downs to Indiana’s 14.

“I was proud of the way we blocked on the perimeter and the way guys ran,” coach Beckman concluded.

Next for Indiana will host Iowa (November 3); Illinois will travel to Ohio State on the same day.

CHAMPAIGN ROOM Q&A POST GAME

Illinois coach Tim Beckman “there’s not one play that loses a games and that’s what you teach these young men, it’s a number of plays.”

Illinois coach Tim Beckman has never faced the Hoosiers until not, while IU coach Kevin Wilson is 1-1 against the Illini.

Illinois has an all-time record is now 44-56-2 on Homecoming and is 4-3 all-time in Homecoming games against the Hoosiers.

The Hoosiers have scored 24 or more points in each of their games this season, the first time they have pulled off that trick in school history.

IU is averaging 13.3 points more per game this season than it did last year (34.7 vs. 21.4).

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Should College Athletes be Paid

Posted on October 11, 2012. Filed under: Baseball, Basketball, Football, NCAA Sports, Sports Business | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

College Atheletes… should they be paid?

September 2012

This editorial is part of our GREAT DEBATE feature ‘Should College Athletes Get Paid?’

An NCAA study revealed that college athletes spend about 40 hours per week just playing their sport. In return, college athletes receive payment in the form of a scholarship worth tens of thousands of dollars, a portion of which the IRS taxes as income.

Athletes who fail to participate in mandatory practices or games have their scholarships terminated. So college athletes are already paid to play.

So why all the fuss over this topic?

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Social Media Special

Posted on September 20, 2012. Filed under: Baseball, Basketball, Boys High School Basketball, Football, Girls High School Basketball, High School Basketball, NCAA Sports, Sporting News, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

MUST READ SOCIAL MEDIA NEWS….

September 2012

Social media is a phrase being tossed around a lot these days, but it can sometimes be difficult to answer the question of what is social media.

What is Social Media?   The best way to define social media is to break it down. Media is an instrument on communication, like a newspaper or a radio, so social media would be a social instrument of communication.

So, in order to figure out the how, I’d advise starting with the items below:

NCAA and Social media information (must read) –

Social Media 101… 

Social Networking and Teens…

Social Networking – Parents Guide…

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2012 NCAA Top 10 Poll

Posted on August 30, 2012. Filed under: Football, NCAA Sports | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Top 10 Poll

August 30, 2012

1. Florida State
I am shooting for my 2nd National Champ pick in well, a lot of years… I would pick Boise State but I’ll go a little outside of the popular opinion here… In short, these guys have lots of experience including 17 starters returning and 8 lettermen back this year. Be sure to keep an eye on their defense – as D always championships

2. Oklahoma
Another well oiled team who are stacked… The bottom line with the Sooners is if they can run the table, they don’t have to play in a tough conference title game which heightens their chances of getting to the National Title game.

3. USC
Back from suspension…. These are ready to show the world they can win without off-field trickery…. To prove as much QB 1 Barkley returned to school including 15 other starters, and they recruited some of the top players in the country. This team is built for a BCS birth but can they stand toe-to-toe against conference foes Oregon and Stanford

4. LSU
Coaches have them ranked number 1, and overall I don’t disagree, but it’s just something about this team, at the time of my writing that doesn’t pass the sniff test despite having 13 starters returning, top ranked running back, o-line, a heck of a defensive presence. It’s always tough to NOT put a SEC team on top consider the power of the conference, but see, that’s why I think the Tigers will fall with a loss during the season and/or in the conference championship – they play Bama before December.

5. Alabama
Again tough not to move Bama up before LSU or even USC… but since they play both Arkansas and LSU, well, they probably will lose one of those games… thus, not ranking high for us.  But no doubt about it, they will be in a BCS game… battle proven and ready to dominate.

6. Oregon

7. Texas

8. Georgia

9. Wisconsin

10. Florida

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NCAA College Sports Glossary

Posted on July 31, 2012. Filed under: NCAA Sports, Sporting News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Glossary of terms commonly used by NCAA

Contact occurs any time a coach has any face-to-face contact with a prospective student-athlete or the prospect’s parents off the college’s campus and says more than hello. A contact also occurs if a coach has any contact with the prospective student-athlete or his or her parents at the prospective student-athlete’s high school or any location where the prospect is engaging in competition or practice.

Contact period is the time when a college coach may have in-person contact with a prospective student-athlete and the prospect’s parents on or off the college’s campus. The coach may also watch the prospective student-athlete play or visit his or her high school. The prospect and the parents may visit a college campus, and the coach may write and telephone during this period.

Cooperative principle imposes an affirmative obligation on NCAA member institutions (and their representatives) to assist the NCAA enforcement staff in developing full information about potential violations. An important element of this principle requires that all individuals who are subject to NCAA rules protect the integrity of an investigation and maintain confidentiality throughout the process. The enforcement staff is responsible for investigating potential rules violations; however, institutions and their representatives are also responsible for investigating potential infractions and reporting all relevant information to the enforcement staff.

Dead period is a time when the college coach may not have any in-person contact with the prospective student-athlete or the prospect’s parents at any time. The coach may write and telephone during this time.

Evaluation is an activity by a coach to evaluate a prospective student-athlete’s academic or athletics ability. This would include visiting the prospective student-athlete’s high school or watching the prospect practice or compete.

Evaluation period is the time a college coach may watch a prospective student-athlete play or visit the high school but cannot have any in-person conversations with the possible recruit or the parents off the college’s campus. The prospective student-athlete and the parents can visit a college campus during this period and a coach may call or write during this period.

Failure to monitor is a serious violation that is similar to lack of institutional control but considered less significant. Violations that result from a failure to monitor are usually limited in scope and do not involve widespread inadequacies in compliance systems and functions that are often found in lack of institutional control cases.

Institutional control is the efforts institutions make to comply with NCAA legislation and to detect and investigate violations that do occur. NCAA member institutions are obligated to maintain appropriate levels of institutional control.

Major violation is any violation that is not considered secondary.  Major infractions usually provide an extensive recruiting or competitive advantage.  Alleged major infractions are investigated by enforcement staff and can lead to severe penalties against the school and involved individuals.

National Letter of Intent is the document a prospective student-athlete signs when he or she agrees to attend the designated college or university for one academic year.  According to the terms of the National Letter of Intent program, participating institutions agree to provide athletics financial aid for one academic year to the student-athlete, provided he or she is admitted to the institution and is eligible for financial aid under NCAA rules. An important provision of the National Letter of Intent program is a recruiting prohibition applied after a prospective student-athlete signs a National Letter of Intent. This prohibition requires participating institutions to cease recruitment of a prospective student-athlete once a National Letter of Intent is signed with another institution.

Notice of allegations is a letter that informs senior leadership of the involved institution of the inquiry and requests its cooperation during the investigation. The notice is sent when the enforcement staff determines enough evidence exists to indicate major infractions.

Official visit is a prospective student-athlete’s visit to a college campus paid for by the college. The college can pay for transportation to and from the college, room and meals (three per day) while visiting and reasonable entertainment expenses, including three complimentary admissions to a home athletics contest. NCAA recruiting bylaws limit the number of official visits a recruit may take to five.

Postseason ban is a penalty applied only in the most egregious cases. The postseason ban prevents a team from participating in any postseason competition, including conference tournaments, NCAA championships and bowl games.

Prospective student-athlete is the title given when a student enters ninth grade. It also applies when, before a student’s ninth-grade year, a college gives the student, the student’s relatives or their friends any financial aid or other benefits that the college does not generally provide to prospective students.

Quiet period is a time when the college may not have any in-person talk with the prospective student-athlete or the parents off the college’s campus. The coach may not watch the prospect play or practice.The prospective student-athlete can visit college campuses during this time and a coach may write or telephone.

Repeat violators is when the status of a program if the Committee on Infractions finds a major violation has occurred within five years of the starting date of a major penalty.  For this provision to apply, at least one major violation must have occurred within five years after the starting date of the penalties in the previous case.

Secondary violation is an isolated or inadvertent violation that provides (or intends to provide) only minimal recruiting, competitive or other advantages. A secondary violation does not include extra benefits or any significant recruiting benefits. If an institution commits several secondary violations, they may collectively be considered a major violation. Secondary violations occur frequently and are usually resolved administratively.

Summary disposition is a cooperative process among the institution, involved individuals and the NCAA enforcement staff.  If these groups agree about the facts and the penalties presented in the report, an in-person hearing may be averted. The Committee on Infractions reviews the report in private and decides either to accept the findings and penalties or conduct an expedited hearing. An institution that would become a repeat violator cannot use the summary-disposition process and must go before the Committee on Infractions.

Unofficial visit is any visit by a prospective student-athlete and their parents to a college campus paid for by the prospective student athlete or the prospect’s parents. The only expense the prospective student-athlete can receive from the college is three complimentary admissions to a home athletics contest. The prospect may make as many visits as he or she likes and may take the visits at any time. The only time the prospective student-athlete cannot talk with a coach during an unofficial visit is during a dead period.

Verbal commitment is the phrase used to describe a college-bound student-athlete’s commitment to a school before he or she is able to sign a National Letter of Intent. A college-bound student athlete can announce a verbal commitment at any time. While verbal commitments have become popular, they are NOT binding on either the college-bound student-athlete or the school.

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Penn State Sanctions

Posted on July 26, 2012. Filed under: Football, NCAA Sports | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Death by a different name is still death…

July 20, 2012

Last week the NCAA leveled harsh penalties at Penn State’s football program on Monday for its involvement in covering up sexual abuse by former coach Jerry Sandusky — including stripping the school of all wins from 1998 to 2011.

The penalties were directly aimed at changing a culture that put football over the welfare of children, also included a $60 million fine, a bowl game ban for four years and a scholarship reduction of 10 per year for four years.

“As we have examined and discussed this case, we’ve kept foremost in our thoughts the tragic damage that has been done to victims and their families,” NCAA President Mark Emmert said. “There is no action we can take that will remove their pain and aguish.

“But what we can do is impose sanctions that reflect the magnitude of these acts and ensure Penn State can rebuild an athletic culture that has gone horribly awry.”

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