college football under quarantine

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interesting implications of a possible new normal:

But college football is a lot of things, and a season exclusively for the Power Five is few of them. It’s clear that the Power Five teams have needs and goals that differ from everybody else’s. By playing games solely against each other, they will maximize both fan interest and profit. Maybe the Power Five schools will realize this arrangement is financially beneficial even in non-pandemic circumstances. But a few dozen teams with similar needs and goals making decisions that benefit each other isn’t college football. It’s a professional sports league. And professional sports leagues have to pay and provide fair treatment to their players. This feels like a lasting split, and the more bonds the College Football programs sever with the college football programs, the harder it will be for them to pretend they still have anything in common with the distant relatives they’re leaving behind.

sound of scampo talk to me (El Tomboto), Thursday, 6 August 2020 16:08 (one year ago) link

None of this is a secret. The fact that NCAA Division I football is essentially a semi-pro league feeding the NFL and that everyone is profiting from it but the players has been evident for decades. It is rarely acknowledged by the sports media because it is so ugly and they profit from it as much as anyone else. The players seldom complain because they are so vulnerable to reprisals. Most of them are seen as easily replaceable parts and 'troublemakers' swiftly get the boot.

the unappreciated charisma of cows (Aimless), Thursday, 6 August 2020 17:14 (one year ago) link

The players do profit if they are on scholarship (and manage to stay on scholarship) and D1 football and basketball "student athletes" also enjoy elite status and other fringe benefits compared to other students.

But the system is absolutely semi-pro at best and at worst, big school college athletics operates (via the NCAA and the major conferences) as a monopoly with ruthless corporate vision. Everyone in the system gets a career out of it except the players, where something like less than 1% get drafted to the NFL and an even smaller number will play more than three years in the pros.

That said, I suspect that the vast majority of athletes at all levels love their experience in college sports even though they realize they are but actors in a circus. They know that they aren't getting their fair share but they are kept just happy enough by the experience that they still participate.

Ira Einhorn (dandydonweiner), Thursday, 6 August 2020 17:48 (one year ago) link

The idea that a scholarship athlete necessarily benefits from their time in a university is spotty at best. Scholarship athletes are chosen for their athletic prowess, not their academic ability, which may be minimal or even wholly inadequate. Graduation rates have been notoriously very poor among scholarship athletes in the two big money-making sports at "power five" universities, where scholarship athletes are routinely expected to prioritize their sport over all other activities and those who struggle academically are tutored just enough to maintain the lowest standard of required achievement to keep them playing. The NCAA pretends to address this, but their first priority remains keeping athletes playing; learning still takes a back seat, despite gestures designed to quiet criticism.

I will say that scholarship athletes are generally well fed at the training table free of charge, so there's one real benefit they can count on, even if they never earn their degree.

the unappreciated charisma of cows (Aimless), Thursday, 6 August 2020 18:17 (one year ago) link

What is a notoriously poor rate to you, Aimless? Just curious.
or this

Mens' college basketball also makes a lot of money but the number of scholarship athletes is way lower. But the grad rates are very good at the elite programs.

Also, as you probably know, it's hard to use graduation rates as a measuring stick given the percentage of students at, say, LSU who graduate. Hint: at LSU (and most schools), the official graduation rate for students overall is lower than the football teams. But that's partially because the non-students have a higher attrition rate.

I would also add that an enormous benefit for scholarship "student athletes" and "student athletes" in general is that their entrance requirements are, as you note, at much lower academic standards. So, a person can go to, say, the University of North Carolina on a football scholarship and have much lower admissions standards. Assuming that they graduate, which 75%+ of UNC football players due, that's pretty awesome. And as you note, they get really nice living facilities, their own dining hall, have amazing tutoring options, and get to travel the country.

There is a large number of student athletes who honestly cannot afford to go to college even if they have a "full ride". These kids don't have time for jobs during the off season, and there really is no off season. These kids often live far from home and literally have no way to get to and from college. They don't have idle spending money. There are many issues that are worthy of withering criticism and you and I agree (!) that the NCAA doesn't address this with much honesty.

Supporting college athletics even as a fan seems morally dubious I guess.

Ira Einhorn (dandydonweiner), Friday, 7 August 2020 00:37 (one year ago) link

no return of the mac(k)

Joey Corona (Euler), Saturday, 8 August 2020 15:56 (one year ago) link

big 10 cancels season

mookieproof, Monday, 10 August 2020 15:34 (one year ago) link

holy shit

sound of scampo talk to me (El Tomboto), Monday, 10 August 2020 16:10 (one year ago) link

trump's fucked

sound of scampo talk to me (El Tomboto), Monday, 10 August 2020 16:11 (one year ago) link

the ACC is saying they'll go ahead no matter what

mozzy star (voodoo chili), Monday, 10 August 2020 16:34 (one year ago) link

pac 12 is canceling, big 12 is on the fence

mozzy star (voodoo chili), Monday, 10 August 2020 16:34 (one year ago) link

at least we still have idaho high school football

I told my wife as fall prepares to start “if I die of COVID (and I doubt I will) at least my sons will know I stood up for doing what is right and going to work & educating and molding young people rather than hiding” she responded “agreed “ ❗️❗️💪💪💪

— Coach Hargitt (@coachhargitt) August 10, 2020

mookieproof, Monday, 10 August 2020 16:37 (one year ago) link

sad about my problematic fave getting canceled :(

BREAKING: The Big Ten presidents have voted to postpone the 2020 college football season with hopes of playing in the spring, per sources.

— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) August 11, 2020

mozzy star (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 11 August 2020 18:52 (one year ago) link

more like the small zero

lag∞n, Tuesday, 11 August 2020 18:53 (one year ago) link


it's a spicy dinner we're having (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 11 August 2020 19:01 (one year ago) link


it's a spicy dinner we're having (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 11 August 2020 19:01 (one year ago) link

if this swings Michigan and Wisconsin for Biden then it'll be the best thing the Big Ten has produced since Charles Woodson.

Evans on Hammond (evol j), Tuesday, 11 August 2020 19:02 (one year ago) link

what a win for the democrats(?)

mookieproof, Tuesday, 11 August 2020 19:05 (one year ago) link

college football coaches are the worst people in america (#34985859340293849494 in a series)

Lou Holtz tells Fox News that college football needs to play amid coronavirus pandemic this fall: "Let's move on with our life! When they stormed Normandy, they knew there were going to be casualties -- there were going to be risks."

— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) August 11, 2020

mookieproof, Tuesday, 11 August 2020 20:06 (one year ago) link

tbf this is the kind of shit that got him fired.

it's a spicy dinner we're having (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 11 August 2020 20:08 (one year ago) link

There's going to be a lot of unmolded young men out there!

brownie, Tuesday, 11 August 2020 20:09 (one year ago) link

lou is freaking deranged lol

lag∞n, Tuesday, 11 August 2020 20:52 (one year ago) link

Georgia State QB announces he has a heart condition from COVID 19 and won’t play this year

— trey wingo (@wingoz) August 20, 2020

mookieproof, Thursday, 20 August 2020 18:42 (one year ago) link

BREAKING: #PennState's director of athletic medicine, Wayne Sebastianelli, says that cardiac MRI scans revealed that roughly 30-35 percent of Big Ten athletes who tested positive for COVID-19 appeared to have myocarditis.

— Parth Upadhyaya (@pupadhyaya_) September 3, 2020

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Thursday, 3 September 2020 17:06 (one year ago) link


mookieproof, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 17:52 (one year ago) link

cool they can also check for CTE posthumously, this sounds super humane

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 18:34 (one year ago) link

Guys. GUYS. I found the Michael Scott of college football.

— Laura Albanese (@AlbaneseLaura) September 16, 2020

mookieproof, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 18:54 (one year ago) link

i don't *really* care about college football, but i definitely appreciate Oklahoma and LSU being beaten at home

mookieproof, Sunday, 27 September 2020 07:38 (one year ago) link

^ A man torn between his need to recruit Black players and his need to soothe the multi-millionaire alumni who bankroll his program.

the unappreciated charisma of cows (Aimless), Tuesday, 29 September 2020 22:52 (one year ago) link

"i mean i'm okay with black people scoring touchdowns, that's gotta count for something"

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 30 September 2020 03:43 (one year ago) link

xp apparently this all started because a 'law enforcement officer' called into dabo's radio show and asked him if he supported 'these people'

anyway he's old school, grew up in alabama, can't be expected to let the coloreds mess up the uniforms or make money or be 'political'

mookieproof, Wednesday, 30 September 2020 04:16 (one year ago) link

totally understandable racist behavior, who could blame him except everyone

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 30 September 2020 04:26 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...


covidiot wind, blowin every time you lift your mask (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 14 October 2020 21:53 (one year ago) link


a certain derecho (brownie), Wednesday, 14 October 2020 21:58 (one year ago) link

hope he's ok, but the SEC's covid attitude has been sickening, and the league deserves a dose of reality

covidiot wind, blowin every time you lift your mask (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 14 October 2020 22:02 (one year ago) link

LSU/Florida has been postponed until Dec. 12

Brad C., Wednesday, 14 October 2020 22:04 (one year ago) link

hopefully Alabama's AD recruited another, younger 5-star coach that is ready to take saban's place, and saban will never get another opportunity as he watches his dream slip away, hobbled on the sideline.

bogo jumbo boba (Sufjan Grafton), Wednesday, 14 October 2020 22:05 (one year ago) link

cold but fair

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 14 October 2020 22:19 (one year ago) link

UK won at Tennessee for the first time since like 1986 and biggest win by points since like 1932 today.

Kentucky has some more O-linemen that will be playing in the NFL soon.

Alabama will definitely not let Saban transfer without setting out a year.

earlnash, Saturday, 17 October 2020 20:35 (one year ago) link

Saban's test was apparently a false positive. He's had three negative tests since and we be on the sideline tonight. Cool.

Johnny Fever, Saturday, 17 October 2020 22:10 (one year ago) link

He released a statement, "Don't be afraid of covid."

seven day permanence (Sufjan Grafton), Saturday, 17 October 2020 22:36 (one year ago) link

everyone who goes into remission should blab to the world “don’t be afraid of cancer!”

sound of scampo talk to me (El Tomboto), Saturday, 17 October 2020 22:54 (one year ago) link

aaaaand trevor lawrence has covid

glengarry gary beers (voodoo chili), Friday, 30 October 2020 01:03 (eleven months ago) link

btw wtf nebraska

'we're not allowed to catch covid from wisconsin, so please let us catch it from chattanooga'

mookieproof, Friday, 30 October 2020 01:55 (eleven months ago) link

Indiana whupped the Wolverines today. Michigan looked slow. Harbaugh might be joining you know who in looking for a new job in January.

Good day all around.

earlnash, Sunday, 8 November 2020 01:57 (eleven months ago) link

Indiana's Michael Penix Jr. should start getting some talk as a big QB to watch and like many lefty QBs he's kind of fun to watch. Big thing with him is just not getting hurt again.

earlnash, Sunday, 8 November 2020 02:00 (eleven months ago) link

they shouldn't be playing, but at least it's resulted in michigan and penn state getting fucking smoked

mookieproof, Sunday, 15 November 2020 03:22 (eleven months ago) link

They got Michigan State now too...knock wood they can complete the set by beating the Buckeyes next week.

It would figure that IU would have their season of the century in the middle of a plague.

earlnash, Sunday, 15 November 2020 23:02 (eleven months ago) link

I do hate Dabo, though.

kniphofia face (Sufjan Grafton), Saturday, 2 January 2021 03:30 (nine months ago) link

But ND would have had their outstanding 5-star center for the playoffs if they played a 6 game season, for example.

kniphofia face (Sufjan Grafton), Saturday, 2 January 2021 03:35 (nine months ago) link

— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) January 2, 2021

lag∞n, Saturday, 2 January 2021 03:51 (nine months ago) link


kniphofia face (Sufjan Grafton), Saturday, 2 January 2021 03:56 (nine months ago) link

Clemson scores a TD with 10:42 left in the 4th quarter. OSU's win probability instantly drops from 99.9% to 99.8%. lol

Respectfully Yours, (Aimless), Saturday, 2 January 2021 04:29 (nine months ago) link

didn’t think that alabama could ever be the most likable team in a four-team playoff but here we are

shabbat bloody shabbat (voodoo chili), Saturday, 2 January 2021 04:53 (nine months ago) link

lebron’s buckeye fandom is by far the worst thing about him, really puts a dent in his otherwise unassailable greatness

shabbat bloody shabbat (voodoo chili), Saturday, 2 January 2021 04:57 (nine months ago) link

didn’t think that alabama could ever be the most likable team in a four-team playoff but here we are

lol otm

mookieproof, Saturday, 2 January 2021 04:59 (nine months ago) link

I hope bama smokes em

kniphofia face (Sufjan Grafton), Saturday, 2 January 2021 05:05 (nine months ago) link

I’m surprised at what my thread has become.

sound of scampo talk to me (El Tomboto), Saturday, 2 January 2021 05:13 (nine months ago) link

Clemson lost by more points to a worse team, so they get 4th imo.

kniphofia face (Sufjan Grafton), Saturday, 2 January 2021 05:29 (nine months ago) link

I’m surprised at what my thread has become.


but we're here now and still full of hate

mookieproof, Saturday, 2 January 2021 06:27 (nine months ago) link

Dabo: No regrets about ranking Ohio State 11th
Kelly irked by questions, 'narrative' after ND loss

lol fuck you forever

mookieproof, Saturday, 2 January 2021 07:05 (nine months ago) link

DaVonta Smith and Najee Harris are just amazing athletes. Its kinda hard to know how good Mac Jones actually is because those two guys are freaking Plastic Man after they get the ball.

OSU is pretty good too, but I don't think anyone has Alabama's depth.

ND played pretty well yesterday and really played a bit better than the scorching they took in the media in the ACC championship game than the score indicated.

Cincinnatti was literally a play away from beating Georgia yesterday. Georgia's defense is punishing and Alabama dropped 40 on them.

Being a homebody this year with everything going on, I have watched a few games this year.

earlnash, Saturday, 2 January 2021 18:15 (nine months ago) link

Texas canned Herman, Steve Sarkesian reportedly the top candidate.

Saban produces as many new (or rehabbed) head coaches as he does star players.

Johnny Fever, Saturday, 2 January 2021 20:24 (nine months ago) link

Tommy Tuberville gets sworn in and the Capitol’s defense immediately falls apart.

— Bunkie Perkins (@BunkiePerkins) January 6, 2021

mookieproof, Wednesday, 6 January 2021 21:07 (nine months ago) link

bunkie otm

to each their pwn (brownie), Wednesday, 6 January 2021 21:32 (nine months ago) link


Harbaugh's new contract will pay him a base salary of $4 million in 2021, which will increase to $4.426 million in 2025. He can earn a maximum bonus of $3.475 million in each year of the contract, including $1 million bonuses for winning the Big Ten championship and the College Football Playoff National Championship, and $500,000 bonuses for winning the Big Ten East Division and reaching the CFP.


Harbaugh had one year left on his initial contract at Michigan, which paid the coach slightly over $8 million in 2020.

mookieproof, Saturday, 9 January 2021 04:18 (nine months ago) link

four months pass...

I realize there's a desire to put a local spin on non-local stories, but this seems crass.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 12 May 2021 03:56 (five months ago) link

two months pass...

Texas and OU leaving the Big 12 and hoping to join the SEC??????

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Monday, 26 July 2021 17:08 (two months ago) link

I got to wonder at what point the SEC/Big10/ACC & PAC12 say f-it and just break off and become a 'super league' for football.

earlnash, Thursday, 29 July 2021 01:02 (two months ago) link

i wonder when conferences are gonna start kicking schools out. why share football money with vandy et al

mookieproof, Thursday, 29 July 2021 01:54 (two months ago) link

Vandy's a charter member, so there's probably some bylaw that makes them untouchable. But I get what you mean.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Friday, 30 July 2021 03:27 (two months ago) link

Ole Miss Rebels coach Lane Kiffin preaching accountability to team after losing 30 pounds in offseason

#leadership #america #bocaratonbowl

mookieproof, Monday, 9 August 2021 05:36 (two months ago) link

three weeks pass...

clemson rushing vs. georgia: 23 attempts, 2 net yards

mookieproof, Sunday, 5 September 2021 03:41 (one month ago) link

should be an exciting mercer vs alabama game today

mercer beat (checks notes) 'point university' 69-0 last week, so i'm sure they'll give the tide all they can handle

mookieproof, Saturday, 11 September 2021 16:04 (one month ago) link

they will divide the SEC into 8 divisions so the good teams don't play until the 4 championship games

Spencer gifs (Sufjan Grafton), Saturday, 11 September 2021 17:45 (one month ago) link

Nice win for the Ducks over the Buckeyes, but it was very strange and a bit unnerving to see more than 100,000 people packed together, screaming non-stop, and not a mask in sight. Remember when choir practice was considered a huge super-spreader risk?

it is to laugh, like so, ha! (Aimless), Saturday, 11 September 2021 20:14 (one month ago) link

looks like ND will pull off the upset

Spencer gifs (Sufjan Grafton), Saturday, 11 September 2021 22:01 (one month ago) link

kind of alabama to let mercer score twice (seriously)

nice win for oregon

lol irishes

mookieproof, Saturday, 11 September 2021 23:32 (one month ago) link

fuck texas amirite pp

mookieproof, Sunday, 12 September 2021 02:14 (one month ago) link

Yeah. Good luck in the SEC when you cannot beat the middle of the pack over there.

Spencer gifs (Sufjan Grafton), Sunday, 12 September 2021 02:33 (one month ago) link

Sophomore QB Connor Bazelak was pretty impressive last night against UK. He pretty much kept them in the game by himself. He plays really smart and has some accuracy, pulling off some really impressive passes on 3rd down keeping drives going. I would not be surprised if down the line Bazelak will follow fellow Tigers Blaine Gabbert and Chase Daniels into a long fruitful career as a Sunday afternoon clip board holder.

earlnash, Sunday, 12 September 2021 11:56 (one month ago) link

Missouri sophomore...

earlnash, Sunday, 12 September 2021 11:56 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

— no context college football (@nocontextcfb) October 2, 2021

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Saturday, 2 October 2021 20:23 (three weeks ago) link

i don't mean to support the alternative, but: lol texas

mookieproof, Saturday, 9 October 2021 23:39 (two weeks ago) link

aggies are kinda gigging alabama right now

grove street (party) direction (voodoo chili), Sunday, 10 October 2021 01:46 (two weeks ago) link

Watched quite a bit on Saturday.

Penn State is better than Iowa, not by much but some but after their starting QB Sean Clifford went out so did their passing game.

Ironically a grad transfer from Penn St. Will Levis had the game of his life for UK against LSU last night. Levis can run really well for his size.

I had no doubt Texas would blow that lead yesterday as no lead is safe in the Big 12 as apparently defense has been outlawed in that conference.

UK probably has their biggest game since Bear Bryant was coaching next week at Georgia. It would be worth the LOLs if they won to completely turn over the SEC apple cart as it would guarantee Kentucky will lose to Vanderbilt or Tennessee in a couple of weeks. That said, UK does have some talent that will be playing on Sunday on this club especially on the O-line and defense. They got a couple skills guys that could also end up in the big leagues too.

earlnash, Monday, 11 October 2021 01:41 (one week ago) link

a&m’s qb impressed me late in that bama game

johnny crunch, Monday, 11 October 2021 01:57 (one week ago) link

Georgia's defensive front is top notch. I've seen pretty much all the good college teams once this year, no one is going to push those dudes around. I think the only team that beats them is going to have to get turnovers from G's offense or be able to throw the ball really well.

earlnash, Saturday, 16 October 2021 21:21 (one week ago) link

lol penn state

mookieproof, Saturday, 23 October 2021 20:39 (yesterday) link

cursed image

johnny crunch, Saturday, 23 October 2021 20:47 (yesterday) link

that was easily one of the stupidest sporting events i’ve ever watched

J0rdan S., Saturday, 23 October 2021 21:07 (yesterday) link

Met dr4ke l0nd0n's parents fying out of lax. So nice i want usc to win now.

John Lakeman gives pipe lecture (Sufjan Grafton), Saturday, 23 October 2021 23:13 (yesterday) link

wow, blasphemy

mookieproof, Saturday, 23 October 2021 23:16 (yesterday) link

Iowa State and OK state was a good game. Did not mind Gundy getting beat there as that dude seems like a serious douchenozzle.

Iowa State's QB is a pretty good college QB, perhaps a future coach or clipboard holder as he plays really smart. They got a WR and a TE that look like they maybe got the skills to play in the pros too.

Playing QB for the Indiana Hoosiers should come with some hazard pay. For the second time this year they pretty much got their QB killed making an awesome throw. Poor Mike Penix I don't think is going to survive playing for Indiana and that dude has a really good arm and some skills. Jack Tuttle got smashed by about 600 pounds of Buckeye roid rage earlier tonight.

earlnash, Sunday, 24 October 2021 01:07 (two hours ago) link

Ryan Day with the beard even looks more like a jerk. I hate the f'n Buckeyes and hope (but doubt) that the Wolverines kick their ass.

earlnash, Sunday, 24 October 2021 01:10 (two hours ago) link

That Zach Harrison is a f'n beast, dude is like 6-7 and runs crazy well for his size. Hard to believe that dude is only 21.

earlnash, Sunday, 24 October 2021 01:13 (one hour ago) link

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