college football under quarantine

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interesting implications of a possible new normal:

https://www.theringer.com/2020/8/3/21349611/season-schedule-power-five-conferences-college-football-playoff

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 (eleven months 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 (eleven months 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 (eleven months 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 (eleven months ago) link

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

http://www.ncaa.org/about/resources/research/graduation-rates
or this
https://bleacherreport.com/articles/1731218-college-football-schools-with-the-best-and-worst-graduation-rates

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 (eleven months ago) link

no return of the mac(k)

Joey Corona (Euler), Saturday, 8 August 2020 15:56 (eleven months ago) link

big 10 cancels season

mookieproof, Monday, 10 August 2020 15:34 (eleven months ago) link

holy shit

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

trump's fucked

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

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

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

pac 12 is canceling, big 12 is on the fence

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

more like the small zero

lag∞n, Tuesday, 11 August 2020 18:53 (eleven months ago) link

smoll

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

sm0ll

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

what a win for the democrats(?)

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EfJo3OrXgAIICG2?format=jpg&name=small

mookieproof, Tuesday, 11 August 2020 19:05 (eleven months 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." pic.twitter.com/zZZ5qrFRFb

— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) August 11, 2020

mookieproof, Tuesday, 11 August 2020 20:06 (eleven months 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 (eleven months ago) link

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

brownie, Tuesday, 11 August 2020 20:09 (eleven months ago) link

lou is freaking deranged lol

lag∞n, Tuesday, 11 August 2020 20:52 (eleven months ago) link

Georgia State QB announces he has a heart condition from COVID 19 and won’t play this year https://t.co/aH4CawZdsi

— trey wingo (@wingoz) August 20, 2020

mookieproof, Thursday, 20 August 2020 18:42 (eleven months 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. https://t.co/md4p1IoaLh

— Parth Upadhyaya (@pupadhyaya_) September 3, 2020

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

oh

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EiDe5zeXkAQPJ01?format=jpg&name=small

mookieproof, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 17:52 (ten months ago) link

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

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

Guys. GUYS. I found the Michael Scott of college football. pic.twitter.com/NdEvpYFlkg

— Laura Albanese (@AlbaneseLaura) September 16, 2020

mookieproof, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 18:54 (ten months 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 (ten months 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 (ten months 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 (ten months 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 (ten months ago) link

totally understandable racist behavior, who could blame him except everyone

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

two weeks pass...

SABAN HAS THE RONA

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

:-0

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

LSU/Florida has been postponed until Dec. 12

Brad C., Wednesday, 14 October 2020 22:04 (nine months 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 (nine months ago) link

cold but fair

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

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

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

aaaaand trevor lawrence has covid

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

SOURCE: Michigan-OhioState is getting canceled.

— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) December 8, 2020

too bad; guess we'll never know if ohio state could have covered the 30-point spread

mookieproof, Tuesday, 8 December 2020 18:37 (seven months ago) link

Ohio State needs to schedule someone to be eligible for the big 10 championship game.

we can dance forever at covideotheque (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 8 December 2020 20:39 (seven months ago) link

ffs

Sources: Big Ten expected to change rule requiring football teams to play 6 games to make conference title game

northwestern vs indiana would have been genuinely interesting, too

mookieproof, Wednesday, 9 December 2020 21:46 (seven months ago) link

Hopefully Northwestern just wins

we can dance forever at covideotheque (Sufjan Grafton), Wednesday, 9 December 2020 23:24 (seven months ago) link

If Ryan Day ends up like John Cooper or Earle Bruce, that is exactly what will happen.

earlnash, Friday, 11 December 2020 01:13 (seven months ago) link

I hated Ohio State football/basketball fans, they were such total d1cks. Despised working in restaurant/bars weekends when they played in Bloomington in college.

earlnash, Friday, 11 December 2020 01:17 (seven months ago) link

can attest to OSU fans

a certain derecho (brownie), Friday, 11 December 2020 01:18 (seven months ago) link

at least brian kelly won't have to boycott the rose bowl u_u

mookieproof, Saturday, 19 December 2020 23:21 (seven months ago) link

oh hell yeah

A massive brawl broke out at the end of the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl between Tulsa and Mississippi State. pic.twitter.com/zfaq912SWU

— ESPN (@espn) December 31, 2020

k3vin k., Thursday, 31 December 2020 21:06 (seven months ago) link

oh hell yeah

🐦[A massive brawl broke out at the end of the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl between Tulsa and Mississippi State. pic.twitter.com/zfaq912SWU🕸
— ESPN (@espn) December 31, 2020🕸]🐦


“Gentlemen you can’t fight here this is the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl”.

Boring United Methodist Church (Boring, Maryland), Thursday, 31 December 2020 23:20 (seven months ago) link

http://i.imgur.com/SGYxjQ7.jpg

Johnny Fever, Friday, 1 January 2021 22:09 (seven months ago) link

Some of these guys on bama are just amazing. Have never seen someone do the hurdle and stay on their feet.

kniphofia face (Sufjan Grafton), Friday, 1 January 2021 22:51 (seven months ago) link

We are clearly very weak on the outside

kniphofia face (Sufjan Grafton), Friday, 1 January 2021 22:51 (seven months ago) link

Will need 3 more of those long TD drives to have a chance

kniphofia face (Sufjan Grafton), Friday, 1 January 2021 22:52 (seven months ago) link

(we have no chance)

kniphofia face (Sufjan Grafton), Friday, 1 January 2021 22:53 (seven months ago) link

classic 17 pt loss. Clemson or Ohio State will lose by 18, but we will still ask ourselves if ND belongs.

kniphofia face (Sufjan Grafton), Saturday, 2 January 2021 00:37 (seven months ago) link

backdoor 17 points, come on

shabbat bloody shabbat (voodoo chili), Saturday, 2 January 2021 00:41 (seven months ago) link

Or we will label the points as different kinds of points

kniphofia face (Sufjan Grafton), Saturday, 2 January 2021 01:06 (seven months ago) link

boring game tho i do agree bama prob beats osu or clem by more so good on you nd ~

johnny crunch, Saturday, 2 January 2021 01:09 (seven months ago) link

If we had one guy like Claypool tgis year, maybe Book could have done more. Obviously, if we can get someone special at QB, as good as Book has been at times, we could possibly steal one from the elite programs some year. The LSU model.

kniphofia face (Sufjan Grafton), Saturday, 2 January 2021 01:18 (seven months ago) link

LSU certainly got exposed this year, agreed.

Johnny Fever, Saturday, 2 January 2021 01:39 (seven months ago) link

lol eat shit Dabo

Johnny Fever, Saturday, 2 January 2021 02:48 (seven months ago) link

skalski is a real shitbird, but they will miss him out there.

kniphofia face (Sufjan Grafton), Saturday, 2 January 2021 03:11 (seven months ago) link

Dabo is correct. It is crazy that osu gets to be here with 6 games under its belt.

kniphofia face (Sufjan Grafton), Saturday, 2 January 2021 03:13 (seven months ago) link

he's becoming less correct by the minute

anyway fuck him for being such an utter asshole that i have to tacitly root for a major big ten program

mookieproof, Saturday, 2 January 2021 03:24 (seven months ago) link

It's less about talent than advantage. Injuries, depth, and winning that midseason away game against a random team peaking that week, etc.

kniphofia face (Sufjan Grafton), Saturday, 2 January 2021 03:29 (seven months ago) link

I do hate Dabo, though.

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

pic.twitter.com/pHHYgGYh9h

— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) January 2, 2021

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

excellent

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

I hope bama smokes em

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

I’m surprised at what my thread has become.

fair

but we're here now and still full of hate

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

bunkie otm

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

lol

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.

otoh

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 (six 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 (two 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 (one week 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 (five days 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 (five days 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 (four days ago) link


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