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NCAA Prez Talks Rules, We Talk Loopholes

rule-book-holyThe NCAA rule book is too thick.

To quote Dan Aykroyd as Bob Dole: “You know it, I know it, and the American people know it.”  NCAA president Mark Emmert knows it, too.

At yesterday’s NCAA convention in Grapevine, Texas, Emmert admitted the following:


“It turns out we know how to write rules.  One of the problems is sometimes we write lots and lots and lost of rules…

Just as the shiny side of the competition has the side that can also bring dysfunction to it, so too can the regulatory side.  And we have to recognize that as we try to balance that coin on its edge.”


Emmert’s comments come as the NCAA is re-working its rule book and trying to make things simpler.  Coaches and fans have been yelping for such action for years.

But there’s a problem that comes with ripping pages from the NCAA manual — less rules will mean more loopholes.  Less black-and-white will mean more gray.

Let’s look back at the Cam Newton situation as an example.  As Auburn was roaring toward the BCS title in 2010, all eyes focused on Newton as it became clear that his father had asked some Mississippi State boosters for cash in exchange for his son’s signature.  But Newton was not punished.  First, he supposedly had no idea of his father’s actions.  Second, Newton signed with Auburn, not MSU.  Third, no smoking gun was ever found tying Auburn to alleged payments.  So Newton played.  Auburn won.  And everything — especially on The Plains — was hunky-dory.

But should a parent be able to ask for cash in exchange for his son’s services on a football field or basketball court?  Obviously the answer is no.  So the NCAA closed the so-called Newton loophole at last year’s convention.  The rule-makers decided to expand the definition of an agent to include third-party influences including parents.  Meaning that if a player’s parent — acting as an agent — has his or her hand out asking for loot, the player will be ruled ineligible just as quickly as if an agent had tried to broker a deal for him.  No cash has to even change hands.  Ask for money, your kid is ineligible.

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Thought Of The Day – 11/16/12

Finally, Friday.  Sure this weekend’s SEC games are mostly trash, but at least it’s the weekend.  Can I get an amen on that one?

We’ve got headlines, news and full game previews on the way for you.  But first one of the best blues bands ever put together.  Really.  The Blues Brothers were viewed as a joke by many a moviegoer, but Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi took their music seriously and they set out to create one of the best collections of blues musicians to ever tour the country in the modern era.  We’re talking legendary players, folks.

So to kick off the day, here’s a little “B Movie Box Car Blues” from a group that drew laughs from audiences and raves from critics and fellow musicians.  (And for the record, Dan Aykroyd’s syndicated “House of Blues Radio Hour” is one of the reasons yours truly became a true blues junkie.  Many thanks, Elwood.)


“Caught a ride into South Dakota, with two girls in a light blue DeSoto.  One’s name was Jane, the other one plain, but they both had racin’ motors.”



Songwriter Delbert McClinton deserves a hat tip, too.  Now stand by for news…

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