Link – Leonard Fournette to focus on NFL draft, won’t play in Citrus Bowl

“A potential showdown between Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson and LSU running back Leonard Fournette in the Citrus Bowl isn’t happening. Fournette announced Friday he wouldn’t be participating in the game and will instead shift his focus to preparing for the NFL draft.”

Can we really blame anyone for skipping a meaningless bowl game, especially someone who has been injured a few times already?

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/leonard-fournette-to-focus-on-nfl-draft-wont-play-in-citrus-bowl-184700998.html

Playoff Chaos Again, But Will Ohio State Lose Out?

Field View from Press BoxAfter yesterdays losses by 3 of the top 4 teams in the College Football Playoff rankings, things are pretty much a mess. As it stands right now, we have unbeaten Alabama, and everyone else.

Which, is kind of what we thought we had, but with 3 other Big 5 conference teams also undefeated, the playoff picture seemed pretty simple. Now, it’s really not.

Given Ohio State’s 5th place ranking before yesterday, I’ve seen a lot of Buckeye fans celebrating, but I wouldn’t be so sure. Yes, this week OSU should get into the top 4, but can they stay there?

First, obviously, they have to beat Michigan State and Michigan.

Then, things get interesting. Unless Penn State somehow loses to either Rutgers or Michigan State, they will win the Eastern Division. They will go on to play in the Big ten Championship game, while Ohio State sits around waiting to see what happens.

Here’s the challenge. There has not yet been a team in the final four that did not win it’s conference, and for Ohio State to become the first, they need to be clearly better than two of the conference champs, and every other one-loss team.

That could be a problem.

  • Let’s assume one spot goes to Alabama.
  • Let’s also assume a one-loss Clemson wins the ACC and gets a spot.
  • Out West, if Washington wins the PAC12 with one loss? I think they’re golden.
  • In the Big 12, any of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State (2 losees each), or West Virginia (1 loss) could win it.
  • In the Big 10, Penn State may wind up playing 2 loss Wisconsin for the title.
  • Louisville could also be sitting out there with one loss.

Are you so sure the committee will still see Ohio State as one of the top four?

If Penn State wins the conference, I think they get in over OSU, they won the conference and beat them head to head. In that case, I think 11-2 beats 11-1. Wisconsin would be a tougher call, does the committee value winning the conference, or OSU’s OT win over Wisconsin? Either way, I’m not feeling super confident that OSU gets in over the winner of their own conference.

That means OSU has to be clearly better than the PAC12 and Big12 winners, and hope the committee values their SOS more than Louisville, who may only have a close loss to another playoff team on it’s resume, just like Ohio State would if PSU wins the conference and gets into the playoff.

If you’re a Buckeye fan, here’s what you’re rooting for:

  • A Louisville loss to Houston, or a Clemson loss in the ACC championship.
  • Washington State or USC to win the PAC12. Preferably as a 3 loss team!
  • Oklahoma to win the Big!2 – That early, dominate, win in Norman would be hard for the committee to ignore.

See how much simpler the path to the playoff was before Michigan lost? We can’t ever count on them… 😉

Do you think OSU gets in? How do you think this will play out over the next three weeks?

NCAA Recruiting Might Be a Moral Swamp

Yeah, I know, not exactly a surprise to know that schools probably do some things to attract recruits that most people would find questionable. We tend to look the other way, or convince ourselves that the school we root for doesn’t do that, it’s those other schools.

The truth is that they all do it to one extent or another. Whether it’s sanctioned by the coach and administrators, or arrange by boosters, it happens.

Don’t believe me? Check out what Jalen Rose said about his recruiting trips:

Not only did Rose say alcohol, girls and sex were involved in recruiting trips — it was expected.

“And as a 17-year-old kid, first off, if I’m not getting laid, I’m not coming. I’m not signing. I’m not coming,” he said.

So it appears that Louisville isn’t the only place that arranged for kids to have an experience on campus involving partying with strippers. They were just the ones to get ratted out. I expect more will.

NCAA sports is big business, we should not be surprised when those involved act accordingly.

Link – Former Louisville Cardinals basketball players, recruits acknowledge stripper parties at Minardi Hall

Hoops?I don’t buy that Pitino knew nothing about any of this. We’ve got former players basically confirming the story, while Pitino claims no one on the team knew anything about any of it. Someone is lying.

And, as we’ve seen in recent cases, like Syracuse, the head coach is still responsible for what goes on within the program. How hard does the NCAA come down on this? Or does Louisville do it first?

Former Louisville Cardinals basketball players, recruits acknowledge stripper parties at Minardi Hall

Reading – College football Twitter bans unconstitutional?

I wondered about that. I assumed that the agreement to play football was not a right, therefore they could set any rules on that but not take away a scholarship over it, as that would violate their right to free speech. Pro teams could write that into a contract, because they are not the government, but I doubt any pro player would run to sign with a team that did that.

On the college level though, I wonder how many HS kids with social media accounts would willingly give them up or if they would sign with a school that didn’t have that rule?

College football Twitter bans unconstitutional?