ESPN’s 30 – 30 Pony Excess Program and College Football and Basketball Today – Big Ten Conference New Division Names and Logo……Huh? These are Some Very Stupid People in the Big Ten! – Bogus BCS Conference Commissioners Get Together in New York – Will Muschamp and the Reality of Hiring New Leaders for Organizations is Always a Risk – Terry Bradshaw and his tribute to the Great Dandy Don Meredith – Godspeed to You Don Meredith! You Will Be Missed!
ESPN’s 30 – 30 Pony Excess Program and College Football and Basketball Today
ESPN’s 30 – 30 Pony Excess program was great just as we were told it was going to be by people in the know and the past few weeks of us poking around the “Pay-for-Play” game in today’s college football and basketball was really brought home to us by Pony Excess and what was going on with SMU football 30 years ago. We all remember the SMU football program being penalized by the NCAA and getting the “death penalty” but we had forgotten many of the details of the SMU story mainly because none of us were living in Texas then and didn’t get to see the local news stories that Pony Excess weaved so well into the story.
As for college football and basketball today as we have poked around some of the “Pay-for-Play” issues that are going on right now we are reminded of what we might tell young people if they ask us for advice relative to going into politics or working on Capitol Hill. A lot of young people are quite stunned to see what really goes on behind the scenes in “government service” or politics and we always tell them to make sure they go into the world of politics with eyes wide open and that they keep in mind that humans are imperfect beings and that the art of politics is the art of what can be done when people of very different background, opinions and beliefs come together to work for and represent their country. What really goes on with the sausage machine that is the US Government or in political campaigns is nothing like what is taught in the classroom and as long as one understands the difference between the Real World of Politics and the Fantasy World that is the college campus then one will not end up too disillusioned about what they see in Washington DC or on the campaign trail.
Relative to the sausage machine in Washington DC we should have reminded ourselves about our own advice to young people going into politics when we started looking into the underbelly of college football and basketball because it is much uglier than we could have ever imagined or we now guess blinded ourselves to. We believe that most would agree that there are college football and basketball players getting paid for their services and that there are a whole lot of people representing recruits, representing themselves, representing schools and all manner of other hangers on that are knee deep in the “recruit market” of potential college football and basketball players today. What is less well known, mainly because the local, regional and national news media have almost completely left the scene in recent years when it comes to reporting on the nitty-gritty of what goes on behind the scenes in college athletics (as shown by the honest coverage that SMU was getting by local news stations 30 years ago which would be unheard of today since local news stations and outlets are little more than cheerleaders for the programs they cover) is that what was detailed in Pony Excess is still going on today only that it is widespread across the country and reaches into every nook and cranny of intercollegiate athletics.
No one here at Coaches Hot Seat is an investigative reporter but we did learn the basics of asking the right question to the right person at the right time without scaring the Hell out of that person during our working lives and probably the most interesting thing to us when we were out and about poking around about “Pay-for-Play” in college athletics today is that we found that there are other people out there that were ahead of us several spots along the way and those folks are people that do seem to have very experienced investigative abilities. No, these are not NCAA investigators, or conference investigators, or the Feds, but rather it seems real media people that are working on a story or stories that are much bigger than Cam Newton or any on particular “Pay-for-Play” deal that might involve one school.
Have you ever seen a TV detective show where the police detectives are out chasing down leads and everywhere they go they find that there is someone just ahead of them that has already asked the pertinent or more pertinent questions? That is the feeling we got in the last couple of weeks as we have talked to our friends and new people we have met along the way and that is just a very Damn interesting development to this story because if there is someone or a group of people that have real investigative and writing skills that are out there chasing down the underbelly of intercollegiate athletics then that idea must scare the Hell out of people that have stakes to protect and defend because there is a whole lot of money made on the back of the idea that intercollegiate athletics involves “amateurs” and if something like what went on in Pony Excess is going on across the country then the jig might be up and the public might very well quit paying so much money to watch what is little more than a minor leagues for the professional sports leagues.
One thing that we came across is the idea that someone might be out there trying to collect what current college football and basketball players have received to attend the school where they are now playing and to produce a “salary” list that would look something like this:
Player 1 – $ “X” thousands of dollars
Player 2 – $ “X” thousands of dollars
Player 3 – $ “X” thousands of dollars
Player 4 – $ “X” thousands of dollars
Player 5 – $ “X” thousands of dollars
Player 1 – $ “X” thousands of dollars
Player 2 – $ “X” thousands of dollars
Player 3 – $ “X” thousands of dollars
Player 4 – $ “X” thousands of dollars
Player 5 – $ “X” thousands of dollars
…and so on listing all players, their families, their friends, their representatives that received at least “X” thousands of dollars to attend a particular school.
Multiply the above lists by dozens of schools and one will have some very interesting reading and no the above report would not be sent to the SEC office or any conference office for review before it was reported in the press.
Yes, the above has to scare the Hell out of lots of people because if there are hundreds of current college football players that were involved in “Pay-for-Play” deals then the fraud that college football and basketball players are amateurs would forever be shattered and no doubt the NCAA would be forced to bring the hammer down on teams across the game in order to clean the game up and that would forever change the perception of the “student-athletes” and intercollegiate athletics in the mind of the public
As was very well written by Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! Sports in his column on Cam Newton winning the Heisman:
“Exactly why should Cam Newton, who is worth millions to a university, whose jersey is being sold all over the school website, who fills stadiums and boosts television ratings, be asked to play football for just room, board and tuition – an amount far below his market value?
Why? Because the NCAA says he should.
They say it, in part, because it protects college athletics’ tax-free status and tradition of non-compensation for its meal-ticket athletes. It funds their salaries, their private jets, their six-figure bonuses.
Big-time college sports are too often like pro wrestling. There are times everyone has to pretend that things are what they aren’t.
They have to agree that this billion-dollar industry is just an extracurricular activity of an institute of higher learning. They have to claim the game is pure in the face of wealthy boosters, eager sports agents and all-encompassing academic tutors. They have to nod approval at multimillion-dollar coach and athletic director contracts.
They have to contend that administrators are concerned with the best interests of the players – the same players they deny professional representation, do not provide lifetime health care for after serious injury and claim ownership of their likeness even decades after leaving campus.
To assist in the illusion, the NCAA creates rules, even if, at times, they don’t appear to believe in them. It determined Cecil violated its bylaw 12.3.3. It then determined that it merited essentially no penalty.
Rule? What rule?
And yet we demand that Cecil Newton respect these guys and those rules?”
“Cecil Newton saw all of this. He saw his son’s ability. He saw all the schools circling, saw the system dying to get a hold of a commodity that could help deliver games, glory and lots and lots of money. He saw the boosters and their desperation to win.
So he asked for some.
Tales of pay-for-play are as old as the game itself. If there had never been a buyer (the schools themselves), then there never would’ve been any sellers. Cecil Newton was just wading into the longstanding underground economy of college athletics.
The fact he asked for such an unusual amount – $180,000 – suggests he didn’t invent the figure off the top of his head. He was working with a veteran recruiting middle man. They asked for that sum because they thought they could get it; perhaps because someone else offered $150,000. Which means some other coach/booster had told him his son was worth more than a scholarship.
Yet Cecil Newton is the bad guy for asking for something close to what the market would bear? Meanwhile all of the suits who run the game can sip cocktails and enjoy the Heisman ceremony?
Why, because one dad did not respect the NCAA, its wobbly rule book and situational ethics? Why, for considering it all a sham and asking for a share?
That might be why Cam Newton says he isn’t upset with his father.”
That is some very good writing by Dan Wetzel and is right on point to what is really going on with the major issues in intercollegiate athletics today and the folks propping up this system of “amateur student-athletes” better prepare themselves for a future that includes the truth of what is going on in college football and basketball today.
Yes, it might be wise to get some real PR people to start brainstorming about what might the world look like if the public is told that “amateur student-athletes” were really not “amateurs” but were little more than professionals being paid to play a game and that almost everyone along the line knew what the parameters of “the game” really were all along.
Speaking of find some competent PR people we turn to the Idiots at the Big Ten Conference!
Big Ten Conference New Division Names and Logo……Huh? These are Some Very Stupid People in the Big Ten!
What can one say about the Big Ten Conference’s new division names and logo? Come on is there anyone with a working brain or access to even a 3 rd grade art class at the Big Ten offices? It has been our opinion here at Coaches Hot Seat for years that Jim Delany was a Candy Ass, Gutless Coward, Parade and Beauty Queen Lover over Men settling championships on the field of play and Sorry Excuse for an American Citizen, but after these new Big Ten divisions and logo and some of Delany’s comments last week in New York we have added a new descriptive term for this clown:
The new Big Ten division names and logo do confirm that you really are a very Stupid Person Jim Delany and we mean Stupid – Stupid as in Stupider than anyone we have ever run across in our lives on this planet!
Relative to these new Big Ten division names, we here at Coaches Hot Seat would like to apologize to Candy Asses everywhere because for months now we have labeled the way the Big Ten divided up their teams as “CANDY” and “ASS” and clearly after Delany’s announcement that Legends and Leaders would be the new Big Ten division names any random Candy Ass is WAY SMARTER than these Stupid SOBs at the Big Ten offices! Below is the Big Ten divisions as envisioned by us here at CHS that may have insulted the Candy Asses of the world:
Legends and Leaders? Yes, that makes perfect sense! NOT! These new Big Ten division names make about as much sense as dividing up the Big Ten according to the way the teams have played in the past!
Out in the Real World where humans actually live and function without a Arrogant Pompous Ass like Jim Delany bullying everyone here is what the announcement of Legends and Leaders as the new Big Ten divisions really means:
If Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels ever make a sequel to Dumb and Dumber Jim Delany would be a great addition to the cast!
Jim Delany: You are just one very Stupid person. No, not a Stupid Man, because to put the label of “Man” on you demeans Men everywhere, because even the Candy Asses in America that believe they are Men understand at the Delany’s of the world are little more than fodder for our competitors around the world who cheer on Idiots in our country that like to hand out trophies to anyone that can get his ass out of bed in the morning.
As one CHS member tells one of his oldest sons that is struggling in school:
“Hey, maybe you won’t be a doctor, engineer, scientist or other professional. That’s OK. Remember if someone as Stupid and a big of a Candy Ass like Big Ten commish Jim Delany can get himself hired to run a college conference then you always have that to fall back on! There will always be Gutless Cowards like Ohio State president E. Gordon Gee that wouldn’t last 5 seconds off of a college campus that will be willing to hire any Idiot that shows up and can flip a light switch so don’t despair son!”
Son: “OK, Dad. You can always get me to study harder because if there is one thing I wouldn’t want to do is work for a Stupid SOB like Gordon Gee!”
CHS Member: “That’s my boy!”
Our only question: Is there anyone at the Big Ten conference offices or at the Big Ten schools with even a modicum of common sense or is everyone in the conference just a bunch of Idiots?
Only Idiots? OK, then the new Big Ten conference division names and logo make perfect sense!
Bogus BCS conference commissioners get together in New York
After reading the comments of the Bogus BCS conference commissioners from their meeting last week in New York we here at Coaches Hot Seat are now sure that the Sorriest Excuses for American Citizens in our country are these Bogus BCS conference commissioner Bozos.
Once again Jim Delany showed what a Arrogant Pompous Ass he is and exemplified why we believe here at Coaches Hot Seat that if you filled up America would Jim Delanys anytime during the history of the American Republic this Stupid SOB would have destroyed our country. Delany have proved time and time again he is for everything but the Principles of the American Republic as he defended the Bogus BCS and the absurd college football bowl system and it would be a big waste of our time to catalogue all of his asinine comments. We are confident that most saw the comments of the Gutless Coward Candy Asses that are the Bogus BCS conference commissioners, but if not Brett McMurphy catalogued them for history and they will be great reading in court one day:
Evidently what Jim Delany never learned in his pitiful and Candy Ass life is that crowning beauty queens and playing meaningless exhibition games which is what the Rose Bowl is….nothing but a meaningful exhibition game that exists for one reason and one reason only…
To generate economic activity in the Los Angeles area
….is not what the American Republic is about but then we are talking about Jim Delany here who is not only in our opinion the Biggest Coward in America today but if you could find the Biggest Coward it still would not be Delany because Jimmy-Boy is below that disgusting level.
As for the BCS and the Big Ten conference there are three teams in the Big Ten in 2010 that are good enough to play for and win the national title but they are relegated to meaningless exhibition games because of the Bogus BCS and the head coaches of those teams…
….worked their asses off in the offseason to build strong football teams and after posting 11 – 1 seasons they are then told that all of that hard work adds up to…
That is the Gutless Coward Jim Delany’s doing, along with a few other Candy Asses like Big 12 commish Dan Beebe that on the very best day of his life wouldn’t know what is means to be an American and of course the bowl executives that put money and “putting heads on beds” above the entire game of college football.
We have learned something by three Big Ten teams finishing 11 – 1 in 2010 and not having a chance to play for a national title though and that is that if you tell….
…..to shut-up and go stand in the corner and take their teams to play in meaningless exhibition games they will do just that. Oh, those coaches must be mighty proud of themselves but please don’t call yourself a Man or an American if you don’t have the Guts to stand up and speak Truth to Power, or Truth to Candy Ass in this case with Delany, because as was shown in the absurd way the Big Ten split-up their conference, the stupid names they gave their new divisions and the beyond laughable new Big Ten logo there really is nothing that the Sorry Excuses for an American in Jim Delany could do that would get any of the coaches, ADs or presidents in the Big Ten to say anything at all.
Mark all of the Big Ten head coaches, ADs and presidents as Candy Asses and until it is proven that one of them has the Guts to stand up to the Pompous Arrogant Ass that is Jim Delany they will remain as Candy Asses in the eyes of anyone that believes in America that we settle sports championships on the field of play.
Over this past weekend at a Holiday party that several of us at Coaches Hot Seat attended a corporate executive and CHS subscriber said to a few of us:
“There are some people in America that just don’t get it and the BCS conference commissioners are in that group. I forwarded the articles you guys linked on what the BCS commissioners said about this Bogus BCS to about 300 of my friends and they are outraged as well. If the Obama administration is not going to move against what many of us consider to be an illegal cartel that is openly violating US law in the BCS then these comments by Delany and his friends are worth at least $300 million dollars for the 2012 election. I have a copy of one of those articles by my phone at home and I am going to make 50 more calls a month to help raise money to change out leadership in Washington until we get find some Americans with the balls to take on entrenched power in our country from Wall Street to the BCS Bastards that openly flaunt their idiocy and law breaking.”
Much thanks to the Pompous Arrogant Ass Jim Delany because the comments made by you and other Bogus BCS conference commissioners may very well help swing total control of the US Congress and even the White House.
That’s the great thing about America: If you don’t like the current leadership you can work like Hell and put together a candidate and/or group of candidates to run for elective office that can then change the things one doesn’t like. Since all of these schools involved in the Bogus BCS receive millions if not billions of US taxpayer money the Candy Asses like Jim Delany may just wake up one day and find that it is either put in place a postseason playoff that treat all Americans in an equal way or the schools will no longer be eligible for federal aid. As for Candy Ass Dan Beebe’s comment that the schools might go back to the old bowl system we can only say Dan: That will not be an option and everyone with a working brain knows that with 90 percent of collegiate athletic programs losing money the old bowl system would be a lot less money and thus it WILL NEVER HAPPEN!
Yes, Jim Delany and the rest of the Bogus BCS Bastards you are some one Stupid SOBs! Yes, the above are our opinions….and determination to help establish a legitimate national champion in college football and to change the direction of the United States of America.
Hiring New Leaders for Organizations is Always a Risk
Hiring a new leader of an organization whether it be for a corporation, city, school board or college football team is ALWAYS a risky proposition and one of the few ways to ever insure that there will be least some certainty of how a new leader will perform is if the leader has been in the same type of position before and has had the opportunity to learn from the inevitable mistakes that first time leaders always makes in their first leadership position.
The hiring of Will Muschamp as the head coach at Florida is a risk for AD Jeremy Foley because Muschamp is taking over a position that he has never held before and when he does make mistakes in handling players, the media, the boosters, the fans or anything else it will be magnified just because of the very big stage that is a college football program like Florida. We have heard Lou Holtz say many times that when he made a mistake as the head coach at William & Mary that no one noticed because very few people cared about William & Mary football, but that will not be the case for Muschamp at Florida, Wilson at Indiana, Embree at Colorado and for all of the coaches taking over I-A college football programs as first time head coaches.
The bigger the head coaching job the bigger the risk when hiring someone that has never been a head coach before and Florida is about as a high-profile football team as one can find in the country today so when Muschamp makes mistakes we will all know about it and if those mistakes are combined with losses on the field that exceed what is “acceptable” at Florida then that is when things can get very dicey. The standards for winning and championships at Florida are very high and the fan base, alumni and boosters expect the Gators to be in the hunt for the SEC title and national titles every year and if Muschamp falls below that standard he is going to find himself on the Hot Seat and on the Hot Seat in a hurry. If Will Muschamp loses to Georgia in Year 1 after the way the Gators have dominated Richt and the Bulldogs in recent years then Muschamp will find out in a hurry that the idea of being the head coach at Florida and the reality of leading Gator Nation are two different things entirely.
One thing that Will Muschamp is going to have to understand is that when Florida AD Jeremy Foley says that he looks forward to “working very closely with the new head coach just like I did with Urban” as Foley said during Meyer’s resignation news conference last week is that Jeremy Foley really means he will be working very closely with Will Muschamp.
A scene that we will never forget here at Coaches Hot Seat is from the 2007 season after the Florida – Georgia game when Georgia had beaten the Gators 42 – 30 which dropped the Florida record to 5 – 3 on the year and in Urban Meyer’s postgame press conference as Meyer was trying to explain how the Gators had lost to Georgia and how they now had 3 losses on the season sitting just to the left of Meyer at a table was Florida AD Jeremy Foley looking like a very unhappy man. Remember now that Meyer and Florida won the Bogus BCS national title in 2006, but a loss to Georgia and 3 losses up on the board in 2007 had the folks at Florida very worried and at the top of that list was UF AD Jeremy Foley. Of course, there is nothing wrong with being a hands-on manager that is involved in most decisions made with an organization, as long as the people being hired on know what they are getting themselves into and new Florida head coach Will Muschamp must understand that Foley and lots of other UF administration folks and the Gator fans will have a lot to say about Will Muschamp’s moves and decisions and someone with thin skin is not going to function very well in that kind of environment.
As for Will Muschamp the coach he is a very good coach and he has certainly learned a lot from the likes of Bill Oliver, Nick Saban, Tommy Tuberville and Mack Brown during his coaching career but Muschamp is still developing as a football coach and he takes over the Florida job without ever leading an entire organization and it is going to be a big challenge for Muschamp to take over all the responsibilities of being a head coach while still being able to be a good football coach.
If there is one phrase that we would use to describe Will Muschamp it would be “bull-headed.” There is nothing wrong with being “bull-headed” and there have been a lot of very successful leaders that were clearly “bull-headed” during their successful careers in government, business, sports, etc., but the downside to being “bull-headed” is that one often see things in black and white and a leader of an organization needs to see things from all angles because so many of his decisions affect so many other things that are often beyond his control.
Is Will Muschamp a good or great hire by Florida? Only time will tell because it would be impossible for anyone to claim that a guy that has never been a head coach, like Spurrier and Meyer were, is going to be a good or great head coach. We here at Coaches Hot Seat will learn along with everyone else that watches the Florida football program whether Will Muschamp was a good or great hire or not but we warn Muschamp that the standard that he now will have to coach to and meet is very high and if he falls short of that standard he will be out of a job just like Ron Zook was and in very short order as well.
Florida’s 2011 Football Schedule
Sept. 3 – Florida Atlantic – Gainesville
Sept. 10 – Alabama-Birmingham – Gainesville
Sept. 17 – Tennessee – Gainesville
Sept. 24 – Kentucky – Lexington, Ky.
Oct. 1 – Alabama – Gainesville
Oct. 8 – LSU – Baton Rouge, La.
Oct. 15 – Auburn – Auburn, Ala.
Oct. 29 – Georgia – Jacksonville
Nov. 5 – Vanderbilt – Gainesville
Nov. 12 – South Carolina – Columbia, S.C.
Nov. 19 – Furman – Gainesville
Nov. 26 – Florida State – Gainesville
With FAU, UAB and Furman out-of-conference and 7 home games in Gainesville any random idiot off the streets of Jacksonville, Florida could put 8 wins up on the board at Florida in 2011. A good coach could win 9 games easy. Anything less than 8 wins in 2011 and Will Muschamp will get his first taste of the HOT SEAT! Good Luck to you Will!
We hope that everyone got to see Terry Bradshaw’s great tribute to the Great Dandy Don Meredith on Fox’s NFL Pregame Show this past Sunday. Great job Terry and Godspeed to you Don Meredith! You Don Meredith were a big part of our lives growing up Don Meredith and we thank you for helping us to learn about and to love the great game of football.