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Posted on: August 18, 2011 11:19 am
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White understands why college athletes take money

Posted by Ryan Wilson

The University of Miami football program was on the receiving end of a swift kick to the groin Tuesday when Yahoo! Sports reported that a former booster admitted to providing "thousands of impermissible benefits" to at least 72 Hurricanes athletes over an eight-year period.

Some of those named in the story currently play in the NFL. Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson (who attended the "U" but wasn't cited for wrongdoing in Yahoo! Sports' investigation) on Wednesday spoke publicly about the allegations, as did his Texans teammate and "U" alum, Eric Winston.

Commentary wasn't reserved to just former Hurricanes, though. Whether universities making handsome profits off its athletic programs should pay its athletes has long been debated. And Wednesday night, Falcons wide receiver Roddy White, who attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham, took to Twitter to go on record on the matter:

"How can u expect a kid to turn down a 30,000 dollar check when they momma starving u can't be serious I'm taking it every time cause family comes first."

And that's the crux of the argument from those who feel college athletes deserve more than a scholarship for their contributions to a university. But White was just getting warmed up. Here are his other tweets on the subject (all sic'd):
  • "They got to change the 3 year rule the nfl has cause its killing the kids." 
     
  • "Found out today ohio state made 2 million for selling terrell pryor jersey last year amazing and he gets kicked out of the university so he doesn't even get to finish his education for free thanks NCAA." 
     
  • "So the biggest crocks in football thinking about giving miami the death penalty ridiculous how about the NCAA fix the rules." 
We consulted the Google Tubes and couldn't find any mention of Ohio State making $2 million on Pryor jerseys, but we did come across this Forbes.com slideshow that said the Buckeyes football program made $36 million in profits in 2009. Certainly some of that came from jersey sales.

Exact dollar amounts aside, White makes a fair point. CBSSports.com's Gregg Doyel, who wrote that the NCAA shouldn't give Miami the death penalty, later tweeted his own proposal for paying college athletes: "How about this: Pay athletes ... but make them pay their own way. They can't have it both ways. Not to me."

Works for us, and we're guessing players would be in favor of it, too (assuming the cost of paying their own way isn't greater than or equal to the payments they would get from the school).

While this makes for a swell debating topic, the real issue is if the NCAA will ever change the rules. As it stands, we wouldn't bet Nevin Shapiro's $930 million Ponzi scheme winnings on it.

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Posted on: August 17, 2011 9:00 pm
Edited on: August 17, 2011 10:38 pm
 

VIDEO: Winston, Johnson talk about Miami scandal

Posted by Will Brinson

You may have heard of this little scandal currently rocking the University of Miami. Something or another about prostitutes, cash-for-play and various other terrible things that have become par for the course in college athletics these days.

Our own Gregg Doyel believes that Miami should get the old death penalty from the NCAA, but that's unlikely to happen. Also unlikely to happen? The NFL punishing players for crimes they committed in college.

While you ponder that, take a peek at some video of former Hurricanes and current Texans Andre Johnson and Eric Winston discussing the latest South Beach disaster. For what it's worth, Winston wasn't mentioned in the report, and Johnson was only mentioned once, in relation to Nevin Shapiro's discussions of drinks being purchased at a club.

"I wasn't in clubs too much when I was in college," Johnson responded. "He knows and I know what really happened. It's over and done with."



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Posted on: August 14, 2011 6:31 pm
Edited on: August 15, 2011 6:19 am
 

Pryor to meet with Goodell, confident in status?

Posted by Will Brinson

The beginning of the 2011 season looms on the horizon, and for a few as-yet-drafted folks, so does the August 17 NFL supplemental draft. One of those folks is Terrelle Pryor, whose status for said draft is still up in the air.

To clear the air, Pryor is reportedly seeking to meet with Commissioner Roger Goodell on either Monday or Tuesday and determine exactly where he stands with the NFL. That's according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, who also reports that Pryor has apparently "already shown that it was inevitable he was going to get kicked out of Ohio State."

This is important because the NFL's basis for keeping Pryor out currently revolves around his simply leaving school and hiring an agent. PFT also obtained a statement from Pryor's attorney, David Cornwell, in which Pryor's representation sounds confident that he'll end up eligible for the draft.

"We have been in discussions with the Commissioner’s office over the past week to address the NFL's concerns," Cornwell wrote. "I am confident that once the NFL has a full understanding of the facts, Terrelle will be part of Wednesday’s supplemental draft."

The supplemental draft is this Wednesday, which leaves very little time for Pryor to get approved by the NFL and then hold a pro day. Previously it was believed that at least three teams were interested in checking out what the former Buckeye had to offer, but because of Pryor's status, he had to postpone his earlier scheduled pro day.

Even without a pro day, though, someone will, we'd think, take a flier on Pryor anyway, simply based on his talent alone. Especially if it only cost them a sixth-round pick in 2012.

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Posted on: August 13, 2011 1:08 pm
 

Carl Johnson: NFL to have female referees 'soon'

Posted by Will Brinson

The NBA has crossed the gender equality line of having a female official, but as of yet, the NFL has not. However, that will likely change in the future, according to Carl Johnson, the NFL's VP of Officiating.

Johnson spoke with Jane McManus of ESPNW.com (in the context of an excellent profile piece female umpires/referees) and told her that there are some lady officials "in the pipeline."

"We have some in our pipeline, and I expect we'll see it soon," Johnson said.

Johnson noted, per McManus, that there are "women who are currently under consideration" and is anticipating a hire in the near future. But Johnson also pointed out that it's not about just placing the first capable female official on the field.

"Our goal is to get the best people working this game," Johnson said.

So, at some point in the near future, a female will be involved in the officiating of an NFL game. Don't think that because we live in a (somewhat) modernized and progressive society that this will go over smoothly or quietly.

Because it won't. There will be sexist comments on blog posts when it's announced, the scrutiny surrounding the game involving the female will be intense, and "old-fashioned fans" will be eagerly anticipating a mistake.

That's OK. You best believe the NFL and Johnson and everyone else anticipates that. Which is why whenever a female official is given her first assignment on the NFL field, it'll likely be in a situation that at least mitigates as much controversy as possible.

And it probably won't matter because, as Johnson noted, it will be a qualified individual donning the stripes. And once that gender line is crossed, it will start disintegrating some and the fact that a female official is making calls in a football game will become much less of a big deal and much more of a normal process.

That's good for society and it's good for the NFL. Especially if it can help push Jeff Triplette out of active duty.

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Posted on: August 9, 2011 5:44 pm
Edited on: August 9, 2011 10:18 pm
 

Terrelle Pryor not on supplemental draft list yet

Posted by Will Brinson

On Monday we mentioned that former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor set up a pro day in anticipation of the NFL's Supplemental Draft on August 17. So here's some bad news: he's not eligible for the draft.

Yet.

On the first part, Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network reports the league sent a memo to all its teams with a list of players eligible for supplemental draft. Running back Caleb King of Georgia is on the list, but Pryor is not.

However, on the "yet" part, LaCanfora cites multiple sources who say the league "could make a final determination" on his eligibility later as a result of the fact that it's decision-making process for the supplemental draft is "rolling."

And Pryor's agent Drew Rosenhaus confirmed as much on Tuesday afternoon.

"We spoke with the NFL today and were told that no decision has been made yet regarding Terrelle's eligibility for the supplemental draft," Rosenhaus tweeted on Tuesday.

Despite the lack of a decision on Pryor, multiple reports have emerged noting teams that will be in attendance for Pryor's pro day. Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer reports that the Browns will attend, John Keim of the Washington Examiner reports the Redskins will show up, and Calvin Watkins of ESPN Dallas reports the Cowboys will be there as well.

This uncertainty for Pryor actually vibes with all the reports we've heard since he decided to bounce out of Ohio State after their program got a not-so-friendly visit from the NCAA.

In fact, that aforementioned visit probably has a lot to do with the NFL's decision -- they don't want to grant eligibility to someone who doesn't actually meet the requirements for the supplemental draft. (The league's concern with Pryor is that didn't exactly suffer from a "hardship" that "changed his status" and whatnot.)

So it's possible that Pryor could still get a shot at the NFL in 2011. He's certainly made it clear that he doesn't care when he gets taken or where he goes -- he just wants to play in the NFL.

Unfortunately at the moment, another league is looking like his best option, though things can certainly change.

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Posted on: August 6, 2011 12:21 pm
Edited on: August 6, 2011 1:14 pm
 

Don't forget Canton's getting hosed this weekend

Posted by Will Brinson

If anyone does a list of lockout winners and losers, the city of Canton, Ohio has to top the list.

That's because Canton will end up losing many millions of dollars and many wasted hours of volunteer work while the Hall of Fame induction takes place.

That's a direct result of the lockout and the fact that the Rams and Bears aren't playing the (now) traditional Hall of Fame Game, which, according to the NFL, brings in $30 million for Canton in terms of an economic impact.

"We are unfortunately going to have to cancel the Hall of Fame Game this year," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said recently. "The time is just too short and we feel that it’s important for all 32 teams to be operating with the same number of preseason games and also starting camp at the same date or near the same date."

There will still be money spent, but it won't be the same -- instead of thousands of Bears/Rams fans pouring into Canton, freely dropping coins and buying swag and pumping cash into the local economy, there will be some fans and a slew of family members for those people being inducted.

In fact, per Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the city's losting $3 million in revenue from the game alone. The NFL has apparently pledged to "compensate the committee" for its losses from that revenue.

That's nice and all but it's not going to fill up hotels, it's not going to send thousands of people to local restaurants and it's not going to fix the city's now-wrecked budget line.

Sorry for being pessimistic and pedantic and whatnot, but this is important, because we (myself included) have now been successfully trained to believe that with the lockout over and 10 years of labor peace on the books, no one was harmed by the NFL's labor strife.

That's obviously not true, and Canton's being nice about the whole process.

"The trickle-down effect is just the confusion," Joe Horrigan, VP of communications and exhibits at Canton, said recently. "If the world talks about the Hall of Fame Game being canceled, then if it's not played, a lot of people assume nothing else is happening. And that's not the case. It's the last day of a 10-day festival."

That's the nice way of handling things, and Horrigan's comments came before the game was actually canceled. You best believe that behind closed doors, the message is a lot less kind.

There's not a whole lot the league can do, though. Donate $30 million to Canton to make up for the lost money? Ha. How does "we'll let you keep the Pro Football Hall of Fame" sound?

About right, yes? That's the nature of this business and it's fine.

Well, not fine. A small city that depends on a part of the NFL is suffering financially this weekend.

And despite how much fluff is given to the ceremony because of the big names -- Deion Sanders and, ahem, NFL Network analyst Marshall Faulk -- they won't be making the same amount of money as they would if the ceremony were going full-steam and featuring the first preseason game of the year.

It's great that we have football back, of course. And it's great that we're going to avoid a lockout for 10 years. But that shouldn't make us forget that everything's not sunshine and rainbows in Canton, where a community that's the perfect representative of the average NFL fan is going to be a lot less financially enthralled this year.

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