Schad: “I Don’t Really Care Who The Source Is”

Yesterday while speaking to Brandon Marcello of the JACKSON (MS) CLARION-LEDGER, SEC Commissioner Mike Slive expressed concern about the prospect that Mississippi State-affiliated sources may have leaked information to the media about alleged impropriety involving the recruitment of Cam Newton.

Joe Schad: Mike Slive Does Care Who His Sources Are

(”Disappointed” SEC Commissioner Mike Slive Does)

One of those reports, which the SEC has now verified as false, was a Joe Schad-authored ESPN story this week that cited, “two sources who recruit for Mississippi State.” Lede of that report:

Two sources who recruit for Mississippi State said that Cecil Newton and his son, quarterback Cam Newton, said in separate phone conversations that his college choice would be part of a pay-for-play plan while Newton was being recruited late last year.

Mississippi State compliance officials relayed the alleged conversations to Southeastern Conference compliance officials in January, according to two other sources close to the football program.

From Schad’s story, the implication was that the SEC had been sitting on possible serious NCAA violations for 11 months. But after Schad’s report was released, the SEC confirmed that, to this day, it has never been informed of such phone conversations.

From John Zenor of the ASSOCIATED PRESS:

SEC spokesman Charles Bloom said Wednesday evening that there was also no mention of the reported conversations in either of the school’s reports to the league.

In the aftermath of Schad’s erroneous, Mississippi State-sourced report this week, Slive was asked by the Clarion-Ledger’s Marcello “if the SEC could punish MSU if coaches and/or staff members were found to have leaked information to the media?

SEC Commissioner Slive:

“That’s something we will have to determine once we really know who did what, what the facts are and … once all the established facts are in. When I mean established facts, I don’t mean when somebody (alleges) something. Once (the facts are) in, they’re in and we’ll be able to determine what’s appropriate.”

In other words, yes.

Thursday Schad appeared on the David Pollack & Mike Bell show on WQXI-AM in Atlanta. When talking about the sourcing of his reporting, Schad said:
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SEC: ESPN Report Wrong, Calls Never Reported

Tuesday Joe Schad of ESPN reported these allegations against Cam and Cecil Newton:

ESPN story about Cam Newton phone calls wrong

Two sources who recruit for Mississippi State said that Cecil Newton and his son, quarterback Cam Newton, said in separate phone conversations that his college choice would be part of a pay-for-play plan while Newton was being recruited late last year.

Mississippi State compliance officials relayed the alleged conversations to Southeastern Conference compliance officials in January, according to two other sources close to the football program.

John Zenor of the ASSOCIATED PRESS reports that the SEC has since confirmed that it never received any information regarding alleged phone calls involving the Newtons. From Zenor’s AP report: Read more…

BCS Schools Spending $1M+ A Year On “Tutoring”

We know that universities spend an inordinate amount of money on their revenue athletic programs, on things like ridiculous salaries for football coaches, stadium renovations, and state-of-the-art practice facilities. But now schools are dumping more and more money into tutoring and other “academic services” for athletes. Many programs are spending well over $1 million per year on such things, further calling into question the “student” part of student-athlete.

Tutoring

In other words, not only are you now getting a free education, but you’re also getting free help to accomplish what normal students are expected to do on their own. And tutoring means different things to different people. At the University of Minnesota, it once meant actually writing papers for players. At many public universities now, your tax money is going to fund elaborate facilities solely designed to help athletes with their classwork. Are BCS athletic departments turning into diploma mills?

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Sylvester Croom Resigns From Mississippi State

Here’s some Earth-Shattering Breaking News of Monumental Proportions for you: Less than 24 hours after his team’s horrendous 45-0 loss to Mississippi in the “most lopsided Egg Bowl in 37 years”, Sylvester Croom is stepping down from his head coaching position at Mississippi State. Guess Mississippi State fans can take something positive out of the loss.

Sylvester Croom

(C’mon, Sylvester! Turn that frown upside-down!)

Croom, who five years ago got inducted into the race relations history books by becoming the SEC’s first black head football coach, leaves behind him a legacy of, well, not being very good. Let’s take a look at his five-year reign after the jump.

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Brog: Booze-Soaked Smokey Fans Witness Choke

I’m still in recovery mode from the UCLA-Tennessee game yesterday. Between the broiling temps before and during the game, the pregame and stadium-smuggled booze, and the four-hour game itself, I was positively toast late last night. As it should be.

SbB Girl Alex UCLA Game Dumb and Dumber Guys

(SbB Girl Alex with Tennessee Defensive Coaching Staff)

The highlight of the game for me was actually having 50-yard line seats (21st row) for the first time in my life, something for which I can thank My Boy Barry:

SbB Girl Alex 50-yard Line UCLA Tennessee Game

(50-yard line seats? By now you prob know the reason why)

Those seats had me squarely inside a blue-veined artery of the UCLA alum section, so I’m happy to report that I wasn’t bothered by undo noise or impaired sight lines, at least until the Bruins’ late-game comeback.

Brooks at UCLA-Tennesse Game At The Rose Bowl

(Only thing more overexposed than this pic? The Vols’ secondary)

The thing that most struck me about the game was the lack of adjusts made by the UT defensive coaching staff in the second half. It was clear what Norm Chow’s strategy was with Kevin Craft after his diarrhea-inducing first half performance: throw nothing but quick, short passes.

In the final two quarters, I don’t think Kraft looked off his primary intended receiver once. So with that the case, why didn’t the Vols defensive backs and linebackers start to jump the routes? (Think the CHiPs on Labor Day weekend.)

As an alumnus of the Univ. of Georgia, I’d like to issue an enthusiastic salute to those Knoxvillians who saw fit to give Phil Fulmer a seven-year contract extension last July. Now I’ll know just who to call about getting those elusive Sunday, late-December Chik-Fil-A sandwiches.

My biggest disappointment at the Rose Bowl last night?

How could the Vols not bring the real Smokey? At least I didn’t see him at the game last night.

Smokey The Mascot

No wonder he can afford to hire a stand in!

Tennessee inflatable mascot

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