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Ole Miss vs NCAA: Compare Penalties in the SEC

There is a simple reality we must face as fans of a small market school in a monster college football conference. The rules don’t always apply equally to every school.  Some teams get a pass from the NCAA and some teams pay the price.

(See this article in the next edition of REBEL NATION Magazine!)

If you are on a championship pace and making the conference a lot of money, potential violations and investigations can get put on the shelf or minimized. If your star QB is signing autographs for cash or his daddy is shopping your services to the highest bidder, sometimes the SEC will turn a blind eye for the good of the whole.  And if boosters get real wild, the SEC can always pound on MSU or Ole Miss to make an example for Alabama and LSU.

That should teach ‘em a lesson!

Here is a look back in time at egregious rules violations that never seemed to get any traction from the NCAA investigators.

Compared to these cases, I expect Ole Miss to only lose 7-8 scholarships in their upcoming meeting with the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions.

2004 LSU’s Academic Scandal

Nick Saban gets embroiled in a systematic grade changing scheme unveiled by a University instructor.

The LSU football team academic culture was “appalling” and “like Romper Room” stated the LSU professor in sworn testimony.

Backed up by graduate students and academic advisors, the academic fraud included plagiarized papers, un-enrolled students showing up to take notes and players that often slept in class.

Current NCAA president Mark Emmert, then LSU Chancellor, went to bat for the coach he hired; the coach that made him the highest paid University President at the time. He also went to bat for his own career as he was on an upward trajectory to Indianapolis.

Emmert “investigated” the claims of the academic staff and per USA Today, Emmert found only five minor isolated problems, resulting in self-imposed penalties of two lost scholarships in football.

LSU’s 82 page report on the investigations said, “the allegations were largely unfounded.”

The NCAA accepted Emmert’s investigation and declined to even place LSU on probation.

The academic staff sued the University after being wrongfully terminated.

Under oath, a witness in the case stated the LSU investigation was “whitewashed” to minimize the damage. They interviewed the people they wanted to.  It was typical damage control.”

The attorney for the plaintiffs said academic fraud is systemic at LSU. The University settled with the two women for over $110,000 each according to the USA Today article. (“Digging into the past of NCAA president Mark Emmert”, April 2, 2013, Brent Schrotenboer)

The SEC and LSU was rewarded soon after with a national championship in Baton Rouge in 2004.

2011 Auburn’s Golden Child

Cam Newton is a once in a generational type QB that was forced out at Florida as a freshman due to his possession of stolen property. Even with his questionable background, he was a highly valued “free agent” looking for a place to play for the 2010 season.

Cam’s dad Cecil Newton took the opportunity to shop his son’s eligibility to the highest bidder.

According to investigation documents in the Associated Press article, Mississippi State booster Kenny Rogers worked with Cecil to solicit between $120,000 to $180,000 from MSU for the services of Cam Newton.

(“Auburn releases Cam Newton Docs,” November 5, 2011 AP Reports)

Cam eventually chose to play at Auburn University and according to Auburn University, they were never propositioned for payments.

Auburn’s argument against NCAA penalties for Cam’s illegal recruitment to the NCAA was Kenny Rogers was not a legal agent for Cam. They allege the player never had a written or verbal agreement for Rogers or his dad to act on his behalf.  Rogers was allegedly not paid for his role in the pay for play scheme.

The NCAA investigation found Rogers and Cecil did approach other schools for Cam’s services, specifically Oklahoma and Kansas State.

During the 13 month investigation that coincided with an undefeated season for Auburn and was headed for a Heisman trophy and another national championship for the SEC, the NCAA’s Academic and Membership affairs staff declared Cam Newton ineligible to play on November 30, 2010.

Surprisingly, the NCAA reversed this decision and allowed Cam to play in the SEC championship game the very next day.

The NCAA’s paper thin excuse was Cam didn’t know his father was doing anything nefarious and they couldn’t find any contact between Auburn and Rogers or Cecil during the recruitment.

There were never any penalties for Cam Newton’s recruitment. Cam never missed a game and no other schools were investigated for the proven pay for play plan.

Alabama. (Multiple years over multiple coaches)

Alabama is dirty. That is not an opinion, it’s just a statement of fact.

Even though the Crimson Tide is the most penalized school in the SEC’s history, much of their actual penalties are far smaller than the actual violations. (“NCAA Ruling Indicates a Turning Tide,” June 11, 2009 Ivan Maisel)

1993. Gene Stalling’s hides the fact that corner Antonio Langham has an agent during the Tides sixth AP national championship season. The NCAA Committee on Infractions ruled Alabama would lose 26 scholarships and serve a three-year probation. (The actual penalties handed down were 17 and 2).

2000.  A University of Alabama booster agreed to pay Memphis defensive Tackle Albert Means $200,000. The investigation was only broken when Means’ former high school coach came clean with a Memphis newspaper reporter. The NCAA committee stated Alabama was facing the death penalty.  The school actually received 5 years probation, a two-year bowl ban and lost 21 scholarships.

2009. Alabama’s free textbook program for athletes was uncovered. A systematic buy back program that benefited Alabama’s athletes in every sport that helped put cash in their pockets. The NCAA uncovered 201 players had received benefits in 15 different sports. In this case no scholarship reductions were imposed by the NCAA.

2011.  Alabama player signs an agent during another National Championship run. According to Yahoo Sports , at least $33,755 was given to Alabama offensive tackle by a sports agent to recruit for his business once he became a professional football player. The only problem, DJ Fluker was still in college.

(“Documents, Text Messages Reveal Impermissible Benefits to Five SEC Players,” Sept. 11, 2013, Rand Getlin)

Sports agent Luther Davis had contact with five SEC players in the 2011-2012 seasons, also given cash, transportation and goods to UT QB Tyler Bray, UT defensive end Maurice Couch and Mississippi State’s Fletcher Cox and Chad Bumphis.

Yahoo sports received the documents from NFL sources and were authenticated through Western Union, bank statements, airplane receipts and other financial sources.

To date, the NCAA has not levied any penalties against these schools for the illegal agent contact.

The NCAA soon investigated Tennessee and MSU for other violations that resulted in probation through the 2015 seasons but Alabama seems to have been overlooked.

Photo via Dak Dillon - USA Today

Ole Miss at LSU: Do or Die?

Ole Miss is on the “back turn” of the SEC basketball season and despite having 19 wins, they still have some work to do to make sure they get that NCAA at-large bid.

Today the Rebels face the imaginary Tigers, native to the State of Louisiana, for a game that could very well be a “do-or-die” game.

It would give Ole Miss 9 top 100 RPI wins and a potential 5th top 50 RPI if LSU can finish strong.  A loss on the road to a quality LSU team is not devastating but with the home loss to Georgia, they are running out of time to impress the tournament committee.

Unlike Georgia, LSU has two quality scoring threats.  Forwards Jarell Martin and Jordan Mickey average 16.5 points per game, the same as Ole Miss’ Stefan Moody.

This team will put even more pressure on the Ole Miss front court who was beat up a little late against Georgia.

Ole Miss was within two points of Georgia with two minutes left to play when Georgia took it down low and had their way with the Rebels, eeking out a four point victory.

Granted Ole Miss had a cold night shooting and could easily overcome their offensive struggles in the paint by trading three pointers for two.

Can Ole Miss get hot early and win a game they “should” win?  We shall see soon!

Andy Kennedy made a passionate case for his team to step up their emotion after the team looked like they were going through the motions Wednesday night.

This is not a do or die game but would remove most of the late season drama if the Rebels can pull it off.

OLEMISS AT LSU – BY THE NUMBERS

Pts per game: LSU 74, Ole Miss 73

Rebounds per game: LSU 39.6, Ole Miss 37.5

Field goal %: LSU 50.7, Ole Miss 48.6

Three pointers made: Ole Miss 6.5, LSU 5.6

 

 

Photo via Dak Dillon – USA Today
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Guidelines of Tweeting Recruits….

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It’s finally here!! The eve of National Signing Day for college football  recruits. Many of you have waited for this day ever since the regular season was over. Many of you have seen, talked, tweeted about your opinions  on creeps/creepers out there when it comes to tweeting at/to recruits so I figured we would give you some guidelines of what you should and shouldn’t do when tweeting recruits.

But let us first remember these kids get on social media for the attention and they love it. If they didn’t want the attention they wouldn’t be on social media asking “show me some love” at a particular school/fan base. Not to mention the negative stuff they see I would assume they just look over and keep on going.  Even though these are kids, they aren’t dumb or naive enough to have social media sway their future life changing decision.

Dont’s:

  1. Promises to get him laid.                                                                                             -Why do you think it’s a great idea to promise or tell a recruit that you can get him laid? The truth is you probably can’t get laid yourself, so just don’t.
  2. Show your assets!                                                                                                           -Ladies no need to show your tits or cleavage to a recruit via tweet.
  3. Negative shots at a recruit.                                                                                       -If they don’t pick your school, why do you feel the need to tweet negative comments to them?
  4. Negativity tweets about Rival Schools                                                             -If a recruit is looking at your rival school and NOT your school at all don’t be that guy that tracks them and sends them delusions of grandeur lies/rumors about said rival school. You look like an even bigger toolbag than normal.
  5. Try to be their best friends.                                                                                        -You don’t care about this kid so don’t pretend you have his best interest in mind.
  6. Using Faith or Religion.                                                                                               -Now there is NOTHING wrong with you professing your faith if you you’re going to live it but if you use it in some attempt to use it as a recruiting tool, you’ve got bigger issues in life that you need to address… and PLEASE don’t give me I’m being a hypocrite while you profess you’re a christian in your bio all the while you’re tearing down a recruit, constantly cussing/slandering your so called “rival” twitter handles.

Acceptable things to do:

  1. Tweet AT them.                                                                                                              -Its okay to tweet at them. Meaning “Would love to have “Recruit Name” stop by campus for a visit.
  2. Congratulate them on their accomplishments
  3. Congratulate them on their signing decision                                                 -Once they have committed somewhere congratulate them and move on. There is no point for you to belittle a kid for not choosing your school or your rival school as mentioned above. MOVE ON!!!

Don’t give me an “It’s wrong” or it’s a “NCAA violation” crap. Bottom line with NCAA, they can’t govern their own selves much less try to monitor every single piece of social media out there.  Social Media and Recruits are here to stay. As hard as it is for me to say, like it, deal with it or ignore all together. But don’t sit there and say you’ll ignore it and troll the people who do it.  So take note people and start doing right!

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OLEMISS REBELS BASKETBALL: NCAA TOURNAMENT BUBBLE WATCH

The Rebels escaped with a 91-88 home win over the Missouri Tigers, giving Andy Kennedy’s club their first top 50 RPI win and puts Ole Miss in contention for an NCAA tournament at large bid. (Game Recap from Olemisssports.com)

In the RPI era, the bullseye teams have to hit to make the tournament is ever elusive and changes each week.  Especially in the SEC conference where teams are so evenly matched.

Missouri (16-7, 4-6) is one of those teams that gets the benefit of the doubt by national media and has played a harder SEC schedule to date than Ole Miss.  Going forward, Missouri’s toughest game will be at home next week against Tennessee.  This team could honestly win the final seven games on their schedule, giving them 23 wins before the SEC tournament.  So yes, this win by the Rebels Saturday was huge and should only get better if Missouri continues to win.

The Tigers currently only have a UCLA home win to point to and will be haunted by loses to Georgia and Vanderbilt, so a Missouri NCAA bid is not automatic.

Ole Miss defeated LSU on January 15th in Oxford 88-74 in an exciting overtime game.  Since that game, LSU has beaten Kentucky, but has also lost to Georgia and Alabama.  Currently standing at 15-7, 6-4 in SEC, LSU still has to play Kentucky and Florida on the road.  They could possibly win 6 (or more) games and stand at 21+ wins with quality wins against Missouri and Kentucky before the SEC tourney.

The Rebels lost to Tennessee  in Knoxville on January 29th and looked pretty bad doing so.  Tennessee (15-8, 6-4) has a chance to take down Florida at home this week and will face Missouri twice in the next eight games.  An eight game sweep will certainly put them in the tournament but like the Rebels they have four road games left as well.  It’s more likely Tennessee finishes with 21-22 wins.

At least, Ole Miss controls their own destiny.  They will get Kentucky and Florida in Oxford soon and if they win one of those games they should cement themselves as one of the top 4 teams in the SEC.

At the same time the Rebels don’t have any room for error either.  They have to play Alabama, Georgia, Texas A&M and Arkansas on the road.  Any road loss would be a bad loss at this point.  If they get to the end of the season with only an early MSU loss, that could be forgiven with wins over Missouri, LSU and Kentucky or Florida.

(Photo credit to @olemisspix)