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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Week 1 ACC Predictions (In Bold)


2011 ACC Schedule: Week 1

Thursday, September 1st:

W Carolina
Georgia Tech


Wake Forest
Syracuse

Saturday, September 3rd:

LA-Monroe
Florida St

Richmond
Duke

Northwestern
Boston College

Liberty
NC State

James Madison
North Carolina

Troy
Clemson


William & Mary
Virginia

Appalachian St
Virginia Tech

Monday, September 5th:

Miami
Maryland 

Week 1 Big 10 Predictions (In Bold)


2011 Big Ten Schedule: Week 1

Thursday, September 1st:           

UNLV
Wisconsin

Friday, September 2nd:

Youngstown St
Michigan St

Saturday, September 3rd:

Northwestern
Boston College

Akron
Ohio State

Indiana State
Penn State

Tennessee Tech
Iowa

Mid Tennessee
Purdue

Minnesota
USC

W. Michigan
Michigan

Chattanooga
Nebraska

Arkansas State
Illinois

Ball State
Indiana




Notre Dame
South Florida

Week 1 SEC Predictions (In Bold)


2011 SEC Schedule: Week 1

Thursday, September 1st:

Miss. St
Memphis

Kentucky
W Kentucky

Saturday, September 3rd:

Utah State
Auburn

BYU
Ole Miss

Kent St
Alabama

Montana
Tennessee

Missouri State
Arkansas

Florida Atl
Florida

East Carolina
South Carolina

Elon
Vanderbilt

Boise State
Georgia

Oregon
LSU


Week 1 Big 12 Predictions (In Bold)


2011 Big Twelve Schedule: Week 1

Friday, September 2nd:

TCU
Baylor

Saturday, September 3rd:

Northern Iowa
Iowa State

Miami (OH)
Missouri

LA-Lafayette
Oklahoma State

Tulsa
Oklahoma

Rice
Texas

McNeese State
Kansas

E Kentucky
Kansas State

Texas St
Texas Tech

Sunday, September 4th:

SMU
Texas A&M

Monday, August 22, 2011

Are You Really Surprised??

Well it looks as if another University is (allegedly) guilty of breaking the rules again, what a surprise…Should it also come to anyone’s surprise that the school coming under all the heat this time is Miami?

I’m running out of things to say about this recent epidemic plaguing college sports; which is also slowly changing the entire landscape of college athletics today. Some people say that the system is broken, but I truthfully don’t know if the system ever worked in the first place. Compare the NCAA with your sweet, old grandmother who maybe comes to your house every so often for a visit. College athletes are like the young grandchildren who act like perfect angels when old granny’s watching, but as soon as the old lady turns her back from them the grandchildren steal a few cookies out of the cookie jar. It’s not that the grandchildren don’t respect their grandmother, because they do! But the children are aware of the fact that Granny’s so old and clueless to what’s going on that they know exactly how to pull a fast one over her. I guess what Granny doesn’t know, won’t hurt her though…    

I haven’t had a chance to watch the entire college football roundtable discussion on ESPN yet, but I have viewed a couple of clips from the show. One or two of the analysts on the panel suggested that the NCAA come up with a system where the athletes can get paid for their likeness. My biggest question regarding that is will there be a certain limit on how much money a player can receive? Will the NCAA try to cap the player when he accumulates a certain dollar amount? Will the NCAA take a percentage from that player’s earnings? If that’s the case, I don’t know if a system such as that one will do much at all to solve the current problems plaguing college athletics right now.

Within the last decade USC, Ohio State, and Miami were all winning programs. So besides the fact that they are all now coming under NCAA scrutiny, they were all BCS champions at one point. But I’d like to believe that those improper benefits didn’t play an important role in making those programs winners or at least kept them relevant, but then again I’m not that na├»ve. It’s sad to see all this scandal plaguing college football today, but I guess it’s just a sign of the times. Men and young 18 and 19 year olds alike are motivated by fame, money, power, and sex. These are some of the things that we place the biggest value on in America. We treat college football players as if they’re royalty but then expect for these same kids to be role models, always doing and saying the right things. Their whole lives we tell them that they’re superstars, and that they’re the best. We treat them like Kings. So why should we be surprised when we hear stories about those same athletes receiving improper benefits? Why wouldn't we think that these kids feel a sense of entitlement? We’re apart of the problem (fans, media, etc.). High school recruiting is a big business nowadays and with so many different recruiting services out there, coupled with the booming wall-to-wall media coverage I’m actually surprised we haven’t heard of more stories such as the one that happened with Auburn and the Newton family. Things could get a whole lot worse before it ever gets better.

 Though I’ve said it before that I think it’s wrong to go after a team and impose sanctions against them for something that was done years ago, to only a few players. Is it fair for underclassmen who didn’t do anything wrong to suffer from a “Death Penalty?” brought on by players who are now long gone? I don’t think so. Don’t punish the entire team for a selfish act done by a few players. People will always break the rules. This recent incident at Miami won’t be the last time a school is accused of breaking the rules. Trust me on that. But I only wonder if any honest programs exist out there today? Yeah, that sure would be a surprise…