War Eagle and TGIF fellow TET’ers! 2013 has started with a whirlwind of noteworthy events and it shows no signs of slowing down. As the final Friday dawns, there are a couple of intriguing story- lines dominating college football headlines. The NCAA announced an internal investigation addressing shortcomings in their probe of the University of Miami football program and the Manti Te’o scandal is getting stranger by the hour. Both of these stories highlight troubling aspects of modern day college athletics and reflect poorly on two of its biggest entities (the NCAA and media). Now more than ever, I think it is important for all major parties involved to shift their focus back to what made college football so special in the first place and lower the risk of having too much of a good thing ruin everyone’s fun.
NCAA to attempt real-world equivalent of dividing by zero by launching self-investigation.
As Yahoo’s Tim Reynolds reported yesterday, the NCAA has announced that it discovered that improper avenues were taken by NCAA investigators conducting a probe of the University of Miami’s football program. So there’s an investigation that can’t be completed because that same investigation in question is being investigated? Why don’t they just write an angry letter to the President of the University of Miami and call it a day? At this rate, the Miami football program will die of old age before it could possibly suffer the fate of the death-penalty. This is especially ridiculous when you consider the fact that Charles Robinson essentially handed the NCAA a smoking gun. That was still being held onto by the shooter. I understand there are some follow-up procedures and formalities that must be completed by the NCAA in any situation similar to this, but the detective work has been done. When you consider the amount of revenue generated each year by the NCAA ($845 Million in 2010-11), it is troubling the amount of time it takes for them to do anything. Unless it is related to negotiating television contracts and broadcasting rights with major networks. They seem to have that song and dance routine well-rehearsed.
In the past week the Manti Te’o story has exited the Strange-Sports-Story-of-the-Year Interstate and arrived at HOLYCRAPIDONTEVENKNOWWHATISREALANYMORE-world. So that girl that Te’o never met, that died, then really wasn’t dead, then wasn’t a real person, and THEN she was a HE?! All of those phone conversations he had? All of the “I love you’s” and “sweet dreams” were another guy the whole time? What about all of the face-to-face meetings? One thing I have become increasingly irritated with is the fact that Te’o relayed this story to quite a few reporters throughout the season and not one of them was even the least bit interested in tying up any loose ends. Of course there were some who had suspicions, but of course they did because then if they just kept that to themselves they could be on the “right” side of the story if it ever did break that Te’o was a middle LIE-backer. No more pun jokes. I promise. This article, by Auburn University journalism professor John Carvalho, sums up my feelings quite nicely and has me considering if he has somehow been viewing my private thoughts.
This aspect is my “favorite” of the Te’o story. The fact that this story forced so many “journalists” to tip their hands and possibly reveal the true nature of their reporting is long overdue. No one(the journalists in question) wanted to back this stuff up because then there would have been no in-game montage that intricately portrayed the player’s rise against adversity, less magazines would have been sold, 20 minutes less air-time would be filled on SportsCenter every hour on the hour, and they would have had to put in extra work to find a replacement that would grant them the ability to do all of these things. Shame on Manti Te’o for whatever his true crime in all of this eventually is revealed to be, and shame on the sports media for attempting to turn live sporting events and performances into scripted dramas indirectly through manipulation of facts and convenient negligence.
Other tidbits of late that I found interesting:
Charlie Strong’s contract extended through year 2020 by Louisville.
Imagine, the year 2020. There will be flying cars, robot maids, hover boards, and Charlie Strong will be coaching Louisville football. Can I be the first to call it, that he won’t still be there then? Whenever I hear of a coach receiving an extension like this it reminds me of instances where a prisoner receives a 200+ year prison sentence. What’s the point? I almost want to see Strong put together back-to-back-to-back undefeated seasons to see if Louisville will extend his contract to something like the year “the sun stops working.”
Les Miles received a pay raise recently.
The man eats grass. Seriously. And he lost to Derek Dooley and Climpsun in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl.
Finebaum’s contract expires. Gone for good?
As fellow TET member beezybub reported here earlier this week, Finebaum’s contract has indeed expired. I honestly don’t know what a lot of people in this state will do when they don’t have the Finebaum red-carpet rolled out for them to parade their unfiltered craziness up and down on. This could be the best thing to ever happen to the Auburn-Alabama rivalry.
Have a great weekend everybody! WAR EAGLE!!!