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OT / Re: OT - Little League World Series
« on: Yesterday at 11:44 PM »
She got paid because of playing baseball. She won't be going to college on a baseball scholarship.

That doesn't matter.   The NCAA doesn't allow commercial endorsements of any type by student athletes.

Apparently they do.

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OT / Re: OT - Little League World Series
« on: Yesterday at 11:30 PM »
She got paid because of playing baseball. She won't be going to college on a baseball scholarship.

So, Christian Hackenberg is allowed to earn money making basketball commercials?

He isn't famous for basketball. And basketball is a scholarship sport for men. Baseball is not a scholarship sport for women. We don't even know if the kid is good enough at any sport to get a scholarship.

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OT / Re: OT - Little League World Series
« on: Yesterday at 11:04 PM »
She got paid because of playing baseball. She won't be going to college on a baseball scholarship.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: NCAA Reform (Was: Union Yes)
« on: Yesterday at 04:52 PM »
If I remember correctly, PSU has about 800 student athletes, so the cost to us will be about $8M.

Wouldn't it be based on scholarship count, not head count?


You would think so, but I don't see how Texas comes up with a $6M figure if they are only going by athletes on scholarship.


The pay for using their image might be by head count and the rest prorated by scholarship.  It doesn't really explain how they got that number though.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: NCAA Reform (Was: Union Yes)
« on: Yesterday at 04:26 PM »
If I remember correctly, PSU has about 800 student athletes, so the cost to us will be about $8M.

Wouldn't it be based on scholarship count, not head count?

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Penn State Basketball / Re: NCAA Reform (Was: Union Yes)
« on: Yesterday at 04:26 PM »
Texas going with $10,000 per athlete: $5K compensation for use of likeness and around $5K for expenses not covered by scholarship.  If the total per year cost is $6M that would seem to be all of their athletes, men and women.

Further separation between the haves and have nots.  I would think the biggest impacts will be in basketball, since football is already well stratified: Power 5, rest of FBS, and FCS.  If we are recruiting against the Temples and VCUs of the world, will an extra $10K or so per year be the deciding factor for us.


Small schools don't all have FBS football teams, 30 varsity programs and 600 scholarship athletes.  Schools like Temple (who is in FBS for football) might have problems.  VCU (who is not in FBS for football) might not.  Remains to be seen how this plays out.


I don't see why these things even come into question.  Who cares about all FBS programs.  Does ANYONE really think that the cards are NOT stacked already?  Does it matter that the BIG TEN has 100K seat stadiums, national TV channels, multimillion dollar coaches, multimillion dollar training facilities, multimillion dollar student lounges, etc.?

Does anyone REALLY think that Temple is "competing" with Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan, or Texas for ANYTHING right now?

Why does anyone think that this will suddenly shift the balance of power ?!?!?!   :P


The question wasn't about shifting the balance of power in football.  It was about basketball.  My response was that FBS schools who can't compete now, might have trouble keeping up in basketball since they would likely have to pay football players in order to be allowed to pay basketball players.  VCU, for example, might not have that issue since they don't have an FBS football team.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: NCAA Reform (Was: Union Yes)
« on: Yesterday at 04:10 PM »
Texas going with $10,000 per athlete: $5K compensation for use of likeness and around $5K for expenses not covered by scholarship.  If the total per year cost is $6M that would seem to be all of their athletes, men and women.

Further separation between the haves and have nots.  I would think the biggest impacts will be in basketball, since football is already well stratified: Power 5, rest of FBS, and FCS.  If we are recruiting against the Temples and VCUs of the world, will an extra $10K or so per year be the deciding factor for us.


Small schools don't all have FBS football teams, 30 varsity programs and 600 scholarship athletes.  Schools like Temple (who is in FBS for football) might have problems.  VCU (who is not in FBS for football) might not.  Remains to be seen how this plays out.

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OT / Re: OT - Little League World Series
« on: Yesterday at 04:09 PM »
Mo'Ne Davis is in a Chevy commercial.   Geno Auriemma was can't be happy about that.


Does that effect her college eligibility?  I can't help but think that if blue chip high school athletes can do commercials and get paid for it, then there would be a LOT MORE of those kids doing commericials.


She was cleared to do the commercial by the NCAA so the answer is no.  That decision is probably another one that a couple of years ago would have gone the other way but the folk at NCAA HQ in Indy are feeling the heat of public opinion turning against them. 


http://espn.go.com/espnw/news-commentary/article/11742373/mone-davis-appearance-commercial-compromise-ncaa-eligibility


The funniest part of the article...

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UConn's compliance department had given the OK for Auriemma to wish Davis luck over the phone since they said it had nothing to do with recruiting her. However, the NCAA later ruled it was a secondary violation and the coach should not have made the call.


How secure does that have everyone feeling about Davis being "cleared"?  The NCAA is so messed up, they do not even know their own rules.


The difference is Davis was cleared by the NCAA.  Geno was cleared by UConn's compliance department, not the NCAA.

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OT / Re: OT - Little League World Series
« on: Yesterday at 11:46 AM »
Mo'Ne Davis is in a Chevy commercial.   Geno Auriemma was can't be happy about that.


Does that effect her college eligibility?  I can't help but think that if blue chip high school athletes can do commercials and get paid for it, then there would be a LOT MORE of those kids doing commericials.


She was cleared to do the commercial by the NCAA so the answer is no.  That decision is probably another one that a couple of years ago would have gone the other way but the folk at NCAA HQ in Indy are feeling the heat of public opinion turning against them. 


http://espn.go.com/espnw/news-commentary/article/11742373/mone-davis-appearance-commercial-compromise-ncaa-eligibility

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Give Pat a contract extension
« on: October 21, 2014, 03:33 PM »
But, perhaps Pat does NOT want that type of deal.  Perhaps he is holding out until he has a good season in which to leverage his new contract.  We don't know.

That can work out for both sides though.  If PSU can fire him at no cost, he can negotiate to walk at no cost as well.  He can sign an extension that allows him to tell recruits he has a longer contract.  And he has leverage following a good season.  To me it is only a negative if he doesn't get extended soon.  Can't think of anything positive about the situation.

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It's funny because Comcast has a terrible reputation but I've never had a single problem with them. I guess there is a degree of randomness as to when we have good or bad experiences with different companies.

I still have comcast for internet.  I have had horrible luck with them.  I bought my own modem so I could save $7 per month (their rental fee at the time).  I had a heck of a time getting it set up on their end.  The customer service person was more interested in trying to sell me some sort of service plan than getting my internet to work.  When I got DirecTV, I turned in all my TV equipment at the local comcast office, they gave me a receipt but didn't take it off my account and continued to try to charge me for it.  If I didn't have a family member pretty high up the comcast food chain, I wonder if I'd still be trying to get that corrected.

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Having the BW game before  a home football game is much like being a DirecTV subscriber.

Everything they do is geared towards getting new subscribers, not keeping existing ones happy.

perfect analogy.

Yes it is a perfect analogy except you've made me think about Directv. It is the WORST company I've ever dealt with. From installation to service to billing to termination they screwed everything up. EVERYTHING. I'm not one to complain but their customer service experience was awful.

Sorry I had to get that off my chest.

Knock on wood, I've never had a single issue with DirecTV.  I love it.

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OT / Re: Upsets everywhere, college football edition
« on: October 21, 2014, 08:55 AM »
No, I get your point.

I'm just saying you don't know what the selection committee is going to do. You are guessing without having seen their first poll, which we will see October 28. We will know what they think then. We will know if they are looking at putting two SEC teams in. Maybe they'll rank all conference leaders ahead of those who aren't leading their conferences? WE JUST DO NOT KNOW. Which is what I have been saying the whole time, and the WE in WE JUST DO NOT KNOW, includes you.

And again, let's not project like we can predict college sports. It's inherently unpredictable given the age of the participants, for all we know another big upset can happen this weekend.

But again, are you going to rescind your point on the Big XII?

Going back to the original point, I was not trying to predict each individual game.  Actually, that's part of what I felt was off about Palm's article.

What I am saying is that there is something that is VERY predictable in college sports...   ...the media's opinion.  That's why I say that ther will be 2 SEC teams in the playoffs.  It doesn't have near as much to do with individual game outcomes as it does with what the media and pollsters will think about the SEC.

I have said before that none of the voters will care about the OOC played in Sept when the end of the season rolls around.  Mississippi State is ranked #1.  Can you, off the top of your head, tell me who they beat OOC?  Do you think that anyone else has gone back and looked over their schedule?

If Mississippi State goes unbeaten, they will have beaten Auburn, won at Alabama and at Ole Miss plus beaten Georgia in the SEC Championship Game. Their OOC is somewhat irrelevant from that perspective IMO, they'd have three or four wins over top 10 teams in this scenario. The OOC wouldn't matter as much in this scenario.

However, you are also assuming that the playoff committee is going to weigh very heavily into what the AP and Coaches polls are saying. Again, we don't know what is factoring into their decision. I find it likely that the committee would be hesitant to put two SEC teams in a playoff given the backlash from 2011 but I don't assume that this is completely accurate.

I think the committee will be under some credibility pressure to avoid two SEC teams in the playoffs if an equally deserving BCS conference champ is also available

This is the key. Let's assume TCU, Oregon, Michigan State, Notre Dame and Florida State all run the table (they all won't, but let's assume this for the exercise). Does the committee put in Mississippi State and Alabama let's say? I don't think they do. If three of the five complete this task, do they put in an SEC team? Again, I think they'd be hesitant too. I currently believe that the most likely scenario is there will only be one representative from each conference unless there's multiple two loss conference champions.

They have to get to a point where they take out the selections -- at least to a certain degree.  There are 10 conferences plus a few independents.  If they made it a 12 team playoff, it only adds extra games for the few teams that advance.  It's not the end of the world and it means all conference champs would have a shot -- the way it really should be (in my opinion).

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OT / Re: Texans
« on: October 20, 2014, 08:56 PM »
Looked like an OB offense on that first drive.

Steelers have been making everyone look good this year.

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OT / Re: OT: PSU Ice Hockey
« on: October 20, 2014, 04:02 PM »
Penn State made an appearance (I believe for the first time) in the others receiving votes this week.

http://www.uscho.com/rankings/d-i-mens-poll/

Next two games are against Alaska and Alaska Anchorage -- both beat Wisconsin, so might not be there for long.


Our appearance in the rankings (others receiving votes) was short lived.  After going 0-1-1 in Alaska, we didn't get any votes this week.  Somehow, UAA managed to move up from 25th to 20th despite their tie with us .  Kind of a shame.  We led UAA with just over a minute left and led UAF with just under 6 minutes to play.  Gotta figure out how to close these games out.   

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can't tell you how much i hate when they do this.  makes it a logistical nightmare trying to go to this if you aren't planning on attending the football game already.

I hear you.  And I wonder how many take time out of their tailgate to go to the game vs. how many would show up the next day, say at 3 PM following the hockey came (which starts at noon).

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OT / Re: OT: PSU Ice Hockey
« on: October 19, 2014, 07:38 AM »
Let another W slip away last night. We were winning 3-2 with 6 minutes left. Then we gave up 2 goals in 27 seconds and ended up losing 4-3. It feels like we are an improved team this year. Hopefully our record will show that.

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OT / Re: OT: PSU Ice Hockey
« on: October 17, 2014, 11:48 PM »
It doesn't really matter much, but we lost the shootout.  We play U of Alaska tomorrow night. 

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OT / Re: OT: PSU Ice Hockey
« on: October 17, 2014, 11:45 PM »
Well, had someone offered me a tie earlier today, I'd have gladly taken it.  As it played out, the tie is disappointing.  PSU led 3-1 with just under 6 minutes to play.  UAA got a power play goal, then tied it with about a minute to go.  Nobody scored in OT, so it goes in the books as a tie.  There is a shootout, but it only counts toward determining the tournament champion (this is not a tournament where the two winners face each other tomorrow). 

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OT / Re: OT: PSU Football
« on: October 16, 2014, 11:00 PM »
Am I reading correctly that football season ticket payment is due Feb 1?  Three months earlier than in the past? 

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OT / Re: OT: PSU Ice Hockey
« on: October 16, 2014, 02:14 PM »
We'll know a little more about our team after this weekend.  Both games are against schools that just beat Wisconsin last weekend.  So definitely won't be easy.  Alaska is ranked 19th and UAA is ranked 25th.  We are good enough to beat these guys if things go our way (hockey is like that).  Let's hope for a few bounces.

I was disappointed with our record last year.  But considering over half our games were against teams that were in the top 5 at one point or another, I guess it should have been expected.  We don't have a lot of easy games this year, but there is no BC or Union either (UMass Lowell is still on the schedule.  So is the B1G.).  I'm hopeful we will be much improved.

Here is a preview of the weekend.  There is a link to a live stream (pay) if anyone is interested in checking out the team.

http://www.gopsusports.com/sports/m-hockey/spec-rel/101514aaa.html

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OT / Re: OT's GONE WILD!
« on: October 15, 2014, 02:21 PM »
http://aviationweek.com/technology/skunk-works-reveals-compact-fusion-reactor-details


That's pretty interesting stuff.  I've always wondered how often something truly remarkable gets invented but never sees the market.  Someone loses when something better comes along.  There is certainly lots of motivation to keep those new ideas from ever hitting the shelf. 

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OT / Re: OT's GONE WILD!
« on: October 15, 2014, 12:33 PM »
I'm not sure what I think of this:

From The New York Times:

The Secret Casualties of Iraq’s Abandoned Chemical Weapons

The Pentagon kept silent as munitions left over from Saddam Hussein’s war with Iran found new targets from 2004 to 2011: American and Iraqi troops.

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/10/14/world/middleeast/100000003173431.app.html?_r=0

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OT / Re: Football: Michigan thread
« on: October 15, 2014, 11:51 AM »
Maybe this is what Lar is suggesting, maybe not, but it's how I feel about it.  Refs are instructed to look more closely at certain situations than others.  Offside on a regular kickoff might not be a point of focus -- in fact they might even be instructed to overlook it if it's not too flagrant, with the idea of keeping the game moving along.  When the kicking team is trying to recover the ball, there is a much larger advantage gained by being offside.  Therefore, the refs are probably told to watch very closely for that.  I have no issue with this as long as it's called evenly by situation across the board.

You might be right but it's still a rule of the game that needs to get called when violated. If Michigan would've attempted and recovered an onside kick in those circumstances, do you think the ref would've said in hindsight that 1/2 of their coverage team was offside, so now I'll throw the flag after they recovered it?

Offside on a regular kickoff might not be a point of focus, I get Larry's point. That doesn't mean that refs should swallow their whistles every time players are offside on a kickoff. It's basically suggesting that the refs are entirely incompetent because they can only blow the whistle or throw a flag on things they are asked to focus on.

I wouldn't have a problem if the refs started calling it.  It would only take a few before teams got their acts together.  Plus, they might actually learn how to keep from going offside when they tried an onside kick.  If you constantly jump the gun on normal kickoffs, you're probably going to jump the gun on an onside kick. 

I agree.  I wouldn't mind them calling the penalty when it is there regardless of situation.  My main concern is calling a consistent game, on both sides, regardless of situation.  If you aren't going to call holding all game, don't call it on a scoring play or late in the game.  Same with pass interference, etc.  Be consistent, even if that means no calls or too many calls.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: PSU hoops articles, videos, etc.
« on: October 15, 2014, 10:57 AM »
http://cityofbasketballlove.com/2014/10/pair-of-redshirt-freshmen-ready-to-make-impact-for-penn-state/


Interesting quote from Banks:

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“It hurt me,” Banks said. “It hurt me a lot. Not so much that I couldn’t get on the floor but a lot of our guys can’t shoot the ball and seeing our 3-point percentage go down to where I don’t think it should’ve been was probably the hardest part for me, but just sitting on the bench watching – I knew coach had a plan for me for next year so I just trusted the process and what he foresaw in me and I think I can bring that percentage up this year.


Hope he's right about bringing up the percentage.

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