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  1. Duke 'looking into' claim Nike paid Zion's mother ESPN COVER STORY Duke athletic director Kevin White said the school is "looking into" attorney Michael Avenatti's allegation that Nike paid Zion Williamson's mother for consulting services while her son was a top high school recruit. Avenatti, who has been charged with attempting to extort more than $20 million in payments from Nike, alleged on Twitter on Friday night that Nike paid for "bogus" services in 2016 or 2017 "as part of a Nike bribe to get Zion to go to Duke." In a statement to multiple outlets Saturday, White said Duke would investigate the claim as a compliance matter. We are aware of the allegation and, as we would with any compliance matter, are looking into it. Duke is fully committed to compliance with all NCAA rules and regulations," White wrote. "Every student athlete at Duke is reviewed to ensure their eligibility. With regard to men's basketball: all recruits and their families are thoroughly vetted by Duke in collaboration with the NCAA through the Eligibility Center's amateurism certification process." In a statement to Yahoo Sports, Nike said it "firmly believes in ethical and fair play, both in business and sports and won't be commenting further beyond our statement." Avenatti was charged last week in New York with extortion and bank and wire fraud. He was also charged in California with bank and wire fraud in a separate case. He has said he is innocent of the charges against him. Williamson's stepfather, Lee Anderson, coached his stepson's grassroots basketball team, South Carolina Supreme, which was sponsored by Adidas in 2017. Adidas sponsored summer circuit teams organized and coached by other prominent college players' families, including Indiana guard Romeo Langford's father. Similarly, Under Armour sponsored former Kansas star Josh Jackson's mother's program, and Nike sponsored a team directed and coached by former Duke star Marvin Bagley III's father. During an October federal criminal trial in New York, in which three men were convicted for their roles in pay-for-play schemes to send high-profile recruits to Adidas-sponsored schools, one defense attorney attempted to introduce wiretap recordings, in which former Adidas consultant Merl Code and Kansas assistant Kurtis Townsend discussed what it would take for Williamson to sign with the Jayhawks. According to a transcript of the call, which was read in court by defense attorney Mark Moore, Townsend told Code, "Hey, but between me and you, you know, [Anderson] asked about some stuff. You know? And I said, 'Well, we'll talk about that after you decide.' "And then Mr. Code says: 'I know what he's asking for,'" Moore continued. "... 'He's asking for opportunities from an occupational prospective. He's asking for money in the pocket. And he's asking for housing for him and the family.' "And they go on to talk. And Mr. Townsend says: 'So I've got to just try to work and figure out a way. Because if that's what it takes to get him for 10 months, we're going to have to do it some way.'" At the time, White said Duke officials didn't believe Williamson's eligibility was in jeopardy. "All Duke student-athletes are subject to a thorough review to ensure their eligibility," White said in a statement. "In men's basketball, for the past several summers, Duke compliance officials, top recruits and their families have engaged in and cooperated fully with the NCAA Eligibility Center's enhanced amateurism certification process. Duke works closely with the NCAA and the Atlantic Coast Conference on all compliance and eligibility matters. As we have stated in the past, we have an uncompromising commitment to compliance in athletics."
  2. Tanner warming up to idea of alcohol sales March 22, 2019 At least in December 2018, more than 50 about one-third of all major universities allowed permitted beer sales at their football stadiums, which was up from less than a dozen 10 years ago. The University of South Carolina is not one of those more than 50 schools allowing alcohol sales, and the school doesn’t have the ability to do so, at least to the general public. Southeastern Conference rules prohibit the sale of alcohol to the general public at football games. Florida athletics director Scott Stricklin said at the SEC Meetings in Destin, Fla. last year he doesn’t see alcohol being opened up “anytime soon." (247 SPORTS-READ MORE)
  3. FeatheredCock

    IMG Academy Scandal

    DOJ just revealed a massive college cheating scandal which involves celebrities and others. What I found interesting is that Mark Riddell, the director of college entrance exam preparation at IMG Academy in Bradenton FL, was also charged with taking SAT and ACT exams in the place of students for money. Will be interesting to see if the NCAA investigates all those high profile football recruits at IMG (including Xavier Thomas) who were at the school when the cheating occurred. I always wondered why those top recruits left their homes to attend IMG. Maybe now we know the answer.
  4. FeatheredCock

    New basketball indictments

    Fenno is said to be talking about TCU and Creighton. Nathan Fenno‏ Verified account@nathanfennoTwo new schools have been linked to the college basketball corruption probe, according to a superseding indictment just filed in federal court. The colleges are identified only as being in Nebraska and Texas. LSU also in the wiretaps:A 2017 phone conversation intercepted by the FBI between LSU coach Will Wade and basketball middleman Christian Dawkins features Wade speaking freely about a “strong-ass offer” he made in the recruitment of a prospect, Yahoo Sports has learned.On part of the call, Wade expresses frustration that a third party affiliated with the recruitment had yet to accept Wade’s “offer.” Instead, a verbal commitment to LSU was being delayed because Wade theorized he hadn’t given the third party a big “enough piece of the pie in the deal” and instead “tilted” the offer toward the player and his mother.“I was thinking last night on this Smart thing,” Wade said. “I’ll be honest with you, I’m [expletive] tired of dealing with the thing. Like I’m just [expletive] sick of dealing with the [expletive]. Like, this should not be that [expletive] complicated.”There is no elaboration on what the “Smart thing” is. Javonte Smart is currently a freshman guard at LSU and formerly a top-50 recruit from Baton Rouge, Louisiana.Dawkins is known to be on FBI wiretaps during the late spring and summer of 2017. ESPN, citing court records, previously reported that Dawkins had “at least three calls with a cellphone number belonging to LSU coach Will Wade, each of which occurred between June 19, 2017, and June 30, 2017.” Smart announced his commitment to LSU via Twitter on June 30, 2017.“Dude,” Wade continued to Dawkins, referring to the third party involved in the recruitment. “I went to him with a [expletive] strong-ass offer about a month ago. [Expletive] strong.“The problem was, I know why he didn’t take it now, it was [expletive] tilted toward the family a little bit,” Wade continued. “It was tilted toward taking care of the mom, taking care of the kid. Like it was tilted towards that. Now I know for a fact he didn’t explain everything to the mom. I know now, he didn’t get enough of the piece of the pie in the deal.”Dawkins responded by saying, “Hmmmm.”“It was a [expletive] hell of a [expletive] offer,” Wade continued. “Hell of an offer.”“OK,” Dawkins said.“Especially for a kid who is going to be a two- or three-year kid,” Wade said.Smart, a guard who is averaging 11.4 points a game for LSU this season, was not considered a one-and-done NBA prospect when he committed to the Tigers.The tape does not reference any specifics about the “offer,” if the particulars of the “offer” violated NCAA rules, if the player and/or his mother ever knew of the “offer” or if anyone accepted whatever the “offer” was.It does not appear from this part of the call that Dawkins had any knowledge of what Wade is describing.Dawkins declined comment Thursday through his attorney, Steve Haney. LSU athletic director Joe Alleva also declined comment Thursday to Yahoo Sports. Calls and text messages to Wade and Melinda Smart, mother of Javonte Smart, were not immediately returned.The tape does suggest the FBI possesses additional evidence and phone conversations that could be entered into evidence in the second trial, which is slated to begin April 22 in New York.It also speaks to the line of aggressive questioning Wade may face if he testifies at that trial – namely explaining, under oath, the specifics in recruiting conversations such as the above.“As many as I can get in the courtroom,” Haney said. “…We are going to pull back the curtains.”The defense will try to show through wiretapped phone calls and direct testimony from college coaches that Dawkins and Code were not attempting to bribe the coaches to gain an inside track on signing their NBA-bound talent. “The second trial will be an argument over the facts of the government’s case, which we dispute,” Haney said on Tuesday. Namely, if Dawkins and Code were attempting to bribe coaches, why wouldn’t the subject have come up on wiretap when they were discussing recruits?Dawkins, a basketball middleman with deep connections to grassroots hoops, and Merl Code, an Adidas consultant, are facing federal bribery charges in that trial. Three co-defendants who worked as assistant college coaches, Tony Bland of USC, Emanuel “Book” Richardson of Arizona and Lamont Evans of Oklahoma State, have all reached plea agreements in the case.A call between Dawkins and Wade also emerged during the first trial. The two were discussing 2019 recruit Balsa Koprivica, who eventually committed to Florida State.“So you said to me … there was a 2019 kid I wanted to recruit, they can get him to LSU, you would have funded,” Dawkins said to Wade. “Would you want Balsa?”“Oh, the big kid?” Wade said.Dawkins confirmed he was talking about the 7-foot-1 Koprivica.“OK, but there is other [expletive] involved in it,” Wade said. “I have got to shut my door…”After a brief delay, Wade said, “I can get you what you need, but it’s got to work.”At the trial, Gatto’s defense attorney, Casey Donnelly, said the inference was about “money.” On June 21, 2017, during the timeframe of the calls, Koprivica announced on Twitter he had received a scholarship offer from LSU.Wade never denied speaking with Dawkins but told reporters last fall that, “I have never, ever, done any business of any kind with Christian Dawkins.”At the time, Alleva said in a statement that the exchange between Dawkins and Wade was a “snippet of a conversation in an active federal case.” He added that LSU was “ready, as always, to work with the NCAA on this.”Wade, 36, took over at LSU in 2017. He previously coached VCU and Chattanooga. LSU’s 2018 recruiting class ranked as high as No. 3 in the country. The Tigers are 25-5, ranked No. 10 in the country and need only to defeat last-place Vanderbilt on Saturday to win their first SEC regular-season title since 2009.https://sports.yahoo.com/exclusive-...-offer-hoops-scandal-middleman-175046487.html
  5. NCAA Reviewing Football Transfer Rules; Hope for Resolution by 2019 Season February 15, 2019 The NCAA reportedly plans to evaluate its transfer guidelines this offseason and will consider making changes to the system that will impact the immediate eligibility of a player who transferred prior to graduating. "We do believe attention on a small number of high-profile requests can skew perceptions of the scope of staff and committee review," Kaity McKittrick, who will be among those involved in the review, said, per ESPN's Dan Murphy. "Each waiver request is reviewed individually, as they each present a unique fact pattern and almost always confidential information about the student." The committee hopes to have a resolution prior to the start of the 2019-20 academic calendar. As Murphy notes, the NCAA loosened up its transfer guidelines in April 2018. The rule change allows players who transfer to gain immediate eligibility if their decision was "due to documented mitigating circumstances that are outside the student-athlete's control and directly impact the health, safety and well-being of the student-athlete." Since that rule change, college football has seen a number of high-profile transfers in the last 10 months. Among the players to transfer are Shea Patterson (Ole Miss to Michigan), Justin Fields (Georgia to Ohio State) and Tate Martell (Ohio State to Miami). Both Patterson and Fields were granted a waiver to become immediately eligible. A ruling on Martell has yet to be determined. According to Murphy, a total of 29 FBS players have applied for immediate eligibility since the start of the 2018-19 academic year, with 19 players coming out successful in the matter. That success rate has brought up talk of free agency becoming a reality in modern college football. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney went on the record, per ESPN's David M. Hale, in February 2018 to say that the rule change would lead to "free agency and total chaos." Thomas Mars, who helped Patterson and Fields receive waivers, believes the transfer numbers are a reflection of college coaches, not the system. "If people think the percentage of waivers granted is too high, the number of waivers that have been granted might just be a reflection of how the football coaching staffs are treating their players," Mars said, per Murphy. "It doesn't necessarily mean the NCAA is being too lenient." After seeing how the new rules have been applied for nearly a year now, the NCAA has the opportunity to figure out what the best course of action is moving forward.
  6. 93. Will Muschamp, South Carolina 2017 Final Coach Ranking: 17 2017 Record: 7-6 This was the fun and exciting breakthrough season under Muschamp? Nope. There was no shame in getting rolled by Georgia, the collapse against Florida was miserable, and the 28-0 loss to Virginia in the Belk Bowl was inexcusable. https://collegefootballnews.com/2019...heir-seasons/2 Here are some SEC LY to TY Stoops 75 to 1 Mullen 23 to 6 Orgeron 45 to 7 Mason 111 to 16 Sabin 10 to 21 Fisher 130 to 25 Moorhead N/R to 34 Smart 11 to 46 Odom 62 to 60 Pruitt N/R to 62 Malzahn 28 to 82 Luke 30 to 83 Muschamp 17 to 93 Morris 66 to 119 Dabo 6 to 3
  7. Interesting article about the soaring salaries of asst. coaches. Two things stand out and it likely impacts the potential hiring away of any of the Gamecock coaches. It impacts how many asst coaches are willing to jump at HC jobs due to the pay. It also holds asst coaches in place due to the lucrative pay and guarantees. Travaris is listed at one of the asst coaches making over $1 mil/yr. USA TODAY
  8. I am not much of a Notre Dame follower, but I hope they curb stomp Clemson and get ghetto stomped by Bama. SEC is the best conference, we just get beaten up with our schedules sometimes.
  9. Muschamp wants import something from soccer: red cards, yellow cards … green cards? Sept. 20, 2018 THE STATE The targeting rule in college football brings with it a host of questions, complaints and general confusion. South Carolina coach Will Muschamp has a common sense solution of sorts. He borrowed part of it from, of all places, soccer. “You know they have in soccer, yellow cards and green cards and all that,” Muschamp said. “Well some of these (targeting calls) aren’t malicious contact. Kick a guy out of the game if it’s malicious contact. But if it’s not malicious contact and you want to give him a 15-yard penalty. That’s fine. But don’t kick a guy out of the game because he’s tackling a guy on our sideline, the guy weighs 220 pounds, bearing down. “That’s what I think.” One can forgive Muschamp that soccer has red and yellow cards, while green cards are an element of the American immigration system. The red and yellow cards denote two different levels of infractions (red cards are instant disqualification, while it takes a pair of yellow cards to get tossed). At the moment, targeting calls cost a team 15 yards and a player two halves of football. Muschamp explained the new rules have changed the way his coaches teach pass rushing and tackling. “You’ve got to lower your targets,” Muschamp said. “Can’t lower them too much, they call that too. But you’ve got to keep the crown of the helmet out of all contact. When you’re talking in terms of protecting a defenseless player, which a quarterback in the pocket is a defenseless player.” This year, USC has only had one player called for targeting – safety Nick Harvey. He was thrown out late in a win against Coastal Carolina and missed the first half against Georgia. But a season ago, there was a run where it seemed as if a defensive back was averaging one nearly every game. Muschamp noted player safety is important, but also empathized with the split-second nature of the plays in question. There are quick movements, offensive players ducking their heads and other realities that go beyond just talking about the plays in abstract. “When you’re rushing the passer, you finally beat the 330 pounder you’ve been head-butting against for four quarters, and you’ve got an opportunity for a sack, but you’ve got to remember to keep your head out of it,” Muschamp said. “It’s very easy to be critical of a guy that doesn’t get his head out of it.”
  10. FeatheredCock

    WEEK 3: Bowl Projections

    WEEK 3: Bowl Projections Belk Bowl Saturday, December 29 12:00, ABC Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC ACC vs. SEC Projection: NC State vs. South Carolina SEE LIST HERE WEEK 3: Bowl Projections
  11. FeatheredCock

    Attendance problem

    College Football’s Growing Problem: Empty Seats "Crowds at South Carolina have ebbed in recent years and scanned attendance made up 78% of the Gamecocks’ announced attendance last season. South Carolina held a one-day sale for the season opener against Coastal Carolina: $18.01 per ticket in honor of the school’s founding year. It sold 3,100 of those." “If you’re in the upper deck and buying a ticket for 45 bucks, and the choice is, I can sit on my couch and have a really good view, you might do that,” said Lance Grantham, associate athletic director for ticketing and customer relations. “The [TV] product is just outrageously good.” According to the article USC averaged 61,121 actual fans last year. That's pretty low. Granted there are many factors and Clemson barely did better with 66k. Still though,I thought this was somewhat surprising
  12. FeatheredCock

    College football this weekend

    Good to know info just in case anyone is interested in early games. Week Zero on Saturday, August 25: Duquesne-UMass,Hawaii-Colorado State,Prairie View A&M-Rice, and Wyoming-New Mexico State.Week 1 on Thursday, August 30:Central Connecticut at Ball StateKennesaw State at Georgia StateNew Mexico State at MinnesotaUCF at UConnMissouri State at Oklahoma StateNorthwestern at PurdueSavannah State at UABSoutheastern Louisiana at ULMWake Forest at TulaneWeber State at UtahNorthwestern State at Texas A&MUC Davis at San Jose StateFriday, Aug. 31, 2018Syracuse at Western MichiganMonmouth at Eastern MichiganArmy at DukeUtah State at Michigan StatePortland State at NevadaSan Diego State at StanfordWKU at WisconsinColorado at Colorado State (in Denver, CO)
  13. Gamecocks Not in AP's top 25 yet August 20, 2018 A disheartening South Carolina football streak extended to 51 weeks on Monday... but just barely. South Carolina’s football team was unranked Monday when the Associated Press preseason Top 25 was released, marking the 51st consecutive AP poll to be released without the Gamecocks represented. South Carolina opens the 2018 football season when they face Coastal Carolina in the season-opener on Sept. 1 at Williams-Brice Stadium. The Gamecocks appeared first on the poll’s “others receiving votes.” They were 10 points behind No. 25 LSU. The Gamecocks were ranked for one week last year in the CFB Playoff rankings, but the university uses the AP poll, which dates back to 1936, for its official record keeping. The last time South Carolina was a Top 25 team by that measure was when it was ranked 13th in the nation headed into a Sept. 27, 2014 game against Missouri. The Gamecocks lost that game 21-20 and have not been ranked by the AP since. South Carolina’s unranked streak is the football team’s longest since it snapped an 87-week drought in 2000. Here’s the full Top 25: Alabama (42) Clemson (18) Georgia Wisconsin (1) Ohio State Washington Oklahoma Miami Auburn Penn State Michigan State Notre Dame Stanford Michigan USC TCU West Virginia Mississippi State Florida State Virginia Tech UCF Boise State Texas Oregon LSU Other teams that received votes in the initial poll were South Carolina (96), Florida (68), Utah (60), Oklahoma St. (51), FAU (38), Arizona (28), NC State (22), Texas A&M (21), Boston College (18), Northwestern (13), Kansas St. (10), Iowa St. (8), Houston (6), Memphis (3), Troy (2), Iowa (2), Kentucky (1), Arkansas St. (1), Fresno St. (1). Among the human polls, the AP is the historic gold standard. In a sport that changes so frequently, it’s the one constant going back to the 1930s, and that’s one big reason people care far more about it than they do, say, the Coaches Poll.
  14. Players can hire agents and not loose eligibility, if not drafted can return to school, allowed more visits. http://www.sportingnews.com/us/ncaa...d-tougher-penalties/bv8gcf960djy18375cdcytkwd
  15. CBS Sports Poll: Gamecocks land in top 25 August 08, 2018 CBS Sports For the third straight season, the preseason edition of the CBS Sports 129 leads off with Alabama at the No. 1 spot. The rankings, which compile ballots from college football experts at CBS Sports and 247Sports to rank every FBS team in the country, allow us to step back and look at the sport's entire landscape as teams jockey for position both inside and outside the top 25 spots. While Alabama sits in its familiar spot at the top, they were not a unanimous No. 1 in our balloting. They are followed by Clemson, Georgia and Ohio State. The Buckeyes are making their fourth straight appearance in the top five of our preseason FBS rankings. Our experts seem have given Wisconsin a greater boost than some others, placing the Badgers in the No. 5 spot to open the season, but otherwise, the top of the board falls in line with what we've seen from around the country. Boise State is our top Group of Five team in the preseason rankings at No. 21, joined by UCF at No. 23. College football experts from CBS Sports and 247Sports contribute ballots each week, which are averaged together for our rankings. You can see the top 25 below and teams ranked 26-129 by clicking here. RANK TEAM 2017-18 RECORD 2017-18 FINISH 1 Alabama 13-1 1 2 Clemson 12-2 5 3 Georgia 13-2 2 4 Ohio State 12-2 6 5 Wisconsin 13-1 7 6 Washington 10-3 15 7 Oklahoma 12-2 3 8 Penn State 11-2 8 9 Auburn 10-4 10 10 Michigan State 10-3 17 11 Miami 10-3 12 12 Notre Dame 10-3 13 13 Michigan 8-5 34 14 Stanford 9-5 16 15 TCU 11-3 9 16 Mississippi State 9-4 21 17 USC 11-3 11 18 Florida State 7-6 54 19 Texas 7-6 40 20 West Virginia 7-6 44 21 Boise State 11-3 24 22 South Carolina 9-4 28 23 UCF 13-0 4 24 Oregon 7-6 41 25 Florida 4-7 79 New arrivals to the top 25 No. 13 Michigan (up 21 spots): The Wolverines have enough talent throughout the program to start every year in the top 20 of the rankings. It's where they finish the year that is of concern to Michigan fans heading into 2018. No. 18 Florida State (up 36 spots): A quick correction from our experts after confidence in the Seminoles faded throughout the season in 2017. No. 19 Texas (up 21 spots): Our team appears pretty bullish on the Big 12 in general with TCU, Texas and West Virginia all joining Oklahoma in the top 20. The Longhorns were a top 40 team a year ago that played like a top 10 team at times, and the thinking here seems to be that the next step is coming for Tom Herman and the Longhorns. No. 20 West Virginia (up 24 spots): A healthy Will Grier puts West Virginia back in the mix to challenge Oklahoma for the Big 12 title. No. 22 South Carolina (up six spots): Any early movement in the rankings for the Gamecocks will be determined early by a Week 2 meeting with Georgia. No. 24 Oregon (up 17 spots): Like West Virginia, Oregon gets a boost from having its proven starting quarterback healthy again. The Ducks could be dangerous with Justin Herbert in 2018. No. 25 Florida (up 54 spots): Jim McElwain's midseason dismissal and the Gators' late-season struggles had Florida's ranking on a week-by-week slide well outside the top 25. With Dan Mullen in place and several key offensive weapons back, things have been on the up for Florida since our last balloting for the CBS 129. Teams moving out: Oklahoma State, Northwestern, Memphis, South Florida, LSU, Virginia Tech, FAU

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