NCAA Finds Wainstein Report “Troubling” – Bubba Finds Wainstein Report “Not Quite That Bad”

Not a lot of time to expound on this at the moment, but here are a few links for your reading enjoyment.  Or agony.

Bubba does not think the academic fraud was really all that bad.  Here is my favorite quote from him so far, when discussing possible NCAA sanctions:

“I wouldn’t speculate on any sanctions,” he said. “There’s nothing new in the report that we haven’t seen before with a few exceptions – more than a few exceptions. The scope, certainly, would definitely be one.”

Say what?  Nothing new with a few exceptions.  Oh, wait.  More than a few exceptions.  So which is it, nothing new, or a lot of new items?

Then we have this gem, also from the N&O, which pretty much calls for Roy William’s head. Here is the thing with Coach Williams.  He talks out of both sides of his mouth at times.  We have heard him say that he is not involved in the academics of his players at all, and then we have heard him say that he steered players out of AFAM because he was concerned with the clustering.  Which is it?  Are you involved with academics or not, Coach Williams?  Let us face facts, clustering is part of the game of collegiate athletics.  There is always going to be clustering and it makes sense that there would be.  It would be interesting to see what kind of clustering took place at Kansas while he was there.

The first N&O link above about Bubba also hits on Mark Emmert and his comments about the Wainstein report.  He finds it troubling, and if you read into his quotes on this ESPN article, it could spell trouble for UNC athletics as a whole.

“Just based on the (Kenneth) Wainstein report, this is a case that potentially strikes at the heart of what higher education is about,” Emmert said Monday. “Universities are supposed to take absolutely most seriously the education of their students, right? I mean that’s why they exist, that’s their function in life. If the Wainstein report is accurate, then there was severe, severe compromising of all those issues, so it’s deeply troubling. … It’s absolutely disturbing that we find ourselves here right now.”

He also discussed infractions at UGA, and the potential impacts of the O’Bannon case.  He would not discuss the issues at Florida State, apparently.  All in all, there could be some dark days looming on the horizon for the ACC.

Georgia Tech: No Respect

rodneydangerfieldWe like to kid about how certain fan bases complain about the way the hometown media covers their beloved teams (black helicopters, tin foil hats, etc..).  If there is one fan base who has a legitimate claim to the lack of hometown media love, I would say it would be the fans of the 2009 ACC Champions, The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.

Here in Atlanta, the Jackets clearly play second fiddle to the Georgia Bulldogs.  The big story here this season has been “what is wrong with Georgia football?” They finished 7-5 and there were calls to “Fire Richt!”.  Last week when Paul Johnson won ACC coach of the year, that story was overshadowed by the fact that Mark Richt fired his Defensive Coordinator.  On the sports talk radio stations here in Atlanta, Georgia’s Independence Bowl birth was discussed and analyzed and discussed….and then, by the way, Tech is going to the Orange Bowl (a BCS bowl, not Shreveport, Louisiana).
Now I know, UGA has the tradition, they play in the mighty SEC, and they are thee state school.  But the Yellow Jackets have tradition too, and they have won a national championship more recently than Georgia.  In Paul Johnson’s two years at the helm, I would say that Tech is the better program right now in the peach state.  Yes, Georgia has won 8 of the last nine meetings, but I see more wins for Tech over Georgia in the future with Johnson in charge.
Now I have no dawg in this fight (pun intended), but I wanted to give some ACC love to the Yellow Jackets on Thee Sports Blog, since they don’t get as much as they deserve in their own backyard.