• RUSCIN’S RANT - There is no incentive for following NCAA rules

    On Tuesday, the NCAA released the penalties for the University of Miami concluding an over two year investigation into illegal activity centering around former booster and ex-con Nevin Shapiro.  The Canes lost nine football scholarships and former hoops coach Frank Haith (now at Missouri) got a five game suspension.

    Bruce Pearl has recruits at a bar be cue at his house and gets a 3 year punishment.

    Frank Haith knows that a booster is paying players and he gets only five games.

    We have reached the point where the people in charge have no power.

    The NCAA has never been this hollow and weak kneed.

    There are no incentives for the cheaters to stop cheating.

    The reward is much greater than the risk.

    So here is my advice to all athletic departments that are doing things the right way….stop!

    Following the rules gets you nowhere.  Breaking rules gets you wins, fame, glory, money and very little punishment from the NCAA.  I don’t think there is anything morally wrong with breaking NCAA rules on purpose, it’s not like they are threatening life or property when you break them.

    So you have a set of rules that don’t really matter and if you break them you don’t really get punished.  Why would you want to follow these rules again?

    Society needs rules.  You don’t need to go 75 mph down main street in your car.  You can’t just go around robbing people.  In sports, you have to have the rules of the game enforced by officials.  With all that being said, I don’t see why we need the NCAA anymore.

    Let the schools pay and do whatever they want, pigs will get fed and hogs will get slaughtered (pardon the pun)

    I am a college sports fan at heart and if my team was cheating and winning I don’t care.  They aren’t breaking laws, just NCAA rules that don’t have any weight behind them.

    I think the lack of punishment for the lack of institutional control at Miami opens up a new era of the wide west of college football.  You just better hope your athletic boosters have enough dough to keep up with the rest of the conference.

  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL WINNERS & LOSERS: Week 6

    Winner:  Bret Bielema

    I know fans didn’t like the call, but Bielema is getting credit for knowing that obscure punt fair catch rule that we saw in the Arkansas-Florida game on Saturday.  We all know now that it is a stupid rule, but it was called correctly by the officials on the field.  On a fair catch, the kicking team can’t touch the ball until it hits the ground basically.  The return man gets a couple of steps of bobbling, so he can’t juggle the ball all the way down the field and not be touched.  Bring back the two yard halo rule.  Why was that so bad again?

    Loser:  Florida Defense

    They complained about Arkansas’ offensive line being dirty in the week prior to the game and these slime balls revealed their true colors Saturday night at the Swamp.  Arkansas hasn’t faced a defense that was that blatantly cheap in a long time.  Florda had plenty of late, cheap shots on quarterback Brandon Allen and didn’t seem to care about the 15 yard penalties that came along with them.  When teams ignore 15 yard penalties for roughing the passer, the officials should start throwing players out of the game.

    Winner:  Whoever put Condoleezza Rice on the college football playoff selection committee

    I think this is a great idea.  Smart people can figure out who the four best teams in college football are if they do enough research and watch enough games.  Just because she is a woman doesn’t mean she doesn’t know anything about football or can’t learn more about football.  Smart always wins and having a very smart woman on the selection committee doesn’t hurt anyone.

     

    Loser:  Brandon Allen

    When you complete less than 50 percent of your passes regardless of opponent you get on the list.  I have also noticed that receivers are not giving max effort to make Allen’s sometimes off target throws into completions.  He has to find a new favorite target other than Javontee Herndon.  That guy simply isn’t good enough to be a top target in this league.  The sooner Allen starts looking to get the ball to Hunter Henry more often during a game, the better Allen will be.

    Back to the lack of effort by the wide receivers…they either can’t do it or they don’t want to do it.  It doesn’t look like all of the players on offense have bought into Allen being a leader just yet.

     

    Winner:  Jonathan Williams

    This guy just won’t be stopped and I love it.  It gets me fired up to watch the way he breaks tackles and refuses to be stopped.  He had a great catch and run against Texas A&M and a great reverse the field run for a score against Florida last week.  He will do whatever he has to do to get into the end zone and I think he one of the most valuable parts of the Razorback offense.

     

    Loser:  Jadeveon Clowney

    He basically quit on his team last week in the Kentucky game.  There isn’t much else to say about it.  He may be hurt, but he has completely lost the benefit of the doubt because he is being openly called out by his coaches.  I think Clowney’s presence creates a huge distraction for the Gamecocks to deal with and it’s one of the reasons I like Arkansas to upset South Carolina this weekend in Fayetteville.

  • RUSCIN’S RANT: Winners & Losers

     

    Winner:  Aaron Murray

    Murray delivered a big time performance for the second time this year.  I like it when critics tell someone they can’t do something and that athlete goes out and proves them wrong.  I feel good for Aaron Murray and the shows he has put on against South Carolina and LSU.  His clutch-ness has kept Georgia relevant in the national championship picture.

    Loser:  Arkansas’ Defense

    One of the most common excuses I heard following the Texas A&M game was that “nobody has stopped that offense this year.”  Arkansas’ defensive coaches said themselves the performance wasn’t good enough against the Aggies and I agree.  The tackling took a massive step back and A&M’s trio of average running backs ran all over the Razorbacks.  Chris Ash has a lot of butt chewing to do this week to get the defense back to the level they were playing at earlier this year, unless what we saw in early September was a fraud.

    Winner:  USC Athletic Director Pat Haden

    He fired Lane Kiffin in an airport parking lot.  Kiffin deserved less but I applaud the move and as Jen Bielema would say… #karma.

    Loser:  Mack Brown

    Add Texas great Earl Campbell to the group of people calling for Mack to go.  I’m sure Mack will get some sort of cushy retirement package when he is shoved out the door in Austin at the end of the year because Texas isn’t relevant anymore.  Oklahoma is going to crush them at the state fair and the death march for Mack will continue.

    Winner:  Jim Cheney, Arkansas offensive coordinator

    I have been critical of Cheney in the past but I will give him some DAP this week.  Arkansas’ offensive game plan was good on Saturday against Texas A&M.   The game plan was creative without having to rely on stupid trick plays.  It was the offense that didn’t cash in on a few key stops from the Razorback defense, but when it’s your first year in a system, you can’t always capitalize when those opportunities come along.

    Loser:  Notre Dame Football

    Less than a year from appearing in the BCS championship game, Notre Dame football is back being where it belongs;  in the land of the college football mediocre.  Maybe the Irish need more linebackers with fake dead girlfriends to help convince college football fans that they have a good team again.

  • WINNERS & LOSERS — Week 4

    Winner:  LSU

    As I write this today, they are the best team in the SEC.  LSU has an explosive offense led by quarterback Zach Mettenberger.  LSU is always great on defense.  This team has all the pieces to compete for national championship and that isn’t just because they beat Auburn on Saturday.  If LSU beats Georgia on the road this week, they could be favored in every game the rest of the year, even against Alabama in November.

    Loser:  Jim Cheney/Bret Bielema

    This is a big boy radio station and a big boy website and you can rip guys and still like them which is what is happening here.  Cheney’s offensive game plan against Rutgers never kept the Scarlet Knights off balance, with the exception of the first drive of the 2nd half.  Keeping defenses guessing is about more than running trick plays.  You have to have passing to set up the run and that isn’t happening now.  Maybe it’s because A.J. Derby’s inability to throw the ball, but what if it isn’t.

    As for Bielema, it is my opinion that he called for things to go conservative way too early against Rutgers.  When you are on the road and it’s only the 3rd quarter, even up three scores you can’t get comfortable.  They got comfortable and they got beat.  Also, I don’t think this team ever believed they could win this game and that is on the coaches to make these players believe.

    Winner:  Tyler Murphy, Florida quarterback

    Florida lost quarterback Jeff Driskel Saturday to a broken leg and it was addition by subtraction I’m afraid to say.  Tyler Murphy came in and the Florida offense sparked to life.  If Murphy can keep getting better every week, Florida has a chance to win the east.  The Gators have the best defense in the SEC, pair that with a dynamic offense and watch out!

    Loser:  Alabama

    Nick Saban’s team slept through most of the game with Colorado State.  It’s a good time for a wakeup call game because if the Tide doesn’t show up against Ole Miss this week, Alabama will lose.  It’s as simple as that.

    Loser:  All Players United protest

    A group of players had the letters “APU” written on their gear this week to hope to change things for college athletes.  This doesn’t do anything.  Nobody noticed and nobody cares.  If the APU movement really wants to make a statement, stage a sit in.  Get a ton of players at big schools to show up and refuse to play.  That will make a huge statement and people will pay attention.

     

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