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The players get a free ride to school with academic counseling available, and also get a stipend for travel and miscellaneous expenses.  Michigan provides about $2,500 per semester and SEC schools provide about $5,000 per semester.  (The rationale for SEC players getting that much more is questionable, but that is another subject).   How many people would love to have that opportunity,which is worth at least $200,000? 

If you think there is cheating going on now, just wait until players can get paid.  Would boosters be able to pay players for their "images" and such?  Could Nike pay more to players who go to Oregon?  How do you police any of this?  If players want to be paid, let them go straight to the NFL or have a minor league.  There are a lot more than a few players that are not fit for school.  Look at what studies these kids are taking and their graduation rate, it is a farce at many schools.

Weekend Summary

The top 5 had the week off, well Clemson played Wofford so that counts as a week off. That left the Jax Cocktail Party as the focal game. The bottom line is Georgia is better. They have 59 blue chip players, maybe as many five stars as some NFL teams, to Florida's 39. The galling thing is that this was still a winnable game for the Gators, but "3rd and Grantham" struck again. DC Todd Grantham's soft zone scheme has a way of allowing good offenses to convert third downs. Dawg QB Jake Fromm was hardly touched all day behind his massive OL and had time to play pitch and catch on 3rd downs (12-18). Kirby Smart actually outcoached Dan Mullen as Georgia exploited every Gator weakness. The fact that they only won by 24-17 is a credit to the Gator players who did not quit.

We lost two unbeatens this week, App St and SMU. Baylor barely won and will lose soon. Oregon won impressively against USC and is sneaking into the playoff picture. If they play a one loss Utah team in the Pac 12 game, that league might actually get in, maybe.

Get this, Wake Forest has a shot at the Orange Bowl. They trounced NC St 44-10 yesterday behind a good QB no one has heard of in Jamie Newman. They have to beat Va Tech, Duke and Syracuse to go 10-2. They are not coming close to Clemson, but if the Tigers run the table (and they will) Wake could get the ACC's bid for a New Year's Day 6 Bowl.

Not much else to talk about, but the Committee's first ranking comes out on Tuesday. And TT, I get your views on the ills of CFB, but it is too big of a money machine to change. No one is giving that up for a minor league, just not happening. 

thistlintom posted:

The players get a free ride to school with academic counseling available, and also get a stipend for travel and miscellaneous expenses.  Michigan provides about $2,500 per semester and SEC schools provide about $5,000 per semester.  (The rationale for SEC players getting that much more is questionable, but that is another subject). 

Kudos to the SEC for not being cheapskates like Ann Arbor.

greendrazi posted:
thistlintom posted:

The players get a free ride to school with academic counseling available, and also get a stipend for travel and miscellaneous expenses.  Michigan provides about $2,500 per semester and SEC schools provide about $5,000 per semester.  (The rationale for SEC players getting that much more is questionable, but that is another subject). 

Kudos to the SEC for not being cheapskates like Ann Arbor.

No, its about following the rules rather than abusing them.  I guess its being a cheapskate when you honor a scholarship even though a player becomes medically ineligible to play, right?

thistlintom posted:
jburman82 posted:

Tom, everyone does that now. They can transfer the scholarship to something else so it doesn't count against your 85. FSU has done it twice the last 5 years. Fairly common now but it engenders good will for the program.

Have they done that with a high school player that hasn't attended the university yet?

Shon Coleman

Your pathetic attempts at moral superiority underscore your need to absolve an underperforming team.

jburman82 posted:

Bye Wllie. I really like you and wanted you to win. 

So did I.  The hire turned out to be a $30M mistake, $2.5M for each game he coached. Ironic that Oregon thrived after he left, and FSU descended further. Will be interesting to see who they target. Stoops name has come up (Bob, not Mark at KY and former DC).

Oh man, they fired my favorite coach.

Fleck and Clawson both scare me. This is from a prominent Wake booster. Clawson has a special needs child and he is very happy with the education situation the child is in. This is a similar situation to Washington coach Chris Peterson, which explains why Peterson has stayed in the Pac NW. IMO, Clawson is a better fit at a smaller academic school (don't take this the wrong way you know what I mean) rather than a large state university.  

Man, I thought UF made some financial blunders with Muschump and Mac...but damn, FSU is really gonna hurt on this one.  Don't have the same financial resources and that $20M they just raised to make it happen could have built something nice.  I'm sure Mark Stoops would jump at the opportunity....and he has probably reached his ceiling at KY.  I don't see his brother wanting to come in and turn a program around, but for Mark, who at least as ties to FSU, it would be his best job yet.

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