NCAA APR — Another Preposterous Requirement

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Rather than some sort of conspiracy, the APR and its sanctioned, slow strangulation of smaller schools unable to pay for massive academic support centers is the result of something even more unstoppable and faceless: bad policy.

Exactly. The big schools have the dollars to pay for staff and facilities to manage APR. Small schools do not. That is why 35 out of 37 schools punished this year come from non-BCS conferences. Just another face of the ridiculousness of the current “student-athlete” pretense.

OSU v USC, early thoughts

Getting geared up for this game already. A classic for so many reasons.

First of all, a great personal history with the Buckeyes — been at their games since I was a kid, we are alums, my father played for Woody, my grandfather was an alum.

Amd the schools have a great history, particularly in the Rose Bowl. My dad was on the team for the ’55 win and national championship; I remember the great ’69 and ’74 wins, and still suffer from the ’73, ’75, ’80, and ’85 losses. I hated John McKay and his teams.

In this century, Jim Tressel and Pete Carroll have arguably been the best coaches with the best programs, albeit stylistically very differently — Tressel is buttoned-up, a solid midwestern values kind of guy. Pete is a flashy new media loosey-goosey kind of guy, and I have hated him.

So a great early season matchup this year, and particularly so, because a family member will now be attending USC! So I am going to have to cheer for the Trojans in every game except the OSU matchup — that is going to take some getting used to.