Spanning the globe on a Friday morning …
Very thankful this morning that the MSU campus was spared harm yesterday and praying that all our campuses will be spared today and the days to follow.
On to the less important news …
This looks like the next big debate in student-athlete benefits. This story from the Richmond Times-Dispatch talks about the Virginia Tech administration’s quick response to learning that football players were subject to fines from the coaching staff for rules violations and even penalties on the field.
Former Ole Miss coach Tommy Tuberville, now at Cincinnati, is on board with the plan, with his own tweaks, and has the support of his administration.
As the fine structure for football players ends immediately at Virginia Tech, I hope the fines for people who park outside of their designated areas on campus, or people who have not purchased a parking decal or hangtag, will also end.
The Richmond story notes that fines were not coming from the athletes’ hard-won cost of attendance increase in their scholarship checks. That’s good.
Athletics director Whit Babcock had this to say to the Times-Dispatch: “There has been, in place for a number of years, not to this extent, but for a number of years, a little bit of a, and I hate to use the word, but I can’t use another one, but a fine system, disciplinary for our players and such. And I think it’s come out of bowl type stuff. So I was not aware that we were doing that. It’s not against NCAA rules.”
Coaches’ livelihoods depend on players doing the right thing. Administrations should give them the resources to deal with repeat offenders and help maintain order within the program.
Whether player fines should extend to in-game penalties can be debated, but if wayward parkers can pay fines that simply enrich the university, players should be able to pay fines for willfully breaking team rules. Give the money to charity, and let the offending players deliver the check while also spending time in the community.
There’s a lot of potential here. …
This was floated yesterday afternoon shortly after 3. The offer may or may not still be available:
At $10 a ticket that’s still better than the $5 for some seats against Northwestern State in 2007.
This many tickets available for the season opener has more to do with the 11 a.m. kick — personally, I’m a fan of morning kicks — than with the opponent. …
There are a lot of quarterback competitions in the SEC this preseason, but SEC teams aren’t alone in trying to find a starter at the game’s most critical position.
This from Florida:
McElwain confirmed that he's going to play two quarterbacks in the opener.
This is sad. Darryl Dawkins played in the NBA at a time that I paid attention to it. …
I’ve often quoted former Ole Miss AD Pete Boone’s line on the “price of poker.” It applies here:
Delaware State gets $525K for its guarantee game next season. MU paying out total of $2.925M to MTSU, Delaware St., Eastern Michigan in '16.