NCAA Football

NCAA Football Review: Ohio State, Boise State, Montana, Pac-12

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Each week during the off-season we will be doing this feature that will simply be called "This Week In College Football". We will cover the biggest news and stories of the past week and give some opinions and analysis. In addition to covering the weekly happenings we also do a weekly roundtable where we discuss varying topics and we give several opinions on each topic.

Let's get to what happened this week in college football


It all started last year when it was discovered that Ohio State players were trading stuff for tattoos. Then it hit the wall when it was found out that Jim Tressel had covered this fact up for nearly a year and lied about it on numerous times. Now it's about cars. Dr Saturday has a good laundry list of past issues the Buckeyes have had with cars under Jim Tressel. Now Ohio State is opening up an investigation on used-car purchases by dozens of it's players. There have been six programs that have received sanctions since 1990 due to deals that their players received on cars. We all know about the USC stuff. Ohio State players seem like they are running amok. I would be very surprised if the NCAA doesn't step in at some point and at the minimum give them what they gave USC. A couple of years with no bowls, reduced scholarships, vacating wins from 2010. Jim Tressel is asleep at the wheel folks. He's a hell of a college football coach but he's really crappy at knowing what's going on in his players lives (or he just turns a blind eye).


The NCAA gave Boise State a notice of allegations covering five sports. The only major violation was in women's tennis (a coach paid over $3,000 for English lessons for a perspective player). The football team did receive some violations in conjunction with impermissible benefits made to prospective players. One of those was allowing a recruit to sleep on the floor of a player. Another involved under $3. Some involved car rides or food. It should be noted that Boise also self-reported these football violations as they thought they were in compliance when they happened and then realized that they had violated some rule on page 20,984 of the NCAA rule book. Folks, this is small stuff yet the NCAA is charging Boise State with lack of institutional control? Have they heard what's going on in Columbus? Boise State has also taken some initiative and they've already self imposed penalties. They will forfeit three scholarships over the next two years. It also suggested losing three practices before the 2011 and 2012 seasons. Boise goes before the board in June so we will know more then. Maybe then the NCAA can head up to Columbus where all hell is breaking loose.


Steve Sarkisian has made his decision and Sophomore Keith Price will be the starting QB on the Washington Huskies. The big news is that he beat out Redshirt Freshman QB Nick Montana. I kind of felt the QB battle was going this way when I head that Sarkisian reached out to his former boss Pete Carroll for pointers on how to break the news to the loser of a QB battle. This is pretty big news. It will be interesting if Montana will stick around or if he will do what so many young QB's do now when they lose out on a starting position and that's hit the high road. Stay tuned.


The New York Times is reporting that the Pac-12 has landed a 12-year deal for Football and Men's Basketball worth $3 billion with Fox and ESPN. That's $21 million per year per school which is a bigger piece of the pie than any other conference has right now. You have to hand it to Commish Larry Scott for getting this deal done. Now for the rest of us that will be forced to watch Washington State take on Colorado....