Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Morning Six Pack: February 19, 2013

Your morning routine isn’t complete without these six college football stories from around the country.

Te'o wants to be evaluated by play, not scandal

Many have wondered whether the bizarre scandal that embroiled linebacker Manti Te'o could have an effect on his draft stock, but don't count Te'o himself in that camp.

Auburn notebook - NFL analyst: Lemonier hasn't played up to what he should

The NFL Scouting Combine is less than a week away as more than 300 of the top college players in the nation will converge on Indianapolis for a chance to work out for pro scouts.

SEC BeachFest kickoff looks to be bumped up a week in Gulf Shores

Officials with Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism are asking the city for permission to push SEC BeachFest up a week in August in order to boost attendance.

Subject of one of the greatest sports rants ever now on Mike Gundy's staff

Former Oklahoma State quarterback Bobby Reid has been hired by coach Mike Gundy as an administrator.

I guess he’s a man, now?

Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel not on campus this spring, taking online courses only

Manziel was initially enrolled in an English class on campus this spring with only 20 to 25 students before switching his schedule due to "his peers' requests for photos and autographs became too much."


Note that Kenneth L. Wainstein, whose firm conducted the investigation, placed the blame almost entirely on Najjar. While the report faults "management" for poor oversight, he made a point on Monday's conference call of citing Roe Lach's "integrity" both in the events described and in her interviews with his firm. Almost no blame is placed on Isch, the NCAA's second highest-ranking official and its former interim president, despite the fact that he signed off on the arrangement. His involvement in authorizing Perez's proposal was deemed mostly budgetary and "he did not have responsibility for vetting its appropriateness." And Emmert himself gets just a tiny little mention at the end because "he was not apprised of the arrangement with Ms. Perez until the fall of 2012" and, upon learning of it, dealt with the situation accordingly.

The report concludes that while no NCAA bylaws were broken, Najjar and company did violate internal NCAA protocol (by hiring an attorney without legal counsel's approval) and that Najjar "apparently never considered whether he was inappropriately using the bankruptcy process for the NCAA's purposes. "...For a host of reasons, the Perez proposal was unquestionably a bad idea for the NCAA," the report stated.

All of which begs the question: For such an unquestionably bad idea, how come so many NCAA employees -- from the investigators working below Najjar all the way up to the No. 2 person (Isch) in the entire organization -- either failed to see or refused to accept it?

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