Why the name "The Dangling Ear?"

From The Tuscaloosa News........

"Tuscaloosa’s Hargrove Van de Graaff was one tough hombre on the football field.

In a 1913 game against Tennessee, he nearly lost an ear.

It “had a real nasty cut and was dangling from his head, bleeding badly,” Tennessee tackle Bull Bayer recalls in Winston Groom’s book, “The Crimson Tide.” “He grabbed his ear and tried to yank it from his head. His teammates stopped him and his managers bandaged him … He wanted to tear off his own ear so he could keep playing.”

Van de Graaff hung on to his ear and Alabama hung on to a
6-0 lead to beat the Vols.

Hargrove’s brother W.T. “Bully” Van de Graaff was an even bigger star for the Tide. A fabulously gifted athlete, he became Alabama’s first All-American."

Learn more about the great University of Alabama family, the Van De Graafs, @ http://www.jemisonmansion.com/

Passion, Committment to Excellence, and a Visceral Hatred of Tennessee - all missions of this blog!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

NCAA Ruling on Auburn Defies Belief

There is a fresh wind blowing through Collegiate Football right now, a wind that appears to be ushering in an era of expansion and Super Conferences.

Concurrently, there seems to be a new attitude sweeping through NCAA offices where investigation and enforcement is concerned - an attitude extolling the virtues of blissful ignorance.

Three recent examples of the new look NCAA spring to mind, the recent rulings on Tennessee and Ohio State, and the decision handed down yesterday on Auburn University.

The New NCAA rewards lying. Both Tennessee and Ohio State had Head Coaches lying to NCAA investigators, yet Tennessee got an NCAA slap on the wrist for violations in Football and Basketball. Ohio State has not been tagged with the "Failure to Monitor" and "Lack of Institutional Control" charges, despite Head Coach Tressel knowingly playing ineligible players, and then lying to NCAA investigators about it.

Ohio State and Tennessee both came clean only because they were caught.

But the Auburn ruling is the most curious, and sets a potentially crippling precedent for future cases where compliance is concerned.

Auburn has a long history of cheating at the highest levels. They are not a Penn State or Northwestern - no, Auburn has been sanctioned multiple times for providing extra benefits to student-athletes. Yet the NCAA says despite a lengthy investigation utilizing many resources, they found nothing - not even any secondary violations??

Look at the letter AU received from the NCAA.......................

In the second paragraph of this letter, the NCAA states....................

As reflected in the university's November 30th, 2010 self-report, it was determined that a violation of amateurism legislation occurred when Mr. Newton's Father and an owner of a scouting service worked together to actively market Mr. Newton for compensation. NCAA Bylaw 12.3.3 prohibits individuals or entities from representing a prospective student-athlete for compensation to a school for an athletics scholarship.It was also determined that Mr. Newton and university representatives were not aware of that activity.

In other words, according to both SEC and NCAA bylaws, Cam Newton was ineligible from the moment he was marketed by Dad and agent. They also ruled that Cam was not aware either from the recruiting process or family structure that he was being shopped around.

Most astounding, the NCAA decided the violation of amatuerism was not worthy of any sanction, outside the two hour dog and pony show suspension and subsequent re-instatement dating from last November.

Later in the same letter linked above, the NCAA clears Auburn in the HBO matter, where four former players admitted being paid at Auburn. Amazingly, though the four were happy to throw their former program and employer Auburn to the wolves on HBO, none of the four would allegedly speak to NCAA investigators.

I wonder why those four guys would suddenly hush?????

Now lets look at the NCAA statement to the world at large...................

"After Conducting more than eighty interviews, the NCAA has concluded its investigation into Auburn University. The NCAA enforcement staff is committed to a fair and thorough investigative process. As such, any allegations of major rules violations must meet a burden of proof, which is a higher standard than than rampant public speculation online and in the media. The allegations must be based on credible and persuasive information and includes a good-faith belief that the Committee on Infractions could make a finding. As with any case, should the enforcement staff become aware of additional credible information, it will review the information to determine whether further investigation is warranted."

I am sure University of Alabama officials, and those of many other programs who have fallen under the NCAA hammer in the last 20 years, are just giddy that the New NCAA is committed to fairness, and now must meet, in leagalese, a "burden of proof."

I guess admissions by family members and former players are not considered as valuable as the private and secret testimony of a biased snake like Tom Culpepper.The old NCAA would look at the Auburn history, the admissions on HBO, and act on what they believed, not what they could prove.

The New NCAA will use the inability to secure their own personal confession as a reason not to act.

Much of what the NCAA and Auburn would have the world believe about the Newton case is illogical - and some is downright unbelievable.

Welcome to the New NCAA - where Image is more important than Integrity, and where Compliance is no longer as important as Cover-Up.

1 comment:

  1. “Serial repeat offender.”

    “Abysmal infractions track record.”

    “An institution with an appalling and unprecedented recent infractions history.”

    “Extensive recent history of infractions cases ... unmatched by any other member institution in the NCAA.”

    Guess what,Bogie? These statements by the NCAA were not made about Auburn but about your beloved crimson elephants. I would really like for you to point me in the right direction to all of these multiple cases of Auburn cheating...you know, the ones you mentioned in your blog about the extra benefits given to players. I guess if you tell a lie loud and long enough, it becomes the truth. This seems to be the bama way (14 National Championships ring a bell?)I guess when 80% of your "alumni" never stepped foot in a UAT classroom or for that matter any classroom and whose highest grade level achieved averages to eight, you can spew whatever lie you want and make it the truth. Red propaganda at its finest. Something tells me you might be in this 80% group. Something tells me you don't know uat has been on probation for the past 17 years. Something tells me you believe the first time uat paid for a player was the Albert Means case. Something tells me you think Bryant did no wrong and never cheated. Something tells me you don't know who was behind the Cam Newton smear campaign. Something tells me you don't know who Jody Wright is. Something tells me you are NOT a member of the REC or you would know all these things.