Santa is scheduled to begin coming twice a year
Believe it or not, the sometimes-backwards, out-ofdate NCAA has done something that I believe America will approve. It has, in essence, enabled some fans to double their pleasure.
The college czar-like organization has been active over the past week, coming up with several new rules. The governing body has done away with two-a-day football practices for one, but the really big news is that College National Signing Day for football is introducing a December date as well as keeping the current February date.
A player can sign on either day. And think of how happy the recruitniks and little boys and girls who follow this stuff like religion will be. Now they can make fools of themselves twice in a season — not just once. Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.
It will also change how a coach and his staff approach signing a player. On the surface, the move may take some pressure off the athlete and the school, and certainly cut down on telephone bills and travel costs. It’s one of the most progressive moves the NCAA has made in years and it could make the old signing day a thing that is no longer the apex of the preseason.
Virginia Tech and Florida State will open the 2018 season with a game in Tallahassee on Labor Day night, Sept. 3, on ESPN. Of course, Georgia Tech will play Tennessee this year at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Labor Day, Sept. 4. … The NCAA also approved a new rule that college football coaches can now hire a 10th coach. Hot dog, another way to spend money. … Many NFL executives are agreeing that former Tennessee quarterback and aerospace engineering student Joshua Dobbs could very well be the next Dak Prescott. …
Now here’s a non-major college that truly has big expectations. Northern Illinois has some big time opponents lined up over the next two seasons, including Iowa, Brigham Young, Florida State and Utah. The coaches and players keep saying they aren’t scared of anyone and now are going out to prove it. …
Kentucky, which posted its first winning season and first bowl appearance since 2010, gave rings to their players. Many fans found that ridiculous to give out rings for losing to Georgia Tech in the TaxSlayer Bowl.
Out & about
My favorite golfer, John Daly hit a ball off of a beer can during an exhibition in Myrtle Beach and then picked up the beer and chugged it. … This is an amazing statistic. The Oakland Raiders, the longtime bad boys in the NFL, are the only pro football team who hasn’t had a team member arrested over the past three seasons. …
Jon Gruden, the “quarterback whisperer” of the NFL, says he’d take Texas Tech’s Patrick Mahomes as his first quarterback if he were picking in the draft. … As a surprise to no one, North Carolina superstar Justin Jackson,a junior, has declared for the NBA draft. Jackson also got engaged over this past weekend. …
The University of Georgia’s Yante Maten has put his name in the NBA draft, but won’t hire an agent and can return to the Bulldogs if he chooses. … If you’re going to buy stock in a player, I would suggest high school senior Kevin Knox, a small forward at Tampa Catholic High. Knox turned down $1.4 million to play a year in China before he goes to college. … Now the number has reached six as to the number of players at the University of Memphis who have transferred with Tubby Smith as coach.
Here & there
Former Purdue athletic director Morgan Burke sounds like my kind of guy. He believes scholarship athletes are getting enough and maybe too much and doesn’t feel they should get more. …
And another interesting thing has happened with the sudden influx of big bucks due to television. Many college athletic booster clubs are questioning why they are out there raising money when the athletic departments now have plenty of money. … Chipper Jones, retired Braves’ slugger, says the Marietta Braves’ new ballpark should be a real showcase for home run hitters. … Did you realize that as late as 1980, Major
League Baseball welcomed its first million-dollar player in
Nolan Ryan? That’s chump change today.