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As the Vol Ambassador pointed out earlier today here on the Gate, according to the New York Times (which, as a general rule, avoids simply making stuff up), the NCAA is currently engaged in a wide-reaching investigation of recruiting at Tennessee under Lane Kiffin, with an emphasis on the use of the so-called "Vol Hostesses," (with particular attention being paid to Hostess Lacey Earps), who routinely accompany recruits on visits to campus. This investigation was confirmed by Mike Hamilton, though he declined to comment on the substance , and the UTAD has since issued an official statement.
The real interest appears to be trips taken by some of the Vol Hostesses to watch potential recruits play as high schoolers. These visits, especially if they result in direct communications related to the recruiting of the athlete are potentially barred under NCAA regulations. Times reporters Pete Thamel and Thayer Evans noted instances where Vol Hostesses had traveled as distance up to 200 or more miles to see recruits play, and had occasionally exchanged text messages with potential recruits.
As official representatives of the UT Athletic Department, contact by these Hostesses could lead to secondary violations, even if the contact was not sanctioned by athletic department officials.
Of particular note, is the fact that the NCAA has been interviewing potential recruits who have not yet formally signed a letter of intent to play for the Vols, an unusual occurrence. Typically, the NCAA only interviews recruits after they have committed. The implication being that the investigation is a serious one and one which the NCAA is not taking lightly.
This is especially true considering the fact that Tennessee racked-up a minimum of six secondary violations since December of 2008. In fact, as attorney and former NCAA investigator, Rick Evrard, told the Times, those secondary violations could have been the impetus leading to the investigation in the first instance. Evard was stated:
Secondaries mean something to the NCAA. It’s very telling if an institution continues to report secondaries particularly if they’re in the same category. If you keep doing the same thing over and over and keep reporting it, that would trigger the N.C.A.A.’s enforcement staff to possibly go in and look at some of that activity.
Former NCAA Investigator Rick Evrard, speaking to the New York Times
It seems to me that a recruiting tool which pairs attractive young women with potential football stars who are approximately 18 years old for the sole purpose of convincing them to play for Tennessee is destined for disaster. This is hardly a new realization for me -- I have felt this way since I was a student at Tennessee -- but this investigation makes it all the more apparent. I do not believe that the athletic department has ever intentionally attempted to use the Vol Hostesses as the proverbial "bait," and I am not questioning the scruples or morals of these young ladies. All I am saying is that, at that age and in those circumstances, things can happen.
The fact of the matter is that this could be a potentially far-reaching and very serious investigation. On the other hand, it could end up being more smoke than fire. Either way, I would imagine that the Athletic Department will be taking a long, hard, look at the use of Vol Hostesses as part of the recruiting process.
More on this as the web untangles...
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For the past several months Tennessee fans and the general sports-watching public have heard a near endless discussion about the various secondary infractions which have occurred since Lane Kiffin (a/k/a “the Blackjack General”) took the reins as the head football coach for the Tennessee Volunteers. Needless to say, some have taken every available opportunity to criticize the University of Tennessee, The UT Athletic Department, Smiling Mike Hamilton, and the Blackjack General himself. Some of it has amounted to little more than sniping and smack-talk, while others have been decidedly more direct.
Rightly or wrongly, Tennessee has self-reported (or is in the process of investigating with with an eye toward reporting) six secondary violations of NCAA Rules, the most recent coming—as HSH reported just the other day—as a result of the Blackjack General’s recent appearance on ESPN’s “Outside the Lines,” where he discussed, imagine that, secondary infractions with ESPN’s Bob Ley.
A “secondary violation” is defined in the NCAA Manual as follows:
A secondary violation is a violation that is isolated or inadvertent in nature, provides or is intended to provide only a minimal recruiting, competitive or other advantage and does not include any significant recruiting inducement or extra benefit. Multiple secondary violations by a member institution may collectively be considered as a major violation.
• 2008-09 NCAA Division 1 Manual § 19.02.2.1 (emphasis added)
To put this in layman’s terms, secondary violations are the functional equivalent of talking in the NCAA’s rather large and particularly boring class. Or, perhaps, in Lane Kiffin’s case, they amount to showing-off for all the girls (or in this case, recruits) in the back of class to impress them and passing notes reading:
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While this sort of thing—in both Mrs. Elliott’s 6th Period English Class and in the world of NCAA compliance—are annoying, effects of Stromectol, Online buying Stromectol, they are largely harmless. While it is true (again, with both Mrs, doses Stromectol work. Herbal Stromectol, Elliott and the NCAA) that enough of these sorts of minor errors along the way can land you in the proverbial Principal’s office, as long as you say you are sorry after each instance (and UT has self-reported all such violations) and space the occurrences out by a day or two, Stromectol photos, Stromectol long term, usually there is little punishment to be meted out, aside from being made a spectacle in front of your peers…
… or by having to stay after class and write on the blackboard.
Hence, order Stromectol from mexican pharmacy, Buy Stromectol from mexico, while Lane Kiffin and the UT Athletic Department are probably getting a little tired of having to deal with the issue of secondary violations, they have been merely a bump in the road thus far.
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Findings of the NCAA Committee on Infractions
As a result of what the NCAA described as “Impermissible benefits obtained by student-athletes through misuse of the institution's textbook distribution program.” the University of Alabama is staring a real violation dead in the face—the NCAA’s penalty summary leaves little question about this:
Penalty Summary: Public reprimand and censure; three years of probation; vacation of records for all wins in which any of the seven involved football student-athletes competed while ineligible during the 2005-06 and 2007-08 academic years, Stromectol pics. Further in the sports of men's tennis, men's track and women's track the records of the 15 involved student-athletes shall be vacated and team point totals shall be reconfigured accordingly; the institution shall pay a fine of $43,900; annual compliance reporting required.
• via: NCAA Legislative Services Database (emphasis added)
This penalty came about as a result of Alabama’s violation of three NCAA regulations: § 15.2.3 (“Books”); § 18.104.22.168 ("General Rules on Extra Benefits"); and § 2.8.1 ("Responsibility of the Institution"). These rules, especially the two latter ones, are not merely fluff in the NCAA Manual, they are major rules, which is why Alabama was slapped—not on the wrist, but across the face—for its major violation of NCAA writ.
Major violations are broadly and somewhat cryptically defined as: “All violations other than secondary violations are major violations, specifically including those that provide an extensive recruiting or competitive advantage.” (2008-09 NCAA Division 1 Manual § 19.02.2.2) I am quite sure that Alabama is familiar with this definition, since the athletic programs at Alabama have had five major NCAA violations—four of which occurred since 1995.
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While the definition of a “major violation” does, admittedly, leave a little to be desired in terms of clarity, the language of the NCAA’s Infractions Report is far less difficult to understand. The report cites the involvement of “201 student-student athletes who received impermissible benefits...” from 16 different sports. That’s right, 201 athletes! Of that number 22 athletes were cited as being “intentional wrongdoers”. In other words enough people to fill an entire string of both the offensive and defensive squads of a football team.^ (Report, p, Buy Stromectol Without Prescription. Buy Stromectol from canada, 1)
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Ignoring the fact that there was a documented 30% spike in textbook costs charged to the Athletic Department—a fact which somehow went unnoticed for almost 3 years—once bookstore officials made the administration aware of the problem, Alabama did self-report the violation. (Report, real brand Stromectol online, Stromectol for sale, pp. Buy Stromectol Without Prescription, 1-2, 5-6) The NCAA Infractions Report notes this and indicates that, in most circumstances, such violations can be adjudicated without a hearing, in Alabama’s case, however, that was not possible, “because of the institution’s status as a repeat violator.” On this point, the committee made itself abundantly clear:
Although the committee commends the institution for self-discovering, investigating and reporting the textbook violations, it remains troubled, nonetheless, by the scope of the violations in this instance and by the institution's recent history of infractions cases. In fact, Stromectol from canada, Buy cheap Stromectol, not only is the University of Alabama currently a "repeat violator," because of the 2002 case, Stromectol canada, mexico, india, Stromectol alternatives, it was also in a "repeat violator" status when that case was adjudicated and when a 1999 case was decided.
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In the end, the NCAA Committee on Infractions lowered the boom on Alabama and—though not mentioned—likely dodged the death penalty in football once again due to the fact that other sports were involved.
Meanwhile, Stromectol schedule, Stromectol without a prescription, back in Mr. Brand’s 3rd Period “Recruitin’, Footballin’ and You” Class
At the end of the day, I really take little joy in seeing Alabama hit with penalties. Does it help Tennessee when recruiting against the Crimson Tide? Sure it does, but it hurts the SEC as a whole when recruiting against other conferences. Furthermore, the widespread perception that anything goes in the SEC is only bolstered by this most recent penalty—which increases the number of major violations committed by SEC member schools to a grand total of 49 (two of which belong to Tennessee) since 1953. As much as I enjoy gigging the Tide for “cheatin’,” I have no desire re-live the whole “Fulmer Lied” fiasco of the decade. While it would hardly surprise me to start hearing rumors that the Great Punkin was briefly employed as a bookstore cashier in Tuscalsoosa, it seems there is no one to blame but Alabama itself. As I’ve said in the past, I am not exactly an Alabama hater—I'm not here to gloat over Alabama's shortcomings. Besides, I’d rather focus on what Tennessee does on the field than what the Tide does in the university bookstore.
On the other hand, given the frequency, severity, and seriousness of Alabama’s violations I do have one general question which bothers me. Alabama has now had three major violations in less than a decade. Alabama has been stripped of wins on multiple occasions in that time period. Alabama has built a strong reputation of, at best, poor compliance and, at worst, cheating.
So why exactly is it that everyone keeps pointing their fingers at class-clown Tennessee?
I suppose I should not be bothered by this, given the general tenor of discussions by both mainstream media outlets and New Media (a/k/a “the blogosphere”) providers. Still, at some level the outcry over Lane Kiffin holding faux-news conferences, letting recruits run through the tunnel in Neyland Stadium “improperly”, for wanton use of Twitter, and all the other recent oversights by Tennessee that have raised the ire of the NCAA seems a bit overblown in comparison to what has obviously been occurring at Alabama.
Of course, Lane Kiffin is probably feeling pretty good about it though. Now, Alabama has gotten itself kicked out of class—sent to the principal’s office for cheating. Meanwhile, there’s Lane, standing at the front of the classroom for being a cut-up—a seemingly forgivable sin.
Sure, he has had to make a few apologies. Sure, he has had to suffer a bit of embarrassment. Sure, he has had to endure a few barbs from here and there.
But standing up there at the front of the class—the focal point of every single kid in the class—might not be that bad. Maybe he's not the best behaved, but he's not really cheating. What's more, he's now getting all that attention from all those recruits sitting behind him. Maybe that’s why he takes so much time to carefully copy his sentences on the chalkboard. Slowly. Deliberately. Methodically.
Yes, Lane has chalk all over him.
That and a great big smile…
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^ Note: The 22 “intentional wrongdoers” cited in the NCAA’s Infractions Report were not identified as being football players, and this is only used as an analogy..
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Note: This post is essentially a comment responding to a post by Hooper over at RTT regarding the Brian Butler Saga. I considered posting some of this as a comment on that venerable site Atarax For Sale, , but opted instead to post my thoughts in an actual article. Thus, I would encourage anyone reading this post to give the original post by Hooper a look.
For a detailed account of Brian Butler's exploits in the world of college football recruiting you should check out an excellent article written by The New York Times' Thayer Evans and Pete Thamel entitled "College Recruiting's Thin Gray Line," upon which the author of this post also relied.
Brian Butler has been called many things by many people, not all of them are nice.
Butler is a former rapper and call-center manager, and a seemingly respectable football trainer based out of Wichita, Kansas. At present, Butler is the principal and operator of the Potential Players recruiting service through which he serves as a self-styled, come-lately, “recruiting adviser” to high school football standouts across the country. A “gifted” self-promoter, he is also the subject of a recently announced investigation by the NCAA.
There are many questions being asked about Butler by many people, especially those recruiting high school standout Bryce Brown (which includes Tennessee). The fundamental question, however, centers on whether he is essentially seeking to act as a sports agent for players being recruited by college football programs.
For now, at least, there is no definitive answer to this query.
The reason that this is an issue is that Butler has widely taken the position that the only way that college recruiters can speak with high-schoolers that he is “advising” is by going through him. To many, this appears—at least outwardly—that Butler is serving as an “agent” rather than simply as an “adviser.”
Again, why does anyone care? Under NCAA bylaws, current and potential student athletes are prohibited from retaining agents, and requires that all prospective athletes undergo an amateurism certification process, which includes, among other things, certifying that the athlete has not agreed to be represented by an agent. On the issue of agents, NCAA Bylaw 12.3 states that:
An individual shall be ineligible for participation in an intercollegiate sport if he or she ever has agreed (orally or in writing) to be represented by an agent for the purpose of marketing his or her athletics ability or reputation in that sport. Further, Buying Atarax online over the counter, an agency contract not specifically limited in writing to a sport or particular sports shall be deemed applicable to all sports, and the individual shall be ineligible to participate in any sport.
• See NCAA Operational Bylaw 12.3.1 (PDF )
The NCAA’s website offers additional guidance stating that:
…a student-athlete (any individual who currently participates in or who may be eligible in the future to participate in intercollegiate sport) may not agree verbally or in writing to be represented by an athlete agent in the present or in the future for the purpose of marketing the student-athlete's ability or reputation. If the student-athlete enters into such an agreement, is Atarax safe, the student-athlete is ineligible for intercollegiate competition.
Also, Online buy Atarax without a prescription, a student-athlete may not accept transportation or other benefits from an athlete agent. This prohibition applies to the student-athlete and his or her relatives or friends.
The term "agent" includes actual agents, runners (individuals who befriend student-athletes and frequently distribute impermissible benefits) and financial advisors.
It is not a violation of NCAA rules if a student-athlete merely talks to an agent (as long as an agreement for agent representation is not established) or socializes with an agent.
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Let’s assume we have a hypothetical 17 year-old high school running back from Bugtussle, Tennessee, named Johnny Rocket. Our boy Johnny has had a stellar career and is now looking at the possibility of playing at any number of schools across the country—all the recruiting sites have him tabbed as a 5-star recruit and the coaches across the country are salivating at the thought of having him suit up for them in the future. Let’s also assume that no one in Johnny’s family ever played for any school and that they are simple working-class folks who really do not understand the mechanics of the recruiting process.
Using our hypothetical, Atarax trusted pharmacy reviews, let's assume that Johnny Rocket’s father ("Jackson") decides that his son is going to play for Tennessee, Atarax dosage, because that’s Jackson’s favorite team, he’s regularly gone with a friend to watch the Vols play for years, and “that’s just how it’s gonna be.” Since Knoxville called and told Jackson that that they’d love to have Johnny wearing an orange shirt, about Atarax, Jackson has bought every single piece of orange clothing he can find and has filled Johnny’s closet. He took Jackson to every home game in Neyland Stadium last season, No prescription Atarax online, and talked a friend’s son who is a UT student into letting Johnny spend the weekend with him so he could see what college life in Knoxville is like. Jackson has also let it be known that no coaches anywhere from any school can do anything to talk to his son without first coming through him, but since Jackson’s mind’s made up, unless you know Lane Kiffin or Ed Orgeron you’re not getting in the door. Case closed.
While this might seem a closed-minded and unfair way for the recruiting process to work, Atarax coupon, there is no violation of any rule of any kind whatsoever in this circumstance. You see, Atarax duration, young Johnny—like most recruits—is a minor and his parents’ have the ability to completely control the situation. That’s because the law recognizes their parental rights to make decisions for their minor son, regardless of whether they are reasonable or not.
The Family Adviser…
Let’s say, however, purchase Atarax online no prescription, that instead of Jackson making the decision that he turns to the assistance of a family friend whom he’s known and trusted for years: Lawius T. Buy Atarax from canada, Vawlius, Esq. (known to his friends simply as “Lawvol” and not to be confused with the author). Jackson trusts Lawvol because he is a dear family friend, and because he is—of all things—an attorney, has known Johnny since he was a kid, and knows all about the law, about going to college, and about “life, the universe, and the bounce of the ball,” Jackson trusts Lawvol. Oh, and since Lawvol thinks the world of Johnny and his family, Lawvol is glad to help as a friend—for free—and not as an attorney.
Still, despite being an attorney by profession, there is no prohibition on family friends and advisers helping out in the recruiting process. It matters little whether that friend is an attorney, a coach (who probably played or went to a coaching camp somewhere), a priest (although I suppose the Notre Dame or Boston College pull might be a bit sketchy), or a former college player. A friend giving free advice is just that—usually.
Here’s the catch. Our hypothetical friend Lawvol is a donor to Tennessee’s VASF and has been a season ticket holder for years now. Thus, Lawvol is a “booster” in the eyes of the NCAA. As a result, there are limits on what Lawvol can say about Tennessee and how much he can encourage Johnny to play for the Big Orange.
Were Lawvol, in accompanying Johnny to all the programs across the country, to decide that his best choice would be to go to THE Ohio State University, with whom Lawvol has no affiliation, then Lawvol can engage in all the arm-twisting, lawerly-double-talk, and encouraging he wants—he’s not a booster and no amount of the “Come to Jesus” talk is too much. Lawvol, as a family outsider, can talk with recruiters at Ohio State till he’s blue-in-the-face, can make endless trips with Johnny to Columbus, he can even help Johnny pick out a sweatshirt or two on Short North near campus after visiting the Horseshoe. Lawvol could even tell coaches—as the appointed family friend and adviser—that they cannot talk to Johnny unless he approves it.
When it comes to talking-up Lawvol’s beloved Tennessee Volunteers, however, things would be much different and could result in something fairly similar to the Albert Means scenario if he went too far. Other than that, however, everything here is perfectly within the rules.
Someone Call the Butler…
Once again, let’s say that Jackson wants help and he calls Brian Butler. Now the dynamic changes—or does it?
Butler has made it clear that he’s willing to do much of what our preceding two advisers did, but on some points he is less willing. First, no purchases of clothing or free trips. Second, no prohibitions on any specific schools, just a general requirement that he be the contact for communicating with Johnny. These are important because they could be no-no’s.
Here is what Butler offers to do for our Johnny, and any other player out there who needs a little advice on the recruiting process:
To assist student-athletes in making positive decisions by recognizing the impact their lives have in our world; while preparing them physically and spiritually to overcome the challenges of life.
What Potential Players Provides
- Academic College Tours
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- Academic and Athletic Assessment
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- Attending Winter and Summer Combines and Camps
- Host Seminars and Coaching Clinics
Oh, but there is the small fact that Brian Butler—unlike Jackson and Lawvol—is getting paid for his help. He gets paid a nominal fee by Johnny’s parents and gets paid infinitely more by those sponsoring his events, courting him to gain his favor, and others “interested” in college recruiting.
Thoughts from the Bully Pulpit
In the end, you can see where the lines between one type of adviser and another are blurry and whether they are different in form as opposed to substance is really a matter of perspective. In reality, the most troubling one would likely be my fictitious “Lawvol” dealing with a recruit who wanted to attend Tennessee. So is what Brian Butler is doing troubling?
For me, it is.
The reason I have problems with what Butler is doing is because, at the end of the day, it is all about making money for Butler off of the talent of high school kids and their families. Sure, he is providing advice to those who probably need it and don’t have anywhere to obtain it. Good for him. The difference between him and everyone else is that he is operating as if he were a sports agent and is banking the benefits. Is he making anything approaching what some of the major sports agents make? Probably not. Still, I’m sure he’s making a comfortable living off of the endeavor.
Yes, I realize that college athletic programs also make money off of the student-athletes they field, but that is a little different in my mind. The benefits that a school gets from its players are substantial, but so are the benefits provided to the student athlete—namely an education and a chance to compete. Furthermore, most college athletics programs are in a constant state of hemorrhaging cash, only a select few (Tennessee being one of the few) actually make any money at the end of the season. They are simply a creature of tradition which are designed to self-perpetuate as best they can. Most athletic departments are constantly chasing dollars because they pour out as fast as they come in. The few programs that manage to achieve solvency in a traditional business sense—like Tennessee—typically disgorge their profit back to their parent institution. Thus, though it is a money game, it’s not the typical profit and loss system that is seen in other areas of sport. I am, however, biased in favor of college athletics.
So what, if anything, can or should be done about it?
One of the questions that Hooper raised in his article was what exactly can the NCAA do to police Butler if they want to impose their will upon him? The simple answer is, by itself, not much. Butler is not a player and is not a sanctioned institution. Thus, he can’t be given a penalty for an infraction.
Could a player be sanctioned or declared ineligible for using Butler, Atarax For Sale. Potentially, buy cheap Atarax no rx, but I doubt that the NCAA would be quite that draconian on a high school kid who simply wants to do the best for himself and unwittingly trusted Butler.
Could the NCAA sanction schools for using Butler. Order Atarax online c.o.d, That seems doubtful considering that the programs are not the ones controlling the contacts and recruiting process—they are essentially beholden to Butler and simply along for the ride on the rollercoaster that Butler has created. The one exception that might lead to a school getting sanctioned would be if a program provided any sort of financial incentive to Butler (a/k/a “bribes”) in return for a recruit’s ear or commitment. That would most certainly lead to sanctions, but really is not any different than the aforementioned Albert Means scenario.
It is entirely possible that the NCAA has additional weapons in its legal arsenal of which I am simply not aware, in fact it is likely. I am not an expert in the area of NCAA compliance, japan, craiglist, ebay, overseas, paypal, rules, Generic Atarax, and regulations. At first blush, however, Butler does appear to be operating outside the existing regulatory framework—at least in a traditional sense.
So, Atarax maximum dosage, if the NCAA has no control over Butler, Order Atarax online overnight delivery no prescription, is that it. No.
The fact of the matter is that the NCAA does not have to exercise its authority to reign Butler in—that’s where those State Legislators I mentioned earlier, and a little thing called the Uniform Athlete Agents Act (UAAA) come into play.
In the fall of 2000, where can i order Atarax without prescription, the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (NCCUSL)—a blue-ribbon panel of lawyers, Atarax steet value, judges, state legislators and law professors appointed at the state level—released the Uniform Athlete Agents Act which was intended to “provide a uniform system for regulating athlete agents.” This Model Act was drafted by a taskforce at the NCAA’s request. Upon release, it was submitted to all of the state legislatures across the country. In some form or fashion, Atarax online cod, 43 states and territories have enacted the provisions of the UAAA, Atarax samples, are in the process of enacting it, or have a similar act already in place. Tennessee is one of the states which enacted the UAAA verbatim (See TCA § 49-7-2122 — § 49-7-2141 ).
The UAAA imposes strict requirements on Agents in terms of how, when, Atarax over the counter, and where they do business. It also requires that they register with state officials as athlete agents. Violations of the provisions of the UAAA can lead to civil and criminal liabilities. In the case of civil suits, Order Atarax from United States pharmacy, any award is trebled (multiplied by a factor of three), state officials can impose administrative fines up to $25,000 per violation of the Act, online buying Atarax hcl, and criminal penalties—which in Tennessee are a class E felony—can result in up to six years in prison. (See id. )
Whether Butler’s actions fall within the reach of the UAAA is a question which would be open to debate. That said, Comprar en línea Atarax, comprar Atarax baratos, if the NCAA were concerned enough, there is no reason that the UAAA could not be revised to include activities of precisely the sort in which Butler is engaged. Thus, while it might not be possible for the NCAA to stop Butler at present, where can i buy cheapest Atarax online, there is no reason that they could not potentially stop him at some point down the road though the use of the NCAA’s considerable power in the various legislatures of states far and wide.
But is all of that really worth it?
Whether or not Brian Butler is deserving of some sort of censure is open for debate. Undoubtedly, Atarax dose, the NCAA will let the world know its thoughts when its investigation is concluded. Until then, it is all speculation.
If the NCAA determines that Butler is in violation of its rules, buy Atarax no prescription, then likely as not, Order Atarax no prescription, there will be a furor to follow. What impact that might have on Bryce Brown’s recruitment is beyond me. Still, until then all eyes in the recruiting world will be focused squarely on the exploits of Brian Butler and the considerable weight of the NCAA investigatory lens bearing down upon him.
Butler asserts that his service is legitimate and that he is simply helping players maximize that potential. Helping someone maximize their potential is hardly a moral offense. Violating the rules of the NCAA, while hardly laudable, Atarax schedule, is sometimes understandable given their massive breadth and scope (PDF ). Sometimes, rules get broken with the best of intentions out of no true fault on the part of the offender. In my opinion that is not what is going on in the case of Brian Butler.
Though perhaps un-sanctionable for now, however, the use of high school athletes—their families, their hopes, their dreams, their desire to excel—to propel yourself to national prominence and wealth, in my opinion, is hardly reputable and should not be condoned. While Butler may not have violated any rules or regulations which can be enforced, his shameless self-promotion paired with his willingness to interject himself into the recruitment of athletes in unprecented ways, makes me seriously question his motives. I cannot say that Butler is dirty—I am not privy to those facts. It does, however, appear to this author that he is.
Whether the NCAA agrees remains to be seen…
Portions of this post relied upon information published by: The New York Times • Rocky Top Talk • Dr. Saturday • The Quad Blog | Image(s) Courtesy of: The New York Times / Brandi Simmons.
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Take for instance the fact that Gregg Doyel (who attended Florida, is known for loving to tick people off, looks remarkably like Anthony Edwards from ER, and apparently cannot spell either of his names correctly) who probably could have given damn about the Tennessee Volunteers at this point in time, is ventilating at full tilt. This has led Doyel to conclude, among other things, that: 1) Kiffin should be fired immediately; 2) Tennessee fans are "stupid people" (especially VASF donors); and 3) Kiffin is an "idiot," "bufoon," and "dumb." Doyel also concludes that, as the opposite of "Urban" Meyer everyone should refer to Tennessee's head coach as "Rural" Kiffin. That has to be one of the dumbest plays on words I've heard in a while. Others, have been more complimentary, including Bruce Feldman and the guys at PTI.
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At any rate, it seems that this thing refuses to die. Which, considering it is keeping Tennessee in the public eye and on the lips of every sports commentator across the country, is probably a good thing. Oh, and for the record, it hasn't seemed to hurt prospects with recruits out there, such as Joe Montana's son, Nick. As an aside, I found the thoughts of some of the "common fans" of Southern Cal's take on all of this enlightening -- they think it is great and have, almost uniformly, nice things to say about Kiffin. I am also beginning to make me wonder if hell has frozen over considering that the KNS' John Adams has actually been saying nice things about the Tennessee Football Program lately.
Not to be outdone, and in the hopes of spreading the venom even farther -- sticking with my "This is Sparta" theme -- here's my little addition to the whole thing:
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At any rate, the current course of the football program at Tennessee is easy to assess: 1) after the pain of the Season of Constant Sorrow (2008) things are finally moving forward; 2) people are talking; and 3) at present the 2009 season comes down to two games: Western Kentucky (first home game) and the 19 September meeting with the Florida Gators.
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Rusty over at RTT has offered up 5 theories for Lane Kiffin's (a/k/a the Blackjack General) barb to Urban Meyer yesterday. They are worth a read. Rusty's theories started a rather interesting discussion on the subject.
Anyway, here are my two cents worth, which I originally posted over on RTT as a comment (with the addition of the video and image):
The comment on Meyer is simply a comment made to a closed group being taken out of context. That is, Kiffin said “cheating” in the sense of “man, that’s some slimy stuff” but is was taken as “violation of codified NCAA and SEC rules and regulations.” In other words, he was speaking like a normal person and not like some degenerate lawyer (I can say that, I are one).
In the big picture, I think that there is a method to Kiff’s madness. I think he realizes that the Tennessee fans need something to help rally them to “the flag,” which a little controversy will accomplish.
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I also think — given who he has attacked and who he hasn’t (See Mark Richt, Houston Nutt, Rich Brooks, Les Miles, etc.) — that it is a calculated move to agitate those who simply cannot stand being agitated and love to agitate constantly. Steve Spurrier was the master of this in the 1990s — and it was very effective. Kiffin wants to try and begin to get in the heads of others who believe themselves to be mighty, but has notably spared the friendly sorts. After Lumigan, (Oh, and for the record, Lumigan reviews, Australia, uk, us, usa, Spurrier can take being agitated. In fact it often seems to make him respect others more, Lumigan trusted pharmacy reviews. No prescription Lumigan online, Plus, he was pretty affable in response to the whole recruiting test discourse.)
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