Jimmy Johns made a speech for 12 people Wednesday at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium. It should have been heard by thousands. "Congratulations on being here, but it doesn't stop here," Johns told members of the 2011 Clarion-Ledger Dandy Dozen. "Seven years ago, I was sitting right there where y'all are. I am here today because I don't want y'all to make the same mistakes I made."
But upon reading the NCAA's Case Summary against Ohio State, released last week, I am struck, not by how similar the two cases are, but by their differences. The real issue at Ohio State, after all, is not that memorabilia was signed, or even that it was purchased from student-athletes, although that did create eligibility problems. To this point, no matter how suggestive pictures might be, there has been no direct evidence that any UA player received an extra benefit. The reason the Ohio State case has turned into something serious can be summed up in five words: the compliance model broke down. The head coach, when apprised of possible NCAA violations, did not turn them over to the school's compliance office and let them do their job. Every problem in the current case the NCAA is pressing against OSU stems from that one fact. At Alabama, just the opposite seems to have happened. When the school became aware Al Betar was selling memorabilia, it appears - according to the documents UA has released so far - UA compliance acted in precisely the way it was supposed to act. It investigated the activities.
JESSE Williams' huge frame is covered in lettering, excerpts of inspirational speeches and messages to himself. His latest tattoo, a scrawl of cursive writing across the top of his right hand, reads: "I stopped checking for the monster under the bed when I realised the monster is me."
Former University of Alabama defensive back Robby Green will transfer to California University of Pennsylvania to play his final season of college football, but told tidesports.com he plans to return to the Capstone next spring to complete his degree. "I needed a fresh start in a new place. I needed to get out of one element and into another one," Green told tidesports.com. "I'll get to go up North, meet some new people and try to make my dream of playing at the next level happen."
When Bryant-Denny Stadium was completed in 1929 it could only accommodate about 12,000 fans, but now the University of Alabama is home to one of the the finest football stadiums in the nation, bar none. Over the decades Bryant-Denny was expanded and improved over eight different times, in fact the University of Alabama has just completed a 80.6 million dollar expansion just in time for the 2010 season. That expansion added an additional 9462 seats and 36 new skyboxes which brings the total of skyboxes at Bryant-Denny to 159 and its seating capacity to 101,812.
The Samford softball program has hired Ashley Holcombe Bell as an assistant coach, head coach Mandy Burford announced on Thursday. "I am very thrilled and excited to have someone of Ashley's caliber join the Samford softball staff," Burford said. "She brings a wealth of knowledge, passion and experience that will be vital to helping this program reach new heights." Holcombe Bell has spent the last two seasons as a graduate assistant at her alma mater, the University of Alabama. She served the staff as the director of softball operations in 2010 and as a student coach and manager last season.
SEC First team: Kenny Boynton, Anthony Davis, Festus Ezeli, JaMychal Green, John Jenkins, Terrence Jones, Tony Mitchell, Jeffery Taylor Second: Brad Beal, Dee Bost, Bruce Ellington, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Doron Lamb, Trevor Releford, Mike Rosario, Marquis Teague, Erving Walker
Asked if Cody could build off the momentum he had at the end of last season, Harbaugh said that’s the plan. "We need him to," Harbaugh said. "He is the starting nose guard, and we expect there to be no drop-off. "We have had a tremendous amount of production from Kelly Gregg over the years, and Terrence Cody has to play at least as well as that. That’s the plan. That’s his responsibility, but I’m sure he can do it."
"Growing up, you never had the money, but when you finally do get it, there are so many things you want," he told the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. "At the same time, you have to take it into consideration that you want it to last the rest of your life. Invest it well and do the best you can with it, because I don't want to go back to where I came from."
Running back Mark Ingram, the 2009 Heisman Trophy winner, is officially a Saint, per a league source. The first three years of the four-year deal are guaranteed. Like all first-round picks, there’s a fifth-year option.
The Eagles have added a little more depth to the offensive line with Sunday morning's addition of guard Evan Mathis. A veteran of seven NFL seasons, the 6-5, 302-pound Mathis has played in 58 career games (22 starts) for the Cincinnati Bengals (2008-10), Miami Dolphins (2008), and Carolina Panthers (2005-07).
Joe Paterno will be calling plays for Penn State this coming season, both on the offensive and defensive side of the ball.
"It’s here in this place of privilege where perhaps danger lies. I’ve been taught that human nature is such that the place of privilege most often and most naturally leads to a sense of entitlement; the notion that I deserve to be treated as special because I’m privileged. The truth is privilege should never lead to entitlement. I’ve been raised and taught to believe that privilege should lead to responsibility. In fact, it’s a greater responsibility." … "I don’t believe it’s too farfetched to think that we, as college football players, can make a significant, positive difference in the youth culture of American simply by embracing the responsibilities that accompany this place of privilege. We can re-define what’s cool."