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Cleveland sports legend Bob Karlovec joins us to talk about the Browns training camp, the Indians struggles and the NCAA sanctions against Penn State.


John Tuzey, senior draft analyst for joins us to discuss the impact of the sanctions and which rookies will shine in the 2012 NFL season.


Tomorrow former Browns QB Kelly Holcomb will join us to talk about the development of a rookie QB and the transition from college to the NFL for that position.



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Bowl Championship Series RIP

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The College Presidents’ Oversight Committee has approved a four team seeded playoff.  It is WAY overdue.

It is hard to understand why it took the ivy covered college presidents so long to realize their dream of squeezing more money out of the sport of football.  Any form of playoff would automatically generate a lot more money than the BcS ever did.  While this plan is a major step forward, I still have a lot of questions.

My first question is why did this take so long?  We hear that the Bowl system had to be protected.  Who among us did not shed a tear when the Poulan Weedeater Bowl went belly up?  I have more to say about the Bowls later.  But when a team must only win 6 games to qualify, how important can the bowl be?

Then there was the argument that a playoff would negatively impact the student-athletes.  But those same educators have no issues with the basketball players missing 3 weeks of school for the NCAA basketball championships.  And those require teams to visit 3 different cities.


Second it will not start until the 2014.  WHY?  Because none of the supporters of the BcS can admit it was a quick fix that lived far beyond its useful life, we are stuck with it for another couple of miserable seasons.


Third, will Notre Dame leadership please excuse themselves from any discussion of college football playoffs.  ND has not been a factor for years.  It is not likely to be a factor any time soon despite hiring a really good head coach.  They have their own deal with NBC.  But other than an occasional game against a football power in which they are regularly crushed, their schedule includes a lot of games against the Sisters of the Perpetually Miserable.  They have no business having a voice in this decision.


Next, where is the money going?  These are public universities supported in part by taxpayer money.  We, the tax paying public, have a right to full disclosure on what is done with the money.  The current bowl system is riddled with problems.

Many schools that go to lower level bowls lose money.  That is right they lose money.  The bowls require a school to buy between 35 and 45% of the tickets.  When the school’s fan base is less than thrilled to be going to the Podunk bowl in outer Nowhereville, the payout for the bowl falls short of covering the ticket cost, let alone the cost of taking the team and equipment, or the cost of housing and food.

In addition there are reports of bowl executives being over paid and the charities that the bowl is supposed to support getting a small percentage of the total income.  Every state has laws limiting the percentage they can take of money generated.  Bowls are under no such restrictions.


Perhaps the biggest question is how will the final four teams be selected?  We are told it will be a combination of a computer system and a committee of “experts.”  We will not know who will make those picks or how the computer system will rank the teams for a while.  I have one piece of advice for the NCAA.  Whatever system they design must be transparent.  Make the votes of the committee public.  Publish a clear account of the factors involved in the computer system and the weight assigned to each.


That’s what I think.  What do you think?


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There is a major fraud in College football but it is not the OSU players

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The NCAA announced today that 5 Ohio State players will be suspended for 5 games in 2011 for selling Big 10+1 Championship rings, the Gold pants they get for beating Michigan and some other items. There is a HUGE fraud here but it has nothing to do with the 5 players. The FRAUD is the NCAA itself.

First, the 20 year old juniors assumed that the rings and other jewelry they won on the field and were presented were their property! The OSU AD Gene Smith (no relation) said that exact thing in a press conference.

My question for him and the NCAA is this. Who the hell are you to tell anyone what they can do with their own property!

We are not talking about the players selling a ring for 500K. These transactions were at a realistic value for the items sold but it is not about that. The majority of kids used the money to help their families, but it is not about that either.

At one time, this country was a republic. Private property was private and the owner could do with it WHATEVER he or she wanted. The NCAA might want to check the US Constitution to see how many of its rules violate that document.

This is the same NCAA that whores itself out for money every chance it gets. Notice that the players are allowed to make money for the NCAA in the Sugar Bowl. If the starters for Ohio State were not in the lineup in the Sugar Bowl, the NCAA and OSU would lose millions. What kind of crap is that? The NCAA sells the rights to the Bowl games to the highest bidder with no regard to whether the majority of fans will be able to watch the games.

The NCAA has permitted the bowls to sell their naming rights for money. The latest money grab was to sell the rights to ESPN so that the majority of games are shown on cable and not available to the average fan. Along with their accessories after the fact the college presidents, they also refuse to allow a playoff in Div. 1 football “to preserve the tradition of the Bowl system!” WHAT? Who among us can survive without the Poulan Weed-eater bowl? GET OVER YOURSELVES!

Despite the total greed exhibited by the NCAA, they refuse to allow a student-athlete to get a ride across campus on a golf cart. THAT is a violation. At the same time to preserve their financial stake in the BCS game, they saw nothing wrong with the father of Auburn QB Newton to attempt to shake down colleges for the services of his son. The “investigation” failed to prove that the player knew anything about the actions and therefore, their money was safe because Auburn would be allowed to play Oregon in the BcS “just pretend” Championship Game. Had Newton been ineligible the NCAA would have lost millions of dollars. Does anyone really believe that Auburn boosters did not pay Newton the 180K he asked Mississippi State for? Furthermore, does anyone believe that if that payment was made, that Newton Jr. didn’t benefit substantially from the money? No, of course not.

No one with an IQ above 20 really believes anything the NCAA said about the Newton investigation. Maybe the OSU students should have contacted Newton Sr. to sell their stuff. That would have been fine.

I have said here before that the NCAA is headed toward extinction and that is WAY overdue. The rule book makes the IRS code look like a 2nd grade reader. These guys define pomposity. The major conferences need to get together and form a new association and refuse to support the dictatorship that the NCAA has become.

OSU has said it will appeal the decision. But the NCAA only allows appeals to the same pinheads that issued the original penalty. Good luck with that. At that point OSU will drop the issue.

I suggest that the players suspended sue the NCAA for violating the player’s civil rights. I would love to see the NCAA frog-walked into court to try to defend their dictatorship in public.

In the mean time the players should turn their back on The Ohio State University and declare for the NFL Draft. They won’t be hurt by this so called “scandal” because no scout cares a wit what the NCAA rules say or don’t say. If a prospect has been accused of a crime, that is one thing. These silly NCAA rules are ridiculous. The scouts, fans, players and coaches know that. The only ones that have not figured it out are the pinheads at the NCAA.

When I worked at the state I found an old parable to be true. Those with just a little power seem to get a Napoleon complex. The only thing missing from the NCAA is a group photo with their hands stuck in their shirts.

I also think that it is time for the big dollar contributors to colleges to let the pinhead presidents know that unless they vote to support a real playoff in football, the money flow will dry up. Those boosters that support their schools should mention the massive donations to the NCAA should stop as well.

That’s what I think. Tell me what you think.

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Mavs Owner Mark Cuban is looking into starting a REAL NCAA Championship Playoff system for College Football.

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Mark Cuban has always been one of the most outspoken proponents of marketing in the NBA. But he has interests far beyond that sport. He attempted to buy the Chicago Cubs but was rebuffed by the Old Boys Club known as Major League Baseball. Now he has another idea and this one is something I can really get behind–He wants to finance a true NCAA Playoff system. He told “The more I think about it, the more sense it makes as opposed to buying a baseball team. You can do something the whole country wants done.”

There are precedents for starting a true playoff. Pryor to the first NCAA Basketball National Championship Tournament, the National Invitational Tournament was the “unofficial” championship. It took a few years before the NIT became a footnote and the NCAA Tournament became the central focus as the “real” championship.

Cuban wants to replace the BcS and most of the football world (except the pinhead ivy covered college presidents) agrees it should go. Cuban is totally correct that there would be a lot more money generated by a national playoff than by the 34 bowl games plus the BcS Championship game.

There are some that complain “we can not lose the tradition of the Bowl games in college football!” Who will ever recover from the loss of the Poulan Weed-eater bowl? I know I cried for weeks! There are 14 teams in bowl games with a 6-6 record. What Drama! What excitement to proudly claim “We’re number 33!”

There are 3 key questions. Question 1-Would TV pay BIG BUCKS to broadcast a true playoff? Oh, YES THEY WOULD. Today for example on the local ABC affiliate at 2PM opposite the ESPN coverage of the New Mexico Bowl is showing “Paid Programming.”

Question 2– Would the really good teams sign up to play vs going to a BcS bowl?

I will leave it to you. Do you think the undefeated TCU would rather play in an 8 team playoff for a national title rather than playing a one loss Wisconsin for all the roses in the Rose Bowl? I think so. Would Ohio State rather play Arkansas in the Sugar bowl or have a shot to win a national championship? No, they would rather have a shot at the big game.

Now an even harder question. If you were undefeated Oregon or Auburn, would you rather receive a crystal football from the BcS or win a true playoff? If the other top teams were going to the playoff, I think both would opt out of a fictional championship for a real playoff. That is particularly true of Auburn who could lose their BcS championship if QB Newton is eventually found to have been ineligible. When you win a playoff similar to that in the NFL, you have much more credibility.

Question 3-Will the schools go along with the idea? In terms of the Cuban plan to get the playoff started, here is what he said, “Put $500 million in the bank and go to all the schools and pay them money as an option. Say, ‘Look I’m going to give you X amount every five years. In exchange, you say if you’re picked for the playoff system, you’ll go.”

The only thing that is more important to college presidents than their dedication to a far left agenda is their greed. Pay them and they will come. The TV rights to an 8 team playoff has been estimated to be worth 2 billion dollars. That is where the playoff would probably start.

If it started this season, here is what the playoff would look like.

8 Arkansas v 1 Auburn

5 Wisconsin v 4 Stanford – Winner plays the winner above

6 Ohio State v 3 TCU

7 Oklahoma v 2 Oregon – Winner plays the winner above.

The first round would be played today and tomorrow. The second round would be played the following Saturday and the finals would be played on Jan 1.

The rest of the bowls could go on as usual. There would be 4 fewer bowls. The ones to go first would most likely be the New Mexico Bowl, the uDrove Humanitarian Bowl, the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl and the hardest to give up–the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s St. Petersburg Bowl. Somehow, I can face another day without those great games if there was a real playoff at the end of the season.

So, that is the plan. Do you think that would be a better system than the BS–I mean BcS?

That’s what I think. Tell me what you think.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He is a senior writer for and edits His first non-fiction work is at the publisher now and he has also published several novels on

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EDITORIAL: The NCAA declares Auburn QB Newton eligible

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To protect their backsides, the Auburn administration declared QB Newton ineligible and then asked the NCAA to make him eligible for the SEC Championship game.

The NCAA obliged like the faithful dog it has become for the power conferences and granted eligibility. There seems to be little doubt that Newton’s Dad tried to extort $180K from two other schools for his son’s services.

The NCAA said there was “no direct evidence” that Newton Jr. had any idea that his father was trying to sell his services. That is crap and everyone knows it.

If the BcS was threatened by a QB with eligibility issues from a 1st place Boise State or TCU team, you can bet the house, the car, the wife and your first born that the NCAA would suggest that the QB be held out until the full investigation was complete. Given its history for prompt action in the Reggie Bush case, that would occur in 2099.

The NCAA should complete the investigation immediately. To assume that the child knew nothing about the father getting nearly 200K is ludicrous. The NCAA needs to release the evidence of innocence.

This organization is totally incompetent when it comes to making rules let alone enforcing them. Believe it or not, there is no rule against extorting money from a college for signing as a player. The NCAA has used the more general rule against gaining a “competitive advantage” by use of money.

The NCAA steals so much money from college football that it owes the fans that provide that money much better disclosure and faster investigations. There is no excuse for the delay the Bush issue allowed.

That’s what I think. Tell me what you think.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He is a senior writer for and edits His first non-fiction work is at the publisher now and he has also published several novels on

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There is a good deal of fallout from the USC debacle.

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During the cold war, the USSR had a department of Revisionist History. When a leader was overthrown he would be removed from history like he never existed. There just is not many job opportunities for a used dictator. The same thing is going on at USC.

Every trace of both Reggie Bush and O.J. Mayo are being removed from the school. Pictures are coming down and press books are being updated. The USC President-Elect C. L. Max Nikias announced that the school’s Heisman Trophy for Reggie Bush would be returned. The previous was a political announcement intended to win favor with the NCAA as USC appeals the two year suspension from post season play. Don’t expect that will win the school much favor.

USC Athletic Director Mike Garrett was fired and former USC QB and current Notre Dame football color guy Pat Haden was named to replace him. Former Head Coach Pete Carroll already saw the writing on the wall and slipped out of town in the middle of the night for points north. He ended up getting the Seahawk job.

But the fallout goes a lot further than that. According to a source that would not speak on the record at the NCAA several other schools are now being looked at for similar violations. The rumor is that the list include North Carolina, South Carolina and Alabama. The problem with these schools resulted from a party at South Beach in Miami. The NCAA is looking into who paid for the airfare, lodging and other costs associated with the party. Several sports agents were there and the suspicion is that they paid for the trips. One player that was identified is Bama DL Marcel Dareus. Head Coach Nick Saban told ESPN “Our [university] compliance people are looking into it.”

The University of Florida is also being looked at. That investigation involves ex-Florida OC Maurkice Pouncey and a charge that he took $100,000 from someone affiliated in an agent between the SEC Conference Championship game and the bowl win over Cincy.

The NCAA has stumbled around like a drunk walking up a down escalator. It took more than 4 years to finally issue a decision about Bush. It has to do better and get to an answer faster. The result is that the penalty is paid by people that were in junior high when the violation took place. That is not fair.

The NCAA has been put in an untenable situation by the NBA requiring players to have been out of high school for a year before becoming eligible for the rookie draft. The one and done just invites problems. The OJ Mayo case is only the shavings off the tip of the ice berg. There are certainly many other such problems in just the 2 years that one and done has been in effect.

But the real problem is the agents. There are way too many dollars to be made by signing a potential 1st round pick. There has been no penalty against the agents that have provided the money.

The NCAA, the players’ associations and the professional leagues are going to have to work together to solve that problem. The leagues are going to have to agree to suspend an agent for a period of time for the first violation of NCAA rules. A second should permanently ban the agent from the business and suspend the agency for which he works for a period of time as well. A third violation within a sports agency should result in the ban of that agency ownership from ever being certified again.

That would be a proposal that the NCAA should make. If the professional groups refuse to go alone, the NCAA should restrict access of pro scouts and coaches to the member schools. While that won’t guarantee the problem would never occur again, it would put the penalty where it belongs–on the agent.

That’s what I think. Tell me what you think.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He is a senior writer for and edits He has also published several novels on

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