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Quack Fix: Mark Emmert Loves Him Some Amateurism

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Jamie Squire

Miami or Cleveland? Cleveland or Miami? This is a bad sequel to a movie we've already seen. How about some Quack?

  • Mark Emmert is that annoying sports radio caller who keeps hammering home the same nonsensical point until the host is forced to hang up on him. Testifying in front of the US Senate, Emmert rightfully calls for "lifetime" scholarships (assuming this means until graduation), but continues to say that amateurism "works extremely well for the vast majority" and should be preserved without acknowledging or addressing fairness issues. I've said I'm not in favor of straight up paying players beyond full cost of attendance, but the NCAA cannot continue to prevent student athletes with the capability to benefit off their likeness. As long as the NCAA continues to hold onto their model at all costs, the more concessions they are going to have to make.
  • Why do we have watch lists? Three Ducks were named to the Bronco Nagurski watch list. But c'mon, it's 2014. Do we really need watch lists?
  • Andrew Greif revisits the basketball sexual assault scandal. The three players involved, Dominic Artis, Damyean Dotson, and Brandon Austin, are having a tough time finding a school that will accept them as transfers. It's a completely understandable position--we saw Dana Altman accept the troubled Austin as a transfer despite sexual assault allegations at his last school, and it blew up in his face. While I hope Artis and Dotson are able to make the most of a second chance somewhere, I wouldn't want to risk my career bringing them aboard if I were a coach.
  • Luke Jackson was on John Canzano's radio show. Nice interview that's worth a listen. The dude just gets it.
That's all I've got for today. If you find more, share. GO DUCKS!