Morning Reads for Friday, August 8, 2014

– We’re Number One! We’re Number One! Wait. What?
Dublin mall cop: No praying at the mall! Stop it!
– Surely we don’t have to sit through FIVE of these things.
– The worst thing for any candidate is mouthy relatives.

– Those Brits really know their PC-ness.
– Goose. Gander. Sauce. So there.
– You knew it was only a matter of time before somebody went there. And (predictably) the WaPo did.
Boehner’s message on the road. Read between the lines.
– Come on, did you really expect the Mississippi GOP to hear McDaniel’s challenge?

Random Everywhere:
The Most Trusted Name in News. Really.
– Will the Real Constitutional Scholar please stand up?
Five years, the current magic number.
– Someday, someone will actually learn something from history.



  1. Ed says:

    I know most of us here love college football and we should all be a little weary of the P5 decision yesterday. The NCAA members could shoot it down but it has some serious implications across all sports. *IF* it goes down, Georgia schools will get seriously hosed.

    Mercer and Kennesaw State can basically say goodbye to having success in basketball and baseball respectively as they won’t be able to keep up the p5s.

    Southern gets screwed for leaving FCS and will basically have no shot of joining the real big boys (honestly, what would it offer to any of the P5s? Academics? Hah! New media market? You’re joking. Recruiting advantage? Not with three other FBS teams in the state.)

    Tech can end its football program because they aren’t going to loosen their academic requirements while the other schools are going to have virtually no standards (Stanford, ND, Northwestern etc show it *can* be done but it isn’t easy).

    Oh and of course, is this really the best use of institutions’ money?

    Lots of potentially very scary things on the horizon…

    • xdog says:

      In what world were Mercer, Kennesaw, Georgia Southern, Georgia State competing with power conference teams? The new decision recognizes the disparity between schools with $100M receipts and those with $5M and acknowledges that the big earners are best served by making decisions for themselves.

      As to your rhetorical question, the answer is ‘Of course not’. You could ask the same of high schools.

      • Ed says:

        Mercer, you will recall, defeated Duke in the NCAA tournament and has somewhat quietly developed a strong program.

        Kenessaw State has a long baseball tradition and made it to the CWS.

        Ask Florida about Southern. (You’ll note I said they now have no shot at doing anything else).

        GSU has found an inefficiency with basketball and exploited it to their advantage (strong transfer recruiting).

        My point was that the P5 decision is going to kill non-P5 competitiveness in non-revenue sports, and even to the point where it is not inconceivable that a team like UConn will be unable to compete in basketball.

        • Lawton Sack says:

          Georgia Southern has a long history of winning in baseball as well. Georgia Southern made the leap for national exposure, and they will get it. They saw that FCS teams were not getting coverage any longer, even for the championship game. Georgia Southern has 2 Thursday night games that will be televised by ESPN on ESPNU. The Navy game is being carried by CBS Sports Network and their games against NC State and GA Tech are being carried by the ACC network. That is a lot more exposure than in the past.

    • FranInAtlanta says:

      Just a little while back (2-3 years), a survey of all public Division 1 universities showed that Tech had the HIGHEST qualifications for both its non-jocks and jocks (big gap but still highest for both groups). Once they decided not to admit anyone who could not graduate, they applied it to jocks also (I do suspect that some of the jocks are encouraged not to major in Chemical Engineering.).

      • Lea Thrace says:

        No one is encouraged to major in ChemE. That major is a masochists paradise.

        shudders at the thought of the horror that is/was ChE 2100.

    • Lawton Sack says:

      From the comments I read from the Sun Belt head, it sounds like the Sun Belt is in agreement with the new structure and does not plan to challenge. Here are his most recent comments:

      “Today’s vote by the NCAA Board of Directors will have a significant impact on the future of intercollegiate athletics and more than likely will result in an increase in the cost of operating the athletic programs of the universities of the Sun Belt Conference,” Sun Belt Commissioner Karl Benson said, “While there will be challenges ahead, our universities are committed to the continued academic success of our student-athletes along with providing the necessary benefits to protect their overall health and welfare. Our universities have integrated the values of intercollegiate athletics into their respective academic missions on each campus and the SBC looks forward to continuing to play a prominent role within the new NCAA governance as one of the 10 FBS conferences.”

    • MattMD says:

      Ed, your comments regarding Tech are stupid. Tech is never going to “end its football program” while it is a part of a major conference. Tech went though a rather long dark age when it left the SEC and I think those memories are still somewhat strong in the collective conscious.

      Furthermore this idea that Stanford and Northwestern “show it can be done” is almost bordering on a cliche lately. First off, Tech has had more consistent success than either of those two programs over the last 30 years. Also, Tech doesn’t have the breadth of curriculum where they can park football players. There are no B.A. degrees at Tech. No degrees in Speech Communication or Leisure Studies. No degrees in African American studies. You cannot create your own major.

      Now, I’m not saying all our football players are engineers; in fact the majority are not majoring in a STEM field. However, this doesn’t take away from the fact that Tech has always been a difficult school for almost all students. I know a great deal of Tech football players major in Management and that is a very marketable degree.

      At the moment, I’m not worried about academic standards. I don’t see how any administrator could possibly dumb down some of the curriculum in the super-majority of the SEC schools.

      • Ed says:

        Football now is much different than it was in 1997, even so sustained success over the last 30 years isn’t terribly meaningful (to me, at least). My point is that there is a way for academic schools to field quality football teams but everything is going to be substantially harder.

        I think where you’ll see the biggest challenge is for non-revenue sports where. For example, UC-Irvine is pretty dominant at football and water polo and Cal State Fullerton with baseball. Will they be able to compete with a basically un-constrained USC or UCLA, just to name two examples? Probably not, if you ask me.

  2. xdog says:

    I thought the Kurds could and would fight. Instead, they’re either rolling over or pulling back to the mountains. Neither is good for a future Kurdish state or even north Iraq autonomy.

  3. Jon Lester says:

    Michelle Nunn didn’t want to debate her primary opponents at all, and now she wants five debates with David Perdue?

    I hope Amanda Swafford will get to participate.

  4. saltycracker says:

    Obama is doing the right thing with air strikes and no troops but the Iraqis and Kurds better pounce on the ISIS before they start working from schools and hospitals, Hamas style. And the left starts screaming it is all about the oil

    ISIS is well funded with over $1 million a day from oil being sold for [email protected] and resold by smugglers doubling their money @ time…..and they got over $400 mil from just one bank they captured.

    • seenbetrdayz says:

      I’m not so sure the Iraqis aren’t fond of ISIS.
      ISIS is always pictured riding around in American vehicles (like Humvees) so the Iraqis didn’t seem to care much about defending the equipment we gave them.

      Of course, we’ve been operating on the assumption from day one of the 2003 invasion that the Iraqis actually wanted freedom. They probably *gave* the Humvees to ISIS out of sympathy for their cause.

      But you needn’t worry about what the anti-war left is gonna say. Their guy’s in office now, so it’s all good.

        • seenbetrdayz says:

          My knees will be fine. I do however get tired of seeing foreign interventions create worse and worse enemies than the ones before.

          So ISIS are bad guys. Got it, really bad guys. And when Saddam was there, he was a bad guy. But ISIS did not exist when Saddam was there. And when we kill off ISIS, who fills that void? It’s a damned never-ending cycle isn’t it? And apparently, we never learn.

          • xdog says:

            If you really believe that, then sneering at ‘the anti-war left’ instead of the neo-con hooligans who got us in this mess tells me your knee needs some attention.

      • saltycracker says:

        CNN news has coverage on why Obama moved on ISIS and a video interview on ISIS beheading children and exterminating Christians.

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