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Sir Paul Freaking McCartney

25 June 2015 - 04:57 PM

This is happening tonight in my world.

I've seen hundreds of concerts and I'm as excited as any I've seen.

Can't wait.

Jacob Park Gone

09 June 2015 - 07:39 PM

Georgia redshirt freshman quarterback Jacob Park, a former 2013 ‘Mr. Football’ from South Carolina who was the third player in the quarterback battle this spring, has left the team, according to 247Sports.

Park was No. 3 on the depth chart exiting spring behind Brice Ramsey and Faton Bauta. He would likely slide to No. 4 following the Bulldogs’ acquisition of Virginia transfer Greyson Lambert last week.

The former four-star prospect out of Goose Creek, S.C. has serious arm strength, but saw limited reps during the spring. He was one of former offensive coordinator Mike Bobo’s recruits.

247Sports is reporting that Park could be eyeing the JUCO route this fall.

UNC Releases Notice of Allegations

04 June 2015 - 11:34 AM

The University has released the notice of allegations from the NCAA.

The University posted the 59-page notice and hundreds of pages of exhibits – called “factual information” by the NCAA – on the Carolina Commitment website after review by the Public Records Office to protect privacy rights mandated by federal and state laws. Carolina received the notice of allegations on May 20, 2015, and will respond within the NCAA’s 90-day deadline.

In a statement, Chancellor Carol L. Folt and Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham said:

“We take the allegations the NCAA made about past conduct very seriously. This is the next step in a defined process, and we are a long way from reaching a conclusion. We will respond to the notice using facts and evidence to present a full picture of our case. Although we may identify some instances in the NCAA’s notice where we agree and others where we do not, we are committed to continue pursuing a fair and just outcome for Carolina.

“We believe the University has done everything possible to address the academic irregularities that ended in 2011 and prevent them from recurring. We have implemented more than 70 reforms and initiatives to ensure and enhance academic integrity. We will continue to monitor the effectiveness of those measures and, wherever needed, put additional safeguards in place.”

The Notice of Allegations includes the following:

1. The institution provided impermissible benefits to student athletes.

2. Jan Boxill, then philosophy instructor, director of the Parr Center for Ethics, women's basketball athletic academic counselor in the Academic Support Program for Student Athletes (ASPSA) and chair of the faculty, knowingly provided extra benefits in the form of impermissible academic assistance and special arrangements to women's basketball student-athletes.

3. In 2014 and 2015, Deborah Crowder (Crowder), former student services manager in the African and Afro-American Studies department, violated the NCAA principles of ethical conduct. (i.e. refused and failed to participate in providing information)

4. In 2014 and 2015, Dr. Julius Nyang'oro, former professor and chair of the African and Afro-American Studies department, violated the NCAA principles of ethical conduct when he failed to furnish information relevant to an investigation of possible NCAA violations.

5. The institution violated the NCAA principles of institutional control and rules compliance and the institution exhibited a lack of institutional control in regard to the special arrangements constituting impermissible benefits athletics academic counselors and staff within African and Afro-American Studies (AFRI/AFAM) department provided to student-athletes.

Read the full Notice of Allegations

Bush More Popular Than Obama

03 June 2015 - 02:09 PM

George W. Bush outpolls Barack Obama

6/3/15 6:57 AM EDT
Updated 6/3/15 8:41 AM EDT

Americans now have a more favorable view of former President George W. Bush than they do of President Barack Obama.
It is the first time in more than a decade that Americans have expressed a favorable view of Bush, at least according to a new CNN/ORC poll released Wednesday.

Bush is seen in a favorable light by 52 percent of those surveyed, compared with 43 percent who still view the 43rd president unfavorably. Americans are split on Obama, with 49 percent responding favorably and unfavorably.
The last time Bush polled in positive territory was in early April 2005, close to three months into his second term.
Among living presidents, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton are viewed the most favorably, with 64 percent responding favorably to both. Just 30 percent see the elder Bush negatively, and 33 percent see Clinton in an unfavorable light.
When the same question was asked in 2014, the 43rd president polled at 46 percent favorability, continuing his steady increase in the public’s esteem since leaving office, when just 33 percent responded that way in February 2009.
The poll was conducted May 29-31 by telephone, surveying 1,025 Americans, with an overall margin of error of plus-or-minus 3 percentage points.

Read more: http://www.politico....l#ixzz3c21Y7mR3


SEC Going to 8 Man Officiating Crews

01 June 2015 - 09:03 AM

DESTIN, Fla. -- Much has changed in college football over the past 26 years.

Various style of offenses have come and gone, the spread is proliferating around the country and players have generally gotten bigger, stronger and faster.

Today, college football is frequently played at warp speed.

However, one important aspect of the game hasn't changed - the number of officials working a game.

In 1986, the SEC increased that figure from six to seven and that's where it has steadfastly stayed for the past quarter century plus one year.

Until now.

After experimenting with an eight-man crew on a limited, "pilot test" basis last season (one game per week), the SEC has given the green light for eight officials in all games under its jurisdiction in 2015.

The new official will be known as the "center judge" and his primary responsibility on each play will be watching the quarterback.

"We're going to all crews of eight officials," SEC coordinator of officials Steve Shaw said Thursday afternoon during the third day of the SEC spring meetings at the Sandestin Resort along the Gulf of Mexico.

"The game has changed. Back in 1986, nobody had heard of the spread. Teams were still running the wishbone and the veer was probably the most prevalent offense out there. Nobody thought of sending five receivers out on a route.

"Today, we have the spread, we have tempo. People are all over the field and it's a tougher game to officiate."

The center judge will line up opposite the referee in the offensive backfield and take over the responsibility of spotting the football without any pre-snap responsibilities.

"We are going to have an extra view of the quarterback, which is very important," Shaw said. "Before we had a center judge, if five receivers went out, five officials are occupied and the umpire and referee were left to officiate all the stuff in the middle. Now we'll have an extra view. And he can move in and out, allowing the umpire to do his count, get his formation and get his keys and get ready to officiate.

"That's how our center judge is really going to help us. The goal of the center judge is not to go faster, but keep a consistent pace and manage the substitution process to allow the other officials to do what they have to do to work the game. Most plays, the center judge will spot the ball."

Shaw rebuffed the assertion that putting eight officials on the fields translates into more penalties being flagged.

"Our goal is preventive officiating," Shaw said. "When you break it down to fouls per game, the 8-man crew that worked all year was dead in the middle," Shaw said. "Four (seven-man) crews had more fouls per game, four had less. So, that doesn't mean we're going to necessarily have more fouls because we have an extra officials.

"Hopefully, we'll have more interaction with the players and preventive officiating."

With eight officials guaranteed to be on the field, attention turns to what type of calls will generally be made throughout the course of a game.

According to Shaw, college football nationally is emphasizing four categories of calls officials during the 2015 season: 1) Pace of play; 2) Targeting and dangerous contact; 3) Sideline management; 4) Unsportsmanlike conduct.

"Pace of play has been a huge topic," Shaw said. "Last year, we managed pace of play pretty well based on the rules as written. We did a great job with substitutions. Few coaches complained. The center judge will help us manage that even better, so we don't have to have the umpire yo-yoing in and out. But we have to continue to work because pace of play is just a reality in our game."

Shaw said the two-year old targeting rule has largely produced the modified player behavior college football rulemakers were striving to achieve, but remains a work in progress.

"We are not backing off on targeting," Shaw said. "We have to continue to work to take those high hits we don't need out of the game and make it a safer game. We are making progress. We are seeing player behavior changes. It will continue to be a strong point of emphasis."

Shaw says the SEC has made significant progress over the last few years to "clean up" the sidelines in terms of keeping players and coaches within their designated areas.

"We made great progress last year cleaning up the sidelines," Shaw said. "What we are trying to do is get the players back in the team area, the coaches in the coaches box and the restricted area clean so the officials can work. We allow the coaches to step to the boundary to signal their teams, but once they've done that they need to get back into the coaches box."

Shaw maintained sideline warnings (total of 18 last year) have proven effective in curtailing misbehavior on the sidelines and keeping the players within the team area.


-- Because the SEC has gone to eight-man officiating crews, Shaw had to hire nine new center judges during the off-season.

-- Striking the 'Heisman' pose after a big play will draw an automatic flag for unsportsmanlike conduct. In addition, pulling a player off a pile will produce a flag as well.

-- Blocking by the kickoff team before they are eligible to touch the ball (10 yards) on an onsides kick is now subject to replay review. Shaw used video from last year's USC-Auburn game to illustrate the point.

-- In pre-game warmups, both teams have access to the field for warmups until 22 minutes before the opening kickoff, resulting in a shorter period teams must sit in their locker rooms.

-- Those overbuilt face masks that have become extremely popular among NFL linemen are now illegal in college football. Shaw said the increased weight of the facemask "can impact the integrity of the helmet" and "tends to pull the head forward," which could result in players being unable to keep their heads up when they tackle."

-- Shaw said two SEC referees have retired - Matt Moore and Penn Wagers.

-- Shaw said the conference commissioners have created a "football competition committee" that should be formed before the 2016 season. "The competition committee will look at the broad picture of the game, what's good for the game, what's trending for player safety, what do we want the game to look like," Shaw said.