How Odell Beckham Jr. accidentally clowned the NCAA with money handout

first_imgBeckham probably didn’t mean to create a controversy. He likely just wanted to support a group of players who made him proud.But regardless of his motives, what he did shined another light on the absurdity of college athletics and the illegible moral code administrators cling to.Beckham has made the NCAA look like a circus. That’s always a good thing. Odell Beckham Jr., a 27-year-old LSU product who enjoys fun, decided to celebrate his alma mater’s national championship victory Monday by handing out money to some of the winning players.But while such a move would be viewed as awesome in almost any other context imaginable, it created headaches for LSU’s well-paid administrators and the NCAA’s well-paid sanction assigners. Because in the world of college athletics, compensation for winning a championship game that generated millions of dollars for their institution is a huge no-no. Even for players such as wide receiver Justin Jefferson, a junior who is expected to enter the 2020 NFL Draft.In a statement Wednesday, LSU acknowledged what quarterback Joe Burrow said Wednesday, writing in a statement that its “aware cash may have been … given to LSU student-athletes.” That comes after the school briefly claimed the money was fake, which as a side note would have been an absolutely bizarre item for Beckham to give out.LSU said it “immediately” contacted the NCAA and SEC upon learning some of its athletes “may have been placed in a compromising position.”Receiving money for winning the most prestigious trophy in college football is a compromised position. That an LSU spokesperson unironically typed that line without chucking their computer out the window or quitting their job immediately in recognition of the insane double standard at hand is wild.Statement from LSU Athletics: pic.twitter.com/tuwDQT0cjs— Andrew Groover (@APGroover) January 15, 2020MORE: What will LSU’s passing game look like next year?last_img read more

Heisman Trophy odds 2020: Trevor Lawrence, Justin Fields, Kedon Slovis & more early favorites

first_imgThe Clemson Tigers may have lost the national championship to LSU, but the oddsmakers believe there is reason to smile heading into the offseason.Clemson is favored to win the 2020-21 College Football Playoff national championship, according to the latest college football futures odds, and Trevor Lawrence is the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy next season. No Clemson player has ever won the Heisman Trophy in the long history of the award, making this one of the few schools with multiple national championships in the modern era and no Heisman winners. Lawrence will have a tough time going wire to wire to win the Heisman Trophy given the recent history of the award.MORE: Get the latest NCAA odds & betting advice at Sports InsiderHeisman Trophy odds 2020Trevor Lawrence (Clemson) +350Justin Fields (Ohio State) +400Kedon Slovis (USC) +900Chuba Hubbard (Oklahoma State) +1000Mac Jones (Alabama) +1000Sam Ehlinger (Texas) +1000Spencer Rattler (Oklahoma) +1000Tanner Morgan (Minnesota) +1000Derek Stingley Jr. (LSU) +1600Kenneth Gainwell (Memphis) +1600Kyle Trask (Florida) +1600Myles Brennan (LSU) +1600Sam Howell (North Carolina) +1600Ja’Marr Chase (LSU) +2000Bo Nix (Auburn) +3300Brock Purdy (Iowa State) +3300Chatarius Atwell (Louisville) +3300Ian Book (Notre Dame) +3300Javian Hawkins (Louisville) +3300Jaylen Waddle (Alabama) +3300Rondale Moore (Purdue) +3300Trey Sanders (Alabama) +3300Zamir White (Georgia) +3300D’Eriq King +5000Dillon Gabriel (UCF) +5000Jaret Patterson (Buffalo) +5000Journey Brown (Penn State) +5000Michael Penix Jr. (Indiana) +5000Sean Clifford (Penn State) +5000Spencer Sanders (Oklahoma State) +5000Tylan Wallace (Oklahoma State) +5000Tyler Huntley (Utah) +5000How long will Trevor Lawrence stick as favorite?Being the preseason favorite to win the Heisman Trophy typically doesn’t work out well. Pundits have the entire summer to highlight potential concerns, and they are expected to constantly perform with the eyes of the nation upon them. Tua Tagovailoa was the preseason favorite in each of the last two seasons and lost the award to preseason longshots in Kyler Murray and Joe Burrow, and we have generally seen players with odds of 10-1 or more in the summer win the Heisman over the past two decades.Lawrence could disrupt that recent trend. He is the early favorite to be the No. 1 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, and he should put up dazzling numbers next season even if he doesn’t have Tee Higgins. The Tigers are far more talented than any other team in the ACC, so Lawrence could surpass 4,000 yards and 40 touchdowns for the first time in his career if Dabo Swinney plays him enough. Lawrence also has a statement game on the schedule as the Tigers travel to South Bend to take on Notre Dame on Nov. 7.MORE: Early odds to win the 2020 national championshipJustin Fields set up for success at Ohio StateJustin Fields is just behind Lawrence in terms of the futures odds. Fields led one of the best offenses in the country last year, but he didn’t post the numbers needed to win the Heisman Trophy. Ohio State had the best power run game in the nation, and Ryan Day was content to lean on J.K. Dobbins. Fields didn’t throw for more than 235 yards in a game until mid-November, but he only threw one interception in the regular season. Fields will need to put up gaudier numbers to become a real Heisman Trophy contender in 2020. He did run for 10 touchdowns, but he only ran when needed to, and it appears that Day won’t ask him to do too much. There will be a lot of preseason hype surrounding Fields, but it’s unlikely the production will be there.Will Kedon Slovis start at USC in 2020?Kedon Slovis is the only other player with odds of less than 10-1 to win the Heisman Trophy. Slovis was surprisingly effective as a true freshman at the helm of USC’s offense, and he has one of the sharpest offensive minds in the game calling plays in Graham Harrell. Harrell was the quarterback at Texas Tech during Mike Leach’s halcyon years with the Red Raiders, and he has modified those Air Raid schemes to great success.  However, Slovis isn’t even guaranteed to be USC’s starter in 2020. Slovis replaced J.T. Daniels after Daniels was lost for the season in Week 1 against Fresno State, and the two will be competing in the most high-profile quarterback battle of the summer. Additionally, this offense will be without key pieces as star left tackle Austin Jackson declared early for the NFL Draft and top receiver Michael Pittman Jr. just finished his senior season.MORE: SN’s way-too-early top 25 for 2020 seasonThe best Heisman value betsThe best value on the board lies in D’Eriq King. King will be joining some school as a graduate transfer in the coming weeks after announcing his intention to leave Houston, and he has no shortage of suitors. He could join fellow transfers like Baker Mayfield, Kyler Murray, and Jalen Hurts in heading to Norman to shine under Lincoln Riley, and LSU is reportedly interested in King, too. If he ends up starting at Oklahoma or LSU, his Heisman Trophy betting odds are likely to be 12-1 or less in August.last_img read more

Eric Bieniemy leads Colorado’s six best coaching candidates, but will he take job?

first_imgMel Tucker left Colorado after one season to become head coach at Michigan State on Wednesday, and the Buffaloes’ wish list for a replacement starts with one name.Eric Bieniemy. Who else would it be? Bieniemy was a four-year back for Colorado from 1987-90, rushing for 1,628 yards and 17 touchdowns and finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting on Colorado’s 1990 national championship team. The mere mention of his name brings back memories of a heyday the Buffs haven’t experienced for a long time.MORE: Mel Tucker a solid hire for Michigan State despite messy searchThis program has had only five double-digit win seasons since Bieniemy graduated, including just two since 2000. The next coach will be the seventh hire since Bill McCartney retired after finishing 11-1 in 1994.Bieniemy returned as a running backs coach in 2001-02 and as offensive coordinator in 2011-12. It would be a huge win for Colorado if he returned for a third time. Of course, this isn’t a simple open-and-shut-case of a coach coming home.Bieniemy just won a Super Bowl as offensive coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs. An assistant coach since 2013, he has also become the centerpiece of discussions surrounding the validity of the NFL’s Rooney Rule after not being hired for a head coaching job this offseason. Bieniemy appears close to taking that step, and at minimum has a secure job for the foreseeable future as the OC under Andy Reid.That will be the value judgment for Bieniemy, and it’s not an easy decision. Do you leave potential longterm success in the NFL, where the playing field is more level? Or do you go back to your alma mater, where unrealistic expectations will soar the second you step foot on campus?Ask Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh how that goes.That’s why Colorado must do what it can to land Bieniemy while having a plan in place if he decides to stay in the NFL. With that in mind, here are five other candidates worth knowing:MORE: 2020 college football coaching carouselDarrin Chiaverini, ColoradoChiaverini played at Colorado from 1995-98 and has spent the last four seasons in Boulder as a receivers coach. An in-house promotion might be the best fit this late in the cycle, and Chiaverini — who is also the Buffs’ recruiting coordinator — could build on the momentum Tucker created on that front. The only question is whether they would be willing to take a chance on a first-time coach.Andy Avalos, OregonOregon’s program is on the rise under Mario Cristobal, and Avalos has contributed to that success as a first-time defensive coordinator. The Ducks ranked ninth nationally in scoring defense in 2019, building off the good work Avalos maintained as defensive coordinator from Boise State. He could bring those lessons to Boulder. Bryan Harsin, Boise StateOf course, Colorado could reach for Boise State’s head coach, a move it made in the past with Dan Hawkins. Harsin has led the Broncos to double-digit wins in five of the last six seasons and he has a 40-8 record in conference play. Boise State has made just one New Year’s Day 6 appearance in that stretch, so perhaps Harsin is ready for a bigger stage.Blake Anderson, Arkansas StateAnderson’s name tends to pop up in coaching searches, and this one is no different. He has built up a strong resume with six straight winning seasons at Arkansas State, and he spent a large chunk of his coaching career in Texas and New Mexico. Anderson seems ready for a Power 5 job, and he could work with the resources given at Colorado.Steve Sarkisian, AlabamaThis is a wild-card hire that likely won’t materialize, but Sarkisian — who was effective as Alabama’s offensive coordinator in 2019 — has taken on two head-coaching jobs in the Pac-12 at USC and Washington. If Colorado went this route, it would be similar to bringing Tucker on in 2018.last_img read more

Iowa safety inspectors say their firings were retaliation

first_imgIOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Two Iowa workplace safety inspectors were fired Tuesday in what they are calling retaliation for blowing the whistle on a hostile environment inside their agency.The firings of Jason Garmoe and Travis Stein are the latest turmoil at the Division of Labor, which has been rocked by recent personnel turnover and accusations of cronyism and harassment.The agency accused both men of misconduct that included leaving a state vehicle running for two hours while conducting an inspection — an allegation they call false.Garmoe and Stein said in interviews with The Associated Press that they were singled out for harsh treatment after providing critical information about agency leaders to state investigators. Both said they feared they would lose their jobs for doing so but were assured that they would be protected.Labor Commissioner Michael Mauro declined comment.last_img read more

Governor still reviewing legislation passed in session

first_imgGovernor Kim Reynolds is still not making any definitive statements on whether she will sign or veto some of the high-profile bills that passed in the just completed legislative. Reynolds talked with reporters today (Tuesday) and says many of the bills have not gotten to her desk following the close of the session Saturday.“We’re going to sit down with the team and we’re going to take a look at the bills that passed both chambers and were sent to me to sign,” Reynolds says. “People have an opportunity to weigh in — because of the timing that they passed — we have 30 days. We won’t wait to the end, some will be able to get done sooner rather than later. We will go through the process and start working through some of that stuff.” Reynolds was asked about bills that ban Medicare from paying for transgender surgery and whether she would sign a bill that limits the power of the Attorney General to get involved in lawsuits outside the state.“We’re going to sit down with the policy team and we’re going to go through each bill that was sent to my office and we are going to make those decisions going forward,” Reynolds says. Reynolds was asked if groups lobbying for and against the bills now that they have passed will make a difference in her decision.“That’s what the whole legislative process is about — think about it — that is actually Iowans’ opportunity to come in and work with their legislators to make the case. That is why when a piece of legislation is filed it never looks like it did when it was filed — because Iowans have an opportunity to weigh in and voice their concerns and or their reasons for supporting it,” according to Reynolds. “So, that has happened and we are still receiving calls and people have an opportunity to weigh in.” One of the things Reynolds sought that didn’t happen was over-the-counter sales of birth control.“Well, I am going to continue to come back and fight for the contraceptive legislation that I put forth this year, so I am not going to give up on that. I didn’t get everything I wanted. It’s not going to surprise you that I am going to be coming back and I am also gonna be fighting for amending the Constitution to give felons the right to vote. Senator Joni Ernst is working at the federal level on a similar piece of legislation that would actually make it (birth control) over the counter,” she says. Reynolds was asked if she could approve the bill that would take away funding from Planned Parenthood for sex education programs, while pushing for over-the-counter birth control.“There are a lot of providers that provide that service. There’s not just one in the state that provide that service, there’s actually several,” Reynolds says.”But, we are going to take a look at the legislation and will make that decision going forward.” Reynolds spoke with reporters after giving the opening remarks at the “Future Ready Iowa Summit” being held in Des Moines.last_img read more

Tuesday February 18th Local Sports

first_imgClass 2ARecord Pts Prv1. Treynor (7) 21-1 104 12. North Linn, Troy Mills (1) 21-0 96 2(tie) Van Meter (3) 20-0 96 34. Monticello 18-2 66 85. West Sioux, Hawarden 19-2 57 46. Camanche 18-3 55 57. Aplington-Parkersburg 19-2 31 108. Boyden-Hull 18-3 25 69. Western Christian, Hull 16-5 21 910. Osage 19-2 19 NROthers receiving votes: Beckman Catholic, Dyersville 14. Woodward-Granger 11. A-H-S-TW, Avoca 3. OA-BCIG 3. Panorama, Panora 2. Williamsburg 2. TONIGHT:AM-1300 KGLO, kgloam.com, Radio.com app — 1A girls regional quarterfinal — Newman at Garrigan — 6:45AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB, kribam.com, Radio.com app — Clear Lake boys at Algona — 7:30 == 1A girls Region 2 tonightNewman at Bishop GarriganBCLUW at AGWSRNorth Butler at East BuchananDunkerton at Colo-NESCO== 1A girls Region 3 tonightJanesville at St. ansgarRiceville at ClarksvilleTripoli at Central ElkaderKee vs. Turkey Valley at Waukon== 2A girls Region 2Lake Mills at OsagePocahontas at North UnionManson-Northwest Webster at EmmetsburgRidge View at Sioux Central== 2A girls Region 3Belmond-Klemme at West HancockSouth Central Calhoun at Clarion-Goldfield-DowsACGC at PanoramaEast Sac County at IKM-Manning== 2A girls Region 4West Fork at MFL-Mar-MacSouth Hamilton at Grundy CenterDenver at Maquoketa ValleyAplington-Parkersburg at Hudson — Tournament basketball gets into full swing this week, with 1A and 2A boys opening round games played last night, and 1A and 2A girls tournament basketball continuing tonight:== 1A boys District 3 MondayNorthwood-Kensett 51, Central Springs 47== 2A boys District 5 Monday at GarnerGarner-Hayfield-Ventura 70, Belmond-Klemme 56Clarion-Goldfield-Dows 75, Eagle Grove 30 Class 1ARecord Pts Prv1. Easton Valley (7) 21-0 102 12. WACO, Wayland (3) 21-0 97 23. South O’Brien, Paullina 19-2 74 44. Bishop Garrigan, Algona (1) 19-2 64 55. St. Mary’s, Remsen 18-3 55 7(tie) West Fork, Sheffield 19-2 55 37. Montezuma 19-2 54 68. Lake Mills 19-2 47 89. Notre Dame, Burlington 17-4 21 1010. Martensdale-St. Marys 19-3 12 9Others receiving votes: Boyer Valley, Dunlap 11. Mount Ayr 4. Newell-Fonda 3. Lamoni 3. East Mills 2. Keota 1.center_img DES MOINES — Iowa Boys Basketball Prep Poll By The Associated PressThe Top Ten teams in the Associated Press Iowa high school basketball poll with first-place votes in parentheses and won-loss record, total points and position last week at right:Class 4ARecord Pts Prv1. Ankeny Centennial (8) 19-1 107 12. Waterloo, West (2) 17-2 81 3(tie) North Scott, Eldridge (1) 18-1 81 54. Cedar Falls 17-2 78 25. Iowa City, West 17-2 76 46. Waukee 17-2 58 67. Dubuque, Senior 16-3 39 78. Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln 20-1 36 89. Valley, West Des Moines 14-5 30 910. Indianola 16-3 12 NROthers receiving votes: Ankeny 2. Dowling Catholic, West Des Moines 2. Sioux City, East 1. Davenport, Central 1. Prairie, Cedar Rapids 1. Class 3ARecord Pts Prv1. Norwalk (8) 16-3 106 22. Mount Vernon (2) 18-2 95 43. Assumption, Davenport (1) 15-4 69 34. Clear Lake 18-2 67 85. MOC-Floyd Valley 18-3 54 106. Carroll 16-3 43 17. Marion 16-4 40 58. Winterset 15-4 38 99. Glenwood 16-4 34 710. Pella 15-5 27 6Others receiving votes: Ballard 13. Dallas Center-Grimes 4. Central Clinton, De Witt 4. Gilbert 4. Decorah 3. Carlisle 2. Center Point-Urbana 2. LAWRENCE, KANSAS — Third ranked Kansas used a late run in the opening half to take control and raced away to a 91-71 win over Iowa State in Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks shot 56 percent for the game, including 12 of 27 from three point range.That’s ISU coach Steve Prohm, who says Kansas got too many easy baskets.The Cyclones lost despite connecting on 11 three pointers.Iowa State falls to 4-9 in the Big 12 with the losslast_img read more

Thursday May 28th Local Sports

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — Baseball players appeared likely to propose more regular-season games this year while holding to their demand for full prorated salaries, people familiar with their deliberations tell The Associated Press. A day after Major League Baseball proposed a sliding scale of salary slashing for a pandemic-delayed season with an 82-game schedule in ballparks without fans, the union held a conference call Wednesday that included its executive board, player representatives and alternate player representatives, the people said. One of the people said many players were angered by the proposal teams made Tuesday. It was unclear when the union will respond to MLB’s plan, the people said. DES MOINES — The Great Plains Athletic Conference is planning on offering a fall sports season. GPAC commissioner Corey Westra says they have formed a task force to look at a return from the COVID-19 pandemic.KGLO News · 5 – 28 – Gpacplay – 1Westra says students must return to campus for athletics to be offered in the fall.KGLO News · 5 – 28 – Gpacplay – 2Westra says the NAIA has set a July first target date for a decision on fall sports.KGLO News · 5 – 28 – Gpacplay – 3Westra wants a task force to come up with recommendations before the end of June.KGLO News · 5 – 28 – Gpacplay – 4Morningside, Briar Cliff, Dordt and Northwestern are all members of the GPAC. TONIGHT:AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB, kribam.com — 2013 Class 3A state semifinal — Clear Lake vs. Harlan — 7:00 AMES, Iowa (AP) — Former DePaul guard Jalen Coleman-Lands is joining Iowa State as a graduate transfer. He averaged 11.1 points per game for the Blue Demons last season. He will be eligible immediately pending his graduation from DePaul. Coleman-Lands began his career at Illinois, where he led the team in 3-pointers made in each of his two seasons. The Indianapolis native was granted a sixth year by the NCAA in early April after sitting out the 2017-18 season as a transfer and being limited to just nine games in 2018-19 because of injury. SIOUX CITY — Shelby Houlihan is still hopeful there will be an outdoor track and field season even if it is an abbreviated one. The Sioux City native was a double winner at the last two U-S Championships and was favored to compete at the Tokyo Olympics which were moved to next year. USA Track and Field sanctioned events have been suspended but the possibility still exists of holding a national championship meet.KGLO News · 5 – 28 – Shelbywait – 1Houlihan expects her first meet to be in the United States.KGLO News · 5 – 28 – Shelbywait – 2Houlihan is training in Portland and says among the changes in her training is she has not been able to train at altitude yet.KGLO News · 5 – 28 – Shelbywait – 3Houlihan says she has enjoyed training without the need to get ready for a race.KGLO News · 5 – 28 – Shelbywait – 4last_img read more

Ronaldo’s last-gasp two-goal show steals Salah limelight

first_imgRonaldo had two first-half chances blocked as he tried to continue his impressive recent form which had seen him score 18 goals in his last nine La Liga games, including registering a 50th hat-trick.Salah was replaced late in the game by Shikabala and Portugal sensed a chance to grab a share of the spoils.Quaresma, meanwhile, saw a 72nd minute attempt saved by Mohamed El-Shenawy in the Egypt goal while Bruno Alves saw a close-range header from a corner drift wide of the goal.Shikabala had a fierce shot saved by Beto diving high to his right before Alves’s frustrations boiled over late in the game with a yellow card.But with time running out, Ronaldo had the final say as the five-time Ballon d’Or winner moved into third place on the all-time list of international goal scorers.Legendary Hungarian striker Ferenc Puskas scored 84 goals while Iran’s Ali Daei leads the list with 109 goals in 149 internationals.Egypt, back at a World Cup for the first time since 1990, will play in Group A at the finals this summer with hosts Russia, Uruguay and Saudi Arabia.Portugal are in Group B and will face Spain, Morocco and Iran.Share on: WhatsApp Zurich, Switzerland | AFP | Cristiano Ronaldo hit two goals in stoppage time as European champions Portugal defeated Egypt 2-1 in a friendly international on Friday, winning his personal duel with Mohamed Salah who had put the seven-time African champions ahead.Ronaldo, appearing in his 900th career match, made his mark to devastating effect as time ran out.First, he pulled his team level with a header from a Ricardo Quaresma cross, before adding the winner in almost identical circumstances in the fourth minute of injury time.However, the 33-year-old Real Madrid star had to wait for the VAR system to validate his goal after a suspicion of offside. His two-goal salvo took his Portugal tally to 81.Earlier, Salah, who has shone at Liverpool this season with 28 Premier League goals, broke the deadlock in Zurich after 56 minutes.After a quickfire exchange of passes, Abdallah El Said found Salah in space for his teammate to beat Beto in the Portuguese goal with a sweetly-timed left-foot strike from the edge of the area.“In the last minutes we were better, created four chances and showed great determination to turn it around. They showed that they did not want to lose,” said Portugal coach Fernando Santos.“And with Ronaldo, it’s about a goal and another goal.”last_img read more

Real confirm Solari as coach until 2021

first_imgMadrid, Spain | AFP | Santiago Solari on Tuesday was confirmed as Real Madrid coach until 2021 following his successful spell in charge as caretaker boss of the European champions.“Real Madrid’s board of directors met today and decided to name Santiago Solari as first team coach until June 30, 2021,” the club announced in a statement.Solari’s anointment as sacked Julen Lopetegui’s permanent successor comes after wins in his first four matches.And with 15 goals scored and only two conceded the 42-year-old Argentinian has established the best ever start for a Real manager.After thrashing Melilla in the Copa del Rey, they won 5-0 away to Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League, between victories over Real Valladolid and Celta Vigo in La Liga.The upturn has left Madrid only four points adrift of league leaders Barcelona and on the brink of qualification for the last 16 in Europe.Solari was handed the reins on a temporary two-week basis on October 29 after Lopetegui had overseen a miserable run that included just one victory in seven games. The last of those, a 5-1 thumping at the hands of Barcelona, proved the final straw for club president Florentino Perez but the team have rebounded under their new coach.News that he had been rewarded with a permanent contract surfaced on Monday when the Spanish federation announced: “Everything is in order. Real Madrid have worked out his contract and there are no problems.”The Spanish press had urged Real to appoint the former Castilla ‘B’ team coach.Solari’s maiden match as long-term boss is the trip to Eibar in La Liga on November 25, following the international break.Zinedine Zidane also stepped up mid-season from coaching Castilla in 2016 and led the team to the first of three consecutive Champions League trophies five months later.This is Solari’s maiden job in charge of a first team.Antonio Conte, Mauricio Pochettino, Jose Mourinho and Joachim Low had all been linked to the position.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more