Friday, September 2, 2016

Wall Street Journal calls Ole Miss "embarrassing"

The Wall Street Journal's "Grid of Shame" named Ole Miss's football programs as one of the most embarrassing in the NCAA. 



College football is often as much about scandal as what happens on the scoreboard, which means that every program must be judged on two separate and sometimes conflicting criteria: How good are they? And how ashamed should fans be about rooting for them?

With the season kicking off for most of the country this weekend, there is no better time to settle both arguments with The Wall Street Journal’s annual Grid of Shame, an exercise that quantifies how every school rates both in terms of playing football—and the nefarious depths it has waded through to attain that status.


The Grid answers both these questions for the top programs in the country—all 64 teams from the five major conferences, plus a handful of others that belong in any college football conversation.

The horizontal axis shows how good the team is projected to be based on a survey of preseason evaluations. Some of these use the old-fashioned eye test, others rely on complex algorithms. That’s the easy part. What’s harder is what happens on the vertical axis—or shame meter.

We begin with cold numbers, a weighted calculation of academic performance, recent NCAA violations and probation, attendance figures, athletic-department subsidies and player arrests. Schools were also dinged if they have a dubious history with injury mismanagement—like the handful of programs involved in concussion-related lawsuits.
But those figures don’t capture everything, and no program demonstrates this better in 2016 than Baylor. How do you rank a school that mishandled sexual assault cases involving football players, a scandal so seismic that it cost president Ken Starr and football coach Art Briles their jobs?

This is where the “ick” factor comes in. When the numbers didn’t capture the magnitude of the problems at a particular program, we punished the teams that brought shame to their fans in a way that didn’t show up in any data set....

Rest of article.

57 comments:

Anonymous said...

The spice incidents and the bong gas mask were not helpful.

Anonymous said...

Right where they belong.

Anonymous said...

That looks about right. Faux-couth fans -- both the whiskey-soaked, red-cheeked, pot-bellied men and their prescription medicated women -- sacrifice all at the altar of young, urban athletes, sending their money to please the athletes' parents and their daughters to please the athletes. After 5 years, those not named Manning are cast aside like an empty bottle of liquor or Cymbalta. Delusions are strongest this time of year for the herd of Lafayette Lemmings, but the sad reality of their mediocrity will soon set in and the rest of us will, once again, receive a welcome respite from their braying. 'Tis the season, y'all.

Anonymous said...

This grid has a short memory. What about programs that have a long history of crooked behavior, enabling their current AP rankings, but just haven't been busted recently?

Anonymous said...

Hunter Henry is embarrassed for the black bears.

Anonymous said...

Let me guess. 9:12 is an Alabama fan, who of course is not an alumni just like the majority of their bandwagon fanbase. Jealous loser.

Anonymous said...

As a Rebel fan, I've been living for the day we plausibly claim to be the Florida State of the SEC. And there we are right next to them on the chart! Woo-hoo!!!

Anonymous said...

Have you heard the testimony tapes from the FSU rape allegations against Jameis Winston? "Yeah she fell up the stairs once" "we regularly run trains on cougars it is what we do". Heisman -"The Heisman Memorial Trophy annually recognizes the outstanding college football player whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity." Not a lot of integrity when you are running a train.

UNC 20 Years of a bogus academic program. Holy crap

Ole Miss is paying players and it is so blatant everyone can see it. The twitter fiasco at the draft was just a tipping point. I think the worst thing Ole Miss does is oversigning. Look that up. I can't wait for a documentary to come out about the process of oversigning. http://www.saturdaydownsouth.com/sec-football/oversigning-explained-2016-recruiting/


Auburn needs to be a few grids lower come on... read "as the plains burn"

Duke lacross rape. Football players were at the party

STANFORD just had a kid released from prison who raped someone. He spent 3 months of 6 months sentence in jail.

Vanderbilt JEEZ.. TYPE The word vanderbilt in google and the word rape pops up next to it. Initiate the search and there are 6 cases against athletes for rape

Notre Dame just had 5 players sent to the house for guns and drugs.

2 cents

Anonymous said...

Hey 9:12, four words for you son. Get. Back. To. Work.

Signed,
your employer (Ole Miss, Class of 1982)

ps. no wonder you wound up working for me, your creative writing stinks.

Anonymous said...

Duke Lacrosse rape? you mean the case that was totally fabricated by the accuser but runined 3 men's lives? That one?

Not positive but I don't think the stanford guy was a football player. he was a swimmer.

Just clarifying your post a little.

Anonymous said...

FIFY, Kingfish. "WSJ Calls Ole Miss 'Powerhouse'"

PittPanther said...

You don't go from utter crap to top ten this quickly, without cheating. There's just no way possible to suddenly start getting enough good players to commit to your historically crap program, without cheating. Sorry guys, it's true. Had ole miss slowly started working their way up the sec ranks over many seasons, them we might believe they had done it truthfully.

Btw, my school is very admirable, but not a powerhouse.

Anonymous said...

Ole Miss= Athletic Academic Fraud

Anonymous said...

10:12 am sums up the Rebels' attitude about all this perfectly. "Sure, we cheat, but damnit you better respect us!!!"

Full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. Still. I almost pity you people. LOL.

Anonymous said...

PS an addition to this little talk. Has anyone seen last chance U on NETFLIX? HOLY MOLY.

Anonymous said...

Thank you 10:09. Can't believe people still think the Duke Lacrosse "Rape" was factual.

Anonymous said...

Wall Street Journal calls Ole Miss "embarrassing."

Ole Miss calls Wall Street Journal "a buncha Yankee JewBoys who is a gonna git a whoopin' if'un we can get the tractor started up! "

someoneinnorthms said...

10:13, you're right. The only way a head coach can win 7 games in his first season in the SEC is by cheating. Then, by cheating, he might be able to improve the team's record by one game every season. Cheating is how that happens. When you "suddenly" go from 7 wins to 8 to 9 to 10 . . . it MUST be cheating. 

I know Tunsil shouldn't have been smoking whatever he was smoking, but how is that the coach's fault? Or the program's?  Furthermore, scholarships to college can't be eaten. They can't generate electricity. I know, I know, he should have budgeted better. It sounds like to me, though, that a lot of this anger at Ole Miss is really just misplaced. If Tunsil and all the other poor people (not just black poor people) knew their place they wouldn't deign to enter the hallowed halls of academe.  They'd go to work in the factory somewhere. If they want to go to college to better themselves then they should just eat shoe leather and sleep in the dark--when they aren't on a football field making millions for the college that rewards them so richly.

Row Tid said...

"didn't show up in any data set." That means that no matter how much the school tries to distance itself from the Confederate flag and Dixie and Colonel Reb, etc. the Ivory Tower liberals in the northeast will continue to loathe and punish Ole Miss because it's far easier to point out the mote in Ole Miss' eye than remove the beam in their own.

And how about addressing the fact that the SEC office is stacked with Alabama alumni who continually turn a blind eye to their offenses. The a$$wipe who claimed you don't go from bad to good in a season without cheating seems to forget where Alabama was the year before Saban rolled into town with his under-the-table money men. It's easy to win when you can cheat and be covered because no one is watching the watchers.

SEC Headquarters, Birmingham, Alabama
Mark Womack, Executive Associate Commissioner/CFO, Alabama alumnus

Anonymous said...

Didn't Urban Meyer recruit a player or two to florida that should make his reputation at ohio state look bad.

Cam Newton - money exchanged hands
Aaron Hernandez - Murder

Anonymous said...

SEC Headquarters, Alabama. Illuminati.
To help with roster management, Nick Saban grinds the bones of injured players into a fine powder which is used to draw the chalk lines on the practice field.
The Pope actually resigned because Nick Saban felt his homilies were not up to the Alabama standard and recruited a younger, five-star Cardinal to take over. The Conclave is merely for show, and only Saban and Mal Moore know who the next Pope will be.
To convince players to sign with Alabama instead of rival schools, Saban takes them to the Tuscaloosa Chick-Fil-A on Sundays when it opens just for him.
Dinosaurs did not actually go extinct millions of years ago, Nick Saban recruited them to another planet, where consequently he was accused of oversigning by other species.
Approximately three months from now, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution will be driven into bankruptcy, be forced to cease operations, have its staff liquidated and its offices re-purposed into a distance learning annex for the University of Alabama because of the paper’s continuing insolence.

Anonymous said...

Not an Ole Miss fan but this is just silly.It's designed to generate clicks on their website.

A good example is where they placed Notre Dame. Yes they had six kids recently arrested. Four for marijuana possession (is that still illegal?), one because his legally owned handgun wasn't registered in Indiana and one who allegedly assaulted a cop.Those last two will probably be thrown out of school, not just off the team. The other four will be disciplined, something that wouldn't happen at most other schools, especially in the SEC.To counter that, ND has the number one graduation rate in college football. Players are required to graduate within four years of enrollment, not five, and they get a real degree, not some type of BS physical ed. degree. They have no NCAA violations or probation. Yet, somehow Notre Dame is more shameful than Alabama, Oregon etc.

It's all nonsense.but, you know what, we're talking about it so they did their job correctly.

Anonymous said...

After last night Tennessee needs to slide WAY left

Anonymous said...

You ain't just whistling Dixie they are.

Anonymous said...

So Vandy and South Carolina are the only Admirable SEC Teams.. Kentucky and Missouri are Weaklings and Embarrassing so.... The vast majority of SEC teams fall in line as Powerhouse and Embarrassing. Interesting....

Anonymous said...

Totally worth it

Anonymous said...

You'd think with all the rich lawyers that graduated from scUM, they'd be able to buy better players.....well, at least the lawyers that haven't been disbarred or sent to prison (cough dickiescruggs)

Anonymous said...

Go to hell, WSJ.

Anonymous said...

I was told by an unnamed official that most of the anonymous complaints that are being looked at by the NCAA are coming from two sources. Mississippi State and Alabama fans. Some are so ridiculous that they are discarded immediately. NCAA looks into these complaints and have found nothing more than what they had settled two years ago. It is a shame that some fans will stoop to that low to try to stop good recruiting. Too bad that they show themselves as poor sports and even worse looser
.

Keep On Dancin' said...

It all boils down to Khayat having an affair with Colonel Reb sixteen years ago. Had it not been for that, the KA Ball would still be held.

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately a named ex player Larry Tunsil had tweets asking for money and said so on national tv. All this was 6 months not 2 years ago

Anonymous said...

Ok folks.. you need to know that you can't speak the truth to Ole Piss fans!! They get mad and blame Mississippi State and Alabama for their failings.. That's why they think they are a good attorney school, cause everyone there lies and cheats!! GTHOM!!

Anonymous said...

"After 5 years, those not named Manning are cast aside like an empty bottle of liquor or Cymbalta."

I like your creative writing. It made me laugh. Ole Miss' aristocracy just can't stand criticism. They are the center of the known universe and all that jazz. One fifth Old Money, four fifths posers.

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry...is someone pretending that Ole Miss is doing anything out of the ordinary in the world of major college football?

That's a bit too much sanctimony to stomach.

Anonymous said...

It is not enough that they are buying players. On top of that Freeze wants everyone to think he is some sort of great Christian and knows nothing about buying players. Message to Freeze: Don't mess with GOD. Do not go around lying and cheating and then hide behind God. The Bible says, 'The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.'

Anonymous said...

Glad I found where sore losers with wet diapers gather.

[exits]

Anonymous said...

Stanford? Really? Getting caught in other sports scandals aren't meaningful?
And, that Duke and Florida get passes amaze me. This reporter ought to talk to police departments in the college communities to find out whether or not the athletes cause problems but are protected.

Hotty Hoop De Dooo said...

Then there's this from yesterday's Ole Miss campus pep rally....

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10157488101055529&set=a.10150221703810529.449522.674435528&type=3&theater

Anonymous said...

I played football for a SEC team in years past. It is common knowledge that players can ask for "assistance". This isn't an enticement to play at that school nor is it assistance for anything other than a one time emergency issue. The student athlete assistance fund is a NCAA item.

It was explained as any other individual in the community asking friends or family for some temporary assistance in a time of need. The NCAA understood that things happen. A good example of this is Alabama after the tornado. Many players got assistance since all of their belongings were wiped away.

Tunsil "asking" for such assistance for his mom, does not mean that there was some nefarious arrangement at that school. It might have meant that Tunsil remembered being told of the student athlete assistance fund and, while pulling on a bong while wearing a gas mask, he thought he cold get moms' rent paid.

Anonymous said...

The whole investigation of THE University of Mississippi can be summed up in a few words. Don't beat God (aka Nick Saban) 2 years in a row. He has placed too many of his cronies in high positions not only in the SEC office but in the NCAA offices as well.

Anonymous said...

How's that S.H.I.T. Sanctimonious Humble Integrity Taste now after that loss to South Alabama at home?!

Anonymous said...

Speaking of "embarrassing", how bout those Bulldogs today? lol

Anonymous said...

@3:07. Worst players money didn't pay for?

And a coach that is in over his head. Grinning Dan

Anonymous said...

I'm thinking of getting a new car. Maybe a Jaguar. They start slow but finish fast and have been known to run over a bulldog along the way.

Anonymous said...

Just once I'd like to see Coach Mullens say, "this one os on me." But, not likely as he always blames player miscues. In other words, "my plan was good, they didn't execute." Who teaches them about execution?

Anonymous said...

Jethro had a bit of trouble with his cypherin and gozentas today.

Anonymous said...

UPDATE! UPDATE!....SEC HOT SEAT = Mullens and Stoops. WARM SEAT = Miles.

Anonymous said...

After watching Southern take down UK, State may be the 3rd best team in the state.

Anonymous said...

10:40 - You're time line is a little off. This whole crap-storm started before OM 'beat God' two years in a row.

An OM fan will never admit guilt or failure. Never.

Anonymous said...

That grid naming which programs are embarrassing might get reworked after the results of this weekend. USA! USA!

Anonymous said...

let's do the dawgpound squat!

Anonymous said...

Wonder what 3:00 and 3:07 are braying about this morning? Must be awful quiet around the office after all those brags and trash talk Saturday afternoon.

Anonymous said...

I guess Ole Miss can join the other 7 teams that lost this weekend. OM fans are ass hats. I can't wait for the tv ban and the post season ban. It will be a USC-esque/penn state penalty, lack of institutional control.

My frustration:
I can make an excuse for my team. 2 starting CB's tore acl the week of the game. The replacement was a guy who was a WR the week before and an OLB trained for zone coverage. No one wanted to play a backup freshman with zero SEC experience. The result was USA passing yards through the roof. Anyone notice the rushing yards?

2 QBs I can't stand that, pick one and stick with the decision Dan. If you don't like him, qb option him up the middle until he has an injury and put in the second string. Ohio State had 3 (5 star) qbs playing for them and the team imploded. Anyone remember the legend Chris Leak getting boo'd off the field so Tebow could play? Anyone watch Texas v Notre Dame? What I saw was a coach who does not trust his starter when the game is on the line. That program will not make it to 6 games being successful. 2 QB systems do not work select your starter period.

Anonymous said...

@9:42 Serious question. Is a mother's utility bill at her own house considered a legitimate thing to ask for from this fund? The texts read as if it was a recurring thing that he asked for every month as well as his own apt. rent. Thanks in advance if anybody can answer the question.

Coach Be Winkin'... said...

You 'Grovers' kinda spoke too soon. Your 'one man show' quarterback and your 'all about me' coach couldn't get it done Monday night.

And, 10:27...NO, a mother's utility bill or any other mother's obligation is NOT a legitimate use of the fund. It's, in fact, a violation. The coaches knew that but ignored it for 'Bong Boy'.

Anonymous said...

I'm just glad the Grovers didn't have to play the Jags. Who would have thunk they would be so good?

Anonymous said...

Not a "grover", but I am 9:42 and did bring up the student athlete assistance fund.


To 10:27 am, anyone can ask for anything, it's the payment of that would be an issue and, NO, paying rent is not part of the deal. It's a one-off emergency sort of thing.

Tunsil asking for help could be a result of the existence of the fund, and his ignorance. Tunsil receiving help for mom's utilities (I've not heard that money was given) would be a violation.

His asking is not money changing hands. And the supposed texts are suspect at best. There are several questions regarding the validity of the texts in how they are presented. From time stamps to missing bubbles that show on one screen, but not another.

IMO, it's going to be the stepfather trying to win his lawsuit or force settlement from Tunsil by altering texts.

And you MS State fans talking about this need to steer clear of glass houses. You had someone trying to negotiate a big payout to Cam Newton on MS State's behalf.

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