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Scalding Hot Take Regarding: Defending Auburn Against Implied Academic Impropriety


The Wall Street Journal has a new piece that is, as far as I can gather, intended to make Auburn University’s handling of an endangered academic major look nefarious. I hate Auburn as much as the next guy, but this is a reach.

“At Auburn,” the headline reads, “Athletics and Academics Collide.”

Isn’t that a novel idea? Aren’t student-athletes supposed to be students and athletes? Shouldn’t the duality of that misnomer occasionally yield a collision? Shouldn’t we celebrate (instead of throwing out condemnation) when that actually occurs?

Here’s how the article opens:

In 2013, Auburn University’s curriculum review committee took up the case of a small, unpopular undergraduate major called public administration. After concluding that the major added very little to the school’s academic mission, the committee voted to eliminate it.

But according to internal documents and emails reviewed by The Wall Street Journal, the committee’s decision was ultimately overruled by top administrators after it met significant opposition from another powerful force on campus: Auburn’s athletic department.

Now some facts:

  • 111 students were public administration majors in the fall of 2013.
  • 51% those majors were athletes.
  • A third of the football team was among those majors.

Those items are facts. Equally factual were the steps taken by the athletic department to preserve the major.

But to assume that everything associated with that salvaging was done out of corruption is to say that none of the athletes within that major valued a degree. And I’m not ready to go there. Per the WSJ, the athletic department’s stance was that “if the public administration program is eliminated, the [graduation success rate] numbers of our student-athletes will likely decline.”

Well no shit. Though graduation success rate measures are usually discussed within the context of the NCAA and college sports, this scenario isn’t unique to Auburn, sports or public administration majors. If the University of Georgia dropped its finance major, the graduation plans of many students would be threatened. Some would have to switch majors and gain differing credits for completion. Others might even consider transferring to another school offering a finance major. The outcome would be undoubtedly damaging to those students (at least in the short-term), regardless of the number enrolled in that major. Auburn’s athletic department didn’t want that happening to public administration majors.

But if you assume everything an athletic department does is in the interest of athletics and self-preservation and never in the best interest of the student part of student-athletes, then the athletic department’s intervention is a smoking gun.

But is it not possible that the athletic department wanted some folks to graduate? Is it not possible that a student—even one—wanted that major because political science, public service and governmental policy was of interest?

I think that is possible. I say that because hundreds of universities (including the likes of athletic athletic powerhouses like Flagler, George Mason, NYU, Johns Hopkins) offer a Public Administration undergraduate major. I don’t think those schools offer the major just to help athletes. And I don’t think the number of enrollees, demographic make up of the student body or other factors should come into play in maintaining the viability of a degree path. And undoubtedly the financial cost of maintaining a major for as few as 100 students created some instability. So why was it so out of line for the athletic department to help the budget of the program?

Heaven forbid the profitable athletic department help out the academic institution at a college. This isn’t North Carolina and no-show attendance policies (at least not yet). This is not Basketball 101 at Georgia (at least not yet).  The accrediting body that oversees Auburn told the WSJ that universities must place “primary responsibility for the content, quality and effectiveness of the curriculum with its faculty.”

The athletic department helped keep some of that faculty employed, but did it change the curriculum? We haven’t seen any evidence of that. And I can’t help but think if this was an organization other than the athletics department, this would be viewed differently.

If the Auburn Business Club offered to subside the cost of the unpopular international business major because half of the students within that major were also members of the Auburn Business Club, would we be outraged? Or would we be proud to see a student organization protecting its student members?

And we can move past the idea that this was an “easy” major and therefore the one best fit for certain students, because there’s not anything wrong with that. Some majors are harder than others. Some students are more capable than others. That’s not an argument that anyone can dispute. But don’t pretend public administration was the only “easy” major on campus and don’t pretend the major was only “easy” for the 51% of students who were also athletes.

Auburn’s athletic department stepped in to protect student-athletes in the classroom. If you think that was done solely out of corruption, you’re a fool.

If this was done solely out of corruption, the major would have never been on the chopping block. If this was done solely out of corruption, the major wouldn’t have mattered because professors in another major would be bought. We’ve seen corrupted academic standards. An athletic department helping subsidize a department doesn’t necessarily fit that bill.

 

That’s all I got/

Andrew

 

Georgia Football: Faton Bauta Named Starter at QB per Fake UGA Special Teams Coach


Troll on, Troller….

Georgia Bulldogs in the NFL: Where is Everybody – Complete NFL Roster Analysis


Before we dive in for some analysis, here’s a complete breakdown of former Bulldogs in the NFL per official teams’ websites.

Player Position Team Years in NFL
Drew Butler P Arizona Cardinals 3
Marlon Brown WR Baltimore Ravens 3
DeAngelo Tyson DE Baltimore Ravens 4
Cordy Glenn OT Buffalo Bills 4
Bacarri Rambo S Buffalo Bills 3
Jarius Wynn DE Buffalo Bills 7
Thomas Davis LB Carolina Panthers 11
Charles Johnson DE Carolina Panthers 9
Tim Jennings CB Chicago Bears 10
Cornelius Washington DL Chicago Bears 3
Geno Atkins DT Cincinnati Bengals 5
Clint Boling OG Cincinnati Bengals 5
Kwame Geathers DT Cincinnati Bengals 3
A.J. Green WR Cincinnati Bengals 5
Shawn Williams S Cincinnati Bengals 3
Matthew Stafford QB Detroit Lions 7
Ben Jones C Houston Texans 4
Corey Moore S Houston Texans R
Amarlo Herrera LB Indianapolis Colts R
Abry Jones DT Jacksonville Jaguars 3
Sanders Commings DB Kansas City Chiefs 3
Chris Conley WR Kansas City Chiefs R
Justin Houston LB Kansas City Chiefs 5
Aaron Murray QB Kansas City Chiefs 2
Ramik Wilson LB Kansas City Chiefs R
Ray Drew DE Miami Dolphins R
Reshad Jones S Miami Dolphins 6
Arthur Lynch TE Miami Dolphins 1
Blair Walsh K Minnesota Vikings 4
David Andrews C New England Patriots R
Orson Charles TE New Orleans Saints 3
Dannell Ellerbe LB New Orleans Saints 7
John Jenkins DT New Orleans Saints 3
Damian Swann CB New Orleans Saints R
Benjamin Watson TE New Orleans Saints 12
Jonathon Rumph WR New York Jets R
Kris Durham WR Oakland Raiders 5
Brandon Boykin CB Pittsburgh Steelers 4
Jarvis Jones LB Pittsburgh Steelers 3
Mike Thornton DT Pittsburgh Steelers R
Garrison Smith DT San Francisco 49ers 1
Demarcus Dobbs DE Seattle Seahawks 5
Todd Gurley RB St. Louis Rams R
Alec Ogletree LB St. Louis Rams 3
Brandon Bogotay K Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1
Tavarres King WR Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2
Toby Johnson DT Tennessee Titans R
Fernando Velasco OG/C Tennessee Titans 6
Kedric Golston DE Washington Redskins 10

 

But Wait! There’s More!

A few dismissed Bulldogs are also in the professional ranks. Among them: Isaiah Crowell, a second-year RB with Cleveland; Zach Mettenberger, a second-year QB with the Titans; and Nick Marshall, a rookie defensive back with the Jags.

Also, Knowshon Moreno is not currently on an NFL roster. He’s technically a free agent and per Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Moreno (who last played for Miami) will have to get healthy before any team takes a chance on him.

 

Offense, Defense, Special Teams

Offensive Players: 17

Defensive Players: 29

Special Teams Players: 3

Georgia is represented by a dominant defensive front (at least in numbers) with 21 defensive linemen or linebackers.

Offensively, nine former Dawgs are catching passes as tight ends or wide receivers.

 

Where have all the running backs gone?

Georgia may position itself as Running Back U, but only one former Bulldog RB (excluding Crowell) is currently on an NFL roster…Todd Gurley.

 

That Defense Tho

The 2011 Georgia defense was stupid-stacked. Nineteen players from that defense (including Nick Marshall) are currently on NFL Rosters. Here’s how they performed in 2011.

Player GP GS Tackles TFL Sacks INTs FF FR
Jarvis Jones 14 14 70 19.5 13.5 0 2 0
Sanders Commings 14 14 55 4 1 1 1 1
Brandon Boykin 14 14 55 11 0 3 2 0
Abry Jones 14 14 48 7 4 0 1 0
Shawn Williams 14 13 72 5 0 4 1 2
Bacarri Rambo 13 13 55 1 0 8 0 1
DeAngelo Tyson 11 11 20 3.5 1.5 0 0 0
Alec Ogletree 8 8 52 7.5 3 0 2 0
Amarlo Herrera 14 8 37 3 0 0 2 0
John Jenkins 14 7 28 6 3 1 1 0
Cornelius Washington 12 6 17 6 5 0 0 0
Kwame Geathers 12 3 14 0 0 0 0 1
Garrison Smith 14 2 22 3 0 0 0 0
Damian Swann 11 1 5 1 0 0 0 0
Ray Drew 7 0 8 2.5 0.5 0 0 1
Nick Marshall 13 0 5 0 0 0 0 0
Ramik Wilson 8 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
Mike Thornton 7 0 2 0.5 0 0 0 0
Corey Moore 12 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Total 570 80.5 31.5 17 12 6

That’s stupid.

 

That Offense Tho…Somehow

If you’re wondering why Mike Bobo’s offenses were so prolific from 2012-2014, the personnel offers some insight:

His four-year starter at QB (Aaron Murray) is on an NFL roster. His three-year star at running back (Todd Gurley) is on an NFL roster. His stalwart tight end (Arthur Lynch) is on an NFL Roster. He had two long-term contributors at wide receiver (Chris Conley and Tavarres King) who are now on NFL rosters. His hoss at center (David Andrews) is on an NFL roster.

And something tells me guys like Nick Chubb, Sony Michel and Jeb Blazevich could be pros some day. And Georgia is stacked along the offensive line this 2015 season. It stands to reason some of those folks will play for pay in the future.

Not to take away from Bobo as a coordinator. As the 2011 and 2012 Georgia defenses showed: huge NFL talent doesn’t automatically equate to success.

 

Wait. What?

The biggest surprise of all this? Brandon Bogotay is on an NFL roster.

 

 

That’s all I got/

Andrew

Georgia Football: Surprising Depth Chart News, Trent Thompson on Offense and More from @UGASpecialTeams


Never change, mythical Georgia Special Teams Coach. Never. Change.

 

 

How’s the depth char at holder looking?

 

Any truth to the Trent Thompson PK rumors?

 

How are the pooch kicks coming?

What is the official emoji of Human Joystick return touchdowns this year?

 

Would you like a chocolate covered pretzel?

 

Brandon Coutu, Blair Walsh, Marshall Morgan. MFK. Who you got?

Dude’s Top 10: No. 1 – An Oral History of the SEC Network


This series focuses on my favorite posts of all time. Lest I be labeled as overly arrogant, please note: 1. This was new DYC Editor-in-Chief Chad Floyd’s idea. 2. These are my “favorite” posts not my “best” posts. I don’t have “best” posts, because that would imply that I had better posts and good posts to begin with. For the rest of the Dude’s Top 10 Countdown, click here.

Running this site has been a blast. When Chad asked me to do a “Top 10” list of my favorite posts I spent an embarrassing amount of time researching myself and my own writing. The posts that made the initial cut all fit the same bill: they were light-hearted and fun.

In some ways, that’s not surprising. As I said in my farewell address last month, I created the site to entertain and to inform. I’m not all that great at informing folks. So hopefully I’m better at entertaining.

This post, which went up last August, was barely even read by anyone. Seriously, from August through November last year this piece was read a total of 240 times. For comparison’s sake, the site picked up 498,694 reads over that time period. So how did a post that accounted for .048% of the site’s readership (at its peak) earn the top spot on my Top 10 list? It’s simple. The post was wildly entertaining to write.

I planned this post weeks in advance by Tweeting at DirecTV about the SEC Network. I got into the falsified headspace of my co-writers at DudeYouCrazy., and I went to town. I crack myself up reading this post—even today. And I was in tears writing it.

So do me one last favor and go read it now. Or don’t. Whatever.

 

That’s all I got/

Andrew

 

For the rest of the Dude’s Top 10 Countdown, click here.

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