The Reads: Oh, Good Grief, NCAA...

What is the NCAA for, again? - Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

Once again, the NCAA is in the news for doing something groan worthy.

Over the last year, the NCAA or so has been investigating the long-term pay-to-play scandal at Miami following accusations by disgraced former booster Nevin Shapiro. To the naked eye, the case seemed to be fairly strong against Miami, a case almost impossible for the NCAA to bumble.

We really, really underestimated the NCAA.

How long before the NCAA's "membership" gets fed up with the regulators? They're doing such a great job that Miami might get off with little more than a smack of the wrist for this "oversight". Was Emmert so focused on his need to punish Penn State (outside the purview of the NCAA charter) that he ignored the Miami investigation?

In case you forgot, Miami is being investigated for plying recruits with women, free meals, money and possibly other elicit activities. And they're less a priority than punishing a school for actions outside the charter? I mean, yes, Penn State needed to be redirected but not at the cost of allowing a program that appears to have flaunted the rules slip by relatively unscathed. I'd love to know what benefit member schools feel from being part of the NCAA when the rules only apply if the NCAA doesn't bungle your case?

When's the last time someone thought the NCAA got something right?* Seriously, someone please let me know. I'd say their rules and regulations, but even then, people complain all the time.

Let us not forget, dear ol' Nebraska is currently on probation for accidentally providing extra books to STUDENT-athletes.

CHEATERS.

Maybe it's time for the membership to consider a new enforcement structure. I've seen suggestions about establishment of an organization with actual legal power to subpoena.

Gotta say, it doesn't strike me as a bad idea.

* Well, they were right about fans tweeting and Facebooking recruits. That's just creepy.

In addition to your thoughts on the above, I ask you:

  • Can the NCAA effectively govern college sports anymore? Why or why not?
  • What changes do you think the NCAA needs to make to restore credibility?
  • Should the current NCAA membership author a new, more effective NCAA 2.0? How should that organization approach enforcement and regulation?

Women's Basketball

Now on to some important information! The women's basketball team takes on Michigan State in Sparty's first visit to Lincoln. Let's hope it ends in a win for Nebraska!

For those with NET, the game starts at 7pm CT. For the rest of us, turn on your local Husker radio option.

Huskers Host No. 25 Spartans Thursday - Huskers.com - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site

Nebraska Cornhuskers (13-6, 3-3 Big Ten) vs. #25 Michigan State Spartans (16-2, 4-1 Big Ten)

Thursday, Jan. 24, 7:05 p.m. (Central)

Devaney Center (Lincoln, Neb.)

Live TV/Video: NET (Statewide in Nebraska) Larry Punteney-PBP; Jami (Kubik) Hagedorn Analyst)/BTN.com

Radio: 25-Station IMG College Husker Sports Network (PBP-Matt Coatney; Analyst-Jeff Griesch) (107.3 FM-KBBK, Lincoln; 93.3 FM-KFFF, Omaha; 880 AM-KRVN, Lexington)

Free Internet Audio: Huskers.com

(We're still looking for a writer!)

Football

Being Kicker U does have its advantages, really.

We need to convince Eichorst to get another picture taken by the AP/Getty.

WE'RE GETTING WORSE. Burn it all down and start again!

The eternal sunshine of off-season. Will our new leaders change things up?

"The Life Skills area. It’s definitely something I want to get involved with next year. I want to do more community service. At our school, it’s more of an obligation. At Nebraska, it’s something I really want to do," Stanton said.

The potential is great but the challenge now is keeping the kids on board and getting them ready to contribute.

Big Ten

We seem to get so impatient as a society about everything anymore, that when something doesn't happen when we think it should, then we also fall into this line of thinking that it will never get better.

OTE takes a stab at summing up the past and guessing at the near future.

Well poop.

It's a tough road to the top.

National News

Well then, by all means, we should watch it! If Peyton says something it'll happen!

The question is whether this is Nick Saban money or Mack Brown/Kirk Ferentz money.

As expected. We'll see UCLA in Lincoln this fall. Jim Mora is putting together a pretty good class for the Bruins...

Mathlete's calculations suggest that recruiting rankings are a decent predictor of future success for the defense but that the prediction becomes quite murky on the offense.

Hoooo boy. DON'T DO THIS.

More than 3,800 players have sued the NFL due to head injuries suffered during their playing days, including a class action lawsuit currently being reviewed in a federal district court in Pennsylvania.

Add one more to the pile...

If they put the Big Ten Game on Fox Sports 1, I will flip a table. It's already going to be hard enough to find the game on Fox.

Do you know who is in the C-USA? No, not the Big East, the real C-USA. Since you were confused, take a look here and find out.

Whelp.

FanPosts!

This is a new section! Post a FanPost and get featured in the Reads!

A Name please! - Corn Nation FanPost
thehobodownthestreet asks whether Nebraska will ever be in the fight for a five star athlete this late in the game, just to keep things interesting, I guess.

CN Cookbook - Chicken Jalapeño Dip - Corn Nation
Bubbasan earns the privilege of being the first to share a recipe for the Corn Nation Cookbook!

CN Cookbook--Crunchy Corn Salsa - Corn Nation
BigRedTwice joins the fun by sharing one of her favorite recipes. Why don't you join Bubbasan and BigRedTwice?

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That's all for today, folks. This thread is open!

-Salt Creek and Stadium

PS: 2 of 20 Recipes Collected to Unlock "Cooking Along the Ol' Salt Creek"

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