Jeff Schultz blog 

This AJC sports blogger takes things seriously when he has to, but he really would rather not

Dumb rules are no excuse for Todd Gurley

  • 9:36 am Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
Georgia running back Todd Gurley should be considered leading Heisman candidate. (Brant Sanderlin, AJC)

(Updated: 5:45 p.m.)

I understand this is going to be a difficult question for those who bleed red-and-black. But seriously: Did you really believe that Todd Gurley did this only once? Did you really think that one day he acted impulsively, took $400 from some memorabilia cretin named Bryan Allen to sign 80 items, and never did it again?

Logic indicated otherwise, and evidence supported logic.

Gurley is gone for four games, not the two already served. He didn’t receive $400 for signatures. He received more than $3,000. The NCAA hit him with a four-game suspension, or the equivalent of 30 percent of [More]

Muschamp expects NCAA to clear Gurley

  • 2:00 pm Monday, October 27th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
Georgia still hoping for NCAA to clear Todd Gurley before Florida game. (Jason Getz/AJC)

While Georgia continues to wait for word on whether Todd Gurley will be given clearance by the NCAA to play in Saturday’s game against Florida, Gators coach Will Muschamp is already operating on the assumption that the Bulldogs’ running back will there.

“Absolutely. I would expect him to play,” Muschamp said Monday at his weekly news conference in Gainesville.

The comments were in response to a question about Gurley’s uncertain status. Muschamp had alluded to Gurley during his general remarks about Georgia to open his conference: “Extremely talented running back in Todd Gurley. One of the best football players in college football. [More]

Why yes for Mo’ne Davis but no for Gurley?

  • 9:31 am Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
Little League star Mo'ne Davis was cleared to do a car commercial by the NCAA. (Brian Garfinkel)

This blog has been updated with the news that Georgia is filing a request with the NCAA for Todd Gurley’s reinstatement. A full column will be posted later today.

UPDATE: Here’s a link to the full column.

Here are two updates on the Todd Gurley situation:

•  The Georgia tailback is still under suspension, but school officials announced it will file a request for reinstatement with the NCAA later today and hopes to have him available for “our next game,” which against Florida next week. The question is whether the NCAA will relatively rubber-stamp this and limit Gurley’s suspension to two games [More]

Georgia being realistic, unlike Jimbo Fisher

  • 7:53 am Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
Jameis Winston, Florida State

I understand Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher’s desire to stand up for his guy. But at what point does even he realize how silly he sounds?

In regards to more than 950 items with quarterback Jameis Winston’s authenticated signature being claimed by a company, James Spence Authentication, Fisher told media in Tallahassee Tuesday. “Feel very good. Talked to [Jameis] and everything, people have talked to the owners of the company and different people, from what I understand. We’ll see.”

More: “He’s never taken a dime for anything. He’s signed thousands of things. I mean, the guy sits for an hour and a [More]

Minus Gurley, Dogs have flaws to overcome

  • 2:19 pm Friday, October 10th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
Hutson Mason may not have Todd Gurley to hand ball to for rest of season. (AP)

Georgia plays its final regular-season game in seven weeks. In the perfect Bulldog world, there will be a berth in the SEC championship game in two months and a golden ticket to the inaugural college football playoffs in the first two weeks of January.

In other words, at worst — or best — Georgia running back Todd Gurley would be free in three months to start making his millions as a professional athlete. But there are growing indications that Gurley couldn’t wait and now there’s a good chance he has played his final college game.

A source has told the AJC [More]

It’s ‘Mark Emmert Appreciation Night!’ (sorta)

  • 9:51 am Monday, June 23rd, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
Mr Emmert, "Skipper" would to have a word with you. (via Lake County Captains)

Congratulations, Mark Emmert: Now you have alienated minor league baseball.

Emmert, the NCAA president, has made a habit of saying the wrong things while defending the organization’s antiquated and disingenuous stance to not significantly increase the value of scholarships for student-athletes, even in the wake of mega-million revenue streams for this “amateur” enterprise. It happened again last week when Emmert testified in the Ed O’Bannon class-action anti-trust lawsuit: “To convert college sports into professional sports

would be tantamount to converting it into minor league sports. And we know that in the U.S. minor league sports aren’t very successful either for fan support [More]

Lawsuit shows NCAA still in fantasyland

  • 10:57 am Thursday, June 5th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
EA sports was sued for using likenesses of NCAA players without their permission.

One would think that with all of the punches the NCAA is being hit with these days, it would become a better loser. Instead, it continues to provide more fodder for criticism.

Latest example: There’s a proposed $40 million settlement for class-action lawsuits filed by 200,000 to 300,000 former NCAA football and basketball players, whose likenesses were used by video game manufacturer EA Sports without their permission. This is just one of several lawsuits and issues the NCAA is dealing with, all circling around the fallacy of amateur athletics that it’s trying to perpetuate.
Anyway, this was the NCAA’s official response Wednesday [More]