Bowl eligibility on the line for SJSU this weekend


Bowl eligibility on the line for SJSU this weekend

If there were one game on SJSUs schedule it could write off as a win at the beginning of the the season, it would be this weekends game on the road against Idaho. As recent events would suggest, a win for the Spartans is looking even more likely.About 10 days ago, the Idaho football program fired its head coach, Robb Akey, in part due to the teams 1-7 record this season. Offensive coordinator Jason Gesser was named interim head coach upon Akeys firing. Then on Monday, the team dismissed its starting quarterback, Dominique Blackman, and linebacker Conrad Scheidt from the squad for violating team rules.Regardless of whatever particular state of shambles the Idaho football program may be in, SJSU head coach Mike MacIntyre said the team must focus on its own game and only that.We have to be ready for an intense game, he said. But the main things we have to do is take care of ourselves, being intensely ready and prepare like we have been. How we prepare and how we are focused throughout the week will make the difference on Saturday.MacIntyre said he was planning on addressing a somewhat similar situation to Idahos that played out in the struggling programs favor. Last season, UCLA hosted Arizona State while many Bruins supporters called for the removal of head coach Rick Neuheisel after a string of losses averaging deficits of 30 points. UCLA defeated favored Arizona State that night 29-28, despite its off-the-field troubles.That sort of bottled-up fire is what MacIntyre is expecting from the Vandals this Saturday at the Kibbie Dome in Moscow, Idaho.We have to take care of ourselves and not worry about them but we do have to understand that theyre going to come riled up and ready to go, he said.SJSU is also just one win shy of bowl eligibility and has to think there is no better shot at locking in that seventh win than this weekend SJSUs win over UTSA did not qualify toward bowl eligibility. MacIntyre, though, said no discussion of a possible bowl situation has been had between he and his coaches or the players.Truthfully, we havent talked about the bowl one time and we wont, MacIntyre said. Were going to take the game one play at a time, one quarter at a time, one game at a time and that is not cliche, that is the truth.Idaho senior quarterback Logan Bushnell will get the start Saturday over junior Taylor Davis, who helped beat the Spartans last season with 162 passing yards and a go-ahead fourth-quarter touchdown pass the final lead change of the 32-29 Idaho win. Bushnell will be sent in to lead a Vandals offense that ranks 123rd in the nation in scoring averaging 16 points per game.Both their quarterbacks can throw well theyre not guys that just got off the bus, MacIntyre said. I think they can make plays. What theyve done with their quarterbacks in the past, looking at these guys, they can do exactly what (Blackman) was doing. I dont see it being that drastic of a change.Nationally, Idaho ranks 62nd in passing yards, 120th in points against, and 122nd in rushing yards per game. Nonetheless, MacIntyre believes Idaho is more than capable of beating the Spartans and used last years defeat as a prime example.Our kids remembers getting beat in Idaho a couple years ago and losing the heartbreaker last year, he said. Idaho is a good football team and they definitely think they can beat us and we know they can. So that will help fuel our guys this weekend to prepare to play.So the Spartans have two items on their agenda: Avenge last seasons loss to Idaho and capture that all-important seventh win to advance their hopes of a possible postseason bowl. A win would accomplish both goals.

The future of Cal athletics, or lack thereof


The future of Cal athletics, or lack thereof

Your education dollars are always at work, so it is with pride and bewilderment that we report that the University of California’s incoming class (2021, for those few who can get out in four years) marched to Memorial Stadium and formed the world’s largest human letter.
It was . . . wait for it . . . a “C.” A 7,196-person-strong “C.”
But the school, as it occasionally does, missed a golden opportunity to seize a golden opportunity. All they needed to do was have a quick whip-round, get $55,586.44 from each and every one of the captives . . . er, students, and they could have wiped out their entire athletics deficit in one night.
You see, while forming gigantic letters is always fun (or as the kids used to say when double negatives didn’t mean voting, never not fun), Cal is staring at quite possibly the bleakest future a major athletic university ever has. The athletic department, whose chief officer, Mike Williams, has just announced his intention to quit, is over $400 million in debt between construction costs, ambition, shrinking allegiance and the absence of a Phil Knight-level sugar daddy to buy the pain away.
And before you blame Williams, he inherited this indigestible planetoid from his predecessor, Sandy Barbour, who grew it from her predecessor, Steve Gladstone, and hastened it from . . . well, you get the drift. 
Cal’s been blowing through money it hasn’t been taking in for years upon years, didn’t realize the deficit-cutting benefits of the Pac-12 Network (because they largely don’t exist), and the day of reckoning looms closer and closer, especially now that new chancellor Carol Christ (no apparent relation) described the deficit as “corrosive” and has insisted that the athletic department have a balanced budget by 2020.
In short, the school may only be able to afford a lower-case “C” before too long. Maybe in comic sans. 

NCAA adopts sexual violence policy: 'It's not banning violent athletes...'


NCAA adopts sexual violence policy: 'It's not banning violent athletes...'

NCAA member schools will be required to provide yearly sexual violence education for all college athletes, coaches and athletics administrators under a policy announced Thursday by the organization's board of governors.

Campus leaders such as athletic directors, school presidents and Title IX coordinators will be required to attest that athletes, coaches and administrators have been educated on sexual violence.

The policy was adopted from a recommendation made by the Commission to Combat Campus Sexual Violence, which was created by the board last year in response to several high-profile cases involving sexual assaults and athletic departments, including the scandal at Baylor.

The policy also requires campus leaders to declare that athletic departments are knowledgeable and compliant with school policies on sexual violence prevention, adjudication and resolution.

Brenda Tracy, a rape survivor and activist who speaks to college teams across the country about sexual violence , is a member of the commission. She has called for the NCAA to ban athletes with a history of sexual violence. While this policy falls far short of that, Tracy said she was encouraged.

"It's not banning violent athletes, but it's a positive policy that's going to have a big impact on our campuses," Tracy said in a phone interview from Amherst, Massachusetts, where she was spending the day speaking to the UMass football and basketball teams.

The announcement from the NCAA came just one day after Youngstown State decided a football player who served jail time for a rape committed while he was in high school will not be allowed to play in games this season. Ma'Lik Richmond , who served about 10 months in a juvenile lockup after being convicted with another Steubenville High School football player of raping a 16-year-old girl in 2012, walked on at Youngstown State earlier this year. He will be allowed to practice and participate in other team activities.

Tracy has promoted a petition urging Youngstown State to not allow Richmond to play.

"I think that playing sports and playing NCAA sports is a privilege. It is not a right," Tracy said. "If we're going to be placing student-athletes in that position of power and influence - to drive narrative, to drive conversation, to affect culture - then behavior matters. Right now, I feel like Youngstown is sending the message that violence against women, rape all of these things are OK. It doesn't affect your ability to play sports."

A move toward an NCAA policy on sexual violence was given momentum by numerous issues involving athletes and athletic departments in recent years. Perhaps the most high-profile example is Baylor, where an investigation found that allegations of sexual assault, some against football players, were mishandled by school leaders.

Two years ago, the Southeastern Conference barred schools from accepting transfers who had been dismissed from another school for serious misconduct, defined as sexual assault, domestic violence or other forms of sexual violence.

Indiana announced in April that it would no longer accept any prospective student-athlete who has been convicted of or pleaded guilty or no contest to a felony involving sexual violence. In July, the athletic director at the University of Illinois said the school was working on a similar policy.

Tracy said the NCAA has not ruled out implementing a policy like Indiana's.

"The fact that's still on the table, we're still having discussions about that, we're still going to keep working moving forward, gives me a lot of hope," she said.

In a statement, the NCAA said: "Any discussion of individual accountability beyond the criminal justice system must address the complexities and nuances of different federal and state laws so that it can be consistently applied across the NCAA."

The new NCAA policy defers to schools to set their own sexual violence education practices, though in 2014 the association set expectations for its members with a resolution and made recommendations in a handbook on sexual assault.

"Schools do different things," Tracy said. "The NCAA is now saying this isn't just an option. This is now a policy and a requirement. And not only that but you need to attest to us every year what it is that you're doing ... Some schools are doing a great job. Some schools are not doing a great job."