Talking Bull: Well, that took the NCAA fewer than 6 months!

Kevin C. Cox

See when the NCAA set's a standard for bowl eligibility it's really more of a guideline

What to know what grinds my gears?

The gnashing of teeth around the subject of Kent as a BCS team. Aparently a 12-1 (if they win) Kent is not deserving of a BCS bowl but a 6-7 Georgia Tech will get to bump a 6-6 (or better) team from their bowl game.

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets get bowl waiver approved by NCAA - ESPN
Last week, industry sources told ESPN there were "several conferences" opposed to Georgia Tech receiving the waiver and taking a spot from a .500 or better team, specifically because the NCAA had changed the rule last summer.

The loser here is probably Central Michigan who at 6-6 is going to be the first team over 70 to be cut out of a bowl.

The sad thing here is that this was specifically dealt with over the summer. The rules read a 6-7 team can go Bowling *if there is an open slot*. This was specifically talked about over the summer but chances are when it was agreed to nobody among the power conference thought one of their champs would be in that position.

Bet your bottom dollar that if the CUSA runner up, or the MAC runner up were 6-7 the NCAA would not make an exception under the new rules.

Speaking of the Kent induced trauma.

OU’s BCS bowl hopes could be Flash dashed " Sports " The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK
The wailing, moaning and crying that may be coming out of Norman could reach deafening levels before the Sooners play their regular season finale at TCU on Saturday. Why? Even with a win, OU could very well be shut out of a BCS bowl game ... by Kent State.

The AQ conference have benefited tremendously from the BCS system and they will benefit even more from the new playoff, which frankly gives the mid majors more of a raw deal than the old system. But when it does not work out for a storied team... Yea then it's a problem.

Meanwhile in the ACC vs Big10 championship game

Louisville vs. Rutgers 2012 final score: Cardinals claim likely BCS bid - SBNation.com
The Louisville Cardinals overcame an 11-point halftime deficit to defeat the Rutger Scarlet Knights, 20-17, to capture a share of the Big East title and a probable berth in a BCS bowl game.

Says something about what's left in the Big East.

Don't give up on basketBull just yet

Searching for answers - Sports - The Spectrum - The Universty of Buffalo
The rough start in most cases could break the will of most teams – especially ones that aren’t used to losing – as is the case with this current group of players. But this unit is a different one. They’re keeping their heads up and learning from their mistakes they made in each game.

"We can’t lose the spirit now," said junior guard Corey Raley-Ross. "The best thing about it is that it’s early, so we can see our mistakes now and not make them again later. We haven’t given up hope, we feel like we are getting better day in and day out. We’re taking it a game at a time."

But if you do, give up, check out Rowing!

As always one of UB's better programs.

Women's Rowing Adds Two Newcomers For the 2013-14 Campaign - Buffalo Athletics
The University at Buffalo women's rowing team added a pair of rowers during the National Letter of Intent signing period as announced by first year head coach Sandy Calfo. Both signees hail from the state of New York and have decorated backgrounds in rowing.

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