Friday Sports Briefs

Fairfield U’s Cooley Honored

Fairfield University basketball coach Ed Cooley has been named MAAC Coach of the Year, on the heels of a 23-6 overall record and a 15-2 conference record.  William S. Paxton has the story on the Connecticut Post’s blog:

“Everybody said four years ago no way you’re ever going to win at Fairfield University,” Cooley said. “The resources (the administration) has allowed us to have, and what they have done for our programs both men and women, has allowed us to build our program.

“It’s a family university award.”

Congratulations to Coach Cooley and the Stags.

Understanding the NFL Labor Dispute

With the NFL and NFL Players’ Association extending their negotiating deadline until Friday night, Michael McCann of SI.com and Sports Law blog posted a timely article entitled “Ten things you need to know about a potential NFL lockout.” 

Recruiting in College Football Examined

ESPN’s Joe Schad and Mark Schlabach have an interesting article on the NCAA’s investigation of Oregon’s use of a recruiting service.  Although the existence of another NCAA investigation isn’t necessarily of great interest, the article contains some fascinating quotes concerning the overall state of college football recruiting:

Baron Flenory, who runs the increasingly popular 7-on-7 camps:

People think I’m the boogeyman and another Sonny Vaccaro,” Flenory said, referring to the sports marketing executive, who has worked with sneaker companies and basketball prospects. “But it’s not like that. People have a perception about what Sonny has done. They think of negatives. But there are two sides to it. I do believe in the great side of what 7-on-7s can do for kids in recruiting and that’s why we’ve been so transparent with the NCAA.”

Rachel Newman-Baker, NCAA director of agent, gambling and amateurism activities:

“[Football] is very similar to non-scholastic basketball based on what we know,” Newman-Baker said. “It seems to be a lot of the same issues with recruiting services, street agents and these non-scholastic teams traveling all over the country. It’s eerily similar.”

Former Florida coach Urban Meyer, on the problem of “street agents”:

“It’s certainly prevalent and it’s certainly out there,” Meyer said. “In some areas, it’s really out there.”

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