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I remember this came out in the Oregonian by a blogger. Byron Marshall had gone to a practice at Oregon with his dad and the practice was 100% closed to media, etc. and any fans or boosters. Now what's interesting is that Phil Knight was there and this blogger for the Oregon paper made a point of how this was nefarious because, according to her, she was pissed that Phil Knight could get in, along with a prized recruit, but the media was locked out.Don't know if this will ever be an issue but I just thought of it. This is what the NCAA doesn't want to deal with !! If Oregon had let the media in it might not have seemed nefarious, but Marshall told my son he met Phil Knight that day.....hmmmm......I still think there's more little bits and pieces of stuff that the NCAA knows about but the public don't. One current recruit said that a coach came to his school to and talked to him and offered him. He also said that they told him there was no investigation with the NCAA. THEY ARE STILL LYING AND CHEATING! Byron won't ever admit this happened that day now because he would be in trouble, but that's why closed practices should be closed to everybody. Including Knight!!!!!
It is financial suicide to not allow your contributors to see practice. Not that they would not give but if they are involved, and feel involved, they will continue wanting to give. Cultivation of givers is constant and going to practices is a big deal for some who love it. Phil Knight would certainly fit into that category. It is not a violation and shouldn't be and PSAs who travel to see a practice should always be allowed in; they are the lifeblood of your program.
Agree, Pooch. Closing practices to the Media is common, but that doesn't preclude Boosters/Recruits from attending - they just don't want the media seeing/writing anything about what's going on that day. Nothing nefarious there at all - we do it as well...
Things are looking up!
You can't just speak truth to power like this without serious repercussions.
You think Mr. Knight doesn't know who you are now? You think you're not being watched around the clock? Newsflash: You're not being paranoid, that helicopter was in fact following you to Costco.
Stop asking questions and stop trying to fit the pieces together. You're getting too close to the truth.
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Let's stop talking about Oregon. None of us has any idea about what the NCAA is going to do. This is a UDUB site not a zero site. If the ducks get hammered then they deserve it, if not then so be it. I really only care about beating them on the field. Let's talk football and why the Dawgs can beat the ducks next season without "they are cheaters" or "you team sucks" all that crap means nothing.
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I'm confused. Which part of that was the violation or cheating part?
I too like the word "nefarious." That's about all I got from that.
Boosters can go to practice, it's always been that way. I remember this writer who blogged about this, but she was complaining more about the fact that media couldn't watch practice -- so what? Nothing to see here. I think it gets to the place where people are pulling the corn out of the you know what because they want to accuse schools of cheating, but the bigger issues with Oregon are the Willie Lyles situation and the fact that they could possibly be considered "repeat offenders" due to the Campbell deal a couple years ago and the kid's LOI. A booster being at practice isn't a big deal.
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WITH ALL DUE RESPECT That is BULL!! Boosters can be at a closed practice with recruits and no media so how would anyone know if Uncle Phil was selling this kid another shoe deal like he did the MAMBA?? I don't buy it. RUTH don't tell me this is acceptable!!
You can't make an accusation without having proof -- boosters have been going to closed practices since Pope John Paul II was still going to catechism. And if a recruit happens to be watching practice that day, so what? If someone is sneaking around in the bushes and catches a kid talking to a booster then there might be something to that, but that has never happened.
I saw Phil in a black helicopter over my house one time -- and he was watching me while I was watching the replay of the football game from my big screen TV. In fact, I'm pretty sure that Phil was part of the illuminati back before Adam Weishaupt started it in Bavaria, and the Knights Templar before that -- when they spray chemtrails over head, it's Phil's face we see smiling back at us...
Listen, I'm all for great conspiracy theories, but that post was a little over the top :-)
See, that's just the thing. Whereas JHdaDawgs is now in an Indonesian labor camp stitching Air Jordans together at bayonet point, you're still here.
It's not that you're too high-profile a target - I mean, Mr. Knight had no problem pushing the button on JoPa for chrissakes - it's that you couch the truth in just enough crazy that you're not seen as a real threat. Very shrewd actually.
That is a learned skill -- very few possess it. It's part of the overall padawon mind bending psy-op.
This post was edited by RuthR 12 months ago
It's tough losing. When you get beat enough, it's natural to accuse the winner of cheating. My kids do it all the time.
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