More prevalent and increasingly more popular, though, are the supersecret “practice scrimmages” between Division I teams that the public can’t watch and schools can’t list on their schedules and coaches can’t discuss.
“Only athletics department staff members and those individuals necessary to conduct the practice scrimmage may be present during the scrimmage,” NCAA guidelines state. “Further, the institution must ensure the scrimmage is free from public view and media are not in attendance.”
The rule book continues: “An official score and/or statistics for the practice scrimmage may not be kept. However, an institution may keep score and/or statistics for private use … An institution may not provide the score and/or any statistics to any type of media outlet.”
Or as SDSU coach Steve Fisher explains: “You can’t put a score on the scoreboard, but everybody knows what it is.”
The “secret” scrimmages arose from the NCAA putting an end to schools playing teams like Athletes in Action or Double Pump back in 2004. They used to be a staple of every team’s November schedule. So now schools gets any combination of two preseason games, either closed scrimmages or public exhibitions.
And coaches like it.
“It gives you a better barometer of where you are,” Toreros coach Bill Grier told the paper. “If you play a team that doesn’t have size or athleticism or something you’re not going to see during the season, I don’t know how much you get out of beating them by 30 points.”
Monday, Nov. 1 marks two things: The start of my paternity leave (until Dec. 1) and the reintroduction of Rob Dauster as Beyond the Arc blogger.
Rob’s been here before. His stuff during the 2010 NCAA tournament was invaluable and I’m pleased to have him back aboard, this time for an entire season. Hoopheads already know Rob’s work from his website, Ballin’ Is a Habit.
When James Naismith write down the 13 original rules for basketball 119 years ago, “it wasn’t worth a dime,” as his grandson, Ian, told the N.Y. Times.
When the document is auctioned in Dec., it could fetch $2 million.
Who would’ve guessed two worn, typewritten pages could be so valuable? It could push Mark McGwire 70th home run ball ($3 million) as the most expensive auctioned sports item of all time.
For anyone without a sense of history, here’s why:
“This is like Athena bursting out of Naismith’s head, full-blown,” Selby Kiffer, the senior specialist for historic American manuscripts at Sotheby’s, told the Times. “There’s nothing like this in the history of sport — and it’s in two humble typewritten pages.”
And he’s the impetus behind yet another funny video of people hitting other people as a means of motivation. This time it’s from Loyola-Marymount, which won’t tolerate student wearing gear from other schools. Watch.
The star is guard Vernon Teel, who opens the video by tackling a USC fan, screaming “C’mon! Tell me where you go to school! You go to LMU! Don’t be bringing that USC gear around here! Represent your school right!”
If Teel’s half as intimidating on defense, the Lions may actually have a chance in the WCC.
Then … Pullen trimmed it this summer. He’s a brave man, that Pullen. Samson was never the same after his locks were shorn. Why mess with a good thing?
Well, there’s good news for K-State and Wildcats fans. Pullen’s rounding his game into shape for the season. Same for the beard. From the Kansas City Star:
Your beard was so popular last year, but you trimmed it for a while this summer and it’s short now. Were you surprised the way Manhattan melt down when you were seen around town without facial hair? It’s growing back, so the town is going to be OK. It’s amazing. That’s why when people ask me if I ever get tired of signing autographs or taking pictures with fans I always say, ‘No.’ The morning you take it for granted is the morning you could wake up and it could all be gone. …
Did you shave the beard all the way off? No, I just trimmed it a little bit. I got tired of it and needed a change. But it will be back. This is the beginnings of it. As the season goes deeper, it grows longer. As the games get tougher, it gets tougher. I feel like if I didn’t have it, people would be wasting signs and people would be mad at me. So I just feel like I can do it one more year for the fans.
So here’s Pullen’s plan for the season: Win the Big 12, reach the Final Four, cut down the nets and jump to the NBA clean shaven.
Pepperdine’s Keion Bell doesn’t care for Sir Isaac Newton. Gravity? Who needs it?
The guard stands just 6-foot-3, yet is known as one of college basketball high-flyers, capable of throwing down nasty dunks and jaw-dropping moves at any moment. (He also can play a little; Bell’s 18.5 points per game led the Waves last season.)