NFL Commissioner Goodell Upholds Pryor’s 5-Game Suspension

Commissioner Roger Goodell ruled and former Ohio State Buckeye and current Oakland Raider, Terrelle Pryor’s five-game NFL suspension will be upheld.

“I believe it is a fair conclusion that he intentionally took steps to ensure that he would be declared ineligible for further college play and would be able to enter the NFL via the supplemental draft,” Commissioner Goodell. “Taken as a whole, I found that this conduct was tantamount to a deliberate manipulation of our eligibility rules in a way that distorts the underlying principles and calls into question the integrity of those rules.”

Terrelle Pryor declared himself a professional and gave up his final season with the Buckeyes after being suspended for five games by the NCAA for trading memorabilia for cash and tattoos at a Columbus, Ohio, tattoo parlor.  Mr. Pryor was originally barred from entering the professional ranks through the supplemental draft, but Commissioner Goodell eventually approved his request, with the proviso that he sit out five games, a proviso that both Pryor and his agent agreed to and previously stated that they would not oppose.

That being said, Pryor and his agent appealed the Commissioner’s decision – even though they originally agree to it  – and Goodell heard the young Quarterback’s appeal on September 15, 2011 during a hearing that lasted 80 minutes.  (Members of the NFLPA executive committee had pushed for the union to appeal the suspension.)

Commissioner Goodell said Pryor left Ohio State “in order to avoid the consequences of his conduct while in college — conduct to which he had admitted and for which he had accepted a suspension — and to hasten the day when he could pursue a potentially lucrative professional career in the NFL.  In my judgment, allowing players to secure their own ineligibility for college play in order to avoid previously determined disciplinary consequences for admitted conduct reflects poorly not on college football — which acted to discipline the transgressor — but on the NFL, by making it into a sanctuary where a player cannot only avoid the consequences of his conduct, but be paid for doing so.”

Pryor may be activated by the Raiders after their game at Houston on October 9, 2011.

I don’t often agree with the Commissioner’s rulings, but he made the right call in this case.

Romano On Sports: Proud To Announce the Signing of a New Client: Coach Mike Grossner

The Romano Sports & Entertainment Agency is pleased to announce the newest addition to its client family, Baker University Head Football Coach, Mike Grossner.  Coach Grossner is in his eighth season as head football coach for the Wildcat, with four consecutive winning seasons, including an NAIA playoff appearance in 2008.

Since taking over the program in 2004, Coach Grossner has four NAIA first-team All-America selections, two Heart of America Athletic Conference Player of the Year and 32 NAIA Scholar-Athletes.

Before coming to Baker University, Coach Grossner was an assistant head coach, recruiting coordinator and academic adviser at Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado.  From 1997 to 2000, he was the head coach at Glendale Community College, guiding the Gauchos to the 2000 national championship and earning Coach of the Year honors from the American Football Coaches Association.

Coach Grossner played professionally in NFL Europe, where he was a quarterback and offensive coordinator in Nottingham, England, and Ravenna, Italy, from 1990 to 1993, guiding both teams to the national semifinals.

Coach Grossner and his wife, Karen, live in Baldwin City, Kansas, with their three children, Emma, Jake and Ryker.

Commissioner Stern Postpones the Opening of NBA Training Camps.

Kobe, Lebron, Dwight and the gang – no need to pack up your sneakers and sweats– Commissioner David Stern has decided to postpone NBA training camps indefinitely and canceled 43 preseason games because the Owners and the NBPA have not come to terms regarding a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Yes that is correct, training camps will not open on October 3, 2011 and all preseason games from October 9-15, 2011 are canceled.

“We have regretfully reached the point on the calendar where we are not able to open training camps on time and need to cancel the first week of preseason games,” NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver said. “We will make further decisions as warranted.”

Cancellations were inevitable after the owners and players ended negotiations this week without a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

During the week’s negotiations, the NBA owners offered the players’ union a 46% share of basketball-related revenue, 11% less than they received per the last CBA.  The players’ union offered to reduce its percentage to 54%, with the stipulation that a mechanism would be installed to reward the players if future revenue increased.  (Players were guaranteed 57% under the previous CBA).  In addition, the owners, who claim to have lost $300 million last season, have been seeking a hard salary cap, a condition the players have been unwilling to accept.

Both sides will sit down and try again next week, since a new deal is needed by the middle of October to avoid canceling regular season games.

Asked if he thought things were far enough along to still believe that was possible, commissioner David Stern said: “I don’t have any response to that. I just don’t. I don’t know the answer.”


There is no rule against it, coaches condone it, and players admit it is an accepted practice, but NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell insisted on sending a memo to all 32 NFL franchises warning players not to fake it during a game.  Especially on Monday Night Football where more than 12 million fans are tuning in watching on ESPN.

Commissioner Goodell sent the memo as a result of New York Football Giants’ Deon Grant allegedly faking an injury against the St. Louis Rams this past Monday night in an effort to save the Giants from using a timeout.

Per Commissioner Goodell’s memo, the NFL “reminded” teams of league policy that calls on coaches to discourage the practice.  However, there is no specific rule on this topic.

And the Commissioner is serious.  He has decided to use his powers of doing “what is in the best interest of the sports” to warn NFL teams that if such action continues, discipline will ensue which includes fines, suspensions, and the possible loss of draft picks if the league concludes that a player faked an injury during a game. Wow – I guess the Commissioner doesn’t like when people “fake it”.  (Take notice Mrs. Goodell).

However, most NFL insiders – coaches, players, and league personnel – condone the use of using phony injuries if it provides a competitive edge.

“I’ve been places where it has been taught,” said Browns linebacker Scott Fujita. “They have a name for it and I’ve been places where it’s been pre-called. I’ve been places where it’s one player who has been designated. Maybe I’m getting everyone in trouble, but I’m just being honest.”

“It’s always been in the game,” Ravens All-Pro safety Ed Reed said. “It’s all tactical stuff you need to use. Whatever it takes. … If you’re tired, you’re tired. You get a break however you can.”

But not everyone is on board.  St. Louis Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo notified the NFL that he suspected the Giants were feigning injuries in St. Louis’ 28-16 loss.  Additionally, Rams quarterback Sam Bradford said it was obvious the Giants were just “buying time”.  “They couldn’t get subbed, they couldn’t line up,” Bradford said. “Someone said, ‘Someone go down, someone go down,’ so someone just went down and grabbed a cramp.”

Sounds a little like sour grapes after a loss – and I think Mr. Bradford is going to have to start looking over his shoulder since defensive lineman are not going to be happy about his telling of NFL “secrets”.

Giants’ coach Tom Coughlin said he was not aware of Grant faking an injury and Grant said he wasn’t pretending to be injured.

“I went out one play,” Grant said. “I got banged up, and went right back in and finished the game — just like I have every game for my career. My whole thing is when do you know if somebody is faking an injury?

Grant said he banged his knee on the previous play while making a tackle. He began flexing his knee and knew he’d hurt it, but wanted to stay in the game. Grant said someone — perhaps defensive end Justin Tuck — was behind him and said, ‘D, don’t try to run off the field, just go down.’ And I was like, ‘No.’ ”

“I went out (and) came back in. I’ve been doing that my whole career. But you go and check my medical report. I have the injuries to speak for it. Two torn MCLs I never had surgery on. Wrist surgery. Shoulder surgery. A broken hip with a metal plate with screws in it, so I don’t fake nothing. How can another person that’s not in your body tell you when you’re faking an injury?”

Had Grant attempted to get off the field, it could have left the Giants a defender short when the ball was snapped. Of course, they also could have called a timeout, a course of action teams might need to use in the future.

Commissioner Goodell’s memo stated:

“Going forward, be advised that should the league office determine that there is reasonable cause, all those suspected of being involved in faking injuries will be summoned promptly to this office … to discuss the matter. Those found to be violators will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action for conduct detrimental to the game.”

The NFL’s has discussed this issue previously but hesitated to pass a rule that would have officials make judgments on injuries.

“We have been fortunate that teams and players have consistently complied with the spirit of the rule over the years and this has not been an issue for the NFL,” the memo said. “We are determined to take all necessary steps to ensure that it does not become an issue.”

This delay tactics have always been considered part of the game – we will see how far the Commissioner pushes this issue.

Albertus Magnus Women’s Soccer Schedule

Brittney Geremia, Captain of the Albertus Magnus Women’s Soccer Team, is proud to announce the new fall soccer schedule:

Sep. 1 at Coast Guard W, 1-0 Final
Sep. 3 at Mt. St. Mary (N.Y.) 2:30 PM
Sep. 5 at Bay Path 1:00 PM
Sep. 8 at Mitchell 4:00 PM
Sep. 10 at Pine Manor * 1:00 PM
Sep. 14 St. Joseph (Conn.) * 4:00 PM
Sep. 17 Saint Joseph’s (Me.) * 1:00 PM
Sep. 21 at Simmons * 7:00 PM
Sep. 24 Johnson & Wales (RI) * 1:00 PM
Sep. 28 Mount Ida * 4:00 PM
Oct. 1 at Norwich * TBA
Oct. 5 at Suffolk * 6:00 PM
Oct. 8 Emerson * 1:00 PM
Oct. 10 at Rivier * 3:30 PM
Oct. 15 at Emmanuel (Mass.) * 12:00 PM
Oct. 19 Anna Maria * 3:30 PM
Oct. 22 Lasell * 1:00 PM
Oct. 25 at Nichols 3:30 PM