The NCAA has reinstated Boldewijn's eligibility. There still is no news on Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe. We still don't have any details surrounding what the cause of the suspension was or why Febis sat for 1 game, Boldewijn for 4 games and Tjong-A-Tjoe for more games. Boise State is expected to release a statement later this week to hopefully clear some of these things up.
Three of Ohio State's players that were suspended for the first five games will be sitting out a while longer. Ohio State held a press conference yesterday to announce that they were apparently compensated a bit too highly for their summer jobs. I wonder if this writer still thinks that Ohio State should be punished less severely than
Ohio Boise State? I'm waiting for his follow up column.
It also includes a nifty video that has Robert Smith throwing Boise State a bone by ranking them number 5 in his top 5. Jeez, Robert, even Craig James has Boise State at number 4 these days on his ballot. Who are you trying to impress with this tough guy shtick?
After news broke about a Lane Kiffin assistant at Tennessee that paid for Lache Seastrunk's unofficial visit, Thamel explains that this is a common practice. It's a good read about a soft spot in the NCAA rule book.
Apparently the Big XII teams have agreed to equally distribute all revenue from Tier 1 and Tier 2 television contracts while schools can still retain their Tier 3 revenue (Longhorn Network). For this to happen, all schools will need to sign up for 6 years. Missouri's board is meeting today to presumably commit to the Big XII for the next 6 years or potentially jump to the SEC. Also, the Big XII has formed an expansion committee that will start meeting this week.
If you're not familiar with it, it's a few guys' attempts to try to create a fan based poll without the bias. The poll was inspired from the 2008 final coaches poll where Hal Mumme voted undefeated Hawaii #1 (Hello, BCS money!) among other egregious ballots.
The way the poll works is that you give your top 10 teams without ranking any of them except designating a #1 team to be used as a tiebreaker. A team gets a point per ballot they appear on. Teams are then ranked by those points.