Links at Lunch: NCAA Collecting Bodies, Red with Envy for EWU

LSU levied self-imposed sanctions that included scholarship reduction amid allegations of, you guessed it, improper player benefits. These particular improprieties involved a recruit, and were compounded given it involved a coach. The NCAA not deeming those sufficient, it’s leveling its mighty blow today in a conference call per USA Today. The recent poster child for NCAA sanctions is USC, which was hit with a two-year bowl ban and the loss of numerous scholarships. Under such circumstances, it’s probably best not to joke about breaking rules. Hence Marc Tyler’s suspension for joking with TMZ about getting paid.

With LSU added to the hit parade, the NCAA is collecting bodies at an alarming rate, reminiscent of Dark Age England amid the Black Plague. Bring out your sanctioned!

*Updated 12:14 p.m. PDT: LSU’s official sanctions include one year of probation and a reduction in scholarships, per ESPN. The consequences could have been far worse, proving compliance and self-reporting are the way to go.

More links after the jump.

  • Among those the NCAA has targeted is Georgia Tech, and Wreck head coach Paul Johnson doesn’t take kindly to it (via Jeff Schultz, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
  • Juron Criner is expected to be with Arizona when workouts begin Aug. 4. That’s huge news for the Wildcats, as Criner is perhaps the best wideout in the Pac-12 and a necessary target for Nick Foles (via Ryan Finley The Arizona Daily Star)
  • The Big Ten is loaded with talent at running back this season, but which are the cream of the crop? (via Go Blue M Wolverine)
  • Washington has NFL potential in recruit James Sample. But does UW have another pro football prospect in Nate Robinson? (via The Husky Haul)
  • Eastern Washington is the defending national champion, returns its star quarterback, an NFL-worthy defensive lineman and wide receiver. The Eagles also welcome top conference contender Montana State onto the Inferno. Of course EWU is the choice to win this year’s Big Sky (via The Big Sky Conference)
  • When two of SaturdayBlitz.com’s favorite bloggers get together for a podcast, greatness ensues. InTheBleachers.net’s Michael Felder talks with Kevin of College Football Zealots.
  • Topics: Eastern Washington, Georgia Bulldogs, Louisiana State Tigers, Michigan Wolverines, USC Trojans, Washington, Wisconsin Badgers

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