Ole Miss manages racial controversy as SEC slips

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<p type = "text" content = "Forty names, matches, teams and minutiae are making news at university basketball (a new humility sold separately to Villanova, who is currently experiencing his first run of three consecutive defeats in six years):"data-reactid =" 31 ">Forty names, matches, teams and minutiae are making news at university basketball (a new humility sold separately to Villanova, who is currently experiencing his first run of three consecutive defeats in six years):

<p type = "text" content = "If you thought that the SEC (1) only guessed his controversy for the football season There are a lot of things in the league right now that can be considered headlines, and all that does not necessarily concern the competitive basketball product presented on the ground. "Data-reactid =" 34 "> If you thought that the SEC (1) only saved his controversies for the football season, again. There are a lot of things happening in the league right now that can hit the headlines, and it's not necessarily about the competitive basketball product on the ground.

<p type = "text" content = "Sports Director Ross Bjork (3) told Yahoo Sports that he was standing near the team bench during the national anthem before Ole Miss played against Georgia. Without warning to train Kermit Davis or anyone in the sports department, a rebel player sank to his knee. Then others joined him. In the final stages of the hymn, six rebels were on their knees and two others kneeling for the last lines. "Data-reactid =" 36 "> Sports Director Ross Bjork (3) told Yahoo Sports that he was standing near the team bench during the national anthem before Ole Miss played against Georgia. Without warning to train Kermit Davis or anyone in the sports department, a rebel player sank to his knee. Then others joined him. In the final stages of the hymn, six rebels were on their knees and two others on their knees for the last lines.

"I was surprised," Bjork said. "I gathered our staff and we went back to a conference room and started to monitor [reaction]. We went to work immediately instead of watching the game. We wanted to make sure Kermit was ready and our players were ready after the match. "

<p type = "text" content = "Kneeling has caused the crowd to blame within the Pavilion, but what was going on outside the arena prompted players to make their silent declaration – the same gesture that has high & nbsp;Professional quarterback Colin Kaepernick goes beyond a sports figure while simultaneously ending his career in the NFL. Outside, two pro-Confederate groups had moved from downtown Oxford to the Ole Miss campus, waving Confederate flags in order to "support the history and veterans of the Confederates". "Data-reactid =" 38 "> This knee caused an uproar, but what was happening outside the arena pushed players to make a silent statement – the same move that pushed professional quarterback Colin Kaepernick beyond a sports figure while simultaneously ending her career in the NFL from downtown Oxford to the Ole Miss Campus, waving Confederate flags to "support history and confederate veterans ".

Confederate veterans have been dead for more than a century and the story is shameful, which means that the rally was actually meant to aggravate racial tension in a state that knows the terrain too well. This was carried to Miss Ole's door and sat on Saturday burning, just a few steps from where a surprisingly good Rebels team was about to give information.

The players would not support the hateful intrusion. Despite the lack of stature and safety of professional athletes, and knowing surely that spin-offs would be forthcoming, they acted in accordance with their beliefs.

<p type = "text" content = "" We are tired of these hate groups that come into our school and describe our campus as if it was actually our university having these hate groups, "said the guardian Breein Tyree (4). "The majority was, we saw one of our teammates do it and we did not want him to be alone." "Data-reactid =" 41 ">" We are tired of these hate groups coming into our school and playing the role of our campus as it is actually our university having these hate groups, "said Guard Breein Tyree (4). "The majority was, we saw one of our teammates do it and we did not want him to be alone."

Tyree then sent a tweet of support to the US military, pointing out that there was no lack of respect towards these men and women. Bjork also strongly supported the players after the match.

"If you will blame me for making a mistake on behalf of our student athletes, I will be on this side every time," he said. "They were trying to play a basketball game and totally independent groups from our university were trying to portray our university in a certain way."

Davis, caught in a delicate situation on his own, was less outspoken than his boss. "I think our players have made the emotional decision to show these people that they are not welcome on our campus," Davis said. "I respect the freedom of our players and their ability to choose that."

Less than a year ago, Davis had been quite curious about the respect for the flag at his opening press conference at Ole Miss. He gave his position, perhaps in the image of what he perceived as the base of the fans of the program. Now he has a team acting on what can be seen as going against this proclamation, forcing Davis to go back into rhetoric.

Unsurprisingly, Bjork said that he had received a "pretty direct" reaction to the team's position via e-mail and phone calls. "A lot of support, and a lot of negatives," he said.

Although Ole Miss would certainly like to see this as an isolated episode, she should be proud of the actions of her empowered players – and, in fact, encourage more dialogue on the issue. It would be good to hear every player who took a knee – why they did it and what they wanted to accomplish. It required a little courage.

<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "" It takes a lot for a college player to take a position like this, "said veteran columnist Mississippi Rick Cleveland (5), which & nbsp;wrote an excellent column on the subject Sunday. "I was reading on social media, and people complain about doing so.But what other way did they, really? I think it was the perfect way to take a stand, and the school would Was very well managed. "Data-reactid =" 52 ">" It takes a lot of things for a college player to take such a position, "said a veteran Mississippi columnist Rick Cleveland (5), who wrote a superb column on the subject on Sunday. "I was reading on social media, and people complain about doing so.But what other way did they, really? I think it was the perfect way to take a stand, and the school would Managed very well.

"The university has been fighting for a long time, I do not know if the fight will end someday, but I certainly approve what they did on Saturday."

Mississippi goaltender Breein Tyree (4) repels Nick Weatherspoon (0), the guard of the state of Mississippi, on her way to failure during the first half of a basketball game of the NCAA in Oxford, Missouri, Saturday, February 2, 2019. (AP)

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<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "At the LSU (6)there is less to applaud. Yes, the Tigers play basketball in a remarkable way. They are tied at the top of the standings and are on the verge of a good NCAA finish after triumphing literally in the last second against their Kentucky and Tennessee teammates in recent games. But & nbsp;the Yahoo Sports report on Monday& nbsp; this coach Will Wade (7) The federal corruption trial that took place in April could be the kind of conspiracy that would jeopardize a successful season. "data-reactid =" 74 ">At the LSU (6)there is less to applaud. Yes, the Tigers play basketball in a remarkable way. They are tied at the top of the standings and are on the verge of a good NCAA finish after triumphing literally in the last second against their Kentucky and Tennessee teammates in recent games. But the Yahoo Sports report Monday that the coach Will Wade (7) The federal corruption trial in April could be the type of conspiracy that would hinder the success of the season.

It will be very interesting to see how Wade will handle this troubling development while attempting to win the SEC's first men's basketball title this decade. If the coach dares to call this a distraction, well, that's one of his creations. If there is no conversation with agent-runner Christian Dawkins surprised by the FBI's wiretapping, there is probably no assignment to appear with the name of Wade.

<p class = "canvas-atom text-canvas Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "Meanwhile, some Tennessee (8) the fans do not take their Saturday defeat in overtime against LSU very well. The fan base that has done its best to destroy Greg Schiano's football coaching career is now gone after a basketball official Anthony Jordan (9), who worked on the game LSU-Tennessee and made the crucial call of this game in the last second of overtime. "data-reactid =" 76 "> Meanwhile, some Tennessee (8) the fans do not take their Saturday defeat in overtime against LSU very well. The fan base that has done its best to destroy Greg Schiano's football coaching career is now gone after a basketball official Anthony Jordan (9), who worked on the game LSU-Tennessee and made the decisive call of this game in the last second of overtime.

<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "A Facebook photo of Jordan dating from 2014 apparently on vacation in Spain showed & nbsp;the umpire brandishing a LSU t-shirt that he found in a shop there, with the caption "Stroll through D-town Granada for a quick tour of the site and look at what I've seen." To all my Bama's … Geaux Tigers … "" data-reactid = "77"> A Facebook Facebook photo Facebook 2014 vacation in Spain, the referee brandished a LSU t-shirt found in a store, with the following caption: "Walk in D-town Granada doing a small tour of the places and looking at what I saw. To all my Bama's … Tigers Gins … "

The photo, although it is not conclusive evidence of bias, is certainly a bad look for someone whose work depends on impartiality.

The SEC office issued a statement: "Anthony Jordan, the head of this social media publication, told us that when he traveled to Spain five years ago, he saw a team t-shirt. from the SEC on sale in a store.He stated that his intention was to publish in social media a light message about having seen the t-shirt in another country and not to express any problem. affinity for a particular school.

Jordan has worked at the SEC for 19 years, including 11 post-season NCAA tournaments.

"We do not find this publication on social networks in line with our expectations and we will proceed accordingly, while recognizing that Mr. Jordan has a long history as a fair and impartial basketball official."

<p class = "canvas-atom text-canvas Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "The assumption is that the SEC does not have the will assign more Jordan to games involving LSU, and maybe not involving Tennessee either.But here is the problem with Big Orange's indignation regarding Jordan's fault whistled against the group Flights from the front Grant Williams (10)"It was the right choice." Data-reactid = "82"> The assumption is that the SEC will no longer assign Jordan to Jordan to games involving LSU, and possibly not to Tennessee either. But here's the problem of Big Orange's indignation regarding the fault Jordan whistled against Flights before Grant Williams (10): That was the right call.

<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "After a miss shot of Tennessee near the bell, the LSU Javonte Smart took control of the rebound and was heading up for an uprising prayer when & nbsp;Williams threw himself in his path, then tried to flop for a charge call. It was a tough call at that time in a draw, 80 feet from the basket, but it was a foul. If Tennessee fans want to launch another conspiracy theory in a league that is rife with them, this call is a dubious place to start. "Data-reactid =" 83 "> After a miss from Tennessee near the bell, the LSM Javonte took control of the rebound and headed for the ground for an uprising prayer when Williams threw himself on his way and then tried to tip over for a charge, it was a tough call at that time in a draw, 80 feet from the basket, but that was if the Tennessee fans want to launch yet another conspiracy theory in a league that rages with them, this call is a dubious place to start.

REPAIRING A BROKEN BUBBLE

If the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee wants to break the mold of the mediocre teams' award from the lower half of Power Conferences, it has the best opportunity this season. Half a dozen teams of less than 500 League members are currently in most screenings, and it would be a great year to kick them off the list of 68 players, replacing them with midfield teams. season having great seasons.

(The big disadvantage of this league record is that the current conference structure is inflated, which means that the league schedule varies considerably – all the conference lists are not equal. The following account shows where the bubble teams rank in terms of SOS League.)

The six that should be under review:

<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "Seton Room (11). Overall record: 16-11. Big East record: 7-8. Regular season games remaining: three. Power: No. 62 NCAA NET; No. 61 Pomeroy; No. 4 Sagarin. NCAA seeding: No. 11 or 12 in most brackets. The Pirates are surviving a good December, which includes victories over Kentucky, Maryland and St. John's. Since then, they are 5-8 and have not beaten a likely NCAA tournament team since December 29th. "Data-reactid =" 88 ">Seton Room (11). Overall record: 16-11. Big East record: 7-8. Regular season games remaining: three. Power: No. 62 NCAA NET; No. 61 Pomeroy; No. 4 Sagarin. NCAA seeding: No. 11 or 12 in most brackets. The Pirates are surviving a good December, which includes victories over Kentucky, Maryland and St. John's. Since then, they are 5-8 and have not beaten a likely NCAA tournament team since December 29th.

<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "Oklahoma (12). Overall record: 17-10. Big 12 record: 5-9. Regular season games remaining: four. Power: No. 40 NCAA NET; No. 38 Pomeroy; No. 31 Sagarin. NCAA Rankings: No. 9 or 10. The Sooners have regained the respectability of the Big 12 with victories over TCU and Texas last week, but they have to win to reach 9-9. The Oklahoma 11-1 non-conference team included victories over Wofford, Florida and Dayton, but other victories over teams heading south (Notre Dame, Wichita State, USC, Creighton, Northwestern). "Data-reactid =" 89 ">Oklahoma (12). Overall record: 17-10. Big 12 record: 5-9. Regular season games remaining: four. Power: No. 40 NCAA NET; No. 38 Pomeroy; No. 31 Sagarin. NCAA Rankings: No. 9 or 10. The Sooners have regained the respectability of the Big 12 with victories over TCU and Texas last week, but they must enforce to reach 9-9. Oklahoma played 11-0 outside the conference, including against Wofford, Florida and Dayton, but also against teams to the south (Notre Dame, Wichita State, USC, Creighton, Northwestern).

<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "TCU (13). Overall record: 18-9. Big 12 record: 6-8. Regular season games remaining: four. Power: No. 41 NCAA NET; No. 42 Pomeroy; No. 37 Sagarin. NCAA seeding: anywhere from # 8 to # 10. The sweep of the state of Iowa was huge – but again, the horned frogs were swept away by the water. Oklahoma, who has just won three more conference wins. A loss at home against Lipscomb is not a bad loss, but the Bisons could also be on the bubble and have a lot less losses to excuse for the committee. "Data-reactid =" 90 ">TCU (13). Overall record: 18-9. Big 12 record: 6-8. Regular season games remaining: four. Power: No. 41 NCAA NET; No. 42 Pomeroy; No. 37 Sagarin. NCAA seeding: anywhere from # 8 to # 10. The sweep of the state of Iowa was huge – but again, the horned frogs were swept away by the water. Oklahoma, who has just won three more conference wins. A loss at home against Lipscomb is not a bad loss, but the Bisons could also be on the bubble and have a lot less losses to excuse for the committee.

<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "State of Ohio (14). Overall record: 17-10. Big Ten record: 7-9. Regular season games remaining: four. Power: No. 42 NCAA NET; No. 37 Pomeroy; No. 36 Sagarin. NCAA Ranking: Mostly a 10. The Buckeyes seem to still have some room to maneuver with the Bracksters, despite a nil win against the teams that are on the alert in the Big Dance since the first game of the season against Cincinnati . There was a defeat against Rutgers in January, a home defeat against Illinois in February, and a league schedule ranked by Pomeroy as the tenth toughest of the 14 Big Ten teams. "Data-reactid =" 91 ">State of Ohio (14). Overall record: 17-10. Big Ten record: 7-9. Regular season games remaining: four. Power: No. 42 NCAA NET; No. 37 Pomeroy; No. 36 Sagarin. NCAA Ranking: Mostly a 10. The Buckeyes seem to still have some room to maneuver with the Bracksters, despite a nil win against the teams that are on the alert in the Big Dance since the first game of the season against Cincinnati . There was a defeat against Rutgers in January, a home defeat against Illinois in February, and a league schedule ranked as the 10th worst of the 14 Big Ten teams.

<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "Minnesota (15). Overall record: 17-11. Big Ten record: 7-10. Regular season games remaining: three. Power: No. 59 NCAA AND; No. 48 Pomeroy; No. 51 Sagarin. NCAA: 10 to 12. The Gophers need to win to reach .500 in the league. Their resume relies heavily on a win over Wisconsin on the road, a win over Iowa at home and a win over Washington on a neutral site in November. In February, Minnesota is 1-6. The SOS league is the seventh of the 14 teams. "Data-reactid =" 92 ">Minnesota (15). Overall record: 17-11. Big Ten record: 7-10. Regular season games remaining: three. Power: No. 59 NCAA AND; No. 48 Pomeroy; No. 51 Sagarin. NCAA: 10 to 12. The Gophers need to win to reach .500 in the league. Their resume relies heavily on a win over Wisconsin on the road, a win over Iowa at home and a win over Washington on a neutral site in November. In February, Minnesota is 1-6. The SOS league is seventh out of 14 teams.

<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "Clemson (16). Overall record: 16-11. Record of the Atlantic coast: 6-8. Regular season games remaining: four. Power: 43 NCAA NET; No. 33 Pomeroy; No. 34 Sagarin. NCAA seeding: anywhere from # 12 to the outside. The Tigers have exactly one win against a team that is sure to do the Big Dance, beating Virginia Tech at home earlier this month when the Hokies were without starting goaltender Justin Robinson. Apart from that, Clemson's only selling point is to lose a number of very good teams. The Tigers have not even played one of the most rigorous programs in the CAC, with an SOS in a conference of 10 teams out of 15. "data-reactid =" 93 ">Clemson (16). Overall record: 16-11. Record of the Atlantic coast: 6-8. Regular season games remaining: four. Power: 43 NCAA NET; No. 33 Pomeroy; No. 34 Sagarin. NCAA seeding: anywhere from # 12 to the outside. The Tigers have exactly one win against a team that is sure to do the Big Dance, beating Virginia Tech at home earlier this month when the Hokies were without starting goaltender Justin Robinson. Apart from that, Clemson's only selling point is to lose a number of very good teams. The Tigers did not even play one of the most rigorous programs in the CAC, with an SOS in conference with 10 out of 15 teams.

LEAGUES TO A TRADITIONAL OFFER TO CONSIDER MULTI-OFFER

<p class = "canvas-atom text-canvas Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "The Southern Conference (17). SoCon has four quality teams with Pomeroy ranked 10th best on the planet. 32. Wofford, UNC-Greensboro, East Tennessee State and Furman rack up 40-1 against the rest of the conference, 12-12 against each other. "Data-reactid =" 99 "> The Southern Conference (17). SoCon has four quality teams with Pomeroy ranked 10th best on the planet. 32. Wofford, UNC-Greensboro, East Tennessee State and Furman rack up 40-1 against the rest of the conference, 12-12 against each other.

Wofford is 24-4 overall, 16-0 in the SoCon and 6-0 against the rest of the Big Four league. If Terriers do not form a large team at this stage, the committee could also dissolve. Power: No. 19 NCAA NET; No. 26 Pomeroy; No. 41 Sagarin.

Furman is 22-6 in total, 11-5 in the SoCon and 2-4 against the rest of the Big Four. The Paladins won outstanding road wins in November over Loyola Chicago and Villanova, the 2018 final four, and the only lost loss was at home against Samford. Power: No. 48 NCAA NET; No. 55 Pomeroy; No. 79 Sagarin.

UNC-Greensboro has an overall record of 24-5, 13-3 in SoCon and 3-3 against the rest of the Big Four. Wofford (twice) is the only team to outperform the defending SoCon champions. UNC-G led Kentucky to the Rupp Arena with less than 10 minutes to go before the Wildcats moved away and lost to the LSU by six. Power: No. 61 NCAA NET; No. 98 Pomeroy; No. 95 Sagarin.

The East Tennessee State totals 22-8, including 12-5 in the SoCon and 1-5 against the rest of the Big Four. No NCAA NET team has played as many road / neutral games as the 16 Buccaneers – and they have won 10. Power: # 65 NCAA NET; No. 63 Pomeroy; No. 85 Sagarin.

<p class = "canvas-atom text-canvas Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "The Ohio Valley Conference (18). This is another league with four performing teams: Belmont, Murray State, Jacksonville State and Austin Peay combine 47-3 against everyone. In reality, however, only the Bruins and Racers would have high hopes in the NCAA. "Data-reactid =" 104 "> The Ohio Valley Conference (18). This is another league with four performing teams: Belmont, Murray State, Jacksonville State and Austin Peay combine 47-3 against everyone. In reality, however, only the Bruins and Racers would have high hopes in the NCAA.

Belmont is 23-4 in total, 14-2 in the OVC and 2-2 against the rest of the Big Four. The Bruins have not lost since an overtime game at Jacksonville State on Jan. 17 and they have a two-game sweep of Nashville rival Lipscomb and a win at UCLA. The last eight wins of Belmont have been marked by an average margin of 20 points. Power: No. 52 NCAA NET; No. 56 Pomeroy; No. 60 Sagarin. The SOS conference is 11th out of 12.

Murray State is 23-4 in total, 14-2 in the OVC and 1-2 against the rest of the Big Four. The Racers suffered defeats on the road against Alabama and Auburn, as well as poor consecutive performances against Belmont (home) and Jax State (road). In the first of these two games on Thursday, Ja Morant, off-road goalkeeper, opened the ankle for 90 seconds and tried to cross it. The NCAA tournament would be a lot more interesting with Morant, which could be an advantage for Murray if he gets to the bottom of things. Power: No. 55 NCAA NET; No. 53 Pomeroy; No. 66 Sagarin. SOS Conference is 10th out of 12.

<p class = "canvas-atom text-canvas Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "The Atlantic Sun (19). This is a two-team league which, if they qualify for the A-Sun tournament final, should have the loser in the general debate. (It's interesting to note that Liberty and Lipscomb were upset on the road over the past week, perhaps leading to a shake-up of the upcoming tournament.) "Data-reactid =" 107 "> The Atlantic Sun (19). This is a two-team league which, if they qualify for the A-Sun tournament final, should have the loser in the general debate. (It's interesting to note that Liberty and Lipscomb have been upset on the road over the past week, perhaps suggesting a shake-up of the upcoming tournament.)

Lipscomb is 21-6 in total, 12-2 in the league and 1-1 against Liberty. Despite being swept away by Belmont, the Bisons had an impressive run without conference: they beat the TCU in Fort Worth and Vermont at home and pushed Louisville to the brink before falling on the floor. road. Lipscomb's 10 Real Roads win the most draws in the NCAA NET Top 85. Power: No. 45 of the NCAA NET; No. 45 Pomeroy; No. 71 Sagarin.

Liberty has a total record of 21-6, 12-2 in the league, 1-1 against Lipscomb. Like Belmont, the Flames have a win on the road against UCLA that counts for something but has not aged as well as expected. The victory was much better on February 13 at Lipscomb. Power: No. 64 NCAA NET; No. 65 Pomeroy; No. 111 Sagarin.

<p class = "canvas-atom text-canvas Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "The Average American (20). Suppose Buffalo (24-3, 12-2) is in the 68-team. But the Bulls could be accompanied by either Toledo or Bowling Green, while the MAC is getting its first multiple-bid year since 1999. " data-reactid = "110"> The Average American (20). Assume that Buffalo (24-3, 12-2) is in the group of 68. But the Bulls could be accompanied by either Toledo or Bowling Green, while the MAC draws its first year to several offers since 1999.

Toledo has a total of 21-6, up from 9-5 in the league and has played a significantly tougher program (sixth out of 12) than Buffalo (11th) or Bowling Green (12th). The problem for the Rockets is that they played no real high-caliber opponents except Buffalo and they lost twice to the Bulls. Power: No. 66 NCAA NET; No. 59 Pomeroy; No. 83 Sagarin.

Bowling Green is 19-8 in total, 11-3 at MAC, and is one of only two conference teams to beat Buffalo (she plays against March 8). Some bad early losses are problematic (Detroit, Hartford, Cleveland State), but if the Falcons could sweep the Bulls, it would greatly improve the CV. Rated power: No. 99 NCAA NET; No. 88 Pomeroy; No. 120 Sagarin.

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