Erickson: Kerdiles has tough path to clearance

first_imgRaise your hand if you are on Twitter or Facebook.Yeah that’s what I thought. It’s ok folks, I’m constantly tuned in to both.But these days words like “make your profile private” and “don’t share any of your personal information online” are becoming everyday turns of phrase just like “look both ways before you cross the street” and “never accept candy from a stranger.”Unfortunately for freshman forward Nic Kerdiles, he didn’t heed the aforementioned warnings and shared a little too much information via both popular social feeds. That little slip has caused the NCAA to question the Irving, Calif., native’s eligibility and as of this week, he has been suspended for the season. The Wisconsin men’s hockey team is currently appealing the decision.Here’s the situation. Kerdiles posted a photo donning gear from Pulver Sports – an agency – and also tweeted that he went out to dinner with them. These posts have cost him a year of college hockey. But the catch is, if Kerdiles didn’t keep the gear or if he paid for his own dinner then he should be cleared – something the athletic department is currently trying to argue.Now, all anyone can do is simply wait. Chances are if Wisconsin loses the appeal, Kerdiles will leave UW and play in the Western Hockey League with the Kelowna Rockets. If he did that though, it would only delay serving the current ban. If that would be the case, it’s safe to say Kerdiles will never skate as a Badger.But I’m getting way ahead of myself. Here are the facts: Kerdiles is currently suspended because of ineligibility and Wisconsin is appealing that decision.To put it bluntly: it sucks. Kerdiles was expected to make an impact immediately, slated to skate on the top line alongside juniors Mark Zengerle and Tyler Barnes. The Badgers know what they have without him simply because he’s a freshman, but the 2012-13 squad would be bolstered that much more by the 18-year-old forward who was drafted 36th overall in the 2012 NHL draft.But also considering recent cases of similar situations, it’s quite unfair.There is no way the NCAA can be 100 percent positive Kerdiles actually did anything wrong, maybe he did pay for those meals on his own. Maybe he isn’t paying anyone from Pulver Sports and is simply getting advice – which is allowed.Kerdiles faces a very similar situation former Auburn quarterback Cam Newton faced two years ago. Newton was accused of allegations that would have made him ineligible for the season, which ultimately would have cost him a Heisman Trophy and a national title. But while the NCAA was processing the allegations he was still allowed to play. The NCAA sort of swept the whole thing under their living room rug and pretended nothing happened. They didn’t seem to really force the issue, even with their investigation. We also see this all the time in basketball.That begs the question: why are they being so harsh on hockey? The answer is money.Hockey has such a loud, proud niche audience. It’s not televised in the same way as basketball and football because it’s not as popular on a national scale. The NCAA won’t tarnish sports in-season the way the potential loss of Newton could have. Newton was superman. He had an inspiring background and a magic ability to make things happen on the field. To suddenly render him ineligible would have upset fans as if he was the next Tiger Woods.This is certainly a hypothetical situation, but the fact remains that hockey seems like a pest to the NCAA more than anything else. Major tournaments are played in sub-par arenas – especially on the women’s side – and the national title tournament is often dominated by the same handful of teams that the NCAA seemingly could really care less which hockey powerhouse wins it year in and year out.Kerdiles has found himself in a tough situation, but unfortunately for him, he’s guilty until proven innocent.Kelly is a senior majoring in journalism and un peu de Fran?ais. Think the NCAA is being unfair or for once sticking to its guns? Let her know at or on Twitter @kellymerickson.last_img read more

Chiefs vs. Bears final score: Kansas City cruises to Sunday night win

first_imgPatrick Mahomes reveled in proving, yet again, he was deserving of the No. 2 pick Chicago spent on Mitchell Trubisky in the 2017 NFL Draft as he and the Chiefs easily dispatched the Trubisky-led Bears 26-3 at Soldier Field.As he returned to the sideline after one of his three total touchdowns Sunday night, Mahomes counted to 10 on his fingers, an apparent nod to the No. 10 spot from which the Chiefs (11-4) drafted him. The reigning league MVP was 23 for 33 for 251 yards and two scores through the air. MORE: Watch select NFL games live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)Fun fact: Patrick took his college number 5 and added 10 to it for his current number.Wonder why 🤔— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) December 23, 2019The Chiefs’ first drive of the night went 82 yards and lasted nearly eight minutes, ending with Mahomes’ scrambling into the end zone from 14 yards out. They added a field goal on their next trip and pieced together a 95-yard touchdown drive — extended by a Chicago penalty for running into the punter — to take a 17-0 lead to halftime.VIDEO: Chiefs-Bears highlightsChicago (7-8) struggled to get off the field on third down, allowing Kansas City to convert six of its 11 tries, including some backbreaking third-and-longs early.The Bears’ offense was tepid, gaining 234 total yards; Trubisky was 18 for 33 for 157 yards.The Chiefs’ victory keeps them one game above the Texans in the race for the No. 3 seed in the AFC. A Kansas City win or Houston loss next week would secure that spot for Mahomes and the Chiefs.Sporting News tracked live scoring updates and highlights from the “Sunday Night Football” Week 16 matchup. Follow along below.Chiefs vs. Bears final score Q1Q2Q3Q4FChiefs7100926Bears00303Chiefs vs. Bears updates, highlightsFinal: Chiefs 26, Bears 311:02 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, Chiefs. Kansas City adds to the lead. Chiefs 26, Bears 3.10:33 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Chiefs. In case the result wasn’t already clear, Mahomes to Damien Williams for a 14-yard score. Double-doink and the extra point is no good, though, so that’s fun. Chiefs 23, Bears 3.. @PatrickMahomes third total TD of the night puts the @Chiefs up 23-3. #ChiefsKingdom📺: #KCvsCHI on NBC📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports appWatch free on mobile:— NFL (@NFL) December 23, 2019End third quarter: Chiefs 17, Bears 310:24 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, Bears. Chicago gets on the board headed to the fourth quarter. Chiefs 17, Bears 3.10:11 p.m.: TURNOVER ON DOWNS, Bears. Chicago goes for it on fourth-and-goal from the 4, but Trubuisky’s pass is broken up. Fifteen plays and over seven-and-a-half minutes, no points.10:05 p.m.: Chicago is putting together its best drive of the game.9:54 p.m.: Kansas City begins the second half with possession.Halftime: Chiefs 17, Bears 09:35 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Chiefs. Kansas City takes advantage of the Bears running into the punter around midfield. Mahomes hits tight end Travis Kelce for a 6-yard score with less than a minute before halftime. Feels about as insurmountable as a 17-point halftime lead can. Chiefs 17, Bears 0.. @PatrickMahomes puts it right on @tkelce for the @Chiefs TD! #ChiefsKingdom📺: #KCvsCHI on NBC📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports appWatch free on mobile:— NFL (@NFL) December 23, 20199:29 p.m.: Kansas City is driving at the two-minute warning, thanks to a running into the kicker penalty.9:03 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, Chiefs. Harrison Butker’s kick is good — barely — from 56. Chiefs 10, Bears 0.Harrison Butker is GOOD from 56 yards out! #ChiefsKingdom📺: #KCvsCHI on NBC📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports appWatch free on mobile:— NFL (@NFL) December 23, 2019End first quarter: Chiefs 7, Bears 08:47 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Chiefs. Mahomes scrambles on third-and-5 and has an easy 12-yard touchdown run. An 82-yard drive that lasted 7:58. Three third-down conversions, including a third-and-10 and a third-and-18. Chiefs 7, Bears 0. . @PatrickMahomes takes it himself for the 12-yard rushing TD! #ChiefsKingdom📺: #KCvsCHI on NBC📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports appWatch free on mobile:— NFL (@NFL) December 23, 20198:44 p.m.: Kansas City is entering the eighth minute of its first drive.On third & 18, @PatrickMahomes delivers to the @Cheetah . #ChiefsKingdom📺: #KCvsCHI on NBC📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports appWatch free on mobile:— NFL (@NFL) December 23, 20198:32 p.m.: The Bears punt from around midfield.8:24 p.m.: Chicago begins on offense after a touchback.last_img read more