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HBO fouls it off; college athletics just foul

Posted on: March 31, 2011 8:56 am
There hasn't been much good news at all for Auburn since Wes Byrum hit that field goal at the gun to beat Oregon.

That was 80 days ago. Makes sense that it seems like the football program has been around the world.

If it wasn't someone poisoning their oak trees, it was their former Heisman winning quarterback under investigation by the NCAA. And now this: Failing to get any more dirt on Cam Newton, HBO settled for four former mostly-disgruntled Auburn players who said they received extra benefits at the school. I received an advance copy of the "Real Sports" Tuesday. Maybe it's the age we live in, but when Stanley McClover started talking about hundred-dollar handshakes, it hardly registered.

Isn't that what the SEC calls "game week"?

Now it's a national story, I guess, but until we have a) a paper trail and b) names, this is an athletic version of "Entertainment Tonight." SEC-schools-paying-players is the equivalent of Lindsay Lohan entering a courtroom. Sooner or later you get numb to it all. (Although Lindsay does dress better.)

There's also the issue of the NCAA's statute of limitations. The association sets a prosecution limit of four years from the time of the wrongdoing. Most of the payments mentioned came between 2001-07. An NCAA official told me Tuesday that the association is interested if the players want to talk, but the trail is so cold will there be any footprints leading investigators to the offending sugar daddies/coaches? 

The NCAA can re-open cases beyond the statute of limitations -- this one seems juicy enough -- but where does it find the time? Also Wednesday, ESPN reported that infamous seven-on-seven entrepreneur Will Lyles solicited upwards of $80,000 from Texas A&M to land cornerback Patrick Peterson

Let's not forget that Bruce Pearl is waiting to see if he can ever work again at a major college. USC is awaiting its appeal in the Reggie Bush case. Remember those carefree days of last June? I guess what I'm saying is, don't get antsy. The USC case took four years and is still going on, with at least one lawsuit sure to follow if an appeal isn't won. These Auburn players could have their own web-based cyber-shows by the time the NCAA gets to them -- "Who Wants to Be A Deadbeat?" 

OK, so the fact that these guys might not have been upstanding citizens shouldn't matter. Wrong is wrong. And we shouldn't diminish HBO's reporting. I didn't get those guys to talk. Neither did anyone else. When you hear $7,000 for a car, that's starting to get into some serious Maurice Clarett-type money. But admit it, we've got bigger, more tangible scandals to concentrate on. Jim Tressel tried to upstage the cable network Wednesday by "apologizing". Well, apologizing for things he can't discuss. I'll translate: Tressel is so sorry that he allowed five of his players to compete while ineligible than he's genuinely worried about his job. That kind of sorry. 

Oh, and pay attention to the man behind the curtain. That's Luke Fickell who was introduced as interim coach when Tressel starts working only six out of every seven days a week. The five-game suspension is so serious that Tressel will, get this, actually miss game day.

Anyway, back to Auburn. The players' allegations don't involve just the Tigers. McClover said he had sex while on a visit to Ohio State. LSU and Michigan State are mentioned too in the cavalcade of hundies. It's been a dreary offseason for the Tigers, one big hot mess. If it wasn't already, confidence in the system is eroding. But until the NCAA sends out that message, a corrupt system is going to keep operating. Alabama had four major violations in 14 years. It won the national championship (2009) in the same year as its last one. Newton's daddy solicited money at Mississippi State. The kid skated, remained eligible, because of a loophole in the NCAA rules.

Some obscure six-year-old language allowed the Buckeye Five to play in the Sugar Bowl. Talk about a competitive advantage. Disgusted? Yeah, well, at least we have the annual refreshing bowl experience to cheer us up. Oh wait...
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Since: Oct 25, 2010
Posted on: April 1, 2011 7:43 am

HBO fouls it off; college athletics just foul

No that was Dodd.

Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: April 1, 2011 6:48 am

HBO fouls it off; college athletics just foul

didnt peterson get below a ten in his wonderlic?   

Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: April 1, 2011 5:59 am

HBO fouls it off; college athletics just foul

this is now turning into the scam newton jr drama

i love doddie pretending this is just some disgruntled player spilling the beans
another amnesia case by the suc?  now its their two top players involved in I KNOW NOTHING ($$$$$$$)
he freaking changed his name during college.  yeah hes innocent. NOT. another suc coverup of huge proportions

Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: April 1, 2011 5:54 am

HBO fouls it off; college athletics just foul

another coverup article by milk dodd. some day when the suc corruptness all comes tumbling down i will take great pleasure in saying I TOLD YOU SO bozo/bozoS!   and IT will happen. bernie madoff never thought he would be caught. halliburton would be/is proud.

Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: March 31, 2011 10:25 pm

HBO fouls it off; college athletics just foul

Foul?  The whole business, from the media and sponsors of the events to High School coaches, moms, dads, "mentors" and players are ALL part of a frothy cauldron of bile!

Since: Oct 15, 2006
Posted on: March 31, 2011 10:16 pm

HBO fouls it off; college athletics just foul

I thought there was a difference between the NCAA and SEC rules which is how they found that loophole for Newton.  I might be wrong about this.
The SEC is one gaping, festering loophole that can be activated whenever one of their teams is in contention for the "national championship."

Convenient suspensions, paid players, corrupt referees, ...the SEC, best football money can buy!

Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: March 31, 2011 7:55 pm

HBO fouls it off; college athletics just foul

I do not believe for a minute that in this day and age, that a booster is at any college campus handing out $500 handshakes to kids he does not know.
you are not serious are you??????????   the corruptness is pretty simple and easy when these filthy rich boosters will do anything for a championship. $500 dollars is like 5.00 to them.  if you really think IN THIS DAY AND AGE that $500 (5 one hundred dollar bills cant be folded up and given in a handshake) didnt happen or cant happen IN THIS DAY AND AGE....then ignorance is bliss!

i love how you think mcglover is a liar but peterson who was caught in a lie isnt?  the hypocrisy never ends.   
the true fact is dodd is scared the suc MIGHT ACTUALLY GET CAUGHT one of these days and there goes his day job who pays his salary or he would have continued to hid in his cave after each and every suc scam that has happened in the last two weeks. and there have been many. im willing to bet if we went back and read dodd's  "sent" emails of will love this one i laid on iowa or i laid on ohio state today, i cant wait to see the posters after i made up another sack of sh!t article. should i write about rhabdo or tressell?. ....or i got ohio state bigtime again today. im writing a coverup story about the sec as we speak. this will get their attention away from what appears is another sec whopper. i pretended to ignore auburns 4 robberies at gunpoint and i will write this article to cover up the bowl corruptness and now what appears to be another big time suc cheater.  you keep ripping ohio state gregg and i will keep writing cover up stories. the suc stories will go away and nobody will notice.  i realize i will have to comment sooner or later so if i say... they all do it .....or its just disgruntled former college players looking for attention. there is no proof... the idiots will buy that. signed dennis dodd.  ps hey gregg dont ever let this email be seen or we might get some serious backlash. make sure no one see this. delete it immediately.  can you imagine dodds emails sent?

Since: Oct 26, 2009
Posted on: March 31, 2011 7:20 pm

HBO fouls it off; college athletics just foul

Dodd, how could you write a story about what's foul in college athletics without listing yourself?  Your biased crappy articles are one of the most embarrassing aspects of college athletics?

Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: March 31, 2011 6:16 pm

CBS owns the rights to SEC football

so don't expect to get any honest commentary about any SEC scandals from CBS
you're better off reading commentary on these invesigations from sources that don't have a financial tie to the players. Try yahoo sports for some honest journalism. Or Deadspin. Or sportsbybrooks. Independent media. 
Dodd is just playing along with the man who writes his checks - CBS
Dodd sold his soul for CBSs $$$$$

Since: Mar 31, 2011
Posted on: March 31, 2011 5:31 pm

HBO fouls it off; college athletics just foul

Top Ten Current Accusations - Auburn University:
10) Auburn payed LSU to pay Stanley McGlover a $500 "sweaty palm handshake"9)  Auburn payed Ohio State to pay Stanley McGlover a $1000 "sweaty palm handshake" and a "sweaty hooker"8)  Auburn payed Bama not to pay any of their athletes a dime, so they would come to Auburn and get 'rich'7)  Auburn payed McElroy a bonus for taking that concussion in the 4th quarter of the 2010 Iron Bowl6)  Auburn payed every SEC team they beat... to lose5)  Auburn payed Harvey Updyke to poison Toomer's Corner so they could blame it on Bama4)  Auburn payed God so they could win the 2010 National Championship3)  Auburn payed Chuck Norris2)  Thayer Evans is "the" Auburn Booster1)  Osama Bin Laden graduated from Auburn and Loves It

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