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Report: OU's Gallon took money from agent

Posted on: March 18, 2010 9:43 am
Edited on: March 18, 2010 8:08 pm
 

Oklahoma freshman Keith "Tiny" Gallon received a $3,000 wire transfer from a sports agent before the start of the season, according to a TMZ.com story filed early Thursday.

TMZ.com reported it has in its possession a document showing the transfer came from Jeffrey Hausinger (a Merril Lynch financial adviser who represents professional athletes) and was deposited into an account held by Gallon and his mother, Sylvia Wright. TMZ.com did not publish the document.

Gallon averaged 10.3 points and 7.9 rebounds this season. He was suspended for the Feb. 13 game against Oklahoma State for undisclosed reasons. CBSSports.com, at the time, asked OU coach Jeff Capel if the suspension was because of possible dealings with an agent. Capel said it was not.

An attempt to reach Capel early Thursday was unsuccessful.
Category: NCAAB
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Since: May 9, 2008
Posted on: March 18, 2010 9:02 pm
 

Report: OU's Gallon took money from agent

I dont bye that, You give up your only opportunity to better your financial income by going to college and getting a degree for a quick 3,000?



Since: Oct 25, 2009
Posted on: March 18, 2010 9:01 pm
 

Report: OU's Gallon took money from agent

Oh, BOO HOO! The season is just as long for all freshmen. "Blame his mother." Funny you didn't suggest blame for his father. Because he came from a "low-income" family, nobody was around to make him learn some responsibility. Don't tell me he couldn't have found a way to "EARN" some spending money. He probably could have worked in the school cafeteria, mowed lawns, shoveled snow, worked in the school library or a book store, and on and on. Sure, they wouldn't have paid him thousands but he could have earned enough to go to a movie or eat a cheeseburger. Hell, you can rent a movie for a buck. I get so tired of all these crybabies, with their free educational opportunities , telling me how hard it is. They need to try taking a full course schedule, working a part time job, studying all night to get good grades and finding a way to pay for his/her education (like my daughter had to)instead of having it given to him for free because he came from a low-income family that allowed him/her to play bassetball 20 hours a day. Maybe he should be given straight "A"s because he came from a low-income family and didn't attend high school classes because he needed to practice his jump shot. Give me a break. Taking money from an agent is wrong and this kid should be kicked off the team and have his free ride taken away and given to a person with good grades but no bassetball talent.



Since: Jan 21, 2010
Posted on: March 18, 2010 8:38 pm
 

Report: OU's Gallon took money from agent

So let me see if I get this straight: Oklahoma cheated, and still sucked?

Oklahoma is every bit as corrupt at Kentucky. The only difference is, OU ISN'T a national title contender!



Since: Feb 25, 2010
Posted on: March 18, 2010 8:20 pm
 

Report: OU's Gallon took money from agent

  

 

 The NCAA is a joke, if they wanted to stop this kind of stuff they could, there is too much money involved.

If a player from any school gets caught taking money drop the hammer on that school, ban them from post season play for a 2 year minimum and yank a few scholarships.

Any player who is caught should have to repay the school for all expenses that were incurred while they where there. The cost of going to school, all travel related costs, like hotels, plane fare, food, whatever.

Boosters and Agents should be barred from all campus related activities for life and lets go after them for some damages as well. They knew that giving these players money would violate NCAA amateur statues rules, so the first second that kid played after taking the money or gift they helped them commit a fraud against the general public that thought that they were watching amateur players.

Any coach who has this happen on his watch should also be punished.  He or she should not be allowed to work at any NCAA school for the length of the schools punishment. Don’t start with the “He has a right to work “crap…he/she does……Walmart has a sports department…let them work there.

Yes …the coaches and schools need to be held accountable.  




Since: Mar 24, 2007
Posted on: March 18, 2010 7:13 pm
 

Report: OU's Gallon took money from agent

BTW, We already have invested in plenty enough velcro to hang this years championship banners in Rupp, should ther really be one more hung there for 09-10. But they truly are a very good team. That can not be denied in anyones right mind........ Just a shame they wont be there 2-3 years to see their true college potential. But then who could blame any kid for taking the money and running since the schools cant give em anything they wont be able to afford on their own when their career is over.  Go Cats.... I like seein Ashley during timeouts more than Bruins cheerleaders any day!!




Since: Mar 24, 2007
Posted on: March 18, 2010 6:54 pm
 

Report: OU's Gallon took money from agent

I'd like to see some sort of stipend, during their season only, developed (for ALL athletes) but more so there definitely needs to be a rule that allows any of the other innocent kids on a team the right to transfer and play immediately if a school is punnished because the "star" took money or the coach broke rules. The "star" that got money probably has a lucrative pro career ahead to look forward to and the coach gets to take his resume to another school whos dumb, or desparate, enough to hire him and go on. Theres NO suffering for the ones who actually at the core broke the rule. But the other kids on the bench are just F***ED and get to suffer the consequences of those who are now gone, and that in my opinion is COMPLETELY WRONG!!!




Since: May 6, 2008
Posted on: March 18, 2010 6:42 pm
 

Sorry Kentucky

Everyone is talking about another team because OU fans don't care.  This was a horrible season that continues.  So what if OU forfeits all of the wins from this season they had a couple anyway.  The real problem is what punishiment the NCAA could hand down on future recruits and games.  This whole team seems to think they are headed to the NBA.  They couldn't even prove they belonged at this level who in their right mind would draft anyone off of this team?  They all seem selfish and nobody showed any leadership skills all season long.  I think Coach Capel is  a good coach and I know he can do better.



Since: Mar 24, 2007
Posted on: March 18, 2010 6:31 pm
 

Report: OU's Gallon took money from agent

I have LONG agreed with your position exactly,BUT with one caveat....the stipend is payable to ANY scolarship athlete at the school and only to be paid during the active playing season, incl. practice, of their respective sport. During the other time the athlete would need to get a job just like any other student. I know theres a lot of ppl who whole-heartedly disagree with this position. But to be a full time student requires a lot of time and effort out of the classroom, to add the neccessary practice, training, and other preparation time involved to be an athlete at this level requires nearly at least the same amount, if not more time, energy and efforts invested. Granted they already have a free ride to school with some other allowed benefits not provided to the avg. student. But exactly where is the time for a job during the season for an athlete to both complete the requirements of school first and their respective sport second. It truly is a wonder that more classroom cheating and extra money passing hands isnt actually exposed more often. But theres way too many people who feel the athletes already are provided way too much with just a free education, after they themselves had to pay and work their own way thru school. These are the types who could care less about sports and see no financial bennefit, in their minds, from the athletes no matter how you try to explain it to them. I say pay them during the seasons and if they leave early for whatever reason, then they owe ALL funds collected back to the schools athletic funds pool... incl scholarship monies. All these athletes generate a huge amount of money in many, many ways for their schools and the NCAA in general. A good bit of this money does go to the university itself and not just the athletics department, thus helping keep tuition costs lower and many other tangible benefits. Even with the exhorbitant salaries some coaches recieve, they still usually more than pay for themselves with money left over to boot. There are "educated" folks who totally believe these salaries cause tuition to be higher or at least without them their tuition would be lower. They steadfastly deny any arguement of the income thats generated. That includes the rowing, golf, lacrosse, ping-pong, etc. teams too; not just the big ticket sports like Div I basketball and football. It's really ashame that you'll NEVER get through to these types and thus our arguement will never win.
I also dont really care for OU either but I do feel bad for the rest of the kids on the team, the consequences that they'll have to pay.  If theres probation they cant transfer and play next year for another team that has no pentalty hanging over it, instead they have to sacrifice a year of eligibility or stay and wait it out if theres time. But the head coach CAN leave their program in shambles and go coach for mega bucks next year at say ...Indiana (dumb-asses) ala Kelvin Sampson. ALSO I'm a Ky fan MOST of the time. (Im a fan of all coll sports, usually til facing my fav teams) .... with that said I'm scared to death too, if U know what I mean!!.... I like him, but somehow just dont trust him completely. All da' haterz know exactly what I'm talkin bout.

Just my take and opinion on the issue @ hand.

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Since: Mar 18, 2010
Posted on: March 18, 2010 6:31 pm
 

Report: OU's Gallon took money from agent

Rules are rules...doesn't matter if you're poverty stricken or not.  You can't go steal a car just because you can't afford one.  When those recruits walk in the door...or even before hand...the coaches tell them up and down not to accept ANYTHING.  Not only because it's wrong but for the simple fact that teams may have to forfeit wins.   Shortcuts are a one-way ticket to doom.



Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: March 18, 2010 6:17 pm
 

Report: OU's Gallon took money from agent

Put yourself in that kid's shoes off at college and with no money and no job.  What do you do when all of your friends are going out and you can't because you are broke?  Don't be so quick to judge until you are in the same situation.



How about we just tell the kid to stay in the dorm and STUDY and get good grades because then we he GRADUATES, he will get a good paying job and be of value to himself, his family, and society as a whole.

Where is it written that he is REQUIRED to go out because his friends do?

The blame lies with HIM...and his MOTHER if she was involved. They know the rules. Being stupid isn't an excuse any more.

Hundreds of student athletes who play for the love of the game and personal satisfaction in the "non-revenue" sports do exactly that every dayin college. They go without. They make do with what they have. Or they do something else.

No one held a gun to Gallon's head and made him take the money.

He should just be responsible for his own actions. Period.




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