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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: Apr 26, 2008
Posted on: March 18, 2010 11:27 am
 

Report: OU's Gallon took money from agent

Go figure...OU athletes taking undue benefits (money, cars, etc.)

Anybody remember ?

The University must not know that there are rules against that sort of thing. They keep losing athletes to issues like that. It must be how they are trying to keep up Texas in the recruiting battle. Notice I said "trying".

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Since: Apr 12, 2008
Posted on: March 18, 2010 11:21 am
 

Report: OU's Gallon took money from agent

Excuses excuses excuses.  Just because it's easy to do, and it's hard to do it the other way doesn't make it OK.  A lot of us made it through College living on Ramen noodlesand Mac and Cheese. If we didn't have the cash to party with our buddies on the weekend or for gas in our car to get home, we struggled and made it through.  He get's a scholarship to get an education, which is more money than I ever made working and having to pay to go.  I don't disagree that college athletes are exploited by the schools they play for.  I agree that college programs make money hand over fist for the University.  The money these programs earn for the school and the conferences they play for far outweighs the amount they get for the scholarships they receive.  Perhaps changes do need to be made to the system to better take care of it's players so they aren't so tempted.  Don't, however, say he can't make it.  Many do without taking the handouts.  He sold out; so did his mom.  Now he has to pay the piper.




Since: Sep 19, 2008
Posted on: March 18, 2010 11:17 am
 

Report: OU's Gallon took money from agent

To all of you who tell the kid to go out and get a job.  Go be a student athlete at a major university, and I don't mean track or swimming.  I am talking about football or basketball where the season is long and you are always gone for games, tourneys, etc.  You go try and get a job waiting tables like the rest of us have.

I just graduated from college and worked all 4 years.  That was hard enough and I didn't even play a sport.  Think logically before you knock these players.

I never said that it was right but its life and in the world we live in money is a necessity and without it, well you know the rest.



Since: Mar 18, 2010
Posted on: March 18, 2010 11:15 am
 

Report: OU's Gallon took money from agent

Things might have changed since I played D1 sports (99-04), but I had a partial scholarship (as do most athletes in non-major sports) and I couldn't get an outside job.  This used to be a measure to make sure illegal benefits weren't being given to an athlete by boosters giving them a minimum wage job and paying them a really high per hour wage.  But, I know there was some reform on all that, so maybe they can work again, but it's not as easy as going out to FedEx or being a server.  Plus, practice, games, etc. is like a job, so any athlete would be hard pressed to find somewhere that would hire them.  It's hard enough balancing school and your sport.  Also, you are forbidden from taking money for your sport either by way of giving lessons, etc. unless it's in a "school related" capacity (i.e. working summer sports camps).  There are a ton of restrictions on student-athletes that are pretty unreasonable and definitely have to be considered when you sign on.  Now, that doesn't make up for taking illegal benefits, as is this case, but I can see where the temptation would be there.  Remember back to when you were in college and broke, but probably had a decent part-time job.  Imagine how broke you'd be without it.




Since: Jun 20, 2009
Posted on: March 18, 2010 11:07 am
 

Report: OU's Gallon took money from agent

as for the subject of the article, I'm sure it happens more than you think

every fan of every school had better hope Memphis wins its appeal about not punishing the school for something it did not know (strict liability).

otherwise, when something happens (or even the NCAA without operating on a basis of proof believe it happens) completely outside of the school's knowledge, you will still be on the hook.

as for Kentucky fans, sorry, but the majority of you were slamming Cal before you hired him, so now you have to live with the results of the recruiting class you bought.

I will tell you that I KNOW for a fact that both SEC and NCAA are investigating specific things regarding eligibility of current UK players, and this time regarding Calipari specifically.  Don't shoot the messenger, but also don't get too attached to anything this team does.



Since: Nov 14, 2007
Posted on: March 18, 2010 11:05 am
 

Report: OU's Gallon took money from agent

There is a problem with the system. Coaches and/or players can take money, get declared ineligible and leave for a new team (to Coach) or the NBA. While schools are stuck holding the bag.

NCAA should create a legal loophole that allows schools to sue former players and agents. Remember infractions against a school affect income in the form of (ticket sales, team gear, post-season play, etc).

The agent risks nothing. He still has his license.

Gallon will collect millions in the NBA.

Oklahoma should be able to sue the player and agent for future earnings to recoup lost income from the fallout of their actions. Of course the Universities would have to prove that they had no knowledge and no complicity in the dealing. If a coach knew and/or abetted the infraction, then the school would have no claim to money. So, USC would not be able to sue Mayo, because the Coach was the one providing the financial incentive.

Just my two cents. The players and agents should shoulder some responsibility.



Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: March 18, 2010 11:04 am
 

Report: OU's Gallon took money from agent

What else is he supposed to do for money?  You know what a FULL-RIDE SCHOLARSHIP is right?  It's called full-ride not because it covers the cost of his tuition and books, but because it covers tuition, books, housing, food, and plenty of extra cash to live on.

With that being said, I don't really blame him either.  If someone offers you money you take it.  That's how the world works outside the confines of the University-World. 

Inside that world money isn't supposed to exchange hands without the universities taking most of it.  Whether it's donors, organizations, or corporations wanting to give money to an individual college within the university, professors receiving stipends for research, or athletes dealing with agents, the university administration doesn't want anyone within their confines to make money.  Professors aren't even allowed to make money with other jobs, but are expected to live without raises, deal only with university vendors, and even pay the university for using labs! 

My point is that the corruption within the university system is far reaching and not restricted to the NCAA.  It is to the point to where universities and the NCAA are among the most corrupt institutions in this country, comprable to financial institutions (because that's really what they have become).

So on that note, I say F*** the NCAA, and good for Tiny if he did take money from an agent.



Since: Nov 28, 2007
Posted on: March 18, 2010 10:55 am
 

Report: OU's Gallon took money from agent

Calipari hasn't cheated anywhere yet that we know of, and just like Camby it is hard to place any blame on Capel in this instance.  Funny how in 18 years of coaching Calipari has had one player accept money from an agent and one player allegedly cheat on an SAT and yet everyone acts like every season he has coached has been vacated.  I mean by the law of averages UK has 6 more years till Calipari is in his 24th year of coaching before he is due for another vacated season, and that is assuming Memphis loses their appeal to the NCAA (which they should win since they are the ones who cleared him to play). 

The NCAA needs to evaluate better methods to punish individual players instead of entire teams and programs for the mistakes of one individual.  I know the options are limited, but it is exremely unfair to the 12 other players who work their butts off and do everything the right way to be stripped of everything they have accomplished.   



Since: Nov 24, 2006
Posted on: March 18, 2010 10:52 am
 

Report: OU's Gallon took money from agent

We can't handle your inside presence?!  Are you kidding me?!  We've got a lottery pick at C (the best true center in the game and a defensive beast), we've got the Morris twins (6-9) that can do a little of everything, we've got a stud FR ourselves in Thomas Robinson inside that's a future star (a relentless motor and great rebounder) and we've got a 7-footer off the bench that has a tremendous future ahead of him as a shot-blocker with great touch on the other end (and I'd be comfortable playing him at any time).  We're the biggest team in this tourney...we're the deepest team in this tourney...we're the most balanced team in this tourney...we're the most experienced team in this tourney...and frankly, without question, the best team in this tourney.

Now, does that mean we'll win it?  No...lol.  Our '97 team had four starters that went on to play 10-plus years in the NBA and we didn't even make the Final 4.  So, I'm not saying it will translate to a "sure thang" but your point of post dominance is definitely misguided, at best.  Kansas and Kentucky both got crappy brackets so who knows what will happen.  But yes, it would be an amazing championship game!



Since: Nov 7, 2006
Posted on: March 18, 2010 10:51 am
 

Report: OU's Gallon took money from agent

This is yet another reason Division 1 football and basketball players should receive a liveable stipend. The NCAA makes billions off these KIDS and yet the very kids who lines the pockets of the Association get nothing. I would even be willing to bet that if they started allowing these kids some money they would stay in school longer. As an disliker of OU, I did laugh a little when I read this, but then as a fan of college sports and being a former collegiate athlete myself, I feel bad for all the athletes. Why not give each kid a $500/month "allowance" to live off of. Surely that wouldn't break the bank. It may also keep the kids from getting into trouble with the law. Look at the QB at Oregon who just got busted theiving some stuff from a frat. Okay, maybe he still would have done it, but maybe he wouldn't have either because he could have used his allowence to buy what he stole.


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