Here are some excerpts from my posts on December 11, 2010 and January 4, 2011 in which I went off about the pay for play scandals and corruption:
"I believe that the pay for play and other back door deals are an extensive culture of NCAA football and sports."
"I got my hopes up...that the NCAA was finally cracking down on players and schools. However, it was mostly a song and dance to silence critics and in order for them to keep the corrupt system in place."
"Now, let me argue the case of the Tattoo 5. I keep hearing people say how it is their own items anyways. What the average person doesn't understand is that those items they sold were memorabilia and that by selling them they were making money off of their college football career which is an amateur sport...If players were allowed to sell their jerseys, signatures, rings etc then this would create an enormous loophole. What would keep a booster from saying to a recruit that hey if you come play here then I'll buy your jersey for $50,000 after every game?"
With more and more coming out about Ohio State, what I said then is starting to make a lot of sense. A report from SI reveals more than the "investigations" by the school.
This is from the SI piece that I read on ESPN College Football Nation Blog:
"Ellis estimates that Pryor alone brought in more than 20 items, including game-worn shoulder pads, multiple helmets, Nike cleats, jerseys, game pants and more. One day Ellis asked Pryor how he was able to take so much gear from the university's equipment room. Ellis says the quarterback responded, "I get whatever I want.""
Some of the other key points from the SI report also on ESPN College Football Nation Blog:
"Writers George Dohrmann and David Epstein paint the memorabilia sales among players as a systematic problem at Ohio State. It certainly calls into question athletic director Gene Smith's claim that the sales involving Pryor and the others were isolated. Ohio State's brief investigation into the memorabilia sales in December also looks shaky."
One part of the SI report that is sure to make Tressel look like a real weasel is that he "rigged raffles" in order for "elite players" to win. Otherwise, he's being accused of cheating people out of raffle tickets. Unfortunately, I still expect more media revelations of college football corruption to keep popping up throughout the sport. The NCAA or other powers at be need to seriously investigate and crackdown on violators. College football is too passionate and great to be brought down by a bunch of cheats.
Here is the link to "SI Report could impact OSU's 2011 depth" on ESPN College Football Nation Blog: http://espn.go.com/blog/ncfnation/post/_/id/42630/si-report-could-impact-osus-2011-depth
Here is the link to the full report on SI.com:
Here is the link to my posts on the Facebook group discussion board that is being archived: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=145394290824&v=app_2373072738&ref=ts#!/topic.php?uid=145394290824&topic=18852