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|Cheating the system|
Is it just and right for a coach to leave their program right before the program gets severely punished by the NCAA for breaking rules?
Better yet, is it wrong for a coach to get upset when players on their team get caught breaking NCAA rules that are being broken all around the country?
Unless you've been living under a rock for the past month, you know the situations that I'm talking about.
It all started when the NCAA finally punished Southern Cal for the whole Reggie Bush situation.
The school suffered a two-year bowl ban, four years probation, loss of scholarships and forfeits of an entire year's games for improper benefits related to Bush dating back to the Trojans' 2004 national championship.
While the investigations were underway, head coach Pete Carroll skipped town right before the hammer struck.
Funny how Carroll turned down the NFL season after season but decided to go back to the NFL and join the Seattle Seahawks at this particular time.
Carroll's not the only coach to do this. What about the John Calipari-Derrick Rose situation at Memphis two years ago when Calipari left for Kentucky?
Memphis got in trouble for Rose getting someone to complete his SAT.
Memphis suffers at the hands of the NCAA and Calipari gets off scott free and is now the head coach at Kentucky.
Something's wrong with this system.
Ever since the NCAA cracked down on USC, it seems like they have made the SEC their next target.
Florida is dealing with investigations from the NCAA after Maurkice Pouncey is being accused of accepting $100,000 from a player agent.
Alabama's defensive end Marcell Dareus is being investigated on if whether or not he attended an agent-related party in Florida earlier this summer.
And now the NCAA has targeted Georgia's wide receiver A.J. Green as a possible suspect for attending the party.
Does this affect the integrity of college football?
Bottom line is stuff like this, including breaking recruiting rules, goes on all around the country.
I was once told by a very respectable source about a player that visited a college that was trying to recruit him.
The player stayed the night and when he woke up, he found a $1,000 laying by his bed.
The player returned the money and chose a different school.
Collegiate coaches like Nick Saban are already starting to freak out over the thought of having their schools punished and having to forfeit wins.
Saban referred to NFL agents as "pimps" to describe their shady behavior.
The funny thing is, former LSU men's basketball coach Dale Brown described himself and his colleagues in the same way as far as the recruiting game is concerned.
The NCAA needs to either severely crack down on the breaking of NCAA rules or allow players to receive money, cars and whatever from whoever that wants to give it to them.
I like Saban's idea about not letting the school be punished for what the players are doing with agents.
The NCAA should take that up with the player and the NFL.
As for allowing players to receive whatever from colleges, I certainly hope that's not the direction college football takes.
I would absolutely hate to see college football turn into nothing more than a bidding war.
Let's face it, cracking down is just not feasible for the widespread number of illegal activities.
The problem is, there is no clear solution. But one thing is for sure. Some coaches and agents need to start being held accountable for their actions.
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