Wow, This Guy Really Hates Alabama

By DJ Byrnes on October 9, 2013 at 5:25p
War Damn Eagle!

There are takedowns, and then there's what the Never Yield Foundation did to Alabama.

'Bama having the whole "cheating" thing down to a science is rather assumed outside of Tuscaloosa. It's not like it's the only program cheating — it's not — but it's definitely reaped the most rewards. Some of it could be attributed to Nick Saban's (probable) deal with Satan, but there's probably some "extra-curricular activities" that largely go unnoticed/unchronicled.

Until now.

It's quite the #longread, and it's coming from an Auburn site (a "control-F" of "Cam Newton" yielded one result: a story tag outside the article), but... yeah. Alabama is probably cheating.

Here's just a glimpse:

Start at the top of the cabal.

The connection between Alabama head coach Nick Saban and NCAA President Mark Emmert is clear and rife with questions. Is it possible that their chummy relationship, and the presence of an Alabama grad at the head of the enforcement staff, causes the NCAA to look the other way?

Emmert was chancellor at LSU when Saban was hired there and the two are considered “good friends.”

In April of 2013, USA Today unearthed systemic academic fraud that occurred on Saban’s watch.  In the same story, Emmert was also tied to scandals at Uconn, Washington and Montana State, other schools he served prior to taking over the NCAA.

Reminder: Alabama is off NCAA probation, but still within the window of "repeat offender" status. They seem to be toeing the line quite effectively though.


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AndyVance's picture

Gee, when you put it all down on paper like that, it sure seems like there must be something fishy in Tuscaloosa... I wonder why no one in Bristol or at the NCAA offices have heard anything about any of this. That's a mystery.

Riggins's picture

They've gone and unleashed the hellephant now.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Saban's true form?

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

FitzBuck's picture

Some of it could be attributed to Nick Saban's (probable) documented deal with Satan, but there's probably some an endless amount of "extra-curricular activities" that largely go unnoticed/unchronicled.

fixed that for you.

Fitzbuck | Toledo - Ohio's right armpit | "A troll by any other name is still a troll".

brandonbauer87's picture

Just reading the word rife in a sentence still gives me chills. 

THE_JUICE's picture

This is definitely a more interesting read than another media shill complaining that we haven't played anyone.

Why is it that lesser allegations at other programs provoke national outrage, weeping and wailing while multiple instances of documented proof at Alabama generate little more than a collective yawn?

And I thought we were some of the only ones who felt that way...

If you’re the fan of any team in the SEC, you should be concerned. If you’re a fan of Ohio State, Southern Cal, Miami, Oklahoma State, North Carolina, Texas A&M or Penn State you should be outraged.

Well, except for these guys...

We could compare the media and NCAA evisceration of Ohio State and former coach Jim Tressel for a couple of hundred dollars worth of player tattoos to the deafening silence far more egregious accusations at Alabama have received, but we will leave it to Buckeye fans to draw those parallels.

Been drawing those parallels for awhile now.  It still comes out to a 'we kinda got screwed.'

We’ve watched fans of USC, OSU and other programs suffer the same. Those storms were fanned by public outrage (real or imagined).
Here there is fire. Actual roaring, blazing flame. And it’s being ignored.

Hopefully, not anymore.


RedStorm45's picture

Wait, there was outrage over Manziel?  When?

THE_JUICE's picture

At least it got a lot of media coverage, even if most of it was sympathetic toward Manziel and highly critical of the NCAA.
Seriously though, we have pundits left and right throwing jabs at the NCAA for not letting schools pay the players and criticizing the rule book because these schools are getting caught breaking the rules.
The media LOVED watching Ohio State get hog tied to the back of an NCAA pick up truck and dragged through the mud.  Every single day there was new "Breaking News" on Tatgate and some jackass 'expert' predicting Ohio State would get a 'lack of institutional control.'  I felt like they used a teaser for EVERY commercial break featuring the latest on Tressel and the Tat 5.
Now, ESPN's darling, Alabama, is facing what should be serious allegations, and no one at ESPN seems to care.
It's not necessarily that the allegations aren't serious, it's that it is not in ESPN's best interest to cover the allegations.  If they cover these potential infractions and the public opinion DEMANDS that the NCAA drop some kind of hammer on Alabama, then the SEC brand which ESPN is supporting via the SEC network is damaged and less valuable.  
ESPN isn't necessarily evil, but they're damn manipulative and they know exactly how to use their power effectively.

mitchjacobsen01's picture

You hit the nail on the head.  Another thing that pisses me off is that ESPN has created the perception that the SEC is untouchable.  The SEC is a damn good football conference, don't get me wrong, but the hype machine for the SEC is always running on overdrive.
Casual fans aren't paying attention to us like we do.  They hear things like "Georgia gets a tough win against Tennessee" and take that at face value.  
They also hear about "Ohio State barely lucked out a controversial win against Northwestern (an actually ranked team)" and that is how their thoughts are framed.
ESPN could have reversed the arguments and said that Georgia lucked out against Tennessee and Ohio State won a tough game against Northwestern and given Ohio State a small measure of validation, but forget that...not in the best interests of the worldwide leader.
ESPN's college football crew constantly blasts our strength of schedule, but conveniently ignores Alabama's on the basis of their SEC status.
The cards are stacked against us.  We're a team that is 18-0 under Urban Meyer, and ESPN tries to invalidate those wins as if we shouldn't bother celebrating our success.
People might claim I'm jealous of Alabama's success, and to some degree, I am.  I am jealous and tired of the fact that Alabama gets this damn halo granted to them from the NCAA and ESPN and Ohio State gets treated like a red headed step child.  I'm damn tired of it.

Buckataltitude's picture

I completely agree about the "casual fan".

When I lived in Kentucky, all I heard was ky would dominate the Big Ten. Then when I moved to Colorado, all I heard was Nebraska would dominate the Big Ten. Guess what.... Nebraska hasn't dominated.

All people believe is what they hear. "Big Ten is weak and slow".

I am getting tired of people telling me Ohio State cheated the Sugar Bowl and we have a corrupt program and coach.

When are people going to realize stuff like this is happening at Alabama and go after them.

EnlistedBuckeye's picture

You dont remember the 2 weeks of 24 hour Johnny football updates. *Johnny picks his nose* "This kid is a monster that should be physically abused by his coach"-Every ESPN talking head alive

biggy84's picture

Need i say more?

TravelingBuckeye's picture

Fickell must have taken an arrow to the knee

FROMTHE18's picture

Its pretty obvious. I think soo this whole game will be up with the NCAA, ESPN, and the SEC. With the playoff looming, this stuff will finally come to fruition. Will it change anything? Maybe not, but something will happen which is far more than the NCAA or sports media can say about the SEC fraud these days.

WiliestBuckeye's picture

Wow! I didn't even know about half of that stuff. Definitely worth the read, very well written and jam packed with information. Too bad nothing will ever happen to programs that actually deserve the hammer as long as the NCAA has anything to say about it.

"Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment."

gravey's picture

When I lived down south the expression was "If you ain't cheatin', you ain't tryin' hard enough"....
Part of the reason is that nobody expects any different from the SEC.  They cheat.  Yea.  Tell me something I don't already know.  
When Ohio State or Penn State or even USC cheats, it's more newsworthy because we're presumed to be running clean programs.  
I almost don't even care anymore. 
It's the oversigning that makes them better, not the $500 handshakes.

AndyVance's picture

...although one could posit that the culture of $500 handshakes leads some recruits (more concerned with "getting paid" than their integrity or earning an education) to choose SEC schools where we assume such shenanigans run rampant. So they are able to oversign high-end talent because some of those kids hope to receive some $500 handshakes.

Oldschoolbuck's picture

Paging Mr. Clowney... Mr. Clowney... Mr. Clowney?

VBBuckeye's picture

I've always heard, "If you ain't cheatin', you ain't tryin'; If you get caught, you ain't tryin' hard enough!"

Firmthyfriendship's picture

What also makes them better is the ability to avoid scholarship reductions, bowl bans, suspensions. So, yeah, while the $500 handshakes may not, the fact they get away with them does make them better, because if there was any sort of accountability they'd have some sort of punishment, not to mention the "Repeat Offender" window the author kept bringing up. Also, did you see those tweets? Those wads of cash looked like a whole stack of Benjamin's so, yeah, probably more like 5 grand handshakes. Who could turn that down coming from a difficult background right out of high school?
Last part of the rant is this: I don't wish ill will on any program. Having gone through it as a fan it sucks. Sort of what the point the author was saying is, I pretty much want an even playing field. If they can do it, then so can everybody else. If we're not allowed to let our players sell their memorabilia then they can't get fancy rims and cars and cash etc. And if the rules are established, show some consistency in the doling out of "justice". 

Unky Buck's picture

Catch5 in 3...2...1...

Rock over London; Rock on Chicago. Timex: It takes a lickin' but keeps on tickin'

SaltyD0gg's picture

Can we have Ramzy write an open letter to Mark Emmert?
It could be the stuff of legend...

Pain of Discipline

Pain of Regret

Take Your Pick

ScarletNGrey01's picture

The Sports Entertainment Conglomerate is not pleased.

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

WC Buckeye's picture

Anyone who doubts that there is significant truth here is either a 'bama fan and/or totally ignorant.
Now, about that lack of coverage of Cam and Cecil Newton, Mr. Author...

The only thing that's new in the world is the history that we have forgotten.