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Comment 17 Apr 2014
I see what you are saying. I think the south thing gets overblown, though. I know the bag man said the south is different but I think the present state of college football is a byproduct of a few things. The three teams with the best shot of preventing the rise of the almighty SEC before it became what it is today were Miami, OSU and USC. All three of those schools are in big cities with real media. In cities with a strong media prescence, covering up transgressions becomes more difficult. Not surprisingly, these three programs were all derailed by media reporting transgressions. I think when people say the south is different, what they really mean are small college towns surrounded by rural areas. It is way easier to coverup a DUI on some back roads near Tuscaloosa than on 315, but not because of the Mason-Dixon line. In Columbus you have a lot of people as potential witnesses and a lot of professionals (media, politicians, law enforcement, etc...) that may have career aspirations that would be jeopardized by being implicated in a coverup, or even being percieved as biased or negligent. In the same sense, Eugene, Oregon seems like a good place to get away with something, and despite plenty of rumors and unseemly affiliations, nothing has come out of there either. But yes, there is a lot of talent in the south, and a lot of people apparently turning a blind eye, but I assume that happens a lot of places. People love football everywhere, but the higher the population density, the harder it is to hide its seedy underbelly.
Comment 16 Apr 2014

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Comment 16 Apr 2014

I think "morality of the south" isn't fair. The moral failure at Penn State far exceeds what happened at SMU or Miami.

I know the punishments are wildly inconsistent, but Ohio State is not innocent either. Clarett wasn't hung out to dry just because Andy Geiger was heartless. The administration took symptoms of an institutional problem (Clarett's SUV, stereo equipment, cash, and his own admissions of university academic fraud) and punished them strictly as personal transgressions (the same way they did with Chris Carter, Joey Galloway, Troy Smith, etc...). Sure, maybe these are all isolated incidents, but at the very least, it means that there were once also Buckeye bagmen. The basketball program was proven to have cheated during the O'Brien era as well. 

I'm not saying Ohio State is as bad as every athletic program, and the rape/pedophilia cases are far more serious than pay-for-play scandals and deals with agents, but let's face it, Ohio State wouldn't be allowed in your new division, strictly based on past behavior.

Comment 15 Apr 2014

Haha, made me think of an 11W shirt that's like those Les/Vic/Hopalong/Archie/Eddie/Troy shirts, but with the names of the past (and present) great recruiting reporters on 11W.

Comment 14 Apr 2014

GR3 reportedly gone too:

I remember a time when it was thought to be a tragic misstep for a guy to leave early and not get drafted in the first round. Now it seems like part of the plan. 

Comment 14 Apr 2014

Nope, he's supposed to visit this coming weekend.

Comment 13 Apr 2014
It felt just like watching Auburn run back Alabama's field goal!