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.