I started following college football in the late 60's, and it amazes me how even back then, the sports writers let southern teams skate on allegations of wrongdoing. They elevated Bear Bryant to the level of Robert E. Lee (both without merit.) Bryant was no innocent school kid and was alleged to have been involved in all kinds of shenanigans. He was regularly given a pass by big writers like Dan Jenkins.
All the while, Woody Hayes was held up as some cro-magnon horror creature, and although he had a temper, he was a straight up honest guy. Hayes was once sanctioned for giving a poor kid money for a bus home. But, nothing EVER stuck to Bryant. He owned the Sugar Bowl committee and every year picked his opponent.
The whole culture in the South is different and includes getting away with everything they can, but why Northern writers give them all the Robert E. Lee, Lost Cause benefit of the doubt is beyond me.
Ramzy updates us with the 2019 version. Well done.