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Vico

Parts Unknown (via Los Angeles, California)

Member since 01 January 2013 | Blog

I graduated from The Ohio State University in 2006. I have a txapela. That's about all I know right now. I will probably update this later.

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  • SPORTS MOMENT: I was in Block O for my freshman year at The Ohio State University, which was the fabled 2002 season. It's tough to choose between being in the south end stands for Chris Gamble's pick-six against Penn State and being pepper sprayed after the season finale against That Team Up North.
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: Brian Baschnagel, Donnie Evege
  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYER: Aaron Craft. So dreamy. #swoon
  • NFL TEAM: Cleveland Browns
  • MLB TEAM: Cleveland Indians
  • SOCCER TEAM: Athletic Bilbao

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Comment 10 Jun 2018

I remember I used to get riled up about these things but, now, if dude's taking money to get his... well, get it. It's not like a Clemson degree means dick, and Higgins is paid well below what he's worth, so he might as well hustle money out of the bluehairs in the area.

That said, I asked an acquaintance how something like this might work and have it not (necessarily) be an NCAA violation. The roundabout answer I got highlighted that we sometimes look at the wrong actors. The college football fan (and, judging from the reactions, certainly the Tennessee fan) sees an image like this and looks at the player purchasing the car. It misses the fact that the auto dealer has a strong incentive to get someone to buy a car. Thus, an auto dealer and a loan financier might be willing to overlook what is (probably?) a poor credit rating from he and his family to agree to a loan in which Higgins (in this case) could be on the hook upward (i.e. a conceivable max) of $3000 a month with an enormous interest rate on top of that.

Don't misunderstand: that is a stupid use of money but a college football player and his family could conceivably finance that. College athletes get other legit sources of revenue as well (e.g. Pell Grants).

tl;dr: when you see images like this or read stories like this, remember there's an incentive for an auto dealer (especially in a place like Upstate SC) to get someone to buy a fancy car as much as there's an incentive for a college athlete to side-hustle money out of boosters to buy a fancy car.