Brooks has gone WAY deeper on this one than we could ever hope to get, but if you visit his website, the trail of evidence linking current and past players with a suit-store owning booster who displayed signed ‘Bama memorabilia in his store sure makes you wonder why this isn’t getting more national press. Is it enough to have coaches and the university claim that nothing improper happened. Isn’t that what got Jim Tressel in trouble?
Maybe it’s because it’s Nick “The Saint” Saban and the Tide?
You have to give credit to #YahooSports for breaking a big story AGAIN! The question now: will the NCAA be able to take action against players who are already in the NFL? How do you punish one of the most corrupt programs in college football history? Will we see the “death penalty” handed out for only the second time in NCAA history? (At right, the University of Miami logo, where the U stands for “under-the-table.”)
In 100 hours of jailhouse interviews during Yahoo! Sports’ 11-month investigation, Hurricanes booster Nevin Shapiro described a sustained, eight-year run of rampant NCAA rule-breaking, some of it with the knowledge or direct participation of at least seven coaches from the Miami football and basketball programs.
I’m not expert on the massive bible of regulations known as the NCAA Bylaws, but it certainly appears that Duke’s long time basketball coach may have crossed the line when he offered 2012 recruit Alex Poythress a scholarship over the phone.
The real question is: if it is a violation, will the NCAA have the balls to actually enforce their rules against a big name coach of a hallowed program?