All Hell About To Break Loose
All Hell Is About To Break Loose In College Football
The Lid Is Off The Cesspool…There Is No Turning Back
By Kelso Sturgeon
All hell is about to break lose in college football and when it's over there will be a much different National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) no Bowl Championship Series (BCS) and a real playoff for college football's national championship. The lid is off and the simmering cesspool is day-by-day spilling is at our feet.
There is nothing nice about it and it will get worse before it gets better and we can thank Ohio State football for it, although the Buckeyes—to many The Patron Saint of college football—were merely the straw that broke the camel's back. First came Southern California, then Auburn, then North Carolina, then Tennessee and now, maybe, even Texas.
And one cannot easily cast aside the bowl situation where we recently discovered the top dog at the Fiesta Bowl was making $600,009 a year, plus expenses, for running this non-profit organization. The BCS quickly investigated, declared that all problems had been corrected, Top Dog had been fired and that in the future 400,000 new rules had been put in place to make sure no bowl was paying for visits to sex clubs and such things.
And this does not even address NCAA basketball infractions.
It would be intellectually dishonest to say all 123 NCAA Division I football teams cheat but let's just say it's like 99% of the lawyers making the other 1% look bad.
Talent wins football game and there are teams who will pay whatever it takes to get it. The last figure we saw was the $180,000 Cam Newton's preacher father got for getting his son to Auburn after Mississippi State said, 'no'. Of course Newton knew nothing about it and was permitted to continue to play and lead Auburn to the national championship, aka known as the BCS championship.
Just keep in mind the alumni do not care how you win—just win.
The NCAA, which decided Newton had a pure soul, has re-opened its investigation into this matter and there is a chance Auburn, like Southern California, will have to forfeit the championship.
For the record, Newton went cheap. The going price for a good back in the Southeastern Conference 40 years ago was $125,000. Top-flight linemen could expect $75,000-$90,000 upon signing. I know—I saw it all when I scouted and recruited in the SEC.
Schools paid for players then and they obviously pay for them now, although it is not so direct and usually comes through a family member with a reputation for purity, integrity, honesty and the ability to lie without conscience, or through an unlicensed financial advisor who sets up prices and deal for superstars while serving as a go-between. Allegations have now surfaced Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor was supplementing his college lifestyle by earning $40,000-$50,000 a year signing autographs for $500 to $1,000.
Whatever physical problems Pryor might have had while playing football, we know for sure his fingers and wrist were always in working order. While Pryor, who had been suspended for the first five games of the season for selling memorabilia, first said he was going to come back for his senior year at OSU, but when the autograph story he suddenly announced, for the better of the team, he was leaving town.
At least we know Pryor is smarter than United States Representative Anthony 'Short Stick' Weiner (D-NY) believe lies can even overcome the smoking gun, so to speak.
Buckeye Situation Blew Off Lid
There are those out there who say Ohio State will overcome all of this because it has so much overall talent and depth that losing Pryor, plus four other key players for the first five games, really won't matter. Dream on.
For the next several years, OSU will be known as the team that brought about revolutionary changes in college football, including the end of the BCS and, finally, a legitimate 16-team playoff to decide the national championship.
And what a price it will pay.
It's one thing for the fools who run the NCAA to investigate a Tennessee, a North Carolina or a Southern California—and deal with them on the straight—and quite another to investigate Ohio State, which, along with Michigan (also a mess) are considered the icons of college football, right up there with the clean hands of Princeton, Yale and Williams.
The NCAA 'knows' it is not above Tennessee, North Carolina or USC to cheat to field winning teams, but Ohio State—no way. OSU epitomizes the student-athlete relationship.
The NCAA can't look the other way on this one, as they did in letting five ineligible players play in Ohio State's 31-26 Sugar Bowl win over Arkansas. The governing body will have to admit the situation in Columbus is far worse than what happened at Southern California, which reaped the full-blown wrath of the NCAA.
USC was banned from post-season play for two years, lost 30 scholarships over a three-year, had its recruiting practices limited, was stripped off its 2004 national championship and was told by the NCAA any player who wished could transfer to another school and become immediately eligible.
Ohio State is going to get this and worse. The lid is off and there is no turning back.
The NCAA takes up the Tennessee matter, considering violations in both football and basketball, in a few days. Things are really heating up at North Carolina. The coaching situation at West Virginia is getting very messy. Texas is now on the radar and who knows what other schools are shaking in their boots.
The hero-worshipping lap-dog media has its teeth into this and is not going to let go until the last rock is turned over.
What Is To Come?
The Ohio State situation is so bad it has put college football at a major crossroads and nothing less than a look at all of football is going to satisfy the public that buys the tickets. Here is what you can expect to and I will be addressing each issue in this space over the next few weeks.
- The NCAA is going to be exposed as an amoral schizophrenic don't-rock-the-boat organization that enthusiastically goes after minor B.S. violations while looking the other way on most major allegations. After all one has to look busy and keep writing those thousands of violation reports to justify the embarrassingly high salaries most make. If it requires a lot of work, the NCAA says the BCS did it, as it did recently when the Congress asked questions about why there is no national championship in football. The NCAA will be exposed for what it is and is not and that will bring about major changes, all of them good. It has been lost on no one the NCAA has not shown any ability to find any wrong anywhere and investigates only after it is awakened by some snitch.
- The college bowl system is going to be found corrupt to the core, setting the stage for a legitimate college football championship will be decided on the field and not in the backroom. The diminished role of the bowls will hurt just one thing—whiskey and whorehouse stocks.
- The BCS will be exposed for the diabolical—and I mean just that—front for the few that it is and will be shut down for good.
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