We’ve seen one narrative over and over again when watching college football, so much so that it’s become a running joke to an extent, everyone just sort of assumes that certain schools are paying players to come to their school, allegations seem to float around all the time. (washingtonpost) One of the more popular, recent allegations was the suspicion that Auburn had paid Cam Netwon to choose them when he came back up from Junior College for his last run before heading to the NFL. (espn) The rumors claimed that Mississippi State had been told by Newton’s father and a former Mississippi State player that they would deliver Cam to the roster if they were paid between 120 and 180 thousand dollars. (sportingnews) Between this incident and all of the trouble that came out about USC during their run atop the world of college football, which led to Reggie Bush vacating his Heisman and Pete Carroll abandoning ship to take a job in the NFL before he could face the punishment handed down by the NCAA, it’s easy to see why everyone assumes that any team, especially those that go from middle of the pack to the top of the mountain, are paying for the talent they’re putting on the field. (nydailynews)
The most common recent suspicion has been that Alabama has been paying players to choose their school over others for years, especially since the return of Nick Saban and their rise to prominence as the premiere football school in the most powerful conference in college football, the SEC. (huffingtonpost) When former players step up to state that a school is paying players, it would normally lead to people looking into the allegations, but for some reason the charges against Alabama just seemed to slip under the rug. (saturdaydownsouth) We’ve now got new allegations from former West Virginia superstar Pat White who alleges that when he was coming out of high school Saban and his crew offered him a Corvette in order to sign with Alabama over any other school. (foxsports) This is a damning accusation, it’s right in line with one of the charges that led to SMU receiving the dreaded Death Penalty in the past, if it’s ever proven to be true it could spell disaster for not just Alabama but the entire SEC. (latimes) When SMU was finally busted the ban that followed not only hurt them but led to the death of the Southwest Conference as well, it’s rarely a situation of “one bad apple spoiled the bunch” with these types of scandals, if Alabama is caught you can bet they’ll roll over on any other school they have evidence against, causing waves to wipe through ALL of college football. (sunsentinel) Nick Saban wasn’t happy with this allegation, when questioned about it his big response was to tell a reporter to kiss his ass, that’s not a great response when someone accuses you of something so terrible. It would be nice if the NCAA investigated, as we all know where there’s smoke there’s typically fire, then again this is the mighty SEC so it’ll likely just be passed over once again.