Two days ago, USC head basketball coach Tim Floyd stepped down from his post at the Galen Center for “personal reasons”. These personal reasons seemed to be that he “personally” delivered $1000 dollars to former USC point guard O.J. Mayo’s handler for the “reason” that he wanted the young baller’s services.
You get the feeling that big money college programs are always spending money to get their players. You think, I saw the movie Blue Chips with Shaq and Nick Nolte and that sexy old chick who was in Dances with Wolves. I know what is up. To get a poor kid from Chicago to come to school, you got to get his mother a house. To get a rural kid from Indiana, you got to get him a tractor for his “Paw” and a duffel bag with 25 Gs in it. To get Shaq, you need to get a MILF to tutor him and kick him the keys to a 1997 gold Lexus.
That’s how it works.
So when you hear Reggie Bush is getting questioned, you don’t question it. It’s like steroids. Everyone is doing it. When Tim Floyd got nailed though, I started to think things through. I had some strange feelings. Like puberty, just not as exciting.
Then this morning I see Alabama is going to have to give back wins. At least 10 football victories are coming off the books, possibly up to 21. How is this possible? Did they buy a shit ton of tractors, houses for mothers and Lexuses (Lexuses? Lexi? Lexiera?)?
No. They gave the kids free school books. Bama got nailed for giving athletes from 16 different teams free textbooks. Nailed. I sat back for a minute and realized the NCAA is clearly not even trying to find anything. How could they be?
For two years every kid with a stick, a helmet, high tops or a glove got their books for free. Clearly, the school knew it was giving out 40K in free words (that I am sure the players never even read and sold back to the school at the end of the semester). I mean, is this the kind of thing it takes two years to figure out? Fail.
A part of me thinks Tim Floyd will get off. He will not coach again soon (unless UCLA is hiring… Neuheisel, cough, cough), but will he get nailed? I am not sure even with a report that Floyd HIMSELF handed O.J.’s homie $1000 in cash.
People wonder why Reggie Bush and USC football never got caught. Pete Carroll is better at his job that these spyhunters from the NCAA. How good does he have to be? Not very. Just let someone else bring the jock the money. Then you are good. Also, limit it to one guy a year.
I guess my point is the NCAA is good for one fucking thing. Preventing anyone from infringing on their business. Who cares if former Colorado WR Jeremy Bloom could have helped the US Olympic skiing team with a gold? That asshole is taking money. No, he is using skis sponsored by whoever sponsors the ski team. Let’s have a playoff system and have a true champion! Nope. We like the millions we make off things like the Proctor and Gamble Monistat 7 Yeast Bowl.
It makes you appreciate baseball where your only question is how many more horse steroids and horse pain pills can these guys take before they can hit a ball over the center field wall with a bunt and then feel no pain when a line drive connects with their nuts.
Whatever. Lakers in 6.