My new favorite young scribbler Joey Kaufman wrote THIS PIECE on how our sanctions hearing will not be fair and we shouldn’t expect it to be. After reading it (as you should to support a very smart Trojan), it helped me clarify my thoughts on what I want to happen coming out of sanctions.
I want to be rejected. I don’t want the bowl ban lifted. I would be fine with reduced scholorships, but in the end it will only further the NCAA’s false sense of justice and control when in reality, this is a bunch of people who are not good at their job throwing shit against the wall to see what sticks. Their judgment of putting Dee within 100 miles of a sanctioning committee is proof this is run like prohibition era politics. If they let us off, we will be placated a little bit. I want the fire.
Here’s what psychs me up. Matt Barkely wins the Heisman next year. We win the incredibly soft Pac 12 South and then have to forgo going to the game, sending a cut-rate Arizona State or Utah to the game, which will be surrounded by a cloud of “where is the real winner of the conference”?
The Pac 12 will be the opposite of the SEC in that the SEC stood in front of the NCAA tracks and forced the train to stop. Auburn hasn’t gotten a finger pointed at them for the Newton scandal. Shit, they let the kid talk about Martin Luther King, Jr. on ESPN in some tribute. Somehow, I’m guessing MLK doesn’t support the concept of a father selling his son’s services for money. Food for thought. Also, good work ESPN.
Side note, congrats on signing Texas to a huge contract for a 24 hour network. We all can’t wait to see Mack Brown bitch 24/7 now. I really hated having to wait for the next Sportscenter for you to celebrate a team that didn’t make the Toilet Bowl this year. Good work going for the money though. That was arrogant.
When USC was in trouble for a father shopping his son’s services, the Pac 12 pulled its pants down and begged the NCAA to spank them.
So you know what I say in a year where bowl ratings where awful? You know what I say in a year where it took the NCAA less time to reinstate Cam Newton than to rule on Dillon Baxter’s golf cart ride from Teague fucking Egan, a kid who a 2 minute Facebook search proves is just a rich dude who has a golf cart and loves printing business cards, not some agent to worry about?
I say keep the fucking sanctions. I say let’s win the Pac 12 South which was made easy for our benefit and then let’s ruin the championship game by making them watch Utah and Oregon. Let’s make the announcers talk about the giant whale in the room, the USC Trojans who didn’t show up.
Then, when sanctions are over, 2011 Heisman Winner Matt Barkley returns for his senior year and we go win the Rose Bowl. Not because it’s a BCS game and no I don’t care if it means a title. We’re Trojans. We own the Rose Bowl. We win them all the time. That’s what we do. Matt is going to stay and lead us (along with the visor and me of course here with Arrogant Nation) back. We’re going to take the worst and most unfair sanctions in history and ignore them and win a fucking Rose Bowl in 2012.
This is why I am going to do everything I can for Matt to win this Heisman. He is going to be the guy who came in when the storm hit, rode it out, and returned us to where we belong. I can say from personal experience, he is a great dude. He is our guy. Next season, the stadium will be full. You all had my back when I got sick. You all had my back when I started Arrogant Nation. Now it belongs to you. We’re going to wear our shirts proudly next year (even the new 2x more arrogant ones) and we are going to love every minute of it.
Remember. Bowls are for Salads. You Can’t Sanction the Endzone. We are going to land a top five recruiting class UNDER SANCTIONS. Do you understand that Arrogant Nation is working? They simply cannot deny we are an NFL pipeline. They won’t give us a fair shake. I don’t care. If Matt stays all four years, if we can go back to our Rose Bowl (don’t mention championships or BCS games) and win, Matt will be the face of all that is good about USC. And it is going to happen. Arrogant Nation hasn’t even begun making noise. We have a chance to show the NCAA they are not in control.
Who is with me?