Monday, August 1, 2011

Paraphernalia I vs. Paraphernalia II: The differences between TOSU and the Tide

In a few words: It's the lying, stupid.

Ohio State and Alabama, two of the country's top football programs, have been linked to the sale of player-signed equipment. That similarity aside, the differences in the two cases start immediately.

TOSU's ex, Jim Tressel, withheld information about his players' activities for an entire season, then lied to the school and the NCAA about what he knew and when he knew it. That explains the EX before his name.

The Alabama case is still developing. But four months before online sleuths started papering the Web with photos of Alabama players and the proprietor of a Tuscaloosa men's shop, university officials were aware and actively involved. You can read more here from Cecil Hurt, longtime sports editor of the Tuscaloosa News, and about as balanced a voice as we have left in the coverage of college football.

Practice starts this week. Can't wait.



J said...

I'm having a hard time believing there is any significance to the 'Bama clothes situation. Unlike many of those who drink crimson Kool-Aid who are still praying every single night that Auburn is found guilty of every sin on the Earth and have to give back everything achieved in 2010, I'm not even hoping for a scandal here.