In what I would categorize under “Legal Bullshit,” it was revealed to the world that it is legal to pay people associated with athletes to do trivial things like be an assistant. There are no rules for the hiring process – they trust you to use your due diligence.
Al.com reported in this article that the mother of Landon Collins, a five-star Safety prospect out of Louisiana, is accusing Nick Saban of hiring Collin’s girlfriend to work in his office. I’m not about to insult Nick Saban, because I have felt for a while now that he’s a scumbag.
The problem here, and I’m sure at the campuses of USC and Ohio State is – It’s absolutely within the rules.
How can it possibly be true that in Ohio and in California, if you pay for players to play, it’s against the rules, but it’s legal for Alabama?
According to Montana University’s website:
NCAA Bylaw 22.214.171.124 states: “In men’s basketball, during a two-year period before a prospective student-athlete’s anticipated enrollment and a two-year period after the prospective student-athlete’s actual enrollment, an institution shall not employ (or enter into a contract for future employment with) an individual associated with the prospective student-athlete in any athletics department noncoaching staff position.”
That means the NCAA was completely aware of the loophole to the rules that they’ve been “cracking down on,” and deliberately created a new rule that mentions absolutely nothing about College Football
What I find more troubling than that is that ESPN hasn’t covered the story. ESPN and the NCAA have an agreement, perhaps a sacred one, and investigation into the slums of recruiting could hurt ESPN financially.
If this fact is right in the open, what loopholes and secrets are College Football – and our so-called trusted news source ESPN – keeping from us?