On the day Charlie Strong excited the faithful at the Kickoff Luncheon, allegations of possible recruiting violations by one of his linchpin assistants surfaced.
DL coach Clint Hurtt has been implicated by an incarcerated felon, who says Hurtt, while a coach at Miami, seriously breached some NCAA regs. You know, Bruce Pearl kind of stuff. Fancy restaurants. Meet & Greets in private mansions. Rides in Mercedes. Personal loans.
Ponzi schemer Nevin Shapiro is talkin’. The question is whether ESPN’s Recruiter of the Year will be walkin’?
This is what I hate about one of the sports I love the most. College football has become such big business. Most every school feels the need to do whatever is necessary — even if illegal — to get the studs to be able to excel on the field in order to be on TV to excite the donors to fill the stands to feed the coffers. Round and round it goes.
It’s always an uppercut to the jaw when the allegations affect the school you love. And, sooner or later, the spinning bottle will point to your school. It is inevitable.
It is also time for a change. A change in attitude. An acceptance by the rulemakers — whether they be the current ones or a new crop — of the reality of big time college football and basketball. An acceptance that it is no longer just amateur students, who happen to play a sport for recreational purposes on the side when classes are done for the day.
At this juncture, I’m not sure what I’d propose as the solution. I simply believe it is time to reinvent this wheel.
Clint Hurtt seems a decent fellow. I know Charlie Strong to be a good, decent man, who may be put in a box here with a decision to make. What a damn pity.
Of course, that’s what fans are saying at Miami. Like they’re saying at Ohio State. Like they’re saying at Tennessee. Like they said at SMU.
– Seedy K