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this could get interesting going forward.
Dear NCAA: Clemson is cheating. Ole Miss too. Please make check out to cash. Thanks
I see no problem with them doing that provided their enforcement ever becomes somewhat even and thus significantly less selective and spotty.
I think about UNC just funneling guys through a bogus degree program for probably decades to keep guys eligible and with no intent of them actually getting a degree and/or the benefit of a somewhat real college education. This is on top of but inextricably tied to the improper benefits and steering to a future agent under the Butch Davis regime. Is that collectively more offensive in an NCAA context than a Miami booster paying money to players, buying them things and paying for hoes? I think so when the NCAA touts itself as being about "student" first.
I'm not blind that similar, identi al or worse things go on at nearly every major school. At the same time, enforce your rules at least close to evenly and given that you don't have subpoena power I'm fine with paying people for info on possible rules violations. The bottom line is most schools and coaches, especially in the major sports, know that there are improper things going on even if they aren't personally involved or directly aware. So for Miami to cry foul over the NCAA paying for info when Miami was, through their coaching staffs, directly and clearly involved in multiple shady activities, is very hypocritical.
I hand it to Miami tho for discovering this and playing it at a time when the NCAA is struggling in the public perception arena.
The big problem paying for info like that is that people will lie for money. Just think of how many Bama fans would love to sink Auburn, or Auburn fans would love to sink Bama....or any rivalry out there. This could eventually turn ugly.
the person they paid wasn't the person giving the testimony.
The person giving the testimony that NCAA wanted told the Miami papers he lied when the NCAA asked him about it before, but didn't want to perjure himself in the deposition.
Whether or not the NCAA was ethical in what they did (and they seem to agree that it was not ethical), the evidence that they gained from it was apparently truthful.
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