That Smell Must Be College FootballStarting off, just to get up to speed, you should go read this:
Renegade Miami football booster spells out illicit benefits to players
If you're lazy (and who could blame you?), here's a quick recap: Ponzi scheme scumbag spends millions of dollars giving Miami football players whatever they want for almost a decade. Money, cars, strippers, drugs--hell, ANYTHING that was in demand, he supplied.
If I'm counting correctly, that is the seventh of the top twenty-five programs in college football to have some sort of major scandal in the last two years.
People are acting surprised.
Do you know why the other eighteen programs haven't had a scandal? Because investigative reporters haven't payed attention to them yet.
It blows my mind that people don't understand how simply this breaks down. At every school, there are boosters who have stupid amounts of money desperately wanting influence with a group of people who don't have money. It's just not that hard to figure out.
I've always thought it was ironic that professional sports, which are often derided as being cynical, are a hundred times cleaner than college sports, and no, I wasn't using 100X for the sake of hyperbole.
What I also find ironic is that people seem to want to hold players to a much higher standard than coaches. Aren't coaches supposed to be the grown-ups?