i refuse to even consider this a possibility
I'm sure the NCAA will take this super seriously.
They kidnapped lenay kakua to win the national championship.
Espn would spontaneously combust if that somehow turned out to be true.
Oh good, now the NCAA - no matter how bad it might be - can again be like, "Noooooow boooooyyyssszzs, make sure you never do that again, ok? Now run along and play."
And then will turn to the BCS and ask, "dear, do you think I was too hard on the Beav just then?"
Saban's punishment by the NCAA will be that he will have to coach from the press box for a quarter. . .
How credible is this Lars fellow? Does he have any past things that should make me take this seriously?
If they made a movie about Lars and Lenay Kekua, what would they call it?
SI sure is working hard to make these "big" stories sound like something. I expect nothing earth shattering and being Alabama if its anything the NCAA will ignore it anyhow.
The tide looked distracted yesterday to me.
for sports. "Prayers needed". "Feeling sad today". Just tell me what the hell it is.
Cal Tech better duck and cover.
here is Cal Tech is actually on probation for academic/athlete violations.
Im just saying why/how would anyone know that?!?
Because the ridiculousness of Cal Tech being on academic/athletic probation made for a pretty good bit of news when it happened
Mark Emmert on Nick Saban, "I hope he doesn't fire me." So I expect nothing from this SI report.
The big story:
Saban is a big fat poo poo head
Alabama football program found to be ethically questionable, scary good.
I'm expecting to be letdown.
But... Insert popcorn eating gif here.
As much as I hope it is something big, I'm probably going to feel like this:
SI.com, the new e-home of our old buddy Michael Rosenberg, has been on a run of big letdown overblown stories. They didn't distinguish themselves in Tatgate.
If this guy worked on his story for two months, that's twice as long as Rosey worked on Stretchgatge, and if he contacted Saban and Alabama more than 36 hours before publication, that's more than what Rosey did with Bruce Madej.
So my money is on a large yawn. But you never know. Unless Nick Saban has been sleeping with a live boy or a dead girl, I have real doubts that the vaunted Alabama program will find itself in any untenable position with the NCAA.
But hey, this is why we
play the games read the stories when they get published. It will be interesting if Bama hires Michigan's former counsel (Gene Marsh and Bill King at the Lightfoot firm) in Birmingham, AL.
At this point I'm just f'ing impressed that you can relate every thread to Rich Rod and/or the Freep. This is quality trolling you are you doing here Section 1.
I'm concerned why the NCAA wouldn't care about Saban sleeping with a dead boy.
Apparently Lars Anderson is an adjunct professor at Bama, and has a book about Bama and the tornado coming out soon... Doubt it's anything bad, or at most, some fluff piece on over signing
It might be about deer antler spray.
Why do you say that?
Amateur athletes taking HGH (or whatever deer antler spray is classified as) would definitely be newsworthy, especially if its rampant at one school in particular--the same school that's won 3 of the last 4 National Champtionships.
One of their players might have to sit out for 3 quarters against Georgia State.
There's been smoke around Alabama for the last few years...players wearing a different suit every game, players driving new $50k SUV's. No way in hell their local media would ever do an investigative piece though....bunch of shit-kicking, knuckle dragging, inbred mouth breathers down there. Truly win at all costs
You know, I was going to point out how awful this post is, but what is the point? You've already been nailed by a mod with your mgopoint total and you haven't learned.
He is a known buckeye troll. His entire purpose on this blog is to rile people up. He is why we need voting back, so that the first few who see this can recognize, downvote, and move on knowing he is in Grey Comment Hell.
keep_em_honest a.k.a. RollDamnTide
That post represents a historic lack of self-awareness.
Bama in route to 4th natty in 5 years..read all abut it in SI
My guess is that it will have to do with bagel toppings
makes up girl friend story.
She is too busy modeling to visit. God!
Is that guy going fly fishing again and Saban is worried that his players will miss practice to go with him?
No conflict of interest there, nooooooosireeee.
This will be a big ol' nothingburger.
John U Bacon.
Much the same could have been said of Rosenberg before stretchgate. Given, the situations aren't remotely similar, but we have no idea what the story is about.
This should be a fascinating piece about canoeing through the back woods of Alabama. Can't wait.
Since when does a bonafide journalist tease about a big scandal? It's like gloating in advance. So tacky. Even if Bama did some horrible that only Lars knows about, just write the story dispassionately and carefully. This isn't the E! Entertainment Channel.
You can already see people getting giddy about Bama being taken down a rung. I'd rather see Bama beaten on the field. Bama fans don't care about scandals, just like most USC fans prefer a tainted championship to no championship at all.
Possibly get the news as early as tomorrow... Hopefully it isn't a letdown. I've got money on Deadspin somehow getting the news out earlier.
My covenant: Once I hear something tomorrow, I will try to sway my bosses at SI to allow me to break the news here. (#notgonnahappen)
— Lars Anderson (@LarsAndersonSI) September 2, 2013
Are you like, from the future, man?
Does anything besides "Satan (love love love that autocorrect changes Saban to Satan) knows it's coming" imply that penalties or any wrongdoings are on the horizon?
"Still looking like" makes it sound like it was in doubt recently. If it were such a big deal why would it have been in doubt?
Probably confirmation that Saban is paying recruits to come to Bama, and has been doing it since he arrived.
NCAA's punishment for them? AJ McCarron has to sit out one play against Colorado State.
Nope, the punishment is to put Colorado State on probation.
it was a story about fly fishing with some SEC HC.
Pat Dye's pants?
Loved that story.
Sports Illustrated? If it's anything good, I'll pick it up when ESPN runs it.
When's the last time espn broke a story?? They are always late to the party. Not a news channel, more like TMZ of the sporting world now.
Nothing will happen its Bama.
I heard Saban will have to sit out the first quarter of their next game
when "big" stories like Miami came out, there was a lot of rumblings and rumors in the lead-up. This is totally out of the blue, probably going to be something like
Alabama Funds Football Team Better Than Biology Department
Adjunct Professors All Over Alabama Demand Answers
Armen Keteyian has a book coming out on the big money of college football and SI is going to run some excerpts. Among other things he has several tell alls from some female "greeters" who were employed to sleep with recruits (SEC schools)
For that reason alone if i was a big tiime recruit I would take at least 3 to 4 visits down south. A high school banging probably 8'and 9's just to get me to play football for them. Sign me up....
Can't imagine it's that earth shattering if the SID was actually helping him, unless they were only doing so by legal requirement
I doubt that it is bad, if he "honestly [has] no clue if Bama fans will like the piece or not."
Seems like if it were a major rules violation, he would have a clue.
It's going to be another story about fly-fishing in Bama.
two words: practice time.
We're talking about practice?
This is nothing more than a fluff piece on the tornado that hit Alabma a couple of years ago and how Alabama football helped people get through the tough times. Check it out.
Here, if you act now you can reserve your copy from Amazon.com!!!
I guess I'm not clear on why this signals a negative/whistleblowing story about Alabama. I will be happy to eat crow if it turns out to be anything of true substance but methinks he is just drumming up interest in SI readers in something ultimately inconsequential.
They are over the salary cap. That is all.
I wonder if the luxury tax is going to impact the budget for more waterfalls - that would be huge news.
I'll bet it's a story about oversigning and the ethics of encouraging non-performing players to look elsewhere. If that's the case, it'll contain nothing that isn't really known at this point.
Nothing is going to happen. Nothing ever happens.
Do you know what really grinds my gears?
When "everybody knows school A cheats" but nobody calls them out by name. We hear of bidding wars for Ricky Seals Jones, and it is always "a certain other SEC school" that supposedly offered money. Why can't someone flat out say "Florida offered him money," or something like that.
Denard's visit to a "certain SEC school" was pretty popular to talk about around these parts, but the specific school is never mentioned. Why? Who is he protecting?
I don't see why specifics somehow can never be mentioned. The SEC will never be caught if nobody ever gets called out by name. Why can't a recruit who commits to a certain school, say Michigan, say something like..."Man some Ole Miss guy offered me a car"? All we ever hear is "I was offered free hookers for live and a thousand dollars per first down at a school to remain nameless."
Because I can walk around saying "Alabama offered me $200,000 to play running back for them" but unless I show someone a check signed by Nick Saban or whoever, it's just words. Terrelle Pryor can drive a dozen different Lambos to every practice but if we can't prove he got those illegally, then nothing happens. Cam Newton's agent (or dad) can ask for $180,000-200,000 from Mississipi State, but without a call log or recording or any proof of transaction or connection to Cam other than a name drop, we can't prove that Auburn paid him. It's just some guy on the phone who claims to represent Cam Newton and wants money for a commitment.
Nothing happens because schools are getting better at hiding the most damning of evidence. Everyone knows that SMU was caught for sending official stamped letters to players with checks signed by the recruting coordinator himself, of all people. Nowadays, coaches know to deal in cash (harder to trace) and have assistants handle these matters to maintain deniability, however implausible (aka the Butch Davis defense).
He traveled forward in time in a Delorean at 88mph to see Bama win their 3rd consecutive national championship. So what!! Ain't nobody got time to read that!
He called it a feature, not an investigative piece. It's gonna be a fluffy ode to Saban's greatness or something. (Just threw up in my mouth a little bit.)
I guess at the most it could be that Saban is going to retire after the 2013 or 2014 season and that Kirby Smart will be the new HC but I really doubt it.
Brian Kelly to Alabama? I think he would fit right in.
Maybe they're crowning him "Greatest Football Coach of the Millenium" in their next issue, but needed a grand entrance to the story to prevent comatose readers.
Or maybe one of their guys recently discovered that Saban now has 3 facial expressions and needed two months of research to find out which human emotion belongs to each one.
Bama is possibly the NCAA's biggest cash cow. Their punishment for any misdeeds will be minimal.