Major D-1 University Is About To Be In Hot Water

Submitted by ChrisPerryCarry on February 24th, 2011 at 3:14 PM

I know this is frowned upon but I read a really interesting thread on Rivals and wanted to hear what the board thinks. Apparently a major news source is about to publish a report about a major D-1 school that not many would expect. There are supposed to be names, dates and amounts. It was stated that it close to coming out, maybe before Summer. They have to get all of their facts straight before coming out with it. It's supposed to be a huge news story and sounds like it could absolutely devastate whichever school it is. A lot of people are speculating that it is PSU or ND. If I find anything else out I'll let you know. Let the speculation begin.


Hardware Sushi

February 24th, 2011 at 4:10 PM ^

I was thinkin' the same thing. Why the hell would I ever want to live in the giant field that is Oklahoma for four years if I can go to another top program? I guess someone could say the same about the snow up here.

Granted, history and tradition-wise, they rank as highly as we do, but they don't have Michigan academics and Ann Arbor to offer. As far as football goes, they are very similar from a high-level overview:

Top echelon history, flagship state school in a decent talent-producing state (relatively), next door to a top-talent producing state with a large number of fans/alumni residing there. Ease of academics probably plays a positive and negative role for certain recruits, same as ours can be a positive or negative for recruits (ex: Wayne Lyons vs. Demar Dorsey).

Still, I wouldn't mind seeing Norman burn, if only to even out the absurd amount of cheating there in the 70s and 80s.

Mi Sooner

February 24th, 2011 at 9:50 PM ^

why go to norman.  simple -- the coeds.  it is reason #2 why i went there instead of umich.  see signature for reason #1.  the school, in Norman, had only 22k on campus at that time, and it was the best looking campus of the three that i visit -- Purdue was by far the worst.  so you get the small college feeling at a major university.  for those who attended OU for the academics, it was a good school.  my dad, a umich ChE grad, thought that it was neary as good as umich.  my dad's grad advisor advisor was teaching still at OU.  he was still a major force in thermogodamnics (yes, you read that right.) and a great guy -- outside of his thermo class. 

okay now for some dirt:  yes, most of the football players and b-ball players had special, not in the regular student catalog courses.  Marcus DuPree had, in his last term at OU, 2/4 not in my student catalog.  I accidentally took a 200 level english course that was a footballl friendly class.  I did not know this until after I finished.  (...and I works my tail off to get that A when i did not have to; hey, I'm an engineer.)  On the other hand, Brian Bosworth had a legit major and a 3.4+ gpa.  Waymon Tisdale, a b-ball player and first roung NBA draft choice, and I had the same class; we both got B's in Poly Sci.  He too received a degree from OU.

disclaimer:  my lawyer/then OU temp president was the one to give the resign today or else ultimatum. And yes, i do have stories of the early 80's sooners which justfied the near dismissal just as the NCAA dropped the hmmer on them in the early 90's.


February 24th, 2011 at 11:11 PM ^

I live in Ft. Smith AR which gets all of the same weather that OKC gets. With the exception of one day earlier this week we have been in the 60s and 70' for almost 2 weeks. When was the last time that you could count on that weather in the middle of February in Detroit. I understand what you are saying about the middle of a field thing but there are pros and cons to going anywhere.

Hardware Sushi

February 24th, 2011 at 3:52 PM ^

Man...there are so many schools in which I would like to schadenfreude (yes, I know it isn't a verb).

Let's see here...I hate OSU...MSU...ND...and as much as it would help recruiting, I can't root for it to be one of them. It seems just to close to, even blind people can see that those schools are moral and ethical leaps and bounds ahead of the SEC West.

Please, please, please be any or all of the following: Auburn, Alabama, LSU, Arkansas, Ole' Miss, South Carolina. Regardless of oversigning, the business of recruiting and educating student-athletes is a joke in the SEC, but especially among those schools. Hell, if you've got the president of a member school (and arguably the most powerful, if not most then top tier) writing an open letter to SI because the rules have been bent and broken so badly.

Please just give Bama and Auburn the Death Penalty and I'll be more than happy. I'm tired of the media comparing that rivalry to the M-OSU rivalry just because that state is filled with dumber and more vindictive people with free time.


February 24th, 2011 at 4:02 PM ^

Top 25 class this year out of nowhere including Brandon Phelps, who chose Virginia over Ohio State, Michigan, LSU, Penn State and Nebraska, among others.  Granted he is local and may have wanted to stay closer to home but how does Virginia randomly start nabbing recruits?


February 24th, 2011 at 4:10 PM ^

Clemson would be an obvious choice after this past NLOID. If it were Stanford, that would explain how Harbaugh got them up and running so quickly. No one could say that we didn't dodge a bullet there. I think the other ones are iffy at best.


February 24th, 2011 at 4:05 PM ^

What makes everyone thiink it's a Big 10 school?  The excerpt Dirk Diggler posted above doesn't indicate that.  

Surprised no one's mentioned Texas.  Obviously a major program, and would definitely be surprising as Mack Brown is widely considered to run things pretty cleanly.  Yet, in the end, would really not be *that* surprising....anyone that saw the Pony Excess documentary knows how shady Texans can geet when it comes to their football.


February 25th, 2011 at 10:04 AM ^

That plus "major news outlet" points to Chicago Tribune to me - so hoping ND. Then again, there have been enough statements and issues leaked from tUOS that there is something to start with, however that would make it less of an unexpected surprise.

Iowa, Wiscy, or PSU maybe. The respect for Jo Pa makes PSU more likely I guess.


February 25th, 2011 at 10:55 AM ^

The Freep is reporting that South Dakota State University is being investigated for "major" issues involving their football program.

One source indicates that the third string long snapper was issued a warning ticket for J-walking. The student reported, "but I was on a 2-track in the middle of the forest. There wasnt a soul near me for 2 miles and I looked both ways before I crossed." There was a Volunteer Student Compliance Officer watching and reported this Major Violation to the NCAA.

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