February 16th, 2011 at 11:03 AM ^

How long before coaches just ban Tweeting for a scholarship? Free speech all you want, but Athletics puts all sorts of restrictions on your rights. In the electronic age there's way more out there than in the days of Bo without players outing themselves.

kevin holt

February 16th, 2011 at 12:14 PM ^

Just learn to have a filter on your mouth. They already learn how to coach-speak during interviews, right? So why not learn it for other situations? They have to respond immediately to a question in an interview, but they can think before speaking on Twitter or other sort of media, so why does the output seem so much dumber?

Just tell them to treat everything they say publicly like an interview. They have their guard up for interviews and make sure they coach-speak, so maybe it's an issue of forgetting about public image.


February 16th, 2011 at 1:04 PM ^

As public. Without coaches and media relations guys standing over them, watching and guarding them, they don't think tweets and such are things different than chatting in their dorm. It's not just kids, it's everybody. People text their junk, make home movies, whatever...then are SHOCKED when they get out. It's a good lesson for everyone. But since almost no one seems to learn it, coaches have to ask themselves if it's worth the trouble.


February 16th, 2011 at 11:07 AM ^

This is extremely dumb but it happens so often with regular students I could give two shits. He'll get in trouble for this. $180k to pick a school though? No big deal.


February 16th, 2011 at 11:07 AM ^

As Mr. Spriggs attorney, I can inform all of you that he merely stated that he would pay money to individuals who are good at writing papers.  He never said he would pay for a paper to be written.

Mr. Spriggs is being unfairly treated on the board when, in fact, he merely wanted to give an award to those individuals who are good at writing papers. 

Shame on you.


My name ... is Tim

February 16th, 2011 at 12:10 PM ^

If only because no one is stupid enough to believe that. However, we'd certainly claim that he is joking. 

If legal standards weren't so often governed by the concept of what is reasonable though, I'm sure you'd likely be right on.

Captain Obvious

February 16th, 2011 at 1:45 PM ^

this is why dumb people loath lawyers.  Most people don't even know that half the lawyers out there never step inside a courtroom (like me), yet we are all judged on the basis that we are criminal defense litigators trying to sell knowingly false theories to juries to ensure the freedom of child molestors.


February 16th, 2011 at 11:10 AM ^

It's a dumb one...if you're posting a joke this dumb, you better be Chris Rock and make it funny. Lots of taboo things, and you better be hilarious if you're going to joke about it. Hard to do in a tweet.

His teammates didn't think it was so funny, calling him "the dumbest guy in the world", and "you've gone too far". Or at least not funny for the same reason in the former case.


February 16th, 2011 at 11:19 AM ^

It wasn't the smartest thing, but I'll give him the benefit of the doubt.  I always made dumb sarcastic remarks like this to my friends when I was under the gun at school.  That was back in the day when we used AIM status messages.


February 16th, 2011 at 11:19 AM ^

Sure, let's all laugh.  But who among us wouldn't leap at the chance to help a young man in this situation?  I myself would not hesitate to write as many papers as I could for a Buckeye or a Spartan in need of a little free time and/or a passing grade.


February 16th, 2011 at 11:25 AM ^

There is no conspiracy here. 100% joke. Probably not the best idea for a student-athlete to put on twitter, but there must be millions of students who have sat around before writing a paper and said to their friends, "Man, I'll give you $100 if you write this paper for me."


February 16th, 2011 at 2:55 PM ^

Yes but how many of them were dumb enough to tweet it, all the while being a Division 1 athlete on a National Title winning team? You're right it's not an uncommon question to ask but you shouldn't publicly outsource your college homework. Thats like, the exact opposite of what you should do if you're gonna cheat. Str8 Stoopid.


February 16th, 2011 at 11:28 AM ^

Maybe he's willing to pay someone to write a paper for a teammate who's struggling academically.  As long as the teammate doesn't know the paper he submitted wasn't his, it's legit according to the NCAA.


February 16th, 2011 at 11:29 AM ^

Man, I don't know. Their star QB blatantly just took $180k to play for them, would paying for a paper be that outrageous? I will say that people or players can definitely be dumb enough to request this online for everybody to see...Especially players since they have a sense of invincibility.

The SEC is so fukin crooked it makes me sick. Urban Meyer (who I think is crooked as well) came out & said it. If a coach without the highest moral standards is saying the NCAA world is F'ed up and coaches are slimeballs...How bad must it be!?!?

What pisses me off even more is osu is basically SEC North & almost makes it impossible to compete with them on a level playing field when they're cheating their asses off (I know some will say they just sold gold pants, got free tats, nothing big proven, etc...But c'mon, is there any doubt that things are quite complient at that university).


February 16th, 2011 at 11:44 AM ^

This is dumb - but I said a lot of dumb stuff on the internet in college (and still do to this day).  I think his penalty for this will be dealt with stairs, up/downs, etc. rather than anything serious. 


February 16th, 2011 at 11:48 AM ^

As much as i want to say this shows how bad the SEC is I agree with those above. Saying this isn't doing anything wrong, if he actually pays someone to write his paper and they can prove it thats where the wrong doing comes into play.


February 16th, 2011 at 11:50 AM ^

ok okay, before anyone gets all sanctimonious up in this piece - A Michigan football player offered me good money to write papers for him. I accepted, being a broke college student. I didn't run around talking about it though...


That same player put up a facebook status offering money to anyone to write some of his other papers. I imagine he got schooled for it, but we all told him it was a bad idea (we were West quad neighbors)


It happens. it's the tweeting that gets me, though