Cops - NCAA Edition
Oklahoma QB Rhett Bomar was kicked off the team Wednesday after it was revealed that he was getting paid for hours he didn't work at Big Red Sports and Imports, a Norman auto dealer. And that's just the beginning. At Miami, four players -- RB Tyrone Moss, WR Ryan Moore, WR Rashaun Jones and LB James Bryant -- won't play in the team's season opener against Florida State. Coach Larry Coker refused to comment on the specifics of their suspensions, but we doubt it was for volunteering at a nursing home. And those four aren't the only Hurricanes in trouble: Reserve safety Willie Cooper was shot in the buttocks in his own yard, and escaped more serious injury when teammate Brandon Meriweather pulled a pistol from his pants and shot three times at the assailant.
But we don't want to pick on just Miami. Tennessee freshman tight end Lee Smith was charged with drunken driving on campus and has been dismissed from the team, while another freshman, Marsalous Johnson, was suspended this week for an incident unrelated to his arrest for aggravated assault. And at USC, defensive back Brandon Ting tested positive for steroids and left the team.
The biggest blow will be to Oklahoma, which was looking like a BCS championship contender but now will struggle with an inexperienced quarterback. How else do you think these suspensions will affect the balance of power in college football?
People forget that Oklahoma also lost a starting guard. This could affect Peterson. Oklahoma's done.
For OU, the effects may linger for years. You would have to think that a lot of the recruits out there, or at least their parents, are going to think twice about sending their kids to a school with these kinds of problems.
Also, let's not forget that OU basketball already had a run-in with the NCAA. Add a full-blown investigation into the football program, and OU could wind up like Alabama - no bowls, and a big hit in the number of scholarships.
Credit Bob Stoops and OU for the obvious courage and integrity it took to kick off a star QB. Interestingly, Adrian Petersen worked at the same dealer. Wonder if the NCAA will look into that. Have to believe that the same OU investigation that convicted Bomar exonerated Petersen.
Bomar was good, but he wasn't great. Paul Thompson will do well and the rest of the team will step up.
Miami starters getting suspended for the first game is just a rite of passage for the players.
Getting arrested is a rite of passage for Tennessee players, the real story is that Fulmer actually got rid of them(perhaps they weren't that good.)
As far as OU is concerned, they're still likely to have a great year. Although some might argue that this could be a North Team's or even Texas Tech's year to get beyond being 3rd best in the conference, I still believe the winner of the OU/Texas game will win the Big 12. Both have to break in new QBs now(although OU's isn't as raw), but both are loaded in pretty much every other area and neither will finish with more than a couple losses. I believe OU's title dreams are unlikely now, but they still have a great shot of going to a BCS bowl.
Peterson was found driving around a Lexus from the same dealership a few weeks back, but upon investigation, the university was told that it was a 'free trial' by the ownership and determined no violation had been made. Throw in the basketball fiasco, and I am willing to bet the NCAA is going to take a longer, harder look at all this, and OU might lose more than just their starting QB.
uscjd- ARE YOU AN STUPID!!! Credit OU for kicking off there star qb. How bout you blame them, why is your star qb w/ a drinking problem working for a car dealership anyways. Yea its not just there fault but they threw there own season away.
I'm sure that OK will be OK, Bob Stoops knows what he is doing down there at least he (the school) delt with it and will move on. Miami on the other hand, The best team of convicts you can buy.
um, why isn't anyone holding the people responsible who should be held responsible? mr. star qb (which, i do credit OU for getting rid of--way to show you're serious and distance yourself from those other OU coaches, Stoops!) who knew full well that he was being paid thousands of dollars for, well, not showing up to work...and the idiot car dealership that was paying him thousands of dollars for not showing up to work. They deserved to get busted, but OU didn't deserve to lose a star qb. too bad moronic businesses can't get NCAA sanctions.
This gives rise to some much bigger issues facing NCAA football, that is, coaches are consistently looking the other way until the S&*% hits the fan. Credit Bob Stoops for getting rid of quarterback? It's not as though he had a choice, this whole deal was extremely public and he cannot afford a further investigation into his program (what would that uncover i wonder?) by issuing a minor sanction. This seems logical for Tennessee as well.
It's the same story in Miami, 4 players are out for undisclosed reasons... i would venture to say if they were public a one game suspension, even if it is against FSU, probably wouldn't be considered enough.
So where does it all end? With ALL teams putting more emphasis on the rules than recruits. No BS classes in football (Ohio State, FSU, VT, etc. you know who you are) and a commitment by the NCAA to do more to investigate boosters and coaches trying to cheat the system. Otherwise we will have teams full of convicts and cheaters, and a the game and tradition that is college football will have no integrity (granted, we're not far from that now, are we?).
Funny it seems the NCAA has finally caught on to the thugs that usally FAKE it thru their ranks and to the NFL. Glad to see the THUGS get their FREE RIDES taken away, so maybe the players that want to make something out of themselves have the chance to do so. Farewell losers and criminals see you at the McDonalds near you...
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