Liar , Liar Pants On Fire …….

Liar , Liar Pants On Fire

So when did it occur to Alabama coach Nick Saban that sports agents interacting with his football players was a “real threat” to collegiate athletics ? Somehow him now haranguing and then comparing the agents to pimps seems somewhat asinine given the fact that the coach has about as much credibility and integrity as a Roman Catholic priest caught up in the midst of a sex scandal. This being the same football coach when questioned as to his then NFL future with the Miami Dolphins chose to deliberately lie to the convened journalists and members of the television media present. He would then depart from the team without providing any real explanation behind his departure other than to suggest that the pressure of being an NFL coach was too much to bear. What the hell did he expect in the first place a bed of roses ?

Now as a twice national champion coach , Saban chooses to take issue with the unscrupulous activities of the sports agents who choose to hover around campuses during practice sessions or the many who choose to associate themselves with the players by acting as boosters or facilitate the player being employed off campus while they’re attending college. These re but few of the countless things they’re known to have facilitated but not ll of these maneuvers have been legal and above board .

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Is it me but is Nick Saban choosing to ignore what’s actually happening right underneath his nose ? Pardon me for saying this but in light of the less than circumspect actions of both Pete Carroll , __ Tim Floyd and now former Trojans’ athletic director Mike Garrett can anyone be surprised by any of the problems now surfacing within the SEC concerning a number of athletic programs there ? There’s just as much corruption to be found on a college campus as can be found within the alleged hallowed halls of Congress . If not more so in the case of Congress as you’d be hard pressed to find a member there who hasn’t lied or cheated to get ahead in one form or another ! Anyone who believes otherwise my well have been watching far too much of the once celebrated television show “The West Wing” while it was on network television. There you were made to believe the President was above reproach , a person of immense honesty and that our elected leaders in Congress were men and women of integrity. Absolutely nothing could be further from the truth when it comes to the collegiate coach and that of an elected Federal legislator __ the case can be made that the two are cut from the same cloth. !

Courtesy of Yahoo Sports & Associated Press

Saban compares unscrupulous agents to a ‘pimp’

By John Zenor , AP Sports Writer

Hoover, Ala. (AP)— Nick Saban didn’t pull punches Wednesday when discussing the improper contact with athletes by unscrupulous agents, comparing their behavior to that of a “pimp.”

The Alabama coach was upset about the rash of recent agent-related incidents that have resulted in NCAA investigations at several Southeastern Conference schools.

“I don’t think it’s anything but greed that’s creating it right now on behalf of the agents,” Saban said in a rant at the SEC media days. “The agents that do this—and I hate to say this, but how are they any better than a pimp?

“I have no respect for people who do that to young people. None. How would you feel if they did it to your child?”

Agents, not national titles, was the primary topic on Day 1 at the Wynfrey Hotel. Three SEC teams—Florida, Alabama and South Carolina —are investigating allegations involving improper contact with an agent. Saban and SEC commissioner Mike Slive both emphatically said it was time for a change to NCAA rules governing agents.

Saban confirmed that Alabama is looking into a trip defensive end Marcell Dareus took to an agent’s party at Miami’s South Beach. South Carolina is looking into claims from the same South Beach party with tight end Weslye Saunders.

Georgia associate athletic director Claude Felton confirmed that the NCAA requested permission late Wednesday afternoon to conduct an inquiry on the Bulldogs’ campus. He would not say what the inquiry was about or whether it was related to the South Beach party. “This is all we can say,” Felton said.

Florida and the NCAA are reportedly investigating whether offensive lineman Maurkice Pouncey—now an NFL rookie with the Pittsburgh Steelers received $100,000 from a sports agent’s representative between the SEC championship game and the Sugar Bowl

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Now while this all comes to the fore I’ve got to ask how is it that repeatedly when instances such as this come light there’s very little done by the NCAA when conducting their investigations and then let their findings be known ? A customary slap on the wrist seems to be the norm and when they choose to make an example of an institution they mete out punishment in such a way that has one calling into effect the sheer scope veracity of the unevenness of the punishment sometimes meted out. I’ve always maintained that if you’re going to make an example of someone then in order to for that punishment to be a real deterrent then one has to “hit the individual” in the pocket financially by meting out a stiff monetary fine ! Principal alone dictates and tells us that but it’d would appear that the NCAA as the governing body of collegiate athletics is all too image conscious for its own good. They would rather be loved by all than be hated by just a mere few but then again one shouldn‘t at all be surprised by that.

As the governing body for collegiate sports the institution does leave a great deal to be desired in the way it conducts its business and the secrecy with which it acts. Not even the noted secrecy and actions of those celebrated Swiss , Cayman Islands and Bahamian financial institutions can teach anything to the maneuvers that have been undertaken by the NCAA over the years. Never let it be said that the graciousness shown by the government to the institution wasn’t under-appreciated as the body has been able to enact so many powers and solicit vast sums of money in such a way that it would make any criminal organization and enterprise proud.

For Nick Saban and his intentions in voicing his concerns over the actions of these sports agents. My question for him would be this what if anything is being done his coaching staff , the athletics director and compliance officers of the Crimson Tide ? They too, much like the coach himself , has a part to play in this all rather than choosing to apportion blame elsewhere. It stands to reason that Nick Saban ought to be looking to see what he can and should be doing instead of coming cross like he’s caught someone who’s stealing from his cookie jar. It’s not s if he’s not making money off the backs of these to begin with so why all of a sudden now the fuss ? Has he been looking the other way before this all came to light concerning the Tides’ program ? If so, was this also happening while he was coach of the LSU Tigers ? Strange, I’d have thought there’d been improprieties there as well ? Because usually “where’s there’s smoke there also has to be a fire …….. isn’t that so” ?

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What thoughts if any do you have on the proposed investigations of the three SEC athletic programs now under way ? Is it justified or merely being done by the NCAA and SEC jointly in order to show that they’re on top of things ? Let me know how you feel bout the mtter and as usual thanks for the continued support .

Alan Parkins aka tophatal …………………. 🙂

Maze feat’g Frankie Beverley …………………………… “Happy Feelings”

Author: tophatal ...........

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21 thoughts on “Liar , Liar Pants On Fire …….”

  1. There’s no way any of these guys can say they don’t know what’s going on. Now that media and camera phones are everywhere players need to be more cautious. I’ll have a good laugh if the hammer gets thrown down on all the big programs. Imagine if all the top recruits went to smaller schools since everybody else was on suspension!?! I think that would be a fun scenario!

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    1. chappy

      Saban is amongst the biggest whore-mongers out there. He’d sell his kids if meant winning ! He has absolutely no credibility broaching this subject considering his antics with the Dolphins and how he left the organization.

      USC appealing their sanctions has to be joke ! What the hell did they expect to begin with ? “We won’t do it again but please let us pl ay in some bowl games” ………. get the fu_k outta here !
      They and their fans are a bunch of numb-nuts !

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      Alan Parkins aka tophatal …………………. 🙂

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  2. We should expect nothing less from these guys, Al.

    Obviously everyone is going to cover their own.

    Agents are an easy target and while yes, they are to blame, they are not the ONLY ones to blame. That includes, the student athletes, the coaches, the parents, the NCAA and the system.

    So until all of that is fixed, which will be never, we’ll continue to have stories like Dareus, Pouncey and of course, Reggie Bush.

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    1. Chris Humpherys

      Looking for the NCAA or anyone else within the collegiate athletics’ system to fix anything is like waiting to see if s_it does role uphill. We can all attest to the fact that it doesn’t but there are some idiots out there who feel that it does.

      The SEC will merely pay this all some lip service and come back with meager findings more likely than not excusing everyone of any wrongdoing.


      Roll tide my a-s !


      Nick Saban comes out of this with his reputation somewhat less in tact but at the same time he tries to come across as if he’s there for the student athlete which plainly isn’t true. Not when he’s making the sort of money he’s making approximately $5 million per yr not including incentives . Much of which comes off the toil and sweat of these kids. So forgive me when I take this all with a grain of salt !

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      Alan Parkins aka tophatal …………………. 🙂

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  3. A-yup! I gots the cure…assign each “valuable” student athlete an escort who will be with him/her 24-7. Take away the cellphones…course they can lock em up except for games.
    These kids ain’t stoopid…then who knows. Iffen it was between me and an agent would I tell…would the agent???

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    1. al clements

      Isn’t that a job that can be done by the BP clean up employees once they’re done down there on the Gulf Coast ? Hell they’re being paid up to $30 per hour if not more. So I wonder how much some of the colleges might pay ?

      “I would like to do some clean up work for you ? Ooh la la ! ”

      Alan Parkins aka tophatal …………………. 🙂

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  4. The concept of a scholar athlete is a farce. When a a.d. or coaches bread and butter are at stake integrity goes on holiday.
    I advocate a minor league system for football similar to the one in baseball.
    The NCAA will never admit the fact that most of these kids are not students. They are employees working for scholarships that will ultimately have little or no effect for them unless they sign a pro contract. Sad but true.

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    1. aero

      The even bigger farce is that we have an idiot like Saban out there trying to pretend as if he actually gives a damn bout the kids to begin with. He makes over $5 million per year but expect these kids to live on a mere pittance to begin with . What’s equitable bout that given the fact that both the NCAA and SEC are making countless millions of the backs of these kids ?

      Slaves on the damn plantations weren’t treated this badly ! Perhaps this is where the Rev Jesse Jackson could actually step in do some good for once ? LOL,LOL,LOL !!!

      This juncture the NCAA can no longer be taken seriously they are far too corrupt an organization and that is an absolute fact that no can deny.

      Brooke Burke says “hi” .

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      Alan Parkins aka tophatal …………………. 🙂

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    2. aero

      I’m so glad that when I attended college it wasn’t on sponsorship wherein I was beholden on making it because of an athletic gift. I went and it was all paid for by my then employer. Once done both parties profited from it all.

      That isn’t the case with a student athlete while they’re in college they’re impeded when it comes to making extra money. That to me is completely un-American !

      The NCAA’s rule are archaic and draconian !

      Holly Valance
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      Alan Parkins aka tophatal ………………………… 🙂

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  5. Let’s get real. College football brings millions of dollars to the NCAA. Where does the money go? Follow the money. The NCAA is a bunch of lying double crossing whores. The kids get screwed. These kids are used to make millions. No product no NCAA. I know this from my own experience. Trust me on this. Screw the NCAA. The are crooks.

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    1. Bobby Gee

      There’s no denying that the NCAA are whores ! What I have a problem with is the hypocrisy of Nick Saban and his stance taken. What is he , his coaching staff , the compliance officers and athletics director doing to avert this all ? Probably “nothing “ as they too are “somehow” being paid handsomely to look the other way ! He’s the consummate p_ss rtist !

      Saban has no shame as he’s a friggin’ hypocrite !

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      tophatal ………… 🙂

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    1. Chris Humpherys

      You’re kidding right ? Pete Carroll and Tim Floyd cared about the kids at USC ? Gimme’ a fu_king break ! Those two along with Mike Garrett fu_ked things up for the school and the rest of collegiate athletics all told . How bout Dave Bliss when he was at Baylor ?

      These kids are the college cocahes’ meal ticket and tht’s it. If guys like Saban or Bliss cared then they’d doing something rather than apportioning blame elsewhere.

      Dave Bliss formerly of Baylor .

      The Carlton Dotson “episode” taught us all a lot about the college coach , less you forgot what took place there ?

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      tophatal ……… 🙂

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  6. Nick Saban is to college football what Larry Flynt was to porn. They were both self promoters and couldn’t give a f_ck bout anyone but themselves.

    “Ooh, we love porn but don’t care for Nick Saban” ! Porn stars Tara Conner & Tera Patrick

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    tophatal ………… 🙂

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  7. Alan,

    Since when is Nick Saban the voice of reason? And does he not work with these same agents he’s blasting? and why is this even news? I’m sure the agents know they are basically pimps, and pimpin’ ain’t easy.

    Additionally, maybe it’s time for the NCAA to stop turning towards the NFL waiting for suggestion of how they should handle this sh_t.

    Meehan

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    1. Meehan

      Saban has been and will always be a douche-bag ! This guy looks to apportion blame elsewhere but what the f_ck are the AD’s and compliance officers dong about this all ?

      They’re all too busy with their fingers stuck up each others’ ass. As for for the NCAA they prefer to shovel their sh_t both up nd down the hill !

      “Insert your finger here and wait for a response” .

      This is the collective thinking of both the NCAA and Saban along with a number of college coaches up and down the country.

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      Better yet screw the NCAA as they’re a bunch of ingrates to begin with ! NCAA’s pride and joy is to see some a_s of this variety !

      tophatal …………. 🙂

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    1. KP

      That is and has been what Saban is all about. OK so the agents and AD’s are in some part equally to blame . But the whole system is corrupt from top to bottom but this asshole carries on as if it’s all someone else’s fault ? He’s just as much to blame as are the likes of Pete Carroll and Tim Floyd !

      tophatal ……. 🙂

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