ANOTHER Current Player? Bama Scandal Deepens

By now you know the University of Alabama has told the BIRMINGHAM NEWS and ESPN that it found “no (NCAA-rules related) wrongdoing” involving the relationship between current football players and Tuscaloosa suit store owner and formally disassociated University of Alabama booster Tom Al-Betar.

(Why is Nico Johnson out to dinner with disassociated booster Tom Al-Betar?)
Nick […]


Ohio St. Tattgate Scandal Played Out On Facebook

On Dec. 23, 2010, Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith announced that multiple Buckeye football players, including Terrelle Pryor, Dan Herron and DeVier Posey, Mike Adams and Solomon Thomas had been suspended for five games in 2011 for receiving extra benefits in the form of tattoos and cash from Columbus tattoo parlor owner and convicted […]


Store’s 2010 TV Spot: Current Bama Player Images

The past two weeks, I’ve chronicled activity by a Tuscaloosa suit store owner and University of Alabama student-athletes that, per a particular NCAA rule, renders those Crimson Tide football players ineligible to participate in intercollegiate athletics.

(Ingram, Jones Likenesses Featured In Suit Store TV Spot)
That athletic ineligibility is not based on student-athletes receiving benefits from […]


Burfict ‘Waited’ For Teammate, Threw First Punch

Sunday afternoon I reported that Arizona State star linebacker Vontaze Burfict initiated an attack Sun Devil wide receiver Kevin Ozier in the ASU locker room after practice on Wednesday.

Sunday evening Arizona State Sports Information Director Mark Brand confirmed to KTAR-AM in Phoenix that the SbB-reported altercation between Burfict and Ozier took place:
Star Arizona State linebacker […]


Erickson Hiding ASU Star’s Locker Room Assault

Arizona State’s football team, led by head coach Dennis Erickson, held its annual preseason media day on Saturday.

(Erickson on Burfict after attack: “I’m really proud of how he’s matured.”)
Not surprisingly, Erickson was asked during his question-and-answer session to give his thoughts about the highest profile player on the squad: star linebacker Vontaze Burfict.
In his remarks […]


UA 1st Concern: Ineligibility Unrelated To Benefits

In a cease-and-desist letter (pdf) to T-Town Menswear owner Tom Al-Betar on December 22, 2010 and a March 31, 2011, letter (pdf) disassociating the Tuscaloosa suit store owner from the school’s athletic program, the first NCAA rule cited in each University of Alabama communication was NCAA bylaw

NCAA bylaw states:
“After becoming a student-athlete, an […]


Heisman Trust Demands Bush Return His Trophy

On June 7, Paul Pabst of the Dan Patrick Show first broke the news that Reggie Bush’s family had loaned his rogue Heisman Trophy to a San Diego Museum.

(SD Museum President Bailed On Displaying Bush Heisman Trophy)
On June 29 I reported that according to a source close to the Bush family, the now-disgraced, ex-USC […]


UNC Defends Player Plagiarism To NCAA - Twice!

Last month North Carolina’s football program was hit by a NCAA Notice of Allegations (NOA PDF) detailing nine major violations. Among the violations cited by the NCAA against UNC was academic fraud committed by Michael McAdoo during 2008-09.

(#opposite day)
McAdoo was one of seven Tar Heels initially ruled ineligible by the school on Sept. 3, […]


SD Museum Now Plans To Display Bush Heisman!

On June 7, Dan Patrick Show Executive Producer Paul Pabst reported that the Heisman Trophy Trust had repeatedly contacted Reggie Bush’s agent, Joel Segal, in a bid to have Bush’s personal version of the now-vacated 2005 Heisman Trophy returned. (Bush officially relinquished the award on Sept. 14, 2010.)

(Bush, SDHOC President Calling Heisman Trophy Trust’s Bluff?)
Two […]


Bush Betrays Heisman Trust, Won’t Return Trophy

On June 7 Dan Patrick Show Executive Producer Paul Pabst reported that nine months after the Heisman Trophy Trust decided to cancel Reggie Bush’s 2005 award, the former USC running back had not yet returned the actual trophy.

During those nine months, Pabst also noted that Heisman Trophy Trust officials had repeatedly contacted Reggie Bush’s agent […]