Whitlock Shows Up Big!
Yes, yes,yes! Former Star sports columnist Jason Whitlock was one of four on air guest this week on HBO’s prestigous Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. Great show. About how EVERYONE IN COLLEGE SPORTS (the players) are cheating and getting paid to play!
All good players and all big schools.
HBO interviewed several recent players who moved on to the NFL or NBA who admit to taking under-the-table payments from boosters starting in high school.
Billy Packer, a big time sports anchor, was one of the other four guests. He said, yes it’s a runaway train. The boosters do "cash shakes" or "money handshakes" with the student athletes and give them several hundred dollars each time. The players go to parties where – NOT HOOKERS – but college girls are there to be screwed by prospective players.
An Auburn defensive end who attended college in the mid 2000’s said he was taken to parties with these girls by players already on the team. And when asked, "Do you want to fuck any of these girls?" the player said, sure and he did two of them. When asked if the coaches know about all this, he answered, "Unless they are blind,deaf, and dumb."
Two more former students said many of the same things.
One player said after a big win with four sacks he found FOUR GRAND in his car – $1,000 per sack.
Whitlock was very good.
He looked sharp, rested, a bit lighter and well-dressed. His overall take was, "Pay the players, stop the fraud!"
The panel agreed. Even Bill Self’s name came up. Not that he cheated or knew anything but that with his perks his salary is more like $5 million a year.
It’s clear that all the big programs cheat. And hard.
But you have to to compete, because if you’re Auburn, and if Ohio State pays, then you have to.
Looks kinda dumb now to put a few players on probation for selling their memorabilia, huh?
The biggest sting was this: "So do you go to classes?"
Player: "Not much, our grades are kinda set. The coach holds up two fingers and says School is No. 1, then holds up ONE finger and says, "Football is No. 2."
Wow. So now we know there’s no schooling needed for that degree. Tutors? I don’t think so.
Another player said he wanted to go to certain classes to get his education and was told, "Man, that will interfere with practice. NO."
Bottom line: Great Show, all true, it’s a corrupt joke, And Whitlock was ON IT! Come home Jason we miss you!
I’ll leave you with this:
You’re the starting quarterback at a big time program and have a date that night and no real job or money.
You have a rep to keep up. You need clothes, a car, money for the date, some jewelry – maybe a watch. And that’s just the way it is folks. The Auburn Defensive End went to the Pros in his Jr. year in 2006, got big bucks then was cut due to an injury in his second season. Today he is unemployed and has no degree. He’s got a couple kids and is so sorry he went down that road.
P.S. The school couldn’t care less about him now. Where are the girls, the money, the parties, the hoopla? All in his rear view mirror.
Nice job, Jason.