College football 2010: The good and the bad

The SEC has won its fifth straight BCS national championship. Auburn has won its first national title since 1957. And the argument continues: What if  No. 1 Auburn (14-0) played No. 2 TCU (13-0) on Saturday to settle the national title? We’ll never know.

The incredible thing about a college football season is that in July and August, it just feels like it will never start. Then, once it does, it seems to be over in a couple of heartbeats.

I will always remember the 2010 season because it gave us both the good and the bad that is the game of college football in the 21st century.

You know the good. The game, as it is played on the field, has never been better. Every week there was a new, dramatic story line. Every Saturday there was something that made us go “Wow!”:

**–Oct. 2: For about 90 seconds in Baton Rouge, Tennessee had apparently pulled a stunning upset at LSU. But on what appeared to be the last play of the game, Tennessee’s defense had 13 men on the field. LSU got one more snap and won.

**–Oct. 9: South Carolina upsets Alabama, the defending national champions, to beat the No. 1 team for the first time in school history.

**–Nov. 26:  It was a Friday that we will never forget. Auburn rallies from a 24-0 deficit at Alabama and wins a game for the ages, 28-27. Then, in the wee hours of Nov. 27, Nevada ends Boise State’s dreams of playing for the national championship with a field goal in overtime.

I could go on and on. College football is so good now that we EXPECT to have these unforgettable moments week after week. The game rarely disappoints.

But we also had a chance to see college football’s dark side. This is the side that threatens to undermine the long-term credibility of the game with the public that loves it so:

**–The academic scandal at North Carolina that forced the school to suspend as many as 13 players. It turned an ACC championship caliber team into one which was lucky to finish 7-5.

**–Agent gate: One bad decision by one of the game’s premier players (A.J. Green), basically wrecked Georgia’s season. An agent throws a South Florida party for underclassmen because the benefit far outweighs the risk. This problem is not going away. It is only going to get worse if something doesn’t change–and quickly. Unfortunately, the NCAA doesn’t do much of anything quickly. They need to open up the proccess and get these kids talking to agents much earlier in their careers.

**–In June there was the money and power grab that was known as conference expansion and realignment. When it was over the Big Ten had 12 teams, the Big 12 had 10 teams, and the Mountain West had lost its three most high-profile programs: TCU (Big East), Utah (Pac-10), and BYU (Independent). The Pac-10 almost talked Texas into leaving and destroying the Big 12. It was an ugly thing to watch.

**–USC got hammered by the NCAA in the summer and Reggie Bush eventually gave back his Heisman Trophy.

**–While Cameron Newton’s play on the field was magnificent and deserving of the Heisman Trophy, the entire case involving his father was bad for college football. Legally, the NCAA had no choice but to let Newton play based on the facts (or lack of them) in evidence. But this loophole needs to be closed before another season comes around. The guardians of the sport had better hope that no more damning information comes out about this case. We watched USC vacate a national championship and its star player give back a Heisman Trophy. College football does not need another body blow like that.

**–And then there was the Ohio State ruling, which suspended five players for selling stuff given to them by the school. But the NCAA allowed the suspensions to start after they played in the Sugar Bowl. Critics jumped on the NCAA and college football because it appears both are making these rules up as they go along. The ruling made no sense unless you believe Ohio State’s claim that their players had not been instructed on the rules. I don’t.

There was also tragedy:

**–Student photographer Declan Sullivan was killed when the scissor tower where he was filming Notre Dame’s practice collapsed.

**–Eric LeGrand of Rutgers suffered paralysis in a terrbile injury against Army.

**–Mississippi State defensive end Nick Bell lost his battle with cancer. He was only 20 years old.

So again, it was a good season and it was a bad season. Mostly it was a tough season.

The hard edge to the Cameron Newton debate was disturbing. The kid almost lost everything because the father. The Newtons got lucky. The next kid whose father gets caught doing this won’t be so lucky. Parents who act like agents in the future (and get caught) will not be happy with the result.

The nastiness of the BCS debate is disquieting. I want a four-team playoff or a true plus-one, where two teams are picked after the bowls. I believe college football will need to made a change in the post-season format when the current BCS contract expires after the 2013 regular season. The debate has always kept interest high in college football. But I think we are reaching a tipping point where the debate is so destructive that it hurts the game.

In many ways it was another great season but in many I’m glad the season is over. I don’t remember feeling that way too many times.

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572 comments Add your comment

BAMA dude

January 14th, 2011
4:04 pm

Not necessarily. I was arguing with a Techie the other day about overall conference strength, but I objectively believe the SEC to be the strongest this season (and most others). There have been a few times where others had better teams.

BigTimeTECHFan

January 14th, 2011
4:06 pm

4 team playoff – no way. what would have been the 4 teams this year? Harder to say who’s 4th then who’s second.

Needs to be All BCS Conf champs play in playoffs. that’s it. rest of teams can play in bowl games.

Every year
Round 1:
ACC vs SEC
Big East vs Big 10
Big 12 vs PAC 10
WAC vs MAC
Round 2:
ACC vs SEC winner VS Big East vs Big 10 winner
Big 12 vs PAC 10 VS WAC vs MAC winner
Round 3:
Championship game verse round 2 winners
Runner up game: two round to losers play.

Thuga

January 14th, 2011
4:07 pm

These players are young and often times not very bright. One would expect some problems from time to time. Thugas problems started at the top. When was the last time an SEC AD was arrested prior to thugas? Anyone? One can only laugh at the problems with thugas program…….

Why Did This Story Die So Quickly?

January 14th, 2011
4:08 pm

Tell me where we can prove Cam actually received any benefits? I’ve heard a million comments made about “cheaters” yet I have looked everywhere and can’t find any proof that him or his Dad received anything. That doesn’t mean it’s not there and it didn’t happen, but in this day and age, with a 24-hour news cycle, why did the story die out so suddenly? If the trail was there, it would surface quick. This is a unique case because it surfaced DURING the season, usually stuff like this only comes out way after the player has left school. This was an unprecedented case to play out, WHILE games were being played. If there was something CONCRETE to the allegations, Cam would have never seen the field this year. The Auburn compliance Department wouldn’t have let it happen.

BAMA dude

January 14th, 2011
4:09 pm

Jacket Nation

January 14th, 2011
4:02 pm
Keeping thumping your bird chests SECers. The ACC dominated you yet again in yet another bowl season. If the ACC was able to play the SEC straight up, 1 seed vs. 1 seed, 2 seed vs. 2 seed, etc., the ACC would take 10 of 12 every time, every year.

Can you imagine Bama vs. NC State this year? That wouldn’t even be fun to watch.

gdawginkalamazoo

January 14th, 2011
4:12 pm

BAMA dude, “Like hell. I’d watch a Barner take an asswhuppin and laugh while I did”. LMAO!

Jacket Nation

January 14th, 2011
4:13 pm

You laugh because you know I’m right. The SEC has been hiding behind this mythical dominance created by the Tony Barn-hardon-for-the-SEC’s of the world. There isn’t a single conference out there that the SEC would beat in a straight up competition of each seed playing the other.

gdawginkalamazoo

January 14th, 2011
4:15 pm

Jacket Nation, yes I remember 2009 when we played the #1 seed from the ACC. We had rings made and the players make a boatload selling their game jersey to agents.

Why Did This Story Die So Quickly?

January 14th, 2011
4:17 pm

I know the NCAA usually takes their time with investigations but they NEVER would have let him keep playing, I just don’t buy it. They would have “recommended” that AU sit him, and they would have had to comply. Couple this with the fact that they had actually known about all these allegations 10 months prior and let Newton play, show me where AU has run afoul of the NCAA? By “lawyering up” and cooperating by declaring him ineligible and then having him re-instated, Auburn did everything right. If any money was paid, it would be boosters doing it behind the coaching staff’s back, and that money would be hard to trace. It would be in their financial records probably.

BAMA dude

January 14th, 2011
4:17 pm

Here it is for ya, Techie- seeded and all. The top five seeds would all be blowouts, the bottom seven could go either way.

Auburn vs. VT
Arky vs. FSU
LSU vs. Maryland
Bama vs. NC St.
Missy St. vs. Miami
USCe vs. UNC
Florida vs. BC
UGA vs. Clemson
UT vs. GT
UK vs. UVA
Vandy vs. Wake
Ole Miss vs. Duke

Jacket Nation

January 14th, 2011
4:20 pm

Given your seeds, I see the ACC taking no less than 9

Why Did This Story Die So Quickly?

January 14th, 2011
4:22 pm

But then again the money could have gone into Cecil’s church or under his mattress. We don’t know, but until you actually find the proof, you look silly trying to say “Auburn cheated”. If AU boosters paid Cecil, they would have found SOMETHING by now. It wouldn’t take long at all, they have already looked at the financial statements. Rogers was extorting MSU basically and Cecil went along with it, an egregious mistake.

gdawginkalamazoo

January 14th, 2011
4:22 pm

Jacket Nation, be sure to call a cab. It’s not safe to drive in your condition.

When A Cow Attacks

January 14th, 2011
4:25 pm

SCAM the Cam. An utter disgrace to the history of college football.

BAMA dude

January 14th, 2011
4:26 pm

Jacket Nation

January 14th, 2011
4:20 pm
Given your seeds, I see the ACC taking no less than 9

You are a joke then.

Lessee, Stanford beat VT by how much? FSU was proud of beating USCe- Arky beat ‘em IN Columbia by 21. LSU-Maryland, Bama-NCSU, and MSU-Miami are all laughers. The other seven would probably be a split.

Jacket Nation

January 14th, 2011
4:28 pm

The only joke is your denial

BAMA dude

January 14th, 2011
4:29 pm

Jacket Nation

January 14th, 2011
4:28 pm
The only joke is your denial

Then tell us, which 9 would the ACC win? This should be rich.

Jacket Nation

January 14th, 2011
4:33 pm

So and so beat them, and they beat so and so, blah blah blah. Using your logic there would be no sense in playing a single game. You cannot be that dense, can you?

DW

January 14th, 2011
4:37 pm

I am another loyal Georgia fan. I do not have my head in the sand and I am not in denial of the poor season we had. I would have liked to have seen some big changes made at the end of the season and going into next season. I am of the opinion it is the ONLY thing that can save us, but I will never stop supporting the red and black. I am also a die-hard SEC fan and proud that Auburn brought the trophy back home to the SEC this year. I hope nothing further happens with the Cam Newton issue and that the NCAA and SEC get down to business and make the rules clear and the consequences equal from one school to the next. Just for the record son, who was a member of the Georgia Redcoat Band always said that the Auburn fans and band members were the nicest bunch ever. He said they treated them with respect and dignity when they traveled to Auburn, unlike some of the other SEC schools. Just wanted to throw that in because Auburn is getting such a bashing right now. Anyway, this Bulldawg says Go SEC in 2011/2012!

Tide Rising

January 14th, 2011
4:39 pm

Jacket Nation,

Man are you funny. The sec west alone has 5 teams that finished in the top 15 of the final AP poll. The top ACC team of VT which got whupped in its bowl game finished 16th. Overall the SEC had 6 teams in the final poll while the ACC finished with 4 teams in the top 16-25 including 2 teams that barely squeaked in at #24 and #25.

And how many straight BCS titles has the SEC won now/ Five in a row you say?

What’s the SEC record in bowl games this past decade? Not sure but its something crazy like 14-3? And the ACC? Not sure but I think its something like 2-10.

Isn’t the ACC the conference whose champion was beaten earlier this season by James Madison? Didn’t the conference also lose lately to Richmond, Wofford, the Citadel, Appalachian State, etc?

BAMA dude

January 14th, 2011
4:39 pm

Jacket Nation

January 14th, 2011
4:33 pm
So and so beat them, and they beat so and so, blah blah blah. Using your logic there would be no sense in playing a single game. You cannot be that dense, can you?

Well, when you have one school that lost its first two games to BSU and JMU then got pounded in their last game by a conference runner-up, but managed to go unbeaten in that conference… pretty easy to figure out. ACC teams lost to Air Force, Nevada, South Florida, and Notre Dame in addition to the Stanford beat-down. They didn’t beat a single team that made the final top 25 poll. Contrast that with the SEC’s bowl performance and it really isn’t close. MNC win, LSU blowout over TAMU, Bama blowout over MSU, Missy State blowout over Michigan, Arky losing close to #5 Ohio State.

Jacket Nation

January 14th, 2011
4:40 pm

FSU, Maryland, Miami, UNC, BC, Clemson, GT, UVA, Wake and Duke. My bad, I meant 10

Tide Rising

January 14th, 2011
4:41 pm

Jacket Nation,

Facts are facts. Look at the ACC bowl records over the last 5 and 10 years compared to the SEC and its abysal, a real joke. Even ACC fans will tell you that.

Richard Cranium

January 14th, 2011
4:44 pm

Don’t forget about UGA winning the Fulmer’s Cup – a true achievement.

BAMA dude

January 14th, 2011
4:46 pm

FSU, Maryland, Miami, UNC, BC, Clemson, GT, UVA, Wake and Duke. My bad, I meant 10

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

So FSU is equal to Ohio State, Maryland is 3-TDs better than Tx A&M, Miami is 5-TDs better than Michigan, BC is better than Penn St., UNC is as good as FSU. Gotcha. The rest are so awful on both sides that it ain’t worth discussing.

Tide Rising

January 14th, 2011
4:47 pm

Alabama .88 winning % 30 wins 4 losses
LSU .81 22 wins 5 losses
Georgia .73 98 wins 32 losses
Tenn. .71 66 win 25 losses
Auburn .69 43 wins 18 losses
Vandy .63 39 wins 23 losses
Florida .59 49 wins 33 losses
Kentucky .53 20 wins 17 losses

Ole Miss .50 3 wins 3 losses break even against the acc

S. Carolina .475 155-172 losing record against ACC
Miss. State .375 4 wins 7 losses against ACC
Arkansas 0.0 0 wins and 3 losses against ACC

Overall the SEC has 8 teams with winning records against the ACC, 1 with a .500 record, and 3 teams with losing records against the ACC. Of further note is the absolutely dominating head to head performance of Alabama at 88 % and LSU at 81 %. Georgia and UT also have impressive over 70% winning records and Auburn is nearly at 70 with a 69% winning rate.

Now for a look at the ACCs head to head record against the SEC

Georgia Tech .51 winning % 177 wins 169 losses

Duke .46 winning % 41 wins 47 losses
Maryland .43 26 wins 35 losses
Miami .41 58 wins 81 losses
Boston Coll .41 14 wins 20 losses
Florida state .40 44 wins 66 losses
North Carolina .36 35 wins 65 losses
Virginia Tech .33 18 wins 38 losses
Wake Forest .29 12 wins 29 losses
Clemson .28 42 wins 111 losses
NC state .27 10 wins 28 losses
Virginia .24 8 wins 26 losses

So it looks like GT is the only ACC member who has a winning record against the SEC and even then its barely .51 %. Overall the other 11 ACC member’s performance against the SEC in all time head to head is nothing short of abysmal as any fair minded person can clearly see. Its horrible. Only 1 team with a barely over 50% winning record, 2 teams in the 30 % winning ratio against the SEC and 4 teams with winning %s in the 20s against the SEC. Also, 4 teams that are in the low 40% winning against the SEC.

These stats were coming into the 2010 season. The ACC won its 2 bowls against the sec but the sec won the majority of the regular season games such as AU beating Clemson, S Carolina whupping Clemson, and Georgia taking down Tech. ACC won the UF-FSU game.

Tide Rising

January 14th, 2011
4:50 pm

Jacket Nation,

Just the facts sir. And the facts are that head to head the SEC absolutely dominates the ACC alltime in head to head competition. And if we look up the bowl success of the SEC over the past decade- especially bcs bowls, the gap is even wider between the SEC and the ACC.

JUST THE FACTS SIR!

gdawginkalamazoo

January 14th, 2011
4:50 pm

But seriously Jacket Nation, I said BEFORE this past season that I thought the ACC would be the most dominate conference and the most fun to watch. I thought VT would be the team beat and have a shot at the NC. But just like most of the SEC East it all fell apart and ended up ugly.
Really losing to James Madison. And I am well aware that as a dawg fan I cannot say much about anybodys program. We stink right now but we will be better next year (I hope).

Tide Rising

January 14th, 2011
5:02 pm

All time record 251-117-10 SEC leads ACC coming into the 2010 season
Last 10 years- 41-30-0 SEC leads ACC coming into the 2010 season
6 National Championships last 10 years for the SEC, ACC has 1
5 National Championships last 5 years for the SEC ACC 0

TDawg Money

January 14th, 2011
5:13 pm

The real story at Auburn is the athletic dept decided not to pick up the 2nd year of Cam’s $180,000 ($90,000 per year) contract. The consensus wisdom was 3 fold…..1) they’ve already won the national championship and 2) they barely squeaked by the NCAA police the first time; why risk it for a second year, and 3) they have alot of confidence in their second string guy who they’re only paying $15,000 plus performance bonuses……Hey, everybody wants to cut costs, you know. They can use that extra $70,000 or so on a wide receiver they’re hot on, according to sources inside the AD office that want to remain anonymous.

OldFan

January 14th, 2011
5:25 pm

Despite all the cries of righteous indignation over the Cam situation, it would have been a terrible shame for college football fans not to have seen his extraordinary talents on the field. One and done—but what he did both individually and for Auburn has ben remarkable. The only thing he didn’t have as a player was longevity, but why should he? There’s nothing left to accomplish. If he’d played for UGA, he’d be sitting at the right hand of Herschel. But, of course at UGA, he’d be sitting there as a TE. As fans, we ought to judge him as an athlete. Daddy Newton is fair game, and for that matter, so may be Auburn. All I know is that when Cam was on the field, I never saw him wait for a deposit before he ran a play. He did his job, went undefeated, won the Heisman, won the NC. You know in your fan’s heart, you wish he’d been doing that for us.

SuperB

January 14th, 2011
5:28 pm

* As Mark May (ESPN) said, “The Big Ten is the NCAA’s sacred cow.” Hence the free pass for the five rules’ breakers. Without them, OSU gets whipped by Arkansas in the Sugar Bowl.

* According to ESPN (on Nov. 9,) Cam Newton told his recruiter at Mississippi State, “The money was too good,”
referring the decision by his father to send him to Auburn.

* Nothing about the NCAA’s enforcement is fair or equal and the Auburn case has a long way to go.

arky the pig

January 14th, 2011
5:34 pm

Don’t care much about Cam. That one will come out in the wash, but Auburn fans defending Fairley is pretty lame. Fairley is one of the dirtiest players I have ever seen. Did it all year long. Should have been suspended. He’s a thug or either very stupid. Sadly, as good a player as he is he doesn’t have to be.

barneyb

January 14th, 2011
5:36 pm

Amen, Jax Dawg! the NCAA is just as complicit in the scandals as the thug players that committed the acts. They all suck. I have no respect for the SEC, either. These money-grubbing punks (all of them) have forever tainted the game.

SuperB

January 14th, 2011
5:38 pm

Is Jacket Nation” on drugs? I live in the heart of ACC country– gre up here. Only the most unknowledgeable and biased fan would think anyone in the ACC can hold a candle to the SEC. As an example– if Georgia had played WF, Duke, BC, Clemson, UVa, etc. instead of South Carolina, Arkansas, Florida, and Auburn– all close losses– Georgia would likely have wound up 9-3 or 10-2.

The new reality of the normally superior ACC BB league is– outside Duke– they aren’t very good this year. But year in–year out– the ACC BB teams would whip the SEC; just as the SEC would whip the ACC (and every other conference) in football.

dawgfan

January 14th, 2011
5:49 pm

Cam was ineffective against Oregon? He threw or 260 yards Captain Clueless. How in the hell is that ineffective? It appeared to me that Malzahn wasn’t even trying to have him run the ball that much because Oregon was loading the box.

And 4 personal fouls for one player is a lot. LMAO @ Barners acting like that’s no big deal. The sad part is that there are undoubtedly countless other classless acts that went unflagged. The motto of 2010 Auburn Football: Where there is smoke there is fire.

Check Your FACTS SuperB

January 14th, 2011
5:52 pm

Super B Joe Schad reported that from an “unnamed source” but he never actually heard the tape. Now the tape apparently doesn’t exist. Even if he did say “The Money Was Too Much’, you don’t even know the context of the conversation. For example:
Cam Newton apologizing to a recruiter at MSU: “I wanted to sign with you but the money was too much. I can’t be a part of whatever you worked out with my father. I can not afford to get in trouble again, etc., etc.

He didn’t say “They offered me money” that would be much different. My guess is that Cam or his Mom caught wind of the scheme and then Rogers and Cecil had to call it off. Or even more likely someone at MSU found out and blew the whistle to the SEC. So yes Cam may be lying when he says he didn’t know, but what else could he do? If he admits knowledge of the failed attempt he is ineligible anyway so he had to clam up.

Don't Listen To dawgfan: He's Clueless

January 14th, 2011
5:56 pm

Take everything “dawgfan” says with a grain of salt. Look how idiotic this post he made looks now. Fairley is over-rated? PLEASE!!

dawgfan
January 10th, 2011
9:04 am

I think Oregon wins. Auburn does not have the dominating defense that we’ve seen out of past BCS Champions from the SEC. In fact, their defense is average at best. And I don’t care what all the draft experts say. I think Fairley is overrated. Georgia was able to contain him so I’m sure Oregon will have no problem either. In all fairness, there’s not much any defensive lineman can do against Oregon’s fast paced offense. Most of you probably haven’t seen them play. They are the real deal.

The SEC was decidedly down this year and Auburn benefitted. I think this is the year the SEC run finally comes to an end.

Bodda Getta

January 14th, 2011
5:58 pm

The 2010 college football season: Auburn Good. Georgia Bad.

War Eagle

January 14th, 2011
5:58 pm

Alabama and UGA REMEMBER THESE DAYS?
Rodney Garner losing his job at Auburn and forced to resign at Tenn..unethical recruiting.
Jim harrick, ajc quote” UGA was put on probation for one of the worst scandal of recruiting and grade changes in SEC history”
Jan Kemp,fired and given her job back as a UGA Professor for filing suit against Georgia Athl;etic Dept. for allowing players to enroll with SAT scores of 560 or less
Vince Dooley, admits football players were admitted and played with less than a 560 SAT

Albert Means DT, Alabama gave high school coach $200,000 to guide Albert Means to bama, Loren Young an Bama booster was convicted and sent to prison.MEANS ENROLL AT BAMA PLAYED 2 YEARS AND TRANSFERRED TO MEMPHIS.
Head Coach Dubose, fired after affair with his secretary and recruiting violation
Head Coach Price, fired before coaching a down and illegal use of Athletic credit card, most hard dollars for STRIPERS(Destiny)
Head coach Fran, left Bama overnight, just left and went to Texas, NO NOTICE
So when you reply of all Auburn`s probation DON`T , I AM aware of all of them and was embarrassed very much at the time

Bodda Getta

January 14th, 2011
5:59 pm

The 2011 college football season: Auburn Good. Georgia Bad.

Hey" dawgfan" The Clown

January 14th, 2011
6:00 pm

Still think Fairley is over-rated after he dominated the NC game? Yes he had a personal foul…..SO WHAT? He was penalized for it. Do you realize UGA leads the nation in personal foul penalties 3 years and running? Look it up……

A Better Question

January 14th, 2011
6:01 pm

Why didn’t the SEC report the Cam Newton incident to the NCAA when MSU reported it to the SEC?

The story had to be leaked to the media, because Slive had swept it under the rug.

Prove otherwise…

Bodda Getta

January 14th, 2011
6:02 pm

War Eagle,

You have no reason to ever be embarrassed.

You are part of the best there is in college football.

Warm Beagle

January 14th, 2011
6:04 pm

@War Eagle

The University of Alabama never gave anyone any money for Albert Means. I assume that you have evidence to back up your assertion? No? I didn’t think so.

al.com

January 14th, 2011
6:12 pm

The Cam story is over. Grow up your wishful thinking is not going to happen. You just watched a great player beat your team so get over it.

Crimson Crush

January 14th, 2011
6:15 pm

big LOLz for the Barner … sounds and acts like a 5 year old that KNOWS they have a hard ass spanking coming … silly sumb***h seems to REALLY believe all they need to do to escape blame is to blame big brother . Funny … funny … FUNNY stuff . The NCAA will be sharpening it’s knives … Bama about to haul in a MONSTEROUS top ranked recruiting class and hit thrid gear … and then you have Barn dillweeds like this trying to yell ” Nuh UH ” ROFLMAO

This is going to go down as one of the best off seasons in college football EVER … even if you are a Dawg ;-)

Beg To Differ Warm Beagle

January 14th, 2011
6:15 pm

It was a Bama booster but the coaching staff knew about it.

A former high school coach testified Tuesday that he took a $150,000 payoff to send his top football player to the University of Alabama.
Lynn Lang said he received the money from Logan Young, a Memphis millionaire who is on trial on federal bribery and money laundering charges.

Lang is awaiting sentencing on a guilty plea to racketeering conspiracy. He said he took the money to convince defensive lineman Albert Means to sign with Alabama in 2000.

Young’s lawyers contend Lang is lying to save himself from a long prison sentence.

Means, who has not been accused of wrongdoing, testified earlier in the day that he let Lang choose his college.

Lang said he began shopping Means around to various colleges when he realized in 1999 how many schools wanted him. He said he was referred to Young, a longtime Alabama booster, by former Crimson Tide assistant coach Ivy Williams.

Lang said he began the bidding for Means at $50,000, and Young “took to it like water.”

Lang said he kept upping the price until it topped out at $150,000, which he received in a series of payments each smaller than $10,000, the threshold at which bank transactions must be reported.

Young told him that since the payments were in cash, “If anything happened, it was his word against mine,” Lang testified.

Beg To Differ Warm Beagle

January 14th, 2011
6:18 pm

Logan Young also boasted about “sending other athletes to Alabama”. They were almost given the death penalty. Biggest Scandal of the decade.
Alabama’s recruitment of Means became part of an NCAA investigation that led to sanctions against the Crimson Tide in 2002 that deprived the team of scholarships and bowl eligibility.

Means wrapped up his eligibility to play college football last season and expects to graduate in May. He said he hopes to have a professional football career.

Lisa Mallory, a former girlfriend of Young’s, told the jury he is a heavy drinker who likes to brag about Alabama football.

She said Young talked about Means, saying, “He’s mine.”

Under defense questioning, she said Young also made similar comments about other high school players who did not sign with Alabama but went to other colleges.

Mallory said Young often carried large amounts of cash, spent heavily at bars and restaurants and gambled with sports bookies and at casinos.

One of the charges against Young accuses him of setting up bank withdrawals to hide a crime. The defense contends he often makes bank withdrawals under $10,000.

“He spends a lot of money doesn’t he?” defense lawyer Robert Hutton asked Mallory.

“A lot,” she replied.

With the jury out of the courtroom, prosecutors sought permission to call a witness who would say Young boasted about sending other athletes to Alabama.

kral

January 14th, 2011
6:19 pm

BODDA getta is that some kind of cheese or something…does it smell..because your 2011 prediction does…maybe your right…maybe your wrong….show up next Nov…a i will honor you or laugh at you