It’s time for football to cease at Auburn

November 17, 2010 | Drew Forrester

shouldn’t be punished just for their association with Auburn, it’s also true that sometimes when you hang out with creeps, you pay an unfair price.

I’m sure the NCAA is fearful of litigation.  The whole country is built on lawsuits these days, of course, and Auburn would foam at the mouth over this one.  And so would about 15 lawyers in the south.

But this kind of activity, the paying of these kids, has to stop.  It has to stop until such a time that the NCAA says, “What the hell…who cares?…pay ’em all.”

If that ever happens, it’s a free-for-all and “let it rain” I say.

But for now, paying kids is against the rules.

And therefore, Auburn has to be dealt with — severely.

Is shutting down the program “too severe”?


But nothing else has worked over the last 20 years.  Sanctions, no bowl games, loss of TV revenue, reduced scholarship numbers — the tried and true punishment formula hasn’t done the trick.  Schools are still cheating.  They haven’t been “scared straight” by any of the so-called punishments.

Look at Bruce Pearl and his Tennessee basketball program.

That dude is a complete scammer.

But he keeps his job.

Amazingly, Bruce Pearl got caught cheating and kept his job.

I’m “big boy” enough to know that there’s CHEATING (in all caps…like giving a kid $200,000 or inviting him to your house where there are boosters in attendance) and then there’s cheating (in lower case).  It’s one thing to look the other way when a kid needs a “C” on his Chemistry exam to play in next week’s game.  If he’s going to class, trying his best, using the tutors, and he just can’t get it, I see where coaches feel it’s acceptable to walk in to the teacher’s classroom, shut the door and say, “Look…he just needs a “C”…I’m not asking you to give him an “A” when he never shows up…he tries hard…he comes to class…he just needs a “C” and everything will be fine.”

Yes, that’s cheating.  But it’s the kind of cheating that any school or coach or professor can do in the country because everyone has classes, tests and grades.  And there’s probably not a prominent Division I football or basketball coach alive who hasn’t asked a teacher to bump a test score up a few points for the sake of the athlete, the team and the school.

But not everyone has $200,000 laying around to hand over to an unappreciative kid and his money-grubbing father.

In 2012, the hotshot high school quarterback is going to ask Florida or South Carolina or Virginia Tech for $300,000 because “that Newton kid got $200,000 and my stats coming out of high school were much better than his.”

The NCAA has to put an end to this stuff.

They chickened out with Southern Cal.  They should shut down the University of North Carolina program, but they won’t.

And their next black eye – the Auburn Tigers – should be the recipient of a 2-season suspension.

No football at Auburn in 2011 or 2012.

Let’s see if that teaches ’em a lesson.