In the very unlikely chance you missed this, Yahoo! Sports is reporting that five SEC players, including D.J. Fluker received illegal benefits. The biggest headscratcher? Tyler Bray also allegedly got a payout. Talk about a lack of return on investment.
Now, one thought is that if Alabama has to forfeit games from 2011 and 2012, that means that Georgia could theoretically claim itself as SEC or National Champions from 2012. The key word is could, because after the fact championships are totally a USCe, Alabama or Florida thing.
The biggest story here, though is not that players may have gotten benefits. There’s no doubt that to be a good program today in college football, you have to work in the gray area, and the more you are in the gray, odds are you will cross that line.
But this is not the first time we have heard allegations about top programs. The NCAA could not pin anything on Auburn during ScamGate and Florida more or less gave preferential legal representation to players, among other things.
This kind of stuff goes on. There is no denying that. It does say, however, that this stuff is very rampant, and that the NCAA is powerless to stop it from going on. That is, of course, unless it wants to make an example out of someone, a la SMU.