Couldn't care less that it came from the State ad. Cecil pimped out his son as if his son was a whore.
Mississippi State athletic director Scott Stricklin spoke his mind to ESPN sideline reporter Todd Harris during Saturday’s absolute beatdown of Michigan in the Gator Bowl.
According to Harris, he asked Stricklin about the Cam Newton fiasco and the way the MSU athletic department handled the matter. Here’s Harris’ verbatim:
“He told me he feels like Mississippi State is on very solid ground. But one very telling comment that he told me — and I don’t know if this would be a homily or what — but he said, ‘You know, when you wrestle with pigs you’re gonna get dirty, but we feel pretty comfortable with where we are at Mississippi State.’”
Obviously, we’re having to take Harris’ word for what Stricklin told him, but it’s hard to imagine an ESPN reporter flat making something like that up.
So two questions remain:
1. Why would Stricklin say something so inflammatory to a reporter? We in the media get tired of politically correct answers, but there’s a reason folks give them. It’s surprising that an SEC athletic director would so let his guard down.
2. If Cam and Cecil Newton were pigs, why were MSU coaches wrestling with them in the first place? And if Newton had signed with State — albeit without taking any cash — would MSU have still reported his father’s request for money? (No.) And would Stricklin have compared the Newtons to pigs to an ESPN reporter. (No.)