Over the weekend, Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald included an interesting blurb from an unnamed ex-Miami assistant coach as part of a catch-all blog post. Miami, of course, is under NCAA fire thanks to the accusations of former booster — and current prison inmate — Nevin Shapiro.
“One former UM coach accused of wrongdoings complained privately that what the ex-UM coaches allegedly did paled in comparison to unreported violations committed in the SEC.”
That’s it. End of blurb.
While it’s short, you can be sure Mike Slive isn’t happy to read it. Slive worked hard to improve the image of the Southeastern Conference upon his arrival and for a while his efforts seemed to be working. But then came a textbook scandal at Alabama, John Calipari brought his reputation to Kentucky (whether his reputation is deserved or not), Lane Kiffin and Bruce Pearl drew NCAA attention at Tennessee, and Auburn, well, pick a scandal.
So the SEC’s reputation is once again that of a shady league. Winning seven consecutive BCS crowns has also led jealous folks from other region to conclude that school’s Down South must be cheating.
But in this case, who is the coach who made the above claim to Jackson. If the person is current Missouri hoops coach Frank Haith that would be a story. But I think we can all agree is probably not Haith.
Did the coach making the claim have any evidence of wrongdoing in the SEC? Had he himself coached in the league and seen illegal activities firsthand?
Until we know who was talking to Jackson — and it’s likely we never will — it’s impossible to take such a claim seriously. From here it sounds like the same ol’ types of cries we often hear from schools’ supporters whenever the NCAA comes snooping around their favorite campus: “But other schools do a lot worse than what we’ve done!”
Yeah, yeah. Tell it to the judge.