August 29th, 2011 01:27 PM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Alabama, Auburn
Tags: Cam Newton, Cecil Newton, Danny Sheridan, NCAA
In the past few weeks, Danny Sheridan has become a punchline for sports columnists and many college football fans. The USA Today oddsmaker tried to defend himself yesterday with a statement released via Twitter. Sheridan was reacting to the fact that he was blasted by the NCAA on Friday.
“The NCAA statement about me is total propaganda and an absolute misrepresentation of the facts,” the statement reads. “For the record, I do have sources at the NCAA and that’s why the organization has chosen to shoot the messenger.
“I spoke with two NCAA investigators last Wednesday for almost an hour. I was consistent with them as I have been with the media and the public in refusing to divulge my sources.
“I also politely declined to share the name of the individual I have been told gave money to Cecil Newton. For the NCAA to claim I did anything else is specious, deceitful, disingenuous and completely false. I will be happy to take a polygraph test on these specific issues and challenge them to do so as well.”
First, the NCAA was pretty damning and pretty detailed in its statement regarding Sheridan. It also put the statement front and center on its website. There didn’t seem to be much worry on the NCAA’s part that it was defaming Sheridan’s character. That is why we — and most thinking adults outside the state of Alabama — tend to believe what the NCAA said about its dealings with Sheridan last week.
Second, what’s up with all polygraph offers from Sheridan. He’s offered during the Paul Finebaum radio show to take one. Now he’s offering to take one in a statement released on Twitter. Doesn’t he realize that we all know lie detector tests can be beaten:
Naturally, there are still a few Tide fans out there who want to believe Sheridan simply because they despise Auburn. Their conspiracy theory goes like this: “If Sheridan didn’t have real dirt, why did the NCAA attack him so roughly? They haven’t done that with anyone else!”
As if the NCAA’s slapdown of the oddsmaker’s claims somehow proves those very statements in a roundabout way.
That fact is — of course — that no one else has made claims nearly as outlandish as Sheridan’s. Even Scott Moore spoke of having heard someone else’s tapes. He didn’t claim to know the name of a bagman and he certainly didn’t suggest that an NCAA mole gave him audio tapes or information regarding Cam Newton.
Also, it’s a mighty long way from Sheridan’s “I have a name” claims to the photo-based scandals that pop up on websites like SportsByBrooks.com and OutkickTheCoverage.com. Those sites are basically showing pictures and suggesting something’s fishy. They’re not claiming that the photos were given to them by NCAA officials.
In the end, Sheridan may well turn out to have been telling the truth all along. But unless he’s willing to put up, it’s definitely time for him to shut up.
And offering to take a lie detector test isn’t “putting up.” Especially when laws in the state of Alabama protect him against any suits that might be filed against him by someone he chose to name as Auburn’s bagman. There’s absolutely no reason for him to not give up the name. The fact that he’s decided to remain silent anyway… speaks volumes.
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