Pretty misleading thread title there. Just as bad as those of the "How many times have you..." variety. And, seeing as how this story is not on the front page of even the college football subsection of ESPN.com, I'm gonna guess it's garbage and there's nothing to it. Not even on the level of LeBron's Hummer.
Well considering the university said they are aware of it and looking into it, and this is the local tv station covering it rather than some random blog rumor, it's definitely an issue right now for them. I'm betting ESPN and the like are waiting to see if anything comes of it before jumping on the story. Might be nothing. Might be a really, really stupid move.
I don't have a problem with it either way. Plenty of soon to be pro athletes get new cars with defered payment arrangements.
And if he did decide to accept a loan from an agent (the most likely scenario for how he'd have money already), other than the fact that I can't remember anyone doing it before, I don't care about it either. For athletes who have no intention of graduating, college football is nothing more than a way for a university to make money off of their athletic talents. If his relationship with the university has soured and he's tired of being taken advantage of, then good for him for sticking it to them. Of course, a University of Arkansas fan would obviously have a different perspective.
See I agree with you in some ways, but overall it's against the rules. Doesn't really matter to me if you like the rules or agree with them, you don't break them.
Even if you aren't happy with your school for some reason, and I haven't heard anything like that in this case, they did give you a free ride for however many years you wanted it and they don't deserve to be under NCAA investigation, which is what will happen if he didn't do this on the level.
Speaking of free gifts, I never realized the stuff these kids get for playing in a bowl game. Just read about it this week. Apparently the NCAA allows bowls to spend $500 per player and schools to spend like $350 as well. Several bowls are giving every kid a Wii plus games and other stuff like video cameras. Heard one was giving like $400 Best Buy gift cards. I honestly think it's pretty cool. At least gives them some small reward for the commitment and success.
Like I said, nothing to this story. Sounds like a local station jumped on a ridiculous rumor without anything to substantiate it. And even that station has backed off of it now. Barely a blip on the radar.
ESPN.com (sports.espn.go.com) is reporting that the Saints have acquired TE Jeremy Shockey from the NY Giants in exchange for 2009 2nd & 5th round draft picks. Good pick up New Orleans (that is, if Shockey stays healthy).