Warning: This is a knee-jerk reaction, and I imagine that some people might interpret what follows as libel. So sue me. I know some attorneys, too.
I know I've made strong statements in the past in support of our head coach and the honest, straightforward manner in which he conducts his program vis-a-vis the NCAA rules. But you know what? I think I'm coming around to this Alabama/Auburn/Oregon/USC/UNC/tOSU way of thinking.
Up until this point, under Mark Richt's tenure, we've been reporting every infraction, playing strictly by the rules on marginal academic performers, and not sweeping any ticky-tack misdemeanor infractions under the rug. As a result, ever since 2006, our teams have been depleted from a depth standpoint, causing us to suffer poor seasons and subsequently suffer poor recruiting classes, which then has caused our overall talent level to drop, too. It's a vicious cycle.
Other schools who have discovered how to "game the system," however, have been cheating their fool heads off for the better part of the last decade, winning national championship after national championship (or, at least, appearing in the BCS National Championship Game) while conveniently "turning their heads" as their best players get arrested, get paid, and generally do whatever the hell they want during their tenure. As a result, their fans are rewarded with wins and national championships. Sure, the records get officially wiped from the record books later, but that doesn't change the fans' experience of being there, the players' experience of winning the games on the field, and the players don't have to give back the championship rings they were given after that season.
I mean, look at this list of national champions and/or runners up:
- 2002 - Ohio State (with Maurice Clarett)
- 2003 - USC (Reggie Bush) split with LSU
- 2004 - USC (Bu$h again)
- 2005 - Texas (defeated Bush-SC)
- 2006 - Florida (defeated Tre$$el's Ohio State team)
- 2007 - LSU (also defeated tattoOSU)
- 2008 - Florida - (Time to die, b*tch... after I smoke this weed and get away with it, that is.)
- 2009 - Alabama - Oversigners-R-Us
- 2010 - Auburn (Cam Newton, Nick Fairley, and the rest of the all-in brigade)
Pardon me for saying so, but I'm getting pretty sick and damn tired of taking the high road only to be punished for doing so. The cheaters have prospered for virtually the entire last decade in college football. The programs you see listed above have been the jock out partying and getting down with the head cheerleader, and we have been the choirboy getting rapped on the knuckles by a nun for chewing gum in class. Well, maybe it's time for us to tell the nun to go stuff it and ask the head cheerleader to the Prom.
Maybe we should immediately start doing the following:
- Oversign the hell out of our 2012 recruiting class. You know we'll make it up with academic failures or people that are too weak to make it through our offseason S&C program. Oh, the SEC made a rule against it? To hell with 'em, what are they going to do? We can probably just sneak those extra guys in under the umbrella of medical redshirting and/or 2013 credits, anyway.
- Conveniently look the other way as our boosters line the pockets of the best gameday performers. You can say all you will about "legality," but a man sure does feel a lot more motivated to perform his best if he knows he's got $500 cash waiting in an envelope for him after the game for every TD scored on offense or every turnover registered on defense.
allowencourage tutors to complete coursework for athletes. Your team's best player can't even write his own name, yet meets the NCAA APR requirements? Well, is he a Heisman Trophy candidate? Yes? Then who the hell cares??
- Hire an assistant coach that has a long record of bringing in the best recruits while egregiously breaking NCAA rules. Claim ignorance and say "we never could have known he'd do that" when he does exactly the same thing at our school.
- Declare, with immediate effect, that no player will be suspended for a positive drug test until the 5th offense. I mean, it's college. These kids make poor decisions and deserve a
2nd 3rd 4th5th chance, don't they?
Our team motto has been "Finish the Drill!" Maybe it's time to change it to, "If you can't beat 'em, cheat 'em!"
I don't know if it'll work, but if everybody else is successfully cheating and winning, then why shouldn't we?
The list above is just a start... anybody else have some good ideas that we could use to give the Dawgs an extralegal competitive advantage that we can exploit to win a national championship? Sure, it might be vacated by some toothless enforcement body later, but who cares as long as we get to sit in a stadium while our team is declared the national champions!!