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From an article in the Boston Globe titled DARK CLOUDS COVER AUBURN:

The buzz across the South, where college football is a religion, is that the [Cam] Newton story, because of its implications, is the biggest story ever in the SEC.

It may evolve into that, since the FBI is interested in the concept of football players being “shopped around’’ to schools.

That raises another question. Right now, Mississippi State is the only school that has been mentioned as a potential bidder — and, again, Mississippi State has not been accused of making an offer or accepting one, only of hearing about one.

But can we really believe in the high-stakes world of the SEC — which has had six of its 12 schools make off-the-field headlines this season, be it for recruiting violations, agent problems, or assorted crimes and misdemeanors — that Mississippi State was the only school in the conference contacted about Newton?

The Mississippi State article is titled: THE CLOUDS GATHER OVER A ONCE-BRIGHT SEASON.

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2 Responses to “Really clouding up.”

  1. cloudminder Says:

    i will leave these particular clouds to you ’cause I got a migraine just off a readin’ this :
    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive has suspended Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl for the Volunteers’ first eight conference games as punishment for violating NCAA rules and misleading investigators.

    Slive sent a letter Thursday that informed Pearl he is prohibited from participating in practices, meetings and any activities related to games between Jan. 8 and Feb. 5.

    Pearl acknowledged in September that he mislead investigators about photos taken of him and recruit Aaron Craft, when Pearl improperly hosted the prospect at his home in 2008. Tennessee also revealed Pearl and his staff made excessive calls to recruits.

    Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton in September docked Pearl’s pay by $1.5 million over five years and banned him from participating in off-campus recruiting for a year.
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/11/19/bruce-pearl-suspended_n_786032.html

  2. Margaret Soltan Says:

    cloudminder: Yes – I’ve covered Pearl on this blog before — Just hadn’t gotten around to this latest thing yet. Too many sports scandals ahead of him in the queue.

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