If you recall the NCAA sanctions against Ole Miss; those were the result of this.
Ole Miss players were allowed to transfer without loss of eligible years of playing time [which many did].
The loss of 13 scholarships, as well as a second ban from post season play.
What the NCAA did about the other SEC schools ... Nothing.
His mother was recorded by the Ole Miss bagman, without her knowing. She went on to tell him how much other schools offered.
LSU offered $60,000 for his signing. They were never investigated.
Mississippi State offered $80, 000. They were not investigated, even though they were the team that signed him.
And we're talking about just one player here. A guy who was an nfl 2cnd round draft talent --- So, how much do you suspect Alabama pays out annually on signing day..?
Look at the numbers Billybud had shown about where `Bama ranked each year Saban has been at the school. It's hard to convince these kids that playing for your team is worth it, before the success. You can pretend it's because of the current success the Tide has been enjoying. But what about before they got to where they are..?
Ole Miss, with Freeze, was touted as having the #1 recruiting class. But all of the focus by the NCAA Investigation was on a guy who turned them down to play at Missi State.
Let's not pretend this isn't happening everywhere, though. It's just, some schools have deeper reservoirs of boosters who don't think objectionably about it, than other schools. Even among the elites.
These boosters think; Everyone else is doing it, so let's offer more.
To them, it is not a matter of integrity. Since it is happening at all of the major colleges, it's a normality.
The problem is, the NCAA is made up of people who shuffle around from College AD's to NCAA Committee Representatives. Many of which have served as AD at multiple institutions prior to landing in the NCAA offices.
They already know it's going on. Because they were all a part of it at one time or another. To lay any sanctions on a school for this practice is pure hypocrisy.
Usually, they only bring down the hammer when an outside source reveals misdoings. Because that puts a spotlight on the common practice. So, the NCAA hits the school with violation penalties, as a facade to keep up appearances that they are doing their job.
The only way it stops, is if someone says, enough is enough, and challenges the NCAA altogether, exposing them for the fraud they are, and taking down the whole of the system.
In Donovan's method, where you pay the players some stipend, nothing gets resolved. Because these schools will still have the boosters giving cash to players on the side, on top of what their monthly gratuity gives them.
"It is only impossible until it has been accomplished." ... then it becomes standardized ... and then it becomes regulation ...
Success is measured by results; whereas Character is measured through the means by which one achieves those results . . .
It seems the Rapture did come for one worthy soul:
In Memory of Grandpa Howdy