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Oregon cheated without breaking a rule

Posted on: March 4, 2011 8:58 am

The recent recruiting controversy at Oregon tells me two things: The Ducks didn't break a rule. But they did cheat.

Don't look at me like that, Oregon fans. I'm not saying your football program should be punished for putting almost $25,000 into the hands of a man with influence on recruits who chose -- gasp! -- Oregon. The school found a legal way to pay off a guy connected to All-American running back LaMichael James and his eventual replacement, Lache Seastrunk.

See, there's a difference between breaking a rule -- or not breaking a rule, in Oregon's case -- and cheating. One is black-and-white. The NCAA has a massive rulebook, and if the rulebook allows for schools to subscribe to a recruiting service, then a school that subscribes to a recruiting service has broken no rules. That's Oregon.

But cheating isn't as easily defined. It resides in the gray area where the best coaches make their hay. They find a way to exploit an unwritten rule, or even a written rule in the NCAA's massive rulebook, and they use what they've discovered to gain an unethical advantage on other schools.

For instance, by giving $25,000 to a man connected to All-American running back LaMichael James and his eventual replacement, Lache Seastrunk.

That's dirty as hell, yet it's clean. I'm not calling for Oregon's head on a platter. I'm calling for the NCAA to add a single sentence to its rulebook, somewhere. Something about "the spirit of the rules" that would apply to situations like this one, situations I've written about for years. The NCAA would have the freedom to punish creative schools that find a legal way to cheat. It would be controversial, but it would be controversial in an effort to clean up a dirty business.

Schools have been subscribing for years to bogus recruiting services -- run by a guy who coaches an AAU basketball program, for example -- just to get their hands on that guy's best player. It's legal, but it's cheating. And it's done by scores of schools, even schools (and coaches) we all consider to be clean.

Package deals? Hiring a recruit's high school coach or brother or father, giving that guy a $100,000 job just to get his son's signature on a scholarship? Dirty as hell. It's cheating. But it's legal, because the NCAA doesn't have a specific rule against it, and even coaches I know and like have done it.

There's also the speaking engagements a college coach will pay -- to an AAU coach or to some other recruiting power broker -- or the bogus "elite" summer camps that are offered to exactly two or three campers. Who happen to be the top two or three recruiting targets of a school.

Those things happen every year, all over the place. So do things like this Oregon story, where the football program found a legal way to get money into the hands of a recruit's mentor. It's legal but unethical. Right, but wrong.

Everyone knows it. Everyone except the school in question, the school and its fans, who would be screaming bloody murder if this happened at, say, Oregon State.

Cheated. That's what you did, Oregon. But you found a way to do it legally. It doesn't make you smarter than anyone else. Just dirtier -- until another school does something legally worse.

Category: NCAAF
Tags: Oregon

Since: Mar 23, 2008
Posted on: March 10, 2011 4:33 pm

Oregon cheated without breaking a rule

Great job by Oregon finding an edge. 

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: March 5, 2011 3:46 am

Oregon cheated without breaking a rule

Funny how most of the people spewing hate at this article are....*gasp*... Oregon fans!

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: March 5, 2011 3:17 am

Oregon cheated without breaking a rule

And the great Doyel strikes again.  I by no means am an Oregon fan.  I love the uniforms yes, but Oregon fan I am not.  What Doyel is doing here is simple.  He is cheating.  CBS Sports is paying him a sum of money to write articles.  He is writing these articles to get fans riled up, and to come to the site and argue with him.  Therefor, they are paying him to recruit people to the site.  In the online rule book there is a sentence, just one sentence, that has been randomly placed in there.  It states, and I quote "In the spirit of Journalism, Doyel must write at least 4 bogus articles a week to draw fans to CBS Sports.  This will not be cheating, it should be, but it isn't." 

The point of that is the following:

JESUS CHRISTO DOYEL!!!  I haven't seen you write an article that hasn't been plagarised, bogus, or just a pile of garbage.  Facts in a Doyel article, none.  An example of a simple thought process, none.  A point, I don't think so.  All he has done for the past month is ramble about UT and Bruce Pearl, and now he has moved to Oregon.  I am sorry ducks fans that he has moved to you.  I personally will miss his ranting on how Bruce should be fired, and burned alive for his sins. 

Since: Jul 17, 2010
Posted on: March 4, 2011 10:57 pm

Oregon cheated without breaking a rule

doyels an idiot doyels an idiot doyels an idiot doyels an idiot doyels an idiot

Since: Jul 17, 2010
Posted on: March 4, 2011 10:50 pm

Oregon cheated without breaking a rule

again doyel you are an idiot plain and simple

Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: March 4, 2011 9:14 pm

Oregon cheated without breaking a rule

The title - Oregon cheated without breaking a rule - says it all and sums up about 90% of the top 50 programs in the country.  Besides, everyone knows that if they haven't stated its a rule but you know its unethical or simply not the "right thing" to do... doing it is completely fine and even promoted (especially if it can help us WIN!!!).  My G#d, we are creating an entire country of Bernie Madoffs.  Time to go drink.

Since: Feb 18, 2007
Posted on: March 4, 2011 8:42 pm

Oregon cheated without breaking a rule

Wow! This article proves two things. 1)Oregon is a legit program doing things right. 2) Who ever the punk is that wrote this article needs to get his keyboard license revoked!
What a chode! Disappear loser! hahaha!

Since: Feb 27, 2008
Posted on: March 4, 2011 7:52 pm

Oregon cheated without breaking a rule

HuskeyFever, you make me laugh.  Duck fans don't know how to read?  The duck fans are the only ones who take the time to read the ACTUAL FACTS.  25,000 dollars for film/service from 22 states.  That is actually below the average, and totally cheap.  The only ones not jumping to conclusions, reading about it, thinking about it, and saying the ducks are dirty are the duck fans themselves.  This is a non story and an unfortunate distraction for the ducks because they have done nothing wrong, and it's so obvious.  The media has made this into "BREAKING NEWS HEADLINE OMGOMGOMG OREGON IS IN TROUBLE" when in fact they aren't, won't be investigated, haven't even been contacted, was completely within the rules, the real story is the invoices made by other teams like say Auburn, LSU, Bama, OkST, etc...  They got more from this service than Oregon has.  Pretty much, MIDDLE FINGER to everyone involved in breaking this "story".  Go ducks.

Since: Dec 28, 2010
Posted on: March 4, 2011 7:28 pm

Oregon cheated without breaking a rule

Seems Doyel has jumped the gun on this one. All but accusing Oregon without a shred of evidence. That's not the objective way he reported on Auburn. Hey Doyel at least try to act like a reporter and show some objectivity. I beleive that is a major part of your job. Speaking of removing all doubt I think you've just done it. You, Dodd and Barnhart have no place as reporters. Maybe as press secretaries for the SEC.

Since: Mar 4, 2011
Posted on: March 4, 2011 6:39 pm

Doyel is an unprofessional jerk

Read the truth here

and here

You won't get the truth from Doyel.

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