SBN Invites You To Meet A Bag Man
You may have already seen this in your Monday internet browsing and Twitter hopping, but if not, take the time to read about the College Football Bag Man, posted by SB Nation's Steven Godfrey. All it will do is reinforce the seedy business that is big time college athletics, particularly in the SEC. A quick excerpt is below:
"There are jokes about kids getting cars, but that's actually pretty easy. We all have dealerships all over. You practically have to nowadays, anyway, just for the coaches. Think about it. Most schools, all the football, basketball, and baseball coaches and their wives are getting some kind of vehicle for free as part of their contract. Then they're turning them in every three years or so. That's a fleet right there. You need a lot of guys with dealerships, and you need them in different towns. Then getting a clean title on a member of the family is pretty easy."
Whatever the minimum of necessary paperwork to absolve a player of improper benefits received is, it's not a problem. A title for a moderately priced SUV can be created in a relative's name, as can a receipt of sale for a reasonable price.
"Hey, how'd he get that ride? His uncle bought it. How did his uncle buy it? Paid cash. Paid cash, how'd he do that? Shit, we don't know, but here's the receipt where he paid cash, and now y'all ain't got shit. Go tell the NCAA you think we're cheating because this kid's uncle bought him a used Tahoe in cash, you racist."
Resources, assistance, paperwork, and even a subpar explanation mean most needs can be taken care of.
Read, enjoy, and then come back and let's talk some more about how college athletes should be paid so they don't "go hungry."