Clemson Asks Recruit Mike Bellamy to Remove Money Pictures from Facebook

Mike Bellamy is one of the top rated running backs from the state of Florida, and the soon-to-be senior has committed to play football at Clemson. When you’re as good at football at a young age like he is, you’re probably going to be a bit cocky. I don’t know Mike Bellamy so I can’t comment on his personality, but we do know that Clemson is upset with him for putting these pictures on his Facebook profile:

Travis Sawchik at The Post and Courier reports “A source at Clemson said the photo, which circulated the Internet Wednesday, was meant to be “a joke.” The coaching staff asked Bellamy to remove the photo from his Facebook page. Bellamy’s high school coach, Binky Waldrop, said he has not seen the photo but planned to speak with Bellamy later today.”

Like I said, without knowing anything more about the picture, I can’t really say anything. Would it be easy to rip the kid and say he should know better? Of course. But he is a young guy and maybe he was just posting a joke for his friends. Maybe we’re the idiots for making a big deal of it. Who knows? As long as he learns from the incident, you can’t get upset with him.

Thanks to Bryan D. Fischer for the link and Sports Grid for directing our attention to the pictures

Michigan Fans Create Vestocchio Video Mocking Jim Tressel, Ohio State

Michigan fan website The M Zone created a hilarious spoof video of Pinnochio called Vestocchio. The fantastic video, shared with us by SI Hot Clicks, is a perfect reminder of why the internet reigns supreme over nearly everything. Just a tremendous job spoofing Jim Tressel and the Ohio State scandal. Watch it:

Coming from a school that recently employed the dirtiest of the dirty, Rich Rodriguez, this seems out of place, but it won’t stop me from laughing. Any job that well done needs to be recognized. Even Ohio State fans should manage a laugh from that.

Maurice Clarett Didn’t Sell Memorabilia Because He Was ‘On a Different Level’

Talking to any former college football player about illegal benefits is always an adventure. Talking to a guy like Maurice Clarett is bound to be even more of an adventure, albeit one that you might not be able to comprehend.  As you all know, Clarett was banned from the Ohio State football program after his Freshman season and — after finding himself in trouble with the law — was never able to establish a successful NFL career.  Still, he surprisingly had nothing negative to say about Jim Tressel.

Clarett did, however, have an interesting stance on selling and exchanging memorabilia while in college.  The former Buckeye running back told The Dan Patrick Show Wednesday that he did not engage in any such activity while in college, but the fun part was his reason why.

“There was no need to,” Clarett explained. “I was on a different level just through playing.”

Maurice did go on to defend players who buy expensive cars in college saying, “it’s not like they’re committing crimes in those cars.”  He also added that players go out in the community and form their own relationships with agents and such, noting that coaches and the university have no control over it.

I’m assuming what Clarett means by the “on a different level” comment is that he expected to move on to a successful NFL career and make millions of dollars anyway, so there was no need to accept gifts or sell memorabilia while in college.  That’s a fair point I suppose, but it didn’t exactly turn out as planned for him.  Not to mention, there are plenty of high profile players who have been accused of receiving improper benefits, so that reasoning is apparently not shared amongst all of Clarett’s peers.

The Truth About the NCAA and College Sports: It Is All One Big Lie

It used to be that visionaries like Joe Isuzu and Cal Worthington were just cornball pitchmen whose sole purpose was to hawk underpowered automobiles to the unwitting American public. Who knew there would be a day when they would be bankrolling the top college programs in the nation, helping to secure the latest star quarterback?

If there were a meter for the level of impropriety in college sports these days, the NCAA would need to consult Nigel Tufnel, because it would go to 11. Ever since SMU started the Cash for Clunkers program back in the 1980s, the arena of amateur athletics has been on some sort of glorified barter system: rush for 1500 yards, and well give you the finest American cars Japan has to offer. Do 2 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms sound fair for a national title?

The latest SWAG to raise a red flag concerns Ohio State. Back in December, an investigation into a disreputable owner of a tattoo parlor — what, were you expecting the guy owning a business like that to wear a top hat and monocle? — revealed that star quarterback Terrelle Pryor and several other players on the Buckeye football team had been receiving improper benefits from said business. (It’s a good thing that Andrei Kirilenko didn’t attend college in the United States.) The NCAA was so horrified by the amount of cash and discounted tattoos that it allowed the guilty players to indulge their sweet tooth by participating in the Sugar Bowl. The investigation did not mention how much the tattoos were marked down or what they were of — how much can an image of George Plimpton on one’s buttock actually cost? — but college’s governing body came down on these purveyors of body art, doling out suspensions, beginning with the start of the 2011 season.

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Colt McCoy’s Wife Rachel Says Jock Sniffing Adults Are the Problem

With so much talk about players breaking NCAA rules, programs being in trouble, and schools losing national championships, everyone’s trying to figure out the problem. Is it the NCAA which is running a billion dollar business in which their laborers aren’t making any money while coaches and school presidents are rich? Is it the athletes who break rules put in place by the NCAA? Is it coaches who protect the players and the program? Those are all fair questions, and the answer is the blame can be shared pretty equally by all parties. But how about one other subsection that is hardly mentioned yet was brought up by Colt McCoy’s wife. Rachel McCoy, who dated Colt during his time at Texas (here are the pics to prove it), says it’s the adult men who offer the players gifts and other luxuries that are the problem.

Rachel called into a radio show to explain her stance. She says that grown men want to give players gifts so they can brag to their friends that they’re close to athletes.

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Terrelle Pryor Reportedly Received Thousands for Autographed Merchandise

Terrelle Pryor announced through his attorney Tuesday that he is leaving Ohio State to enter the NFL’s supplemental draft. It’s a decision most people could have seen coming when Pryor was spotted driving in a relatively flashy car, with a reported suspended license, while his school was under investigation. If that’s not the epitome of “I don’t give a f***” then I don’t know what is.

Though Pryor is leaving school to pursue professional football, it’s not as if he’s leaving his problems behind; he’s now facing accusations that he was paid thousands of dollars to autograph memorabilia.

A former friend of Pryor tells Outside the Lines that the quarterback made thousands of dollars signing memorabilia for an Ohio man. “The signings for cash, which would be a violation of NCAA rules, occurred a minimum of 35 to 40 times, netting Pryor anywhere from $20,000 to $40,000 that year,” the former friend told ESPN.

Sports by Brooks adds to the report, saying Pryor deposited multiple checks from Dennis Talbott, the Ohio man/memorabilia dealer in question. Brooks points us to Talbott’s eBay seller’s account which is called “infickellwetrust,” which is a reference to Ohio State’s new football coach. Talbott operates a store on eBay called “ntresselwetrust” and it has hundreds of autographed items available — most of which are from athletes in Ohio.

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Brandon Hancock: Reggie Bush Wasn’t Only Player Taking Extra Benefits

The BCS stripped USC of its 2004 national title Monday, a move that came as no surprise. This is after Reggie Bush gave back his Heisman Trophy, so it’s not as if this practice is something new at Heritage Hall. I support amateurism and the ideals of the NCAA, though I recognize how laughable, embarrassing, and inconsistent their practices may be. Besides, what’s most important is that for all the trophies that get taken away, nobody will ever rid us of the memories and footage of USC dominating college football that year. Additionally, former USC fullback Brandon Hancock made another point that is worth mentioning.

Asked during an interview on 710 ESPN Radio in Los Angeles if the USC players are mad at Reggie Bush for putting the program in this situation, Hancock said no. Though he admitted he’s biased because he’s close friends with Reggie, he challenged the honesty of several other players. “If you can prove that there wasn’t one other player on the [Oklahoma] team that’s never got an extra benefit, then I could understand what you’re talking about. On the grand scale, Reggie wasn’t the only guy who violated the bylaws with the extra benefits.”

“It’s 100% fact that if you want to do your due diligence, you would find something … infractions were certainly committed, no doubt in my mind about that,” Hancock said. “If you want to cast a stone, it goes both ways here. … The better team won that day. Whether rules are broken are not, football is played between the lines.”

Hancock is right that the extra benefits really don’t have much to do with the game, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be stripped of their BCS title. USC’s star player was caught taking benefits on a grand scale, making him ineligible. There’s nothing wrong with stripping them to send the message that breaking rules is not acceptable. But it is fair to ask the NCAA to be consistent with their punishments, it is fair to say that USC was the best team that year, and it probably is fair to figure that most programs are violating some sort of NCAA rules. We even had one of the best coaches of all time admit just as much. You don’t have to approve of Reggie Bush violating rules, but it should be acknowledged he wasn’t the only one (on either side).