Texas A&M puts up with all this Johnny Football nonsense because SEC
football is extremely big business.
With Johnny Manziel at quarterback, the Aggies are national title contenders. Without him, they might win seven games. That is a zillion dollar difference.
So the school decided to lawyer up as the NCAA came poking around Manziel's business, which may have included signing autographs for money.
LSU faces the same dilemma with star running back Jeremy Hill. Actually, it is NOT a dilemma at all -- Hill will keep playing, despite myriad off-field issues that make him a very poor representative for an institution of higher learning.
Hill is a difference-maker. So rather than suspend him, LSU coach Les Miles allowed the team to vote on his fate.
Naturally the Tigers wanted Hill playing this season, which kicks off with a challenging game against TCU.
"I'm sure if it was some opponent they'd beat by 100 points, they wouldn't have a vote," TCU coach Gary Patterson said, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "It's not my worry. I've got to play whoever they put on the field."
TCU defensive end Devonte Fields won't play in that game. He violated team rules, so Patterson suspended him for the first two games.
"My whole team would vote Devonte to be back on the team because they all want to win," Patterson said. "That doesn't teach life lessons."
No it doesn't, but then again TCU isn't in the SEC. The competitive pressures in the SEC are far greater than the Big 12, the Big Ten or anywhere else.
Tipsheet doesn't excuse Texas A&M or LSU for putting business first. In this corner of cyberspace, we recognize the reality for what it is.
Was Auburn going to suspend Cam Newton amid reports that his father demanded big money for him during recruiting? Don't even think of such a thing.
Was South Carolina going to dump quarterback Stephen Garcia after his fifth suspension from the program? Not until his play slipped and he fell to No. 2 on the depth chart.
There are tickets to sell, games to win, donors to appease. As for the whole teaching life lessons thing, SEC coaches can delegate that to the professors.
MYSTERIES OF THE UNIVERSE
Questions to ponder while waiting to see if Carlos Martinez can give the Cardinals a badly needed lift:
Does making fun of Alex Rodriguez ever get old? [http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xuq0wn_vkmtv-the-alex-rodriguez-anti-highlight -reel_sport]
Will Mark Sanchez ever live down the butt fumble? [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAp57G1hLn0]
What would some player postcards from NFL training camp look like? [http://www.sportspickle.com/2013/08/player-postcards-from-nfl-training-camps-2]
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Chuck Culpepper, Sports on Earth: "Damnation, what a moment. It's a major. It's a course players extol in such detail that you know they aren't talking horsepucky. The rankings go Tiger-Phil-Rory. The rankings further than that go Tiger-Phil-Rory-Rose-Scott. The No. 2 player comes off a British Open in which his last back nine floated above golf and sport and came to resemble art. The No. 1 player just won by seven on a storied course. Three of the top five players form the traditional major-winning grouping for this PGA Championship.
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