Alabama is riding the Pony Express
In the early to mid 1980s, there was a trend in college football. Much like how in high school, kids were paying the athletic department to play sports for the school, there was a money exchange between collegiate athletes and their coaches. Except this time, it was the players receiving the cash, and rather than a hundred dollars, they were being paid closer to a hundred thousand, and the whole exchange was anything but legal. For a time, the most infamous school to get away with this sort of tom foolery was SMU, Southern Methodist University. SMU is a smaller school located in the heart of Dallas, Texas.
SMU was a virtual no name school until the likes of Ron Meyer and Eric Dickerson came into play. Most college students and recent alumnus are too young to remind the rise and quick demise of this program, but it was a grand 10-year stint until it all came crashing down in 1987 with the “Death Penalty.” Because of their obvious and various recruiting infractions, the SMU football program was shut down for 2 years, thus resulting in the virtual “death” of the program as a whole.
One of the more popular illegal ways to recruit young kids to pay football for SMU was the gifting of luxury cars. This trend seems to have resurrected. Alabama 5-star recruits and payers are known to post pictures with outlandishly overpriced and decked out vehicles. These vehicles cost more than twice the amount of the homes that these teenagers parents own. Coincidently enough, Nick Saban, the head coach at the University of Alabama, happens to own a car dealership. With their recent loss to Clemson, the chips are down for the crimson tide. They better watch their steps, or more accurately, their financial books, before the NCAA finally sees what’s directly in front of their noses and “Roll Tide” becomes just as irrelevant as the “pony express.”