I didn’t know what board to put this topic under, but since LSU basketball is the latest news, I posted it here.
Seeing all of this new information and scandal at LSU, I can’t help but think how this has effected the Hogs, even if it’s slightly. But it’s not slightly.
People may not like this, or want to believe it. But, for the sake of this topic as it is the biggest revenue for the schools, both football and basketball prospects get paid. Almost all of them. Even at the UA, they are getting paid. I know, I know, I can hear it - “where is the proof?” But the truth is, almost every school, ESPECIALLY THE SEC, pay recruits and players. Both before and after they make it to campus. And families. They get them jobs, pay rent, and car payments. I’m sorry if that is something that folks don’t want to hear or believe. But it is a fact. It’s been going on for a long time.
College sports is a multi-billion dollar business. That’s with a B, folks. And if you don’t keep up, or want to reach DEEP in your pockets, you most likely will not get these prized recruits. I don’t care how good of program you have. They can go anywhere. Every school and game is on TV. And if you have a struggling or underachieving program, you have to really pay. You may well be a good coach. But as we have said here, without the talent, you will not win.
I actually don’t have a problem with it. Because, it will happen no matter what. I know people call it cheating, but I call it competing. Sure it’s a cliche. And quite honestly, and please excuse me for saying it, this is part of why we have not been able to keep up with the growth and explosion of the SEC. Especially football and basketball. How else are we supposed to win? You cannot keep up with the rest of college football/basketball without being the highest bidder. For at least a decade, our coaches have been handcuffed by this.
And please, don’t say “you cant prove that”. Ok, well all I know is that we haven’t signed a top 15 class since uh…EVER. It is not a coincidence. We haven’t done enough to equip our coaches. With all the connections our school has, are you kidding me? How do you think Clemson blew up on the scene? They were going nowhere. Notre Dame? Great school, but you mean to tell me a non catholic kid from Florida is wanting to be in South Bend??? Auburn? What a s**thole. Fayetteville is a top 10 city in America. We have top 10 facilities. But yet, we are 10th in the SEC in recruiting. We won’t win anything. Not unless we get better players. Even better than the ones we just got.
I’d love a chance for the Hogs at the football playoffs. But unless these boosters come up with a better plan, and better ways to get these elite players on our team, get used to seeing Nashville and Shreveport for your bowl game. That’s if we can make one.