Real Sports with Bryant Gumble didn’t do Auburn any favors during last night’s episode on HBO.
The show interviewed a couple of players during the Tommy Tuberville era that claim they were paid by boosters during their time as players.
Gene Chizik’s response?
"I think it is pathetic and pure garbage.”
"It's sad to me, it's very sad to me, that HBO is going to go ahead and air something that, really admittedly, they've got no proof on anything. What's disturbing to me is that they interviewed other former Auburn football players who had exactly the opposite to say but somehow or another that failed to make the air.”
The show included much discussion among four guests including Billy Packer, Jason Whitlock, some guy with the last name of Orleans, and Rich Rod. The group discussed at length the problems with money related to NCAA sports.
Outside of the first half of the 2006 Sugar Bowl against Georgia, Rich Rod has never looked so brilliant.
At one point, Rodriguez criticized the NCAA by explaining, “I also think it may be a little misguided. I think sometimes, instead of going after the bank robbers, we’re going after the parking violators.”
His point was that the NCAA is spends too much time on checking to see if a program has practice 20 minutes too long instead of making sure players are accepting thousands during the recruiting process.
ESPN: please air a roundtable discussion with Saban, Urban, Rich Rod, Mack Brown, Schiano, Bob Stoops, and Mark Emmert. Allow people close to the situation to talk about the issues with money, recruiting problems, student-athletes, and the NCAA.
If it's in our budget, FootballScoop will gladly sponsor the broadcast.