30 January 2012
You are probably at least marginally familiar with the saga of Landon Collins. He's the young man who committed to Alabama over his mother's objections (she's an LSU fan) at the Under Armor All Star Game.
This morning, Mr. SEC is reporting that Collins' mom has apparently said that Collins' girlfriend will have a job in Nick Saban's office.
Sorry, didn't happen. You'll never hear me definitively say that someone didn't get paid off, or that there hasn't been shady dealings with boosters or parents on a kid here or there - it's impossible to prove a negative, and there's too many "shady" folks surrounding college football to say definitively that stuff doesn't happen.
But here's what really doesn't happen. A school on NCAA probation does not, in any way, shape, or form, flaunt the rules to blantantly within the athletic department in a way that's so imminently proveable. It just didn't happen.
His mother clearly seeks attention - see the video above and/or the ESPN the Magazine article about the recruitment. Collins lives with his dad, who is comfortable with the decision. It appears that his mother will stop at nothing in her attempts to steer him from Alabama.
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