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Police: Former MTSU lineman used scholarship money for drug business

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Anyone out there opposed to giving athletes up to an extra $2,000 on their scholarship just got one big reason to back them up.

The legislation proposed by the NCAA last fall to allow schools to provide additional money to student-athletes was ultimately met with some extreme opposition — enough to suspend the idea until April so it can be revisited by the NCAA’s Board of Directors.

Whether or not they’ll take former Middle Tennessee lineman Preston Bailey‘s situation into account remains to be seen. Bailey was arrested earlier this month and charged with possession of a schedule VI drug with intent to sell and possession of drug paraphernalia. Police officers also found nearly a pound of marijuana and roughly $3,000 in cash in Bailey’s apartment.

But it was how Bailey, who has finished up his career and was placed on medical scholarship this semester due to a number of injuries, reportedly funded his drug business that is the most relevant to the NCAA BOD. A Murfreesboro Police spokesman said Bailey “used his scholarship money as start-up money for his illegal drug sales business.”

Naturally, MTSU’s athletic director Chris Massaro was stunned.

“This is one kid who did this, but even one is too many. To use (scholarship money) to sell drugs is outrageous,” Massaro said to the Murfreesboro Daily News Journal. “We try to do everything we can to prevent this kind of thing and we think about what more we can do every day.”

Athletic programs are very involved in an player’s daily life, but it’s impossible to know what every kid is doing all the time. When athletic scholarship money is involved, the program becomes like a compliance office: the best they can do is try and educate athletes on how to live within their means.

As it pertains to an additional stipend, obviously you can’t assume every kid is going to use their scholarship money to fund a drug business — except at TCU, where, depending on who you ask, anywhere between five and 60 players are buying and selling drugs* — but instances like these don’t provide any favors to NCAA legislation already under intense scrutiny.

(*joking. Well, sort of) 

(Photo credit: MTSU athletics) 

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13 Responses to “Police: Former MTSU lineman used scholarship money for drug business”
  1. woebegong says: Feb 25, 2012 9:50 AM

    Must have had a pretty low start up fund needed, since the money in the scholarship that he actually had his hands on, is pretty low over all. I guess he must have been a business major, LOL.
    Seriously though, if that is the best excuse, they could find to not support the 2 grand extra a year, they would be standing on some pretty thin ground.
    Darn, I think I got in the wrong career field I guess. That one pound of weed, probably equaled and exceeded a lot of times, what the military paid me for my 20+ years, LOL.

  2. goblue714 says: Feb 25, 2012 10:44 AM

    So these athletes on scholarship recieve money already? On top of the free room and board and meals, and not to mention the free education. That’s some deal, how does my daughter apply for some of that money? She’s just smart not an athlete. Oh she has to work and I have to give her money. And I have to pay her tuition and for her room and board and meals. Most of these athletes grew up broke, what’s a couple more years going hurt? if these kids do things right they’ll have quaility educations to fall back on.

  3. dryzzt23 says: Feb 25, 2012 11:25 AM

    Pretty soon some left-wing liberal nut job will come and do a story on this kid and claim “he is just another less fortunate black kid raised by s single mother and he shouldn’t be punished for things that he didn’t know were wrong” etc.

    I have no pity for kids that do this king of thing, especially if they are so weak that they’re doing drugs to “stay cool with their homies yo”

    Kick the kid out, throw him away and never let my taxes pay for a penny of his jailtime

  4. helenh777 says: Feb 25, 2012 1:29 PM

    This would have been a real problem back in the 40es. We have credit cards now. If each university gave the money in the form of a credit card that could only be used for a particular amount and for particular things this would not happen.
    No drugs, no alcohol, no cigarettes etc. Hooked up to a school computer theis would be possible. They could take out a date, buy groceries ,go to movies, what ever. They are not allowed to drink, smoke and take drugs if they want to play sports so they can’t buy it with the universities money. If they buy it on their own then kick them off the team and out of school.End of problem. These kids may have had a difficult time growing up, however, they are not having these problems in college. With sports and their education they should not have so much time for drugs. If they do maybe they are failing anyway.
    After giving them free room and board and an education what more do you owe them?

  5. woebegong says: Feb 25, 2012 5:06 PM

    You will never see the monitoring of credit cards through a university, as it would be fraught with all kinds of legal and technical issues. About the best you can hope for is accounting by requiring the students to keep and turn in receipts, and I am sure it would take about a week, for a way to be figured out how to circumvent that as well. Sadly, some kids are going to try and do the wrong thing, no matter what advantage they have been given in life. You just have to hope you can catch them, before you end up with a TCU size problem in the drug department.

  6. goforthanddie says: Feb 25, 2012 5:58 PM

    What’s the problem? College players need to know how to budget their drug money just like the pros. And at least he isn’t sinking it into jewelry, he’s investing in sustainable resources.

  7. woebegong says: Feb 25, 2012 6:16 PM

    I guess approaching it from that stand point, the Mafia are good businessmen then, LOL. What’s a little brush up with the law, when you can make some real bucks. CEO’s of big companies and half the politicians make their money that way. It is the reverse Robin Hood principle. Steal from the poor and give to the rich.

  8. helenh777 says: Feb 25, 2012 6:49 PM

    If these were credit cards given out to use and then pay back by the student, you have a point. But these credit cards would be prepaid by the universities. That makes a difference. However, you are probably right, Woebegong, even though that is rediculous.
    The only thing these types of laws accomplish is that they make it harder on the good students that also play a sport. There are a lot of these kids out there that are going to be deprived of a little spending money because of the bad kids.
    We are too good to the law breakers in this country. Always have been and always will be. But it is time to help those who try to help themselves. After all what good is a football player when he is on the bench because of a drug conviction. I have to say TCU is a surprise. I guess they are right and drugs are everywhere. They will not go away by theirselves. We need tougher laws.

  9. pdcooper08 says: Feb 25, 2012 8:11 PM

    Again, here’s a case of the 10% rule. This is going on at every school that gives out full scholarships. First of all, the amount given out at each University varies. It’s determined on the cost of living in that particular area. So if a student on scholarships chooses to live off campus, which a lot of them do, they will receive a monthly check. In general, that check is to be used to pay there rent, utilities. Most players live with roommates to keep there cost lower, meaning they should have extra left over once there bills are paid. It’s on the individual to use his money wisely, and we know some kids are not prepared to manage that. So you see where this is going. Extra money each month to one of the 10%, equals trouble.

    As well, if you have a kid on scholarship that happens to live in the same town or close by, he or she may elect to live at home with mommy. If this is the case, then this leaves the 10%er with extra money he doesn’t know what to do with. Which creates more poor decisions. This problem is happening everywhere.

    The College cannot keep that close an eye on each athlete once they step off campus, it’s impossible.

    This particular player may have been using his money for months if not years to grow his drug business into what it is today. If he got caught today with a pound, I’m sure he has been going this for a while.

    This is a social problem and just an example of what’s going on behind the scenes in our Colleges and Universities.

  10. cmack21 says: Feb 25, 2012 9:31 PM

    anybody who has played any sport in college knows this goes on from D-1 to D-3 school regardless of sport. NC double A holes arent going to fix the problem because it puts them in a negative spot. Either increase scholarsip monies or lets college athletes get jobs during their off season.

  11. franbotel says: Feb 26, 2012 12:21 AM


    You’re another right wing wack job “Kick the kid out, throw him away and never let my taxes pay for a penny of his jailtime” ; How do u fund the prison ? Am sure u also want to Federal Government out of ur medicare and social security. With Heroes like Rush, Palin it seems u clowns can never make a coherent statement. Hope u enjoying the clown circus show called the GOP primaries.

  12. woebegong says: Feb 26, 2012 4:41 AM

    Until the law makers get serious about doing something about it, drugs will always exist and in a lot of cases, be a big problem in this country. Too0 many people are willing to defend their use though, so I doubt, the laws we have on hand right now, with their toothless punitive side will change much of anything. My generation made it popular with a whole youth movement back in the late sixties and early seventies, and now the situation is out of control, in a lot of areas.

  13. helenh777 says: Feb 26, 2012 11:05 AM

    I can remember when politics did not influence what happened with drug dealers. It did not matter if we had a democrat or a republican in office, drug dealers went to prison. People who studied and played sports went on to play as a pro or get a good job after college. Now it is not what you do that matters. We are supposed to work hard so someone else can sit on their butts and smoke mary jo. What a system. How did it get to the point that no one can do anything about this? Give me a break. I’m sorry if it is not politically correct, people who choose to buy and sell drugs belong in prison. They should not be allowed to bring down the people who choose to do the right things. These people are not children. They are at least 18 years old. That makes them an adult with the ability to know right from wrong. Black, white or green doesn’t matter. We do not need drug dealers or drug adicts playing sports in our universities on full scholarships.
    By the way I hope dryzzt is enjoying the clown circus that sits in the White House now.

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