Larry Scott on Paul Dee: ‘irony and hypocrisy don’t… go far enough’

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The fact it’s being alleged that a former Miami booster spent “millions and millions of dollars” lavishing cash, gifts and “services” on current and former Hurricane football players is mind-boggling in and of itself.

The fact that Paul Dee was the athletic director at The U through the majority of Nevin Shapiro‘s eight-year makin’-it-rain run through South Beach — allegedly — takes the situation from the mind-boggling to the patently absurd.

Dee, of course, was the chair of the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions that handed down sanctions on the USC football program for the Reggie Bush imbroglio, sanctions that were some of the stiffest, if not the stiffest, leveled by The Association in Div. 1-A football since SMU in the mid-eighties.  In comments that are, in hindsight, downright hilarious while at the same time utterly sanctimonious, Dee chastised USC’s enforcement staff for failing to monitor its star player in an aggressive enough manner.

The real issue here is if you have high‑profile players, your enforcement staff has to monitor those students at a higher level. It’s extraordinarily important that the people that are likely to be receiving these kinds of interactions from people outside the institution are also those same people who are going to provide a reward somewhere down the road. So high‑profile players demand high‑profile compliance.

Those words — along with his playing of the “we didn’t know” card earlier this week — have been coming back to bite Dee squarely in his ample buttocks since the story broke earlier this week that significant amounts of impermissible benefits happened right underneath the noses of a Dee-controlled athletic department.  Those words are particularly harsh when viewed in the light of the USC case involving just one player, while the Miami’s death penalty-esque allegations involve more than seventy football and basketball players.

As if there were a shred of doubt it’d be any other way, Larry Scott, commissioner of Trojans’ conference, was more than willing to sink his teeth into the fray when asked about Dee’s involvement with the USC sanctions and an under-fire Miami athletic department.

“If the allegations prove true,” the Pac-12 commish told the Los Angeles Times, “the words irony and hypocrisy don’t seem to go far enough.”

[/slams microphone down in the ring]

[/shoots two beers simultaneously]

[/gives McMahon a stinger]

Trojans head coach Lane Kiffin, who took over at USC shortly before the sanctions were handed down and is now dealing with the aftermath, was also asked for a short response to the Miami mess and Dee’s connection to it.

“It would take me a lot more than one or two words,” Kiffin said.

Ex-Iowa DE Romeo McKnight transfers to Illinois State

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Another former Power Five player has decided to ply his football wares at a lower level of football.

The latest to do so is Romeo McKnight, with Illinois State announcing via Twitter that defensive end will be continuing his collegiate playing career for the Redbirds. Because ISU plays at the FCS level, McKnight will be eligible to play in 2018.

Including this upcoming season, the lineman will have three years of eligibility remaining.

The announcement from ISU comes a little over a week after McKnight decided to transfer from Iowa.

McKnight was a three-star member of Iowa’s 2016 recruiting class. In large part because of a knee injury that cost him the entire 2017 season, the defensive lineman never played a down for the Hawkeyes.

Georgia, South Carolina visits in offing for Clemson transfer Josh Belk

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Another of the handful of Clemson defensive linemen who have transferred thus far this offseason could be close to finding a new home.

Reports surfaced Tuesday that Josh Belk will be visiting a pair of SEC schools this week — Georgia and South Carolina. The latter will play host to the ex-Tigers lineman on Wednesday, the former a day later on Thursday.

Belk was a four-star member of Clemson’s 2018 recruiting class. Because he enrolled early and attended classes, he’ll be forced to sit out the 2018 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules.  Beginning with the 2019 season, the South Carolina would have four years to play four seasons.

In the middle of last week, Belk announced his decision to transfer from the Tigers.

In addition to Belk, three other Tigers defensive linemen have transferred this offseason. In late January, Jabril Johnson opted to leave Clemson and ultimately ended up at West Virginia; two weeks later, Sterling Johnson took to Twitter to announce his transfer before moving on to Coastal Carolina this month. Quaven Ferguson, arrested for armed robbery in March, had announced his transfer as well prior to that off-field incident.

WATCH: 338-pound Wisconsin nose tackle nails beach backflip

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Yeah, this is absolutely fantastic. And extremely impressive.

Up until now, Olive Sagapolu has been mainly known to most nationally for his prowess on the football field. Entering his fourth-year season in Madison, Sagapolu has started 23 games during his time with the Badgers, including 10 in a 2017 season that saw him earn honorable mention All-Big Ten honors.

As it turns out, though, Sagapolu’s athleticism isn’t confined to merely on the field as, in this video sent out through UW’s official football Twitter account, the 6-2, 336-pound starting nose tackle lands a backflip on a beach in Hawaii.

To repeat: the man in that video weighs 336 pounds. 336 pounds.

Then again, it shouldn’t be all that surprising given the fact that Sagapolu spent a portion of his senior year at football powerhouse Mater Dei High School in California as a member of the varsity cheerleading squad. Seriously.

“In a way, (cheerleading) does help because it shows how athletic I can be and I’m getting,” Sagapolu said by way of 247Sports.com way back in August of 2015. “I mean, I’m about a 300-pound guy doing a backflip. You don’t really see that a lot. Doing these other kinds of tricks also helps with hand-eye coordination. It does help with football. …

“(People) were definitely surprised seeing me on the cheerleading team. They thought it was funny seeing… a big guy like me. For me, it is shocking to see the reaction from people’s faces. … Just the whole thing about cheerleading is very different from football. It was something I wanted to do for my senior year and have fun with it.”

Tennessee’s Will Ignont to have weed charge dismissed

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A legal journey for one Tennessee football player that began last year is coming to an end.

In October of 2017, former UT running back John Kelly and current Vols linebacker Will Ignont (pictured, left) were cited for marijuana possession following a traffic stop. Kelly was the driver of the vehicle, Ignont a passenger.

Tuesday, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported, Ignont “received a pass disposition and will have his charge dismissed with court costs assessed.” Kelly, selected by the Los Angeles Rams in the 2018 NFL draft, pleaded guilty in the same court appearance.

Both Ignont and Kelly were suspended for the Kentucky game as a result of the incident, but returned the following week.

Ignont was a four-star member of the Vols’ 2017 recruiting class, rated as the No. 16 inside linebacker in the country. He played in six games as a true freshman and was credited with six tackles, one of which went for a loss.