In the wake of the Cam Newton saga, and all of the different twists and turns that have gone on involving his recruitment, there has been a new development that could potentially make Newton’s story seem rather minuscule. Colin Cowherd, of ESPN, has claimed a major college football program is on the verge of being “outed” for allegedly committing significant recruiting violations. Though it’s been a subject of controversy over the last week or so, Cowherd was not shy about the potential of a top-10 program being red-flagged for violating the recruiting law of the land, stating this minute-long monologue on his show:
“I received an interesting text about 10 days ago, and this should be very frightening if you’re a fan of college football, that a major program in this country is going to be outed very soon for major recruiting violations. It is a top 10-12 program. I know what I think it is according to both my sources; I received another tip last night. I went to Vince Doria, who is sort of the journalistic editor at this company. He had heard the exact same thing. We are pursuing this story with vigor. A major publication is about to unseat a major college football power on recruiting violations. I will tell you from my source, it is not — it is not — Auburn. I will leave it at that. It is a major program and a major publication. When we can validate more… I have not been able to validate it nor has this company. We’re both pursuing it.”
Early speculation after this tirade pointed to the University of Oregon, who has had great success on the recruiting front over the past few years, particularly in the state of Texas, where they have plucked blue chip recruits seemingly with ease, including starting quarterback Darron Thomas, starting running back LaMichael James, and running back Lache Seastrunk (Oregon’s 2010 class, per Rivals.com, had Seastrunk, a 5-star RB, and 2 4-star RBs from Texas. Here, check it out: 2010). However, this, if you believe everything you hear, was apparently shot down by Oregon officials who said they have not been contacted by the NCAA regarding violations and were even “surprised” to hear about the rumors.
I must say that looking into all of this, I’m not exactly sure what to believe. Yet, from everything that I’ve read up to this point, it’s hard not to think Oregon is the main culprit; there was even a tweet from SPORTSbyBROOKS which stated the following, “Mult. ESPN sources have now verified to me Cowherd was referencing Oregon as school to be ‘outed very soon for major recruiting violations’.” So, I’m obviously not the only one who has a hard time believing that the U of O officials might have been either, A) covering their tails in the wake of what may be mega NCAA recruiting sanctions, or B) not been hit with the NCAA bombshell just yet. Either way, if I was an Oregon Duck fan, I would probably be sweating bullets right now. With all of the internet chatter and speculation going on, things might not be so rosy right now for The Webfoots. Regardless, it should be an interesting ride in the world that is college football over the next month or so. Stay tuned…
EDIT (3/3): A new report coming out here within the last hour (link) confirms that Oregon is the program under question, and Lache Seastrunk is one of the players’ mentioned in the article (DeAnthony Thomas & Anthony Wallace are 2 players mentioned as well). It’s a good read and just proves the sliminess that surrounds college football recruiting.