Each week during the off-season we will be doing this feature that will simply be called "This Week In College Football". We will cover the biggest news and stories of the past week and give some opinions and analysis. In addition to covering the weekly happenings we also have started our Pre-Season Previews and we have several up already. This week we previewed Ball State, Marshall, East Carolina, New Mexico, FIU, Louisiana, and San Jose State. Next week Army, Clemson, Minnesota and Western Kentucky will be among the teams that we preview. If you missed it we also took a look at the upcoming Ohio State/Wisconsin game, gave you 5 breakout players in the Big Ten this year and took a first look at Fall Practice at UGA. Now let's talk about what happened in college football this past week:
THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY CAN'T STAY OUT OF THE NEWS
Since I started writing this weekly column tOSU has given me a lot to talk about. And this one just simply isn't going to go away like a lot of Buckeye fans are hoping. Earlier this week there was an article published in The Lantern, Ohio State's Student Newspaper, that quoted former WR Ray Small as saying that everyone was selling memorabilia. Later that day tOSU fans and former players swallowed him whole and spit him out. On Friday, he changed his story to saying that it was only him that sold his ring because he needed money and says he didn't say that anybody else was doing it.
The tattoo parler owner who was connected to the "Tattoo Five" has been charged for drug trafficking and money laundering in federal court. Ouch. While that does not directly affect or involve tOSU it's a sign of the company that the players were keeping and who they were doing business with. It's a very slippery slope, as is keeping tabs on teenagers and young adults who are out of the house for the first time.
In what may be the most damning news of all this week the car salesman who has been linked to tOSU says that he has talked to tOSU compliance director over 50 times. Why is this important? Because tOSU Compliance Director, Doug Archie, told the Columbus Dispatch that he had spoken to Archie only once. That should be pretty easy to verifying if someone wants to give up their phone records. Somebody is definitely lying on this one and if it's the tOSU Compliance director then ish is about to hit the fan. Big time. Ohio State administrators have proven that they will back a liar as long as he wins. But would they back a liar whose job is to tell the truth?
USC PENALTIES STAND
Earlier this week, the NCAA infractions appeals committee notified USC that all of their penalties would stand. If you don't remember, that's 30 scholarships over the next three years and the inability to play in this year's Pac-12 title game or a bowl game. It couldn't have happened to a nicer guy than Lane Kiffin. Kiffin must have really changed his ways over the last year or two because he said that he's committed to make sure USC is "winning the right way." Then again, his "right way" could be vastly different from ours. Before the scholarship losses, USC is the third best team in the Pac-12. What's going to happen after they lose all of those scholarships?