This one is interesting...
Here is the set up from Sports Radio Interviews...
College football coaches are smitten with their own abilities to deflect and/or run from blame. High profile names like Nick Saban, Urban Meyer and Pete Carroll, who have won five of the last seven BCS Championships, have made very public statements recently about the evils of agents. They have used their soapboxes and stature to defame the very profession and place themselves in a seemingly holier place. Some may buy it as sincere when Saban says:
"The agents that do this – and I hate to say this, but how are they any better than a pimp? I have no respect for people who do that to young people. None. How would you feel if they did it to your child?"
First of all, if someone came to my 21 year old son and offered him $100,000 for no particular reason and he took it, so be it. The line between "right" and "wrong" in this case is blurrier than Saban would make it – especially when it is college coaches that blur that line more than any agent.
Do college coaches know what every single player is up to? No. And they shouldn’t have to. But they not only empower their athletes to break the rules, they cannot be free from blame for facilitating it. It is widely understood that far more goes on than we learn and that the billion dollar business of college athletics won’t get its own when it comes to policing the acts that it condemns – the acts that may aid teams in building powerhouses.
Agents are not always great people. College coaches are not either. The more boisterously the latter denounces the former, the more I question the latter.
I think you can flip this as well. Ralph Cindrich, the same agent that called out Nick Saban for his "pimp" comment has gone to great lengths to defend the good agents in his profession. But while he may have a point about what goes on in the college ranks, he is getting a little too high on his soapbox to defend his profession.
So, using the same logic the more Mr. Cindrich crows about college coaches being unscrupulous the more I question his motives. There are bad eggs on both sides...but not enough to paint both organizations a wholly bad. One hand washes the other. He was right to call out Saban, Meyer and even Pete Carroll if there is a duplicitous tone in their argument but that is where it should end.
Make your point and move on.
He has been more than willing to offer up his opinion and observations about this whole thing on his Twitter feed.
But Mr. Cindrich takes it a step further and says that there is still more dirt to be found at USC...
On if this is a new concern or if it has been building:
"It’s been building. And hey, don’t put USC in your rear view mirror. There is a lot more going on there. Those guys out there from neighborhoods that are deprived who are driving Range Rovers and the Mercedes and all the rest, they just earn that on their own on the weekends in the off-season."
OK, Mr. Cindrich put your cards on the table. Show us what you got.
This doesn't strike me as professional.
Mr. Cindrich is well within his right to defend his profession. He is certainly within his right to have opinions and observations on how the business is run on both sides of the fence, but where he goes too far is making an accusation without backing it up with facts.
That statement above is nothing more than rumor and innuendo.
Remember when Dan Wetzel wrote what some would call his hit piece on John Wooden a few years back? Does anyone remember the outrage that the blog from across town expressed over it? They wanted facts, not hearsay, do you think they will accord us the same courtesy? I doubt it. Like Bruins Nation I think we are well within our right to ask Cindrich to back his claims up.
USC just underwent a 4-year investigation by the NCAA. I doubt highly that the NCAA was only focused to just those matters set out in the 67-page report. If there was more to hit USC with don't you think they would have put it in the report? If what Mr. Cindrich said was true, then the NCAA really is inept if after a 4-year investigation where we were deemed guilty by many before the investigation began you mean to tell me that all they found was Reggie Bush?
I mean it's not like the NCAA didn't have 4 years to find something else...and you know nothing would have made the NCAA more happy than to uncover more dirt on USC and hammer them with it.
There have been rumors of "other things" but lets stick with what was found in the report.
If Mr. Cindrich has certain knowledge or hard evidence that players are driving Range Rovers and Mercedes Benz vehicles, then he should come forward with it to the USC Athletic Department with names, dates and places. If he can prove it then he should come forward...wouldn't that be the first step in trying to clean up this mess?
I was actually going to email Mr. Cindrich yesterday to see if he would be willing to do a brief Q&A on his thoughts about all of this, but that was before I saw this so I won't now.
It is clear that Mr. Cindrich is very opinionated on this and wants to defend the good that is in his industry. My initial opinion of him is one of being very professional but these accusations that he has thrown out against USC without backing them up now gives me pause. I am surprised that he would go as far to say what he did about USC and then not have the where with all to back it up.
In his quest to publicly defend his profession I think he actually hurts his cause by throwing accusations out there that he won't back up with facts.
And that is too bad because I think he was onto something that could be used to bring about some change...no matter how small.
But then again, maybe he isn't interested in changing anything.