“I appreciate your interest in the game.”

So, Charles Robinson just Charles Robinsoned Alabama (among others).

Five Southeastern Conference football stars violated NCAA rules by receiving extra benefits prior to completing their collegiate careers, a Yahoo Sports investigation has found. The benefits – which in some cases came from multiple individuals – were conveyed to University of Alabama offensive tackle D.J. Fluker, University of Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray, Tennessee defensive end Maurice Couch, Mississippi State University defensive tackle Fletcher Cox and Mississippi State wideout Chad Bumphis.

Fluker, Bray and Cox are all currently on NFL rosters. Bumphis was recently released by the Miami Dolphins. Couch is a senior starter for the Volunteers this season.

The identities of these players were revealed in a web of financial and text message records belonging to former Crimson Tide defensive end Luther Davis. The records were turned over to Yahoo Sports by a source with ties to the NFL agent community who alleged that Davis was acting as an intermediary between several high-profile college football stars and multiple NFL agents and financial advisers.

Problem is, Nick Saban’s got a Game of the Century this week.  He doesn’t have time for media shit.  Especially repetitive dumbass media shit.

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UPDATE:  In a related matter, the heat is on.

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29 responses to ““I appreciate your interest in the game.”

  1. AthensHomerDawg

    If he has violated rules how does this impact those two titles Bama won with him at tackle?

  2. TennesseeDawg

    If these allegations are true, Tennessee maybe forced to vacate all 1 of it’s SEC wins from last year

  3. I’m not one to gloat about this stuff because we could easily end up on that list at some point, but, I’m lmao at Bama. Got damn delusional fan base always talking and acting like they’re so high and mighty. They actually believe nothing bad goes on in Tuscaloosa since no one gets caught. Then, when another Albert Means happens, they cry about everyone being out to get them. Screw ‘em!

    • NRBQ

      As long as Mark Richt runs the UGA program, I don’t think you’ll be reading Yahoo stories of players pocketing cash or driving cars from agents/runners/etc.

      That shit doesn’t happen in a vacuum, as long as coaches and staff are really concerned with stopping it.

      • South FL Dawg

        Wish I could agree but you can’t watch 100 guys 24/7. I do think Georgia would be way more forthcoming.

        • NRBQ

          I would re-emphasize my second paragraph. Saban doesn’t have time for shit such as that. Other coaches just don’t care.

          How many QB’s are starting in the SEC this year that were booted from former teams, and from where were they shown the door?

          Hint: Two, and Mark Richt’s squad.

      • Except for A.J. Green.

        Nick Saban hates agents with a passion. If it can happen at Alabama, it can happen anywhere.

        • AlphaDawg

          My thoughts exactly. And its not just watching the 100 current players, its all players past and present, coaches, and anyone that has regular contact with current players. This can happen anywhere and any time I hear about this I always worry that one of ours will be listed as well.

          This is another reason to hire ‘non-coaches’ as advisers, helps with more eyes and ears on the program. Saban has a dozen of these, if it can happen there it can happen anywhere.

        • Listen that agent/manager stuff started in ALABAMA. The Bear and some mighty important people, like Gather Spradling, were doin that back in the 60′s.

  4. South FL Dawg

    Now Jones has an excuse for the beatdown they’re about to get.

  5. 69Dawg

    Having read all of the report I find it to show that it’s just a small amount involved and the NCAA will look even dumber if they do anything to the schools. These are not boosters, they are business men trying to influence a college player to go with their agency. This is so much less than the NCAA had on Bush and USC that it will be laughable. I get it the NCAA can declare them ineligible, well big f**ing deal. This is just another nail in the coffin of the NCAA.

  6. Gravidy

    Far be it from me to defend Nick Effin’ Saban, but I don’t blame him for what he did at that press conference. He’s at a mandatory press conference before one of the biggest games of the season, and a room full of SEC reporters have no interest in asking questions about the game. If they had ignored me three or four times and kept asking questions which I plainly wasn’t going to answer, I would have walked out as well.

    • Scorpio Jones, III

      Absolutely agree…it is not Saban’s job to give credence to any story by replying…the only thing interesting in the press conference is that Saban seems to think A&M is a big game….that does not bode well for Johnny and his boys.

    • What fresh hell is this?

      I could swear that was Lane Kiffin walking out of that presser.

  7. Always Someone Else's Fault

    More grist for the “just pay them already” mills.

    • adam

      Absolutely.

      The agents are basically subsidizing the current NCAA model. Then the NCAA gets to feign both ignorance and piety in response. Notice that these stories are always broken by the media. The NCAA doesn’t actually care.

  8. Brandon

    In addition to some of the other comments here expressing doubt that this story will end up hurting these schools in a significant way. I’d like to state that I have practically no faith in anything I read from yahoo, “a yahoo sports investigation” might as well be “according to my mentally retarded cousin Lester”.

  9. DawgPhan

    seems like their is solid evidence…at least the reporting says so…text messages, bank statements, deposits…you know one of the agents was a great bookkeeper…The DJ Flunker Invoice line is a great idea…at least it wasnt listed as college football player slush fund.

  10. What fresh hell is this?

    Heat exhaustion……Tuesday………..Bwaaaaahhaahhaaaaa

  11. MinnesotaDawg

    Another defensive strategy is finding its footing in Stillwater, Tuscaloosa, Starkville, etc. After “deny, deny, deny…” is abandoned (too much damn evidence!), the next stage is to adamantly state that this all occurred in the past and isn’t relevant to the current program or players. Right.

    The next course, obviously, is the “hey, everybody’s doing it” approach.

    Unless these programs start to fall on their sword (UGA style), I expect that the NCAA will begin investigations into these allegations sometime in the spring of 2016. A likely plea bargain deal will put each program on probation for an hour and a half in late June.

  12. JRW7

    ??? Heat exhaustion at TN ??? Very questionable and very good timing!