This article proves everything a former SEC player told me down here in Atlanta....that I have mentioned here several times in the past!
Was at a cigar shop in the ATL, bout 5/6 years ago....speaking with Will Overstreet, former DE for Tenn vols, and ex-falcon.
1) The top guys get 3-5 grand a month during football season
2) He was recruited by 3 SEC schools.....and they all offered money
3) I asked him about a rumor that Jamal Lewis got a cash box of $100,000 to go to tenn instead of georgia (where he was from)....and he said based on this knowlege it was proabably true
4) When I asked him POINT BLANK if it is as bad in other conferences, since he played with guys from other conferences in the NFL, he said no....because he said the fans/alums (in the south) are so passionate about their programs & winning they will do whatever it takes.....that validates that inference which was in that story MULTIPLE times
And just like the bagman, Will was very matter of fact/casual about everything he told me.....
Ed Martin was not a bagman, he could care less what school Chris Webber went to. In fact, Chris was headed to syracuse unitil it looked like the NCAA was going to drop the hammer. Martin was merely a gambler who wanted to launder his money. In addition, Gardner and Denard had the bit in "three in out" in which they described their SEC vists, and how they were crazy to go to michigan cause michigan didn't offer anything.....