Thursday, March 14, 2019

Foul Play: Paid in Mississippi, Part 3

 The tempting of a young Leo Lewis, the fall of Hugh Freeze, and the wisdom of James Carville are covered in Episode 3 of Foul Play: Paid in Mississippi.   Reporter Steven Godfrey attempted to cover the Ole Miss football scandal in this  a four-part Youtube series. The SB Nation production was ignored by the Mississippi media when it was released in August 2018.  No surprise at such a snub as the the "legitimate media" broke hardly any news in the scandal and was more than content to leave the heavy lifting to the national media.  Posted below is the "Feel Around Edition" of Episode 3.  Enjoy.  





Episode 3 delves into Leo Lewis' role as the NCAA main's witness against Ole Miss.  It discusses the scandal's features that are by now well known: the charge of lack of institutional control, the attempt to blame Houston Nutt for the violations,   The Rebel Rags lawsuit against Leo Lewis is covered as well. 

* James Carville as a college football expert? Ole Serpenthead can be quite entertaining at times but using him for commentary? Oooook.

* Rose Bowl broke the news about Hugh Freeze's phone calls to an escort service.  He said in the video, "I think it's almost poetic justice that a Mississippi State guy is the one that found the call and quite frankly if the in-state print media had found the call, he probably is still the head football coach because I don't think they would have reported it, to be honest with you." Oh really? Don't flatter yourself, Steve.  There is one website that would have definitely reported that tidbit of info. 

* It is ironic watching Walter Byars call the NCAA a neo-plantation system and an outdated mode of amateur sports.  Too rich coming from Byars, who is the dictator who created his plantation system in the first place and ruled college athletics with an iron fist for decades.  Bastard.

* Godfrey says the money allegedly paid to Lewis is "iconsequential" in the big scheme of things, the scheme being the amount of money schools make off of college football.

* The documentary finally reports near the end of the third video that Allen Smith, Jr. denied paying Leo Lewis.  He said he would be crazy to do so without obtaining a letter of intent from Lewis.  The documentary named Smith as the bagman in the beginning of the episode and didn't report his denials until near it's end.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Godfrey, he's a douchebag...

Kingfish said...

Was going to write about it this weekend until you pulled that little stunt in the comments. Hope you feel smart.

Anonymous said...

A college education has become a money grab. It really is disappointing to see that non athletes are held to a higher standard than athletes for college admission standards. That ought to say a lot for where our public education was 40 years ago and where it has sunk to in our time. All for the sake of watching athlete play a stupid game or games.

Anonymous said...


Allen Smith was the bagman and fought like hell to keep his name out of the media. It is well known and has been since the scam broke.
Letter of intent before paying a bribe? Really? And then there is his dad...

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