Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Foul Play: Paid in Mississippi, Part Deux

Did Leo Lewis play off MSU against Ole Miss and other schools in exchange for a payoff? What was Ole Miss Assistant Athletic Director Barney Farrar's true role in the university's NCAA scandal? Was he a scapegoat? Last but not least, where does Frank Melton and Donald Trump fit into all this?  Reporter Steven Godfrey attempted to cover these questions in Foul Play: Paid in Mississippi, a four-part Youtube series about the Ole Miss NCAA scandal. 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 Episode 2.  Pour a glass of Buffalo Trace and enjoy.




The second episode begins with the recruiting of Leo Lewis and moves onto the Ole Miss-MSU rivalry.  SB Nation tries to blow the rivalry up to the level of the Iron Bowl.  The story moves back to Leo Lewis and later the firing of Barney Farrar. Unfortunately, one SB editor plays to stereotypes about Mississippi but such is to be expected from time to time in the national media.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

There's no way you can say this is the hottest rivalry in the country. Maybe it's top ten but certainly the stubborn attitude exhibited here that "I may die but I'll take you with me" gives this rivalry some style points. And it's done in a very slick manner.

Anonymous said...

The rest of the country cannot differentiate between cow college and ol' piss. They just see Missippi rednecks in both.

Unknown said...

Most definitely the hottest rivalry in the Nation and always has been. No other rivalry game has come close to the heat between these two. Just count the fights.

Perkn said...

Come on man. Old news. Move on

Anonymous said...

Buffalo Trace.....my favorite!

Anonymous said...

Why does he not delve into the charade that allowed Freeze and Bjork to escape NCAA violations, personally? Those two were at the top of the chain of involvement and knowledge and slid past sanction like shit through a goose.

Anonymous said...

8:37 - So what? We've lived with such false impressions since 1865.

Anonymous said...

Still never heard much about the burner phones with a Nevada area code. There is more to the story and these hucksters got off light and are still scheming people.

Anonymous said...

The most fascinating aspect of the MSU - Ole Miss rivalry is the level of vitriol over meaninglessness. Once every 20-25 years each team will have something meaningful to play for, but otherwise, they are both afterthoughts on the national level. But, hoo boy, will they throw down. The reality is each team is in a fight to ensure that IT is not the bottom-feeder program that the other really is.

As a fan of one and a graduate of both, it's hysterically depressing.

Anonymous said...

I really loved these. Going to watch again. I agree with the former NCAA Commish who said it has turned into a neo-plantation, with old white folks using these players as their fighting roosters or what have you. They need to be paid, and they shouldn't be punished for earning money in other platforms as well. This is a free country (at least while Trump is still Prez).

Anonymous said...

It is sad. To think that the Ole Miss v Miss State rivalry is one of the greatest in the nation shows the insular, myopic life of most Mississippians. The rivalry does not come close to major national rivalries like Ohio State and Michigan; USC and UCLA; Alabama and Auburn; and countless others.

Here is a clue, Mississippians: Grow up. Learn something. Move away. Learn about the world. Although I know I am asking too much.

Kingfish said...

Ironic because it was Walter Byers who created such a system and was the dictator of it all.

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