Time to stop pretending you're working and dive into the mailbag.
Our beaver pelt trader of the week is Tim Francis, who Tweets me this, "Mailbag...I am at the hospital, my wife is in labor with our son. How much would you pay us to name him Clay Travis?"
I Tweeted him back that I would pay him $1,000.
That's a decent start on the college fund, right?
For those of you who don't live in Nashville, you're missing out. Time Magazine calls us the hottest city in the country.
Okay, okay on to the mailbag.
Back in November, just a couple of weeks after the Penn State story broke, I wrote that the NCAA had the authority to hammer Penn State. Once that was clear the question was simple: not could the NCAA sanction Penn State, but should it? For the past several months this has been the only real question, to sanction or not to sanction? Both sides could marshall strong arguments. But on July 23rd, nearly eight months after OKTC initially told you that the NCAA had the power to sanction Penn State, the news became official, the NCAA would act. Not surprisingly Penn State was hammered by the NCAA. The school was fined $60 million dollars, all wins, a total of 111 victories, are stripped dating back to 1998, a four year post-season ban is applied, and Penn State loses dozens of scholarships, ten a year for the next four years in its recruiting classes, as well as sees its total number of available scholarships reduced to 65.
Additionally, all players are eligible to transfer immediately.
NCAA President Mark Emmert called the penalties a "stark wake-up call," and said, "The lesson here is one of maintaining the appropriate balance of our values."
Penn State agreed to the penalties, signing a consent decree. That's important because it means these penalties were negotiated and will not be appealed. In essence, Penn State capitulated to some of the severest penalties since SMU's death penalty in order to escape potentially more severe penalties. This is doubly significant because it eliminates the concern, voiced by many, that the NCAA's power grab could lead to even more unjust results going forward. This is the greastest sports scandal of all time, these situations don't arise very often. So an NCAA power grab isn't a valid concern. If Penn State truly believed the NCAA lacked the authority to deliver sanctions, it could have fought these punishments to the utmost.
Instead, based upon a more full record than any NCAA investigation ever has -- the Freeh report and criminal investigations were exhaustive -- the NCAA acted with a full record of established facts.
Leading to one inescapable conclusion, for once, the NCAA got it completely right.
Vanderbilt quarterback Jordan Rodgers, younger brother of Green Bay Packer Aaron, led the Commodores to a bowl berth last season and attended SEC Media Days yesterday.
This year he is hoping to become the first ever Vanderbilt quarterback to start in two bowl games. He's confident, smart, fearless, and ... hairless.
Also, very patriotic.
These are among the deductions we can make thanks to the Twitter profile picture which Rodgers displays to the world here.
This morning Kristen Saban's attorney filed a response to the lawsuit that OKTC brought you last night.
This motion to dismiss was just filed by Kristen Saban's lawyers minutes ago and we are featuring it in full below.
Today Joe Paterno's legacy came crumbling down.
His statue may follow. if he was still alive he'd likely die in prison. That's because Paterno lied to the grand jury and obstructed justice in a massive cover-up that went to the height of college athletics hypocrisy.
In a scathing report released just minutes ago -- the site immediately crashed -- but we already have the quick takeaways here: Freeh's report cited a "callous and shocking disregard for child victims" as well as a "total disregard for safety and welfare" on behalf of Penn State president Graham Spanier, athletic director Tim Curley, vice president Gary Schultz, and former head coach Paterno.
In particularly damning evidence the report uncovered that Paterno and other top officials were aware of the 1998 sexual assault allegations. All men have publicly lied about this fact before now. The Freeh report says that Paterno followed this 1998 investigation closely "but failed to take any action."
From a May 1998 email with the subject line "Jerry' athletic director Tim Curley wrote to Schultz: "Anything new in this department? Coach is anxious to know where it stands."
First came Harvey Updyke killing the trees, then came the Alabama teabagging, and now comes the Triple Crown of Crimson Tide fandom, Nick Saban's only daughter, a former Phi Mu at Alabama is being sued for delivering a beat down of epic proportions. A concusssion, lacerations, and difficulty studying. That's a process of beatings. Think of it as the sorority girl equivalent of the BCS title game, total domination from start to finish.
Somehwere Jordan Jefferson is like, "I feel you Sarah Grimes."
It begins as all sorority catfights do, over a boy.
Back in happier times Alabama officially announced that Grimes and Saban were sorority sisters. Post-catfight Kristen is no longer a Phi Mu.
How did this civil lawsuit initially come to light? An LSU fan posted it on a message board.
Only in the SEC.
We actually held this for several hours after being tipped off -- after all LSU pranks are notorious for their amazing details -- and reached out to Alabama to see if they had a comment on the civil litigation. So far Alabama has said nothing in response to our emails.
Thursday morning Alabama responded to OKTC's request for comment, referring all questions to Kristen Saban's attorney.
Shortly thereafter OKTC received the following email from attorney Joshua P. Hayes: "Bob Prince and I are proud to represent Kristen Saban. We strongly dispute the allegations -- and that's all they are at this point -- made in the complaint. We will vigorously defend Kristen and the truth will come out."
Saban's attorneys filed a motion to dismiss this morning, which you can read in full here.
We've also reached out to both lawyers in the complaint to see whether or not Saban's daughter has filed her response to the lawsuit. When we hear from either attorney we'll update the story as well.
In the meantime, the big question here is this: Nick Saban is worth tens of millions so why didn't he just settle this lawsuit before it went public? For a couple of hundred thousand this story would have never seen the light of day. Now it's everywhere.
The details according to the complaint?
Well the details are basically mad libs Internet viral: sorority fight, plus the SEC's best coach, plus insane quotes, plus...just read the complaint for yourself.
The best news for Alabama is that the Freeh report comes out tomorrow morning and will help kill the momentum of this story.
But this is enough for Alabama to claim a new crown, your stupidity has officially been topped Kentucky and the Crimson Tide just claimed a new national title.