During the summer the national media enjoys making a top ten list of about everything. It ranges from coaches on the hot seat, to the top Heisman contenders, to top incoming freshman. Anything you can think of probably has been or will be turned into a top ten list.
The good folks over at ESPN Page 2 put together a list of the top ten football scandals of the 2011 offseason. Clemson fans won’t be happy to learn that the Tigers are ninth on the list.
Here is what DJ Gallo wrote about the Tigers:
In early June, Tigers recruit Mike Bellamy posted a picture on Facebook of himself posing with a huge wad of $100 bills. Hmm. Peculiar. He later claimed it was a joke. But most high school students don’t have access to piles of $100 bills, even for joking purposes. And this came three years after Clemson recruit Kenneth Page put a photo on MySpace — remember that (I mean MySpace, not the photo)? — of himself holding a stack of cash. So either Clemson is paying its top recruits or it is recruiting players who have had wildly successful paper routes and/or lemonade stand businesses.
How they could have improved their ranking: By having recruits tweet pictures of themselves holding cash. Come on, Facebook? If you want something to go viral, Twitter is the way. Someone better check out Friendster to see if Clemson recruits are putting incriminating photos on there.