Takeaways from Scathing Revelations in New College Football Book, 'The System'

Barrett SalleeSEC Football Lead WriterAugust 27, 2013

Texas A&M WR Ricky Seals-Jones
Texas A&M WR Ricky Seals-JonesUSA TODAY Sports

Have you ever wondered how the sausage was made?

You'll get your answer soon in a book titled "The System: The Glory and Scandal of Big-Time College Football" by Armen Keteyian of CBS' 60 Minutes and Sports Illustrated's Jeff Benedict.

According to Yahoo! Sports' Dan Wetzel, the book is loaded with salacious details of recent college football scandals, including an in-depth look at the events leading up to the resignation of former Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel, the role hostesses play in recruiting, the firing of Mike Leach at Texas Tech, the tutoring culture at Missouri, Alabama head coach Nick Saban's "process" and the recruitment of Texas A&M wide receiver Ricky Seals-Jones.

What are some of the takeaways from the snapshot of the book provided by Wetzel?


Johnny Manziel Isn't Texas A&M's Only Headache

Raise your hand if you want to work in Texas A&M's compliance department right now.

Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

The book chronicles the recruitment of Sealy (Texas) high school wide receiver Ricky Seals-Jones. The 6'5", 225-pound former 247Sports.com 5-star prospect signed with Texas A&M in February, but apparently the events leading up to him signing his national letter of intent were quite intriguing.

Seals-Jones was apparently offered $300,000 cash, the use of a suite for games, eight season tickets, $1,000 per month for himself and $500 per month for his family to sign with another program.

Ricky's father, Chester Jones, is quoted as saying that one SEC and one ACC school offered to double any offer to secure Seals-Jones' services.

Is this an A&M problem? Well, sort of.

Whether you believe that Seals-Jones signed with Texas A&M because he embraces the spirit of amateurism or it simply upped the offer, the NCAA is surely going to ask. Considering it was in town interviewing Aggie quarterback Johnny Manziel on Sunday, according to ESPN.com, it's not like investigators have to travel far.

That means more headaches for the A&M administration, and more time spent by expected contributors on the football field answering questions that aren't related to football.

Texas A&M needs Seals-Jones this season. Sure, he's a true freshman. But he's a true freshman who's built like an NFL veteran. Alongside sophomore Mike Evans, freshman Mike Evans and junior Malcome Kennedy, Seals-Jones is being counted on to be one of the focal points of the new-look Aggies receiving corps. This isn't necessarily going to become a distraction, but it could.


What's The Motivation?

It seems like the bidding for Seals-Jones was off the charts. In this day and age, that's not exactly the most shocking revelation in the world. But the cavalier nature in which Chester Jones would go on the record with these claims about other programs is head-scratching.

What's the point?

The obvious next question after hearing that some schools offered to double a $300,000 offer is, "well, what did A&M offer?" 

Or, to put it more simply, it's turning on a bright neon sign that says, "hey, NCAA, come investigate me!"

It's inviting scrutiny on your son, your family and the A&M football program. 

No program in America is squeaky clean, and the last thing any program wants is the NCAA looking around the house.


Lane Kiffin Is Still a Lightning Rod

Whether it's the one-year Tennessee debacle, his rather warm seat at USC or his questionable clock management at the end of last season's Notre Dame game; Kiffin draws eyeballs.

And ire.

The book details the role of hostesses during the recruiting process, and features Lacey Pearl Earps—a Tennessee hostess during Lane Kiffin's brief stint on Rocky Top in 2009. Earps was reportedly nicknamed "The Closer" by the Vol coaching staff, was instrumental in the Vols' signing 247Sports.com 5-star running back Bryce Brown and also participated in an illegal trip to Duncan, S.C., to visit then-Tennessee commits Corey Miller and Brandon Willis.

Wetzel explains that the chapter on hostesses is "unbecoming of a university." With Kiffin as the centerpiece, it'll be another brick in the growing wall that will prevent him from being hired if and when USC decides to cut ties.


Ohio State Fans Are Going to be Mad...Again

At this point, Ohio State fans probably just want the tattoo scandal that caused a one-year bowl ban and forced former head coach Jim Tressel to resign to simply go away.

It won't.

The book goes in depth on the scandal, and Wetzel goes on to explain that wide receiver DeVier Posey was suspended five games due in part to being overpaid for a job by former booster Bobby DiGeronimo by $3.07.

That certainly won't sit well, because the tattoo scandal rendered Ohio State ineligible for the postseason in 2012—a season in which it went 12-0 and a one-loss Alabama played undefeated Notre Dame for the BCS National Championship. 

"The System: The Glory and Scandal of Big-Time College Football" will be released on September 17, according to Amazon.com. From the way Wetzel described it, it's going to be one of the most riveting college football books in quite some time.