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A very eye-opening and extremely well-written piece by Steven Godfrey over at the Mothership touches upon the "bag men" down in SEC territory who help deliver regular cash payments to current football players or recruits. The ones who do it properly are never known or recognized, and they even speak in their own code, as this excerpt will show:

"I can call up a guy in real estate and say, 'Hey man, we thought about it, and let's do that 24-acre plot. How's a 4 p.m. meeting sound?'"

The first number is the player, usually designated by a jersey number. Here, it's player No. 24. The time is the cost. In this example, $4,000. Listen long enough and it's not much of a code, but there's never been much to codebreaking here, either.

Furthermore, the below excerpt regarding the secrecy behind a bag man's identity helps to illustrate the fact that bag men are essentially the sporting world's equivalent of CIA agents.

A good bag man will never be famous. He will never be that guy hovering right next to the head coach after a big win. His name will never be known by the majority of students, fans, and alumni of the university he loves. There is no dead bag man memorial on the campus of any football powerhouse. There are no memorial scholarships named after the guy who gave a running back's mother $3,000 a month for four years.

"There's some guy I know. He's in the [official booster club for the university]. I've known him almost all my life; he's a friend of my family. Guy gives about $50,000 a year to the program. And so he gets to wear a jacket and have his name in the [annual alumni magazine] and gets to shake hands with the coaches and feel really goddamn important. I see this guy all the time, and we talk about the team, and he's always trying to big dick about how important he is to the program. Now let me ask you, who do you think is more important to this team winning next season? Him with his $50,000 getting bathrooms painted in the basketball arena, or what I do with not even a quarter of that much money?"

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And (to absolute nobody's surprise), they're overwhelmingly positive about his recruiting abilities and accomplishments at Vanderbilt. However, a couple of the writers did express reservations about the rape case involving the Vanderbilt football players and the importance of Franklin making sure he maintains a reasonable level of transparency within the program. While I understand their concerns, one has to think that Joyner, Erickson, and the rest of the search committee thoroughly vetted Franklin with a fine-toothed comb regarding that case. I'm willing to give them the benefit of the doubt that if anything about the way Franklin answered their questions about it gave them the slightest of pauses, we would likely be talking about how we're getting our first look at Al Golden or Mike Munchak's Penn State football team, right now.

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Stephen Colbert is taking over David Letterman's spot on CBS' The Late Show next year. As exciting as this sounds, one reasonable concern to have (aside form Colbert no longer playing his conservative talk show host persona) is whether Colbert will be forced to water down his shtick for broadcast TV.

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