There's the devil you know and there's the devil you don't know. Through the Johnny Manziel drama, college football has been forced to revisit the discussion of collegiate athletes not receiving money for the work they put in for their respective sport. Of course, the possibility of a pay-for-play program has been discussed, however, there's probably more going on behind-the-scenes that we simply do not know about. Take Ricky Seals-Jones, for example.
Armen Keteyian, one of the authors of the upcoming book entitled The System: The Glory and Scandal of College Football, discussed some of the findings with Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports and pointed to the experiences of Seal-Jones during the recruitment process.
Per the report, a "top-20 program" offered Seals-Jones and his family "$300,000 in cash, use of a luxury suite during football season, eight season tickets and $1,000 per month for Ricky and $500 for the family" if he signed their National Letter of Intent.
The elder Jones took it a step further, claiming that the offer was "a lot higher than that," and that in addition to the $600,000 offer, one ACC and one SEC school offered to double any monetary figure the Seals-Jones family was weighing from another program.
Eventually, the five-star wide receiver rejected all of the lucrative money offers "out of principle and the fear of inevitably getting caught." At 6'5" and 230 pounds, Seals-Jones was a top-flight talent who was wanted by a couple high-ranking programs who were willing to bend the rules in order to get the youngster to play for their university. And that's only the beginning of the revelations made in The System. From the Texas Tech's firing of Mike Leach to Ohio State's "Tattoogate" scandal, this book looks like it'll be a must read when it comes out.
[via Bleacher Report]