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Kouandjio payoff talk is baseless, embarrassing

Posted on: February 7, 2011 6:47 pm
 

Posted by Adam Jacobi

As most people are by now aware, Cyrus Kouandjio is officially a member of the Alabama Crimson Tide, signing with the team days after briefly committing to Auburn on Signing Day. Alabama had long been the favorite to land Kouandjio, while Auburn was a relatively late player in his recruitment. Other schools being conidered were Iowa and, oddly, New Mexico.

Any time there's wavering from a top recruit over his commitment, especially in close proximity to Signing Day, there's always going to be some doubt that everything was on the up-and-up. When a school pops up seemingly out of nowhere in the recruiting battle, like Auburn did, it becomes basically common knowledge among partisan fans that someone was being paid illegally -- even when absolutely no evidence surfaces of any wrongdoing.

That's a shame, really. It's not a shame in that a particular school's integrity is being impugned; that practice is as old as the sport itself, and an integral part therein. Who doesn't enjoy needlessly slandering a rival team or its fan base? It's the type of devilish, puerile fun that helps make being a fan such a rewarding experience. No, the problem is not what the rumors say about the schools in question; it's what they say about the recruits.

Think about it. When an Auburn fan gets on the radio and accuses Alabama of paying off Kouandjio, the insinuation is that the Kouandjios don't care at all about Cyrus' well-being, or what school offers the best experience for him on and off the field. No, in a paranoid fan's eyes, all that Alabama (or Auburn, or Iowa, or New Mexico) needed to do was wheel out an SUV from some anonymous booster and the recruiting was done. That's a pretty lousy thing to assume about a family, especially when the father, Jean Claude Kouandjio, was on record encouraging his son to take his mind off the process for a day or two. To assume that this display of good parenting is just some act that belies a great misdeed would necessarily require a good deal of evidence, otherwise it's just plain mean-spirited.

And on the front of evidence, there is none in Kouandjio's case. Nobody has proffered any examples of conspicuous spending or shady deals made with any member of the family or anything of the sort. To make that claim anyway is to make a work of fiction, and when local media agencies report on these rumors even under the guise of "fans speaking out," they smear the public record. Our standards ought to be much higher.

Comments

Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 18, 2011 2:18 pm
 

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Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 18, 2011 7:43 am
 

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Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 14, 2011 3:27 am
 

Kouandjio payoff talk is baseless, embarrassing

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Since: Jan 6, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2011 2:31 pm
 

Kouandjio payoff talk is baseless, CBS

I couldn't agree more that such talk is ridiculous, so why give it the time of day, Jacobi?  This was called in by a barner, too, which adds no creedence to this load of rot at all.  There's a big joke in and of itself!  lol!  Why wasn't similar trash discussed when Brent Calloway, a long time Bama commit, suddenly switched to the barn after visiting Animal ManUre Central, announced this on ESPN during the East-West Shrine game nationally, then changed his mind back to his original, the Tide?  He must've been paid off too, right?  He was a top recruit as well, he just didn't get the press others received because he had a verbal with Alabama for so long.  Barners need to keep their jealous traps shut for a while and try to behave like adults.  Take the lead of Chitnutz... oh wait a minute, he's immature and idiotic.  Never mind.  That's what you Barner signees can expect... a lack of character and dirty coaching; oh and fans that have manure where brain should be. 



Since: Oct 29, 2009
Posted on: February 8, 2011 2:17 pm
 

Kouandjio payoff talk is baseless, embarrassing

sorry for the type-o's



Since: Oct 29, 2009
Posted on: February 8, 2011 2:15 pm
 

Kouandjio payoff talk is baseless, embarrassing

hey Kouandjio, enjoy that grayshirt kid. LOLLLLLLLL. you probably wont ever see the field at bama. you should have went to new mexico, or a big ten team where they CARE about thier players.

Are you serious???? He will play at Bama and New Mexico doesn't care about their kid sand they care even less abotu their program. Albuquerque is a basketball town. Football is an after thought and only fills the stands when a team like TCU. UTAH or in the coming years, Boise. People got to see the other teams. And the season ticket holders feel special because UNM is one of the few schools you can get season tickets for $180. The last recruit that passed on Bama isn't fairing that well because he has no help. He is probably wishing he had gone to Bama and even more so when they have another terrible season this year... I give them 2 wins.




Since: Jan 21, 2010
Posted on: February 8, 2011 1:25 pm
 

Kouandjio payoff talk is baseless, embarrassing

hey Kouandjio, enjoy that grayshirt kid. LOLLLLLLLL. you probably wont ever see the field at bama. you should have went to new mexico, or a big ten team where they CARE about thier players.



6'7, 325, and the top OT in the country and you don't think he'll play?  Dude, this is a top notch SEC recruit, not a 2 or 3 star Big Ten recruit; you don't even redshirt someone like this guy.  And if SEC teams "dont care" about their athletes, why is there this "ohhh the SEC always oversigns?" Why do SEC teams keep getting an over flux of athletes?   



Since: Mar 3, 2009
Posted on: February 8, 2011 11:19 am
 

Kouandjio payoff talk is baseless, embarrassing

hey Kouandjio, enjoy that grayshirt kid. LOLLLLLLLL. you probably wont ever see the field at bama. you should have went to new mexico, or a big ten team where they CARE about thier players.



Since: Jan 21, 2010
Posted on: February 8, 2011 10:08 am
 

Kouandjio payoff talk is baseless, embarrassing

It's funny how most of the comments on this article are in referrence to the "justification" of the Cam Newton saga.  Any Auburn fan that accuses Bama of paying off this kid needs to look in the mirror.  There is no evidence of any "cheating;"  remember how angry you got when people were accusing Newton Auburn fan?  POT CALLING THE KETTLE BLACK!!!



Since: Jul 27, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2011 4:53 am
 

Kouandjio payoff talk is baseless, embarrassing

He must have gotten CAM NEWTON money.


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