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Report Says Players From Alabama’s 2009 Title Got Paid Fro Autographs
John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports
Sports Illustrated’s Luke Winn has a new feature story called “Operation Stolen Base” that details a group of players from Alabama’s 2009 national title team, including Marquis Johnson and Terrence Cody, were paid for their autographs. Per SI...
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Panezich and Bollinger arrived in Tuscaloosa during winter break, when the football team wasn’t practicing, so finding players required improvisation. The first member of the Crimson Tide they say they encountered—and asked to sign, outside of a dorm—was cornerback Marquis Johnson. The two collectors had 40-odd white-paneled footballs, each emblazoned with Alabama’s logo, laid out in the rear bed of their SUV, and “[Johnson] signed a few,” Panezich says. “[He] talked about getting paid to do the rest.?.?.?.?We paid him up front and . . . he recruited everybody else to come and sign. He’d go into the dorm, grab a couple guys—$20, $30, $40, depending on who the player was—and they’d all come sign 40 team items.”

Panezich says Johnson was paid roughly $200, but “not everyone took money. [Defensive tackle] Terrence Cody was probably the biggest. He got paid to sign all the team stuff—and then we heard he was interested in making some more money. So he came out and signed a bunch of mini helmets that he inscribed, like 2X ALL-AMERICAN, or 2 BLOCKED FGS AGAINST TENNESSEE, very specific stuff.” Panezich recalls that they paid Cody around $400 total. (SI obtained cellphone video from Panezich that shows Johnson, fellow cornerback Rod Woodson and tight end Colin Peek autographing items; Panezich says that Peek, as well as running back Ali Sharrief and QB Greg McElroy, signed but declined compensation in order to comply with NCAA rules. Cody, through his agent, declined to comment. Says Johnson: “I never got paid. I don’t know [Panezich].” Woodson could not be reached for comment. When asked if the school had knowledge of the signings, an Alabama spokesman said, in part, “As part of our comprehensive compliance and education program, we routinely review all situations of potential concern and address matters such as these with all of our student-athletes.”)
You can read the whole thing [link=(Panezich and Bollinger arrived in Tuscaloosa during winter break, when the football team wasn’t practicing, so finding players required improvisation. The first member of the Crimson Tide they say they encountered—and asked to sign, outside of a dorm—was cornerback Marquis Johnson. The two collectors had 40-odd white-paneled footballs, each emblazoned with Alabama’s logo, laid out in the rear bed of their SUV, and “[Johnson] signed a few,” Panezich says. “[He] talked about getting paid to do the rest.?.?.?.?We paid him up front and . . . he recruited everybody else to come and sign. He’d go into the dorm, grab a couple guys—$20, $30, $40, depending on who the player was—and they’d all come sign 40 team items.”

Panezich says Johnson was paid roughly $200, but “not everyone took money. [Defensive tackle] Terrence Cody was probably the biggest. He got paid to sign all the team stuff—and then we heard he was interested in making some more money. So he came out and signed a bunch of mini helmets that he inscribed, like 2X ALL-AMERICAN, or 2 BLOCKED FGS AGAINST TENNESSEE, very specific stuff.” Panezich recalls that they paid Cody around $400 total. (SI obtained cellphone video from Panezich that shows Johnson, fellow cornerback Rod Woodson and tight end Colin Peek autographing items; Panezich says that Peek, as well as running back Ali Sharrief and QB Greg McElroy, signed but declined compensation in order to comply with NCAA rules. Cody, through his agent, declined to comment. Says Johnson: “I never got paid. I don’t know [Panezich].” Woodson could not be reached for comment. When asked if the school had knowledge of the signings, an Alabama spokesman said, in part, “As part of our comprehensive compliance and education program, we routinely review all situations of potential concern and address matters such as these with all of our student-athletes.”))]here[/link]. So what happens now?

(CollegeSpun)
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So did we beat them now?
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So...........then they shouldn't have been in that game at all.....'09 LSU Natty Champs?
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Who cares?
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Outside the four year windows. Move along.... Nothing to see here.
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And absolutely zero will be done about it
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Big ole meh.
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Terrence Cody involved. Shocker. Pos needs to be fed to starving dogs.
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Why exactly does SI need to put out an article that Alabama players are getting paid? What's next Patrick Peterson was inbounds? These things are common knowledge.
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And LSU still wouldn't have scored.
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Way to crack the case SI. There's only been visual evidence out there for everyone to see for like 7 or 8 years now.
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Why in hell could this not have been in 2011 so we could have claimed the MNC
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DJ Fluker received almost 60K from an agent and the NCAA ignored it. This is nothing
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“And LSU still wouldn't have scored.’ Not Saban’s feeling; he felt their D-line was gassed and Charles Scott would not have been stopped.
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Water is wet. We all know this.
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O.J. was a peeping Tom.
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Please don't tell me you guys think this doesn't go on at every power 5 school.
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This is bama so the NCAA will just look the other way.
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Death penalty for sure
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So, let's get down to brass tacks... do they get to claim another national championship or not? 16!
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Really, Bama commits way worse atrocities than this.
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Nothing to see here
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