Marcus Dupree, Cam Newton and the South’s Underground Economy

Religion and football are never far from each other in these Southern morality stories either. One of the best quotes on the matter comes from Bill Curry’s wife who, upon arriving at Alabama, told her minister, “Well, football is a religion down here.” The minister paused for a moment, cleared his throat and responded, “Oh, no, it’s much more important than that.”

Not surprisingly, Dupree found himself attached to a shady reverend who attempted to use the star running back for his own devices, encouraging him to enroll at Southern Miss and abandon Oklahoma. Meanwhile Cam Newton’s own daddy, a preacher, is at the center of an NCAA investigation that includes allegations that money may have been funneled through his church in exchange for Cam’s services.