Two weeks ago, Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive sat down with the league’s 12 football coaches in Destin, Fla., and read them the riot act. Was it too little, too late? Has the damage already been done?
As a result of coaches calling each other out over the years, combined with the proliferation of the Internet and to a lesser degree, talk radio, Slive can’t stop the emerging problem. You just can’t put the genie back in the bottle.
One side always has accused the other of cheating. This is part of human nature, of fandom. You may have heard it from time to time during the Bear Bryant and Shug Jordan era. However, back then, coaches normally called one another and tried to work out the problem internally.