Former Ohio State coach John Cooper—who posted a 2-13 record against SEC schools during his coaching career—called for an NCAA investigation into Alabama during a radio talk show interview yesterday.
Cooper has not coached a down of football since Bill Clinton was President, the Oklahoma Sooners won what was supposed to be the first of many BCS Championships and the Baja Men Let the Dogs Out. But he thinks Ohio State was robbed by the Committee on Infractions over the TattooGate scandal and thinks the real cheaters are in the SEC.
Speaking with Cleveland sports radio station 92.3 The Fan, Cooper, who was head coach for the Buckeyes from 1988 until 2000, was asked about recently fired coach Jim Tressel and his NCAA violations. Cooper explained that Ohio State's violations seemed minor in comparison to those committed recently by Southeastern Conference schools.
"I see some of these teams, the Auburns. I'm told, I don't know and I haven't coached in that league, but I'm told that down south the Alabamas and LSUs and some of these teams that have these great players, that maybe the NCAA needs to look into their situation," Cooper said. "Those teams have been on probation. As you know, Alabama's certainly one of the most penalized teams in college football, as is the Southeastern Conference. We say the SEC's the best and they are the best, but they've also had more NCAA violations than probably all the other leagues put together the last 10 years."
For the record:
Since the NCAA began enforcement actions in the 1950’s, Ohio State University football has been sanctioned three times for major infractions resulting in scholarship reductions. The University of Alabama football program has also been sanctioned three times resulting in scholarship reductions. For all sports and including those major infractions cases where no scholarship penalties were imposed, Ohio State has been hit by the Committee on Infractions five times. Alabama has been hit five times.
In fact, Alabama is not even on the Top 10 list of the “most corrupt” list of college athletics programs.