Rachel McCoy, wife of former Texas Longhorns QB Colt McCoy, "randomly" called up ESPN radio's Colin Cowherd Tuesday. She was asked what kinds of things her husband was offered against the rules during his playing days in Austin. Here's the audio, and here are some of the key quotes, including one portion that would have had Mack Brown jumping out of his seat if Mack Brown was a big enough Miami Heat fan to listen to Colin Cowherd:
People in Texas are just being friendly and they don't mean anything by it at all. They don't realize most of the time it is a violation. Texas is very clear with their players ... You cannot expect 19- to 20-year-old men to not accept free stuff while they're in college ... There's no way that college kids can really, honestly say no to all this stuff ... It's hard for a lot of these guys to even know ... I saw so many of his teammates who maybe didn't have some of that self-control to be able to say no to somebody. It's hard because you've got adults who you respect who you think will know what's right and what's wrong ... You do what adults say; that's how you're taught. So you have adults offering things, promising the world, doing all this stuff: we're taught to go along with that. That's the respectful thing to do. It's interesting to see adults really putting kids in these positions where they're taught to agree and go along and respect.
She said it's hard for college players to see their jerseys being sold while knowing they're not allowed to accept so much as a sandwich. The villain in her story: 40-year-old boosters, who just want to be remembered once players reach the NFL. She said McCoy was frequently approached by agents, but brushed it off and let his dad handle it.
That "so many of his teammates ..." line is the one that's raising eyebrows from College Station to Columbus and beyond. Whether she meant to imply what she did imply is anyone's guess, but it's hard to take that portion any other way. Either way, it would be a leap to take her statement as one that's entirely blown the cover off of widespread campus corruption.
Listen to the whole thing yourself; I'm certainly not trying to take anything she said out of context.