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Here's Mrs. McCoy on ESPN's The Herd, doing some NCAA detective work: "You cannot expect 19, 20 year-old kids to say no to free stuff when they're in college." She says a bunch of McCoy's Texas teammates couldn't resist free stuff from agents or boosters.

McCoy makes some good points—she's passionate enough about the subject that she called into Cowherd's show, although calling into Cowherd never implies knowledge. The upsetting part comes when she decides that the boosters need to be held accountable for NCAA rule violations. It's the same "rules are worth enforcing" fallacy Craggs identified last week.


More from Rachel McCoy, on the jock-sniffers: "It's tough when you see things that could be handed to you that seem so minor: a dinner, a hunt here or there, a fishing trip, you know things like that that most kids don't even realize are illegal. ... My personal opinion is that most of these boosters aren't giving these guys cars to play better, they're not gonna play better if you give them a car. They want to be remembered down the line when they make it to the NFL. I think they're thinking that's what's gonna happen. But they're not going to be remembered because they bought them a car, all these things that are getting all these guys in trouble now."


Oh, and even though the piece took a scant six minutes, Colin Cowherd got in his usual "family values" fare: "Colt McCoy comes from a great family." "Colt McCoy is sort of the gold standard of what a college athlete should be: he was a great student, he was a great kid, he got offered stuff and turned it all down." Yeah.


Well, whatever family Colt came from, there'll be some awkwardness tonight at the dinner table of the one he currently inhabits.

Rachel McCoy interview [ESPN Podcenter]

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