On Tuesday, the FBI announced more than 40 charges stemming from a case of people cheating on college admissions exams and bribing officials to get their kids into elite colleges, often on athletic scholarships.
The FBI operation, named “Operation Varsity Blues,” has been the talk of the college sports world ever since.
During Tuesday’s episode of “Outside the Lines” on ESPN, SEC Network host Paul Finebaum spoke about the scandal, saying he’s not surprised:
— Outside The Lines (@OTLonESPN) March 12, 2019
“I’d love to fake outrage here and say all of this surprises me, but it doesn’t,” he said. “This kind of thing — not this thing directly, which is more than I can imagine — has been going on for a long time. We’ve all encountered friends of ours who got into a better school than we did because their parents made donations. I think it’s a continuum of that. I’ve never heard of anything quite like this, let me make that very clear. But I think it’s just an age-old privilege game that goes on. There’s always someone out there with a hand out.
“And one thing too, that I think is separate from the issue here, is universities now are basically fund raisers. Presidents no longer administrate. They raise money, and I think that trickles down so you have some isolated volleyball coach or rowing coach or whatever and they go, ‘You know what? I’m going to cash in, because I’m not making very much money and this university is all about money.”
What happens next remains to be seen, but the feds are currently rounding up those who are facing charges. This could just be getting started.