There’s lots of ifs and little fact. Sheridan’s segment on Finebaum’s show had the feel of Tigerdroppings if it were broadcast on the radio.
Sheridan has already begun to backtrack as he’s said today that “bagman” was an inappropriate term and now his source has been clarified as a person or persons who know a person or persons inside the NCAA. We no longer even have a clue about the supposed orders of magnitude between the enforcement committee and the oddsmaker…. That’s right; this story is predicated upon the NCAA channeling information through an oddsmaker…
The context of the "SEC media day one" which was held in the heart of Bama country is this- Auburn was catapulted into the national championship game in large part because the Tigers overcame a 24 point deficit to beat Bama in the Iron Bowl (on national tv no less) ultimately winning (or in the eyes of many Bama fans, stealing) the championship season many Bama fans feel was rightfully ordained to Bama. A significant portion of the Bama fanbase can’t stomach that Auburn won a championship let alone Bama’s rightful championship especially given the way Auburn beat them in Tuscaloosa.
Why did Sheridan make lots of qualifiers? Sheridan made lots of qualifiers so that he and Finebaum could have a titillating conversation that pandered to the Bama fringe that drives Finebaum’s ratings. Sheridan spoke in sweeping generalities which make it virtually impossible for his story to be wrong. Five dollars and a fortune teller will buy one more specifics than a close examination of Sheridan’s comments reveals.
Contrary to your belief, if what Sheridan originally implied on the Finebaum show about his “source” had a shred of truth, it would be an absolutely huge issue thank frankly would be bigger then the Cam story.