NCF Nation: Tim Norling

Posted by ESPN,com's Ted Miller

Lying is so widespread in our society that it no longer seems to amaze many of us.

To flat-out fabricate a story in order to save your hide, and often to falsely blame another -- it's truly distressing how much this is part of our public dialogue.

In Fenuki Tupou vs. agent Tim Norling, somebody is lying.

Did Tupou, as he claims, accept money from an agent, try to give it back and then confess to Oregon officials because he felt guilty? Or is the Ducks starting offensive tackle attempting to rewrite reality in order to protect himself?

George Schroeder in the Eugene Register-Guard makes a solid argument that it's easier to believe Tupou than Norling, an employee with the Arizona-based sports management firm Lock, Metz & Malinovic. Here are further comments from Schroeder on his blog.

Figuring out exactly what Tupou's motive was for confessing is difficult.

Of course, he only had to sit out one game for coming clean, which was carefully managed by the school.

In this day and age, it's hard not to be skeptical. Of everyone.

My guess is that many -- MANY -- FBS teams have players quietly accepting benefits that are not permitted by NCAA rules.

Think about it: The only time these transactions produce splashy headlines is when a disgruntled somebody privy to the exchanges squeals, typically as an act of retribution.

Or in this unusual case, confesses.

This is usually when folks step in and say, "Pay the players already!"

But that's not going to happen. It's a lazy point made by writers typically doing a drive-by on major college sports.

My dreary conclusion on this? It's just part of the game and, really, there's little we can do about it when people are willing to compromise their integrity for cash and trinkets.

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