NCAA's Seamy Side Months Before Kickoff

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A secret affair. Hidden payoffs. A bungled cover-up.

The John Edwards trial?

Not exactly. More like the worst week in the life of Arkansas football this spring. In fact, I can't remember an early college offseason that was less about football and more about a martini mix of scandal, NCAA penalties, legend replacement and the BCS pregnancy test results (It's a playoff!).

Start with the sad, sordid stuff:

Out at Arkansas -- Bobby Petrino, sweetheart employment deals for the woman with whom he was having an affair, the woman herself, The Petrino Motorcycle Driving School.

In at Arkansas -- John L. Smith, transparency, national championship aspirations/expectations.

The Razorbacks were the biggest losers of the spring, but it could have ...

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