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Eli couldn't deliver Gore to Ole Miss

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08:06 AM ET 11.10 | How close was Frank Gore to landing at Ole Miss? It seemed like a sure thing to Gore's host at the University of Mississippi, a young quarterback named Eli Manning. "He committed. He committed," Manning said today good naturedly as he recalled the visit, which presumably took place in the fall of 2000. "He had a good visit," Manning said. "I took care of him and he was calling me a few weeks later and making sure we were going to run the counter play. And I told him we'd run the counter play and he needed to come here. And all of a sudden it was signing day and we couldn't sign him. Miami had him hidden or something. They had a plan to keep him down there in Miami." Gore grew up in Coconut Grove.

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November 10, 2011  08:10 AM ET

OK, it's an 11-year-old story.

What there saying is that Frank Gore could have been at Ole Miss, but this Manning wasn't elite enough for him.

November 10, 2011  08:13 AM ET

Some kids prefer a cesspool to the quiet life of Oxford.

November 10, 2011  08:20 AM ET

<hits the snooze button>

November 10, 2011  08:22 AM ET

Title makes it sound like they're talking about Eli Roth making a horror movie.

November 10, 2011  08:33 AM ET

Was it Eli, or was it the racist Rebel mascot dude?

November 10, 2011  08:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Some kids prefer a cesspool to the quiet life of Oxford.

Actually, it's among the top 5 party schools each year.

November 10, 2011  08:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Some kids prefer a cesspool to the quiet life of Oxford.

Hard for some to turn down those great parties thrown by the Alum complete with women and stuffed envelopes handed to you after every game.

November 10, 2011  08:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Hard for some to turn down those great parties thrown by the Alum complete with women and stuffed envelopes handed to you after every game.

Would you rather see the "JoePa" way?

November 10, 2011  08:45 AM ET

And we should care because...?

November 10, 2011  08:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Would you rather see the "JoePa" way?

So you do think the NCAA will penalize Penn State or fumble this mess and hand down no penalty and just pass it off and say the legal system will deal with it.

November 10, 2011  08:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

So you do think the NCAA will penalize Penn State or fumble this mess and hand down no penalty and just pass it off and say the legal system will deal with it.

They cleaned house at Penn St. Not much more they can do. The students are crying on espn right now.

November 10, 2011  08:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

So you do think the NCAA will penalize Penn State or fumble this mess and hand down no penalty and just pass it off and say the legal system will deal with it.

Absolutely not. Penn State will be made an example of what not to do to young boys. This is only gonna get worse as more victims come forth.

November 10, 2011  08:53 AM ET

It's interesting that everything came out right after JoePa set the record, though.

November 10, 2011  08:59 AM ET

What would be the proper phrase for this story? !) I could care less, or 2) I couldn't care less.

November 10, 2011  09:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Absolutely not. Penn State will be made an example of what not to do to young boys. This is only gonna get worse as more victims come forth.

And you can bet the house that attorneys are lining up. I would guess that Penn State is going to want to settle any suits out of court as quickly as possible.

November 10, 2011  09:07 AM ET

Not cleaning house would have been the same as saying that no one did anything wrong. Which we all know is incorrect. Everyone who knew about this failed in some way. I don't know the entire story, not sure any of us do, but Penn State as a college and the administrators failed in a huge way. Hate to see Jopa kicked to the curb, but it was coming.

November 10, 2011  09:28 AM ET

The very same trustees that voted JoePa out are in the chain of command. Shouldn't any of them who were there at the time resign too?

November 10, 2011  09:33 AM ET
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The very same trustees that voted JoePa out are in the chain of command. Shouldn't any of them who were there at the time resign too?

good point, biggest question of all, You come upon a grown man raping a 10 yr old boy in the shower, do you walk away or take a second or two to decide how to kill him?

November 10, 2011  09:52 AM ET
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good point, biggest question of all, You come upon a grown man raping a 10 yr old boy in the shower, do you walk away or take a second or two to decide how to kill him?

No matter what you do, it's going to "reflect poorly on the program." So, there is a built-in incentive towards covering things up to keep the story from getting out.

It would be great to live in a world where simply putting a stop to this kind of deviant behavior would gain universal praise. Instead, even doing the right thing has negative consequences. No wonder so much stuff gets swept under the rug.

 
November 10, 2011  10:26 AM ET

Eli couldn't deliver Gore to Ole Miss

Eli couldn't deliver pizza.

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