Josh Luchs on Player Payment: 'Do I Regret Doing It? No'
On Wednesday, Luchs said in a radio interview that he didn't regret paying over 30 college football players.
"If it was against the rules it was wrong," Luchs said on ESPN's Mike and Mike in the Morning. "Do I regret doing it? No, not necessarily. I didn't give guys money so they could go out and buy watches and cars. A lot of these guys came from a place where they were being thrust into these big schools and these environments, and a lot of people around them, some of them at private schools, the people around them have money, the people around them are going out and enjoying themselves and enjoying the college experience, and a lot of these kids didn't even have enough money to buy groceries. I'm not trying to paint myself as Mother Teresa, but clearly, at least in my case, the money served a purpose."
While Luchs paints his behavior as charitable, the fact is that a lot of the money was spent on things that could hardly be considered life essentials for underprivileged athletes, like a Las Vegas hotel room for Ryan Leaf or Janet Jackson tickets for Jonathan Ogden.
Luchs also touched on Kiper's involvement, saying, "What Mel did do in these situations, whether he realizes it or not, he allowed himself to be used in the recruiting process."