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    Posted on Dec 14, 2012

    The Many Ways In Which College Football And Wall Street Are Exactly The Same

    A side-by-side comparison.

    Frequent scandals. Inept regulators. Terrible predictions by “experts.” Old men getting extremely rich in a probably unjustified manner. Stressed-out but well-compensated employees. A heavy fraternity presence. War metaphors. Aside from the uniforms, there's really very little difference between NCAA football and Wall Street. To wit:

    The SEC (Southeastern Conference) is Goldman Sachs

    Chris Graythen/Getty Images; Mark Lennihan/AP

    Their consistent and extreme success seems to be largely the result of constantly telling everyone how extremely successful they are.

    The NCAA is the SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission)

    Joe Robbins/Getty Images; Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

    When these G-men come a-knockin’, the house is going to start rocking very mildly or not at all.

    Steve Spurrier is Warren Buffett

    AP; Getty

    Seen it all, nothing to lose, often seen shooting from the hip (Buffett on taxes, Spurrier on things like preferring to play Georgia mid-season because by that point "you could always count on them having two or three key players suspended"); critics might say they're past their prime.

    Urban Meyer is Jamie Dimon

    Getty; Reuters

    Hard to decide whether you love or hate these guys. Slippery but undeniably talented. Handsome. Distinguished haircuts.

    Bobby Petrino is Henry Blodget

    AP; Paul Zimmerman/Getty Images

    Two guys who continually overcome their own nefarious behavior, and the inherently suspicious nature of their red hair, through hard-charging irrepressibility.

    Cam Newton is Steve Cohen

    Kevin Cox/Getty Images; Anthony Behar/Getty Images

    Haters/regulators are CERTAIN there's something shady going on with these fellows, but have never quite proven it.

    Taylor Branch is Elizabeth Warren

    The Atlantic; AP

    Exude a scholarly demeanor that gives an air of credibility to their withering populist rhetoric against the powers that be.

    Joe Paterno is Robert Rubin

    Patrick Smith/Getty Images; Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

    Two reputations for wisdom and integrity undermined by abrupt collapses.

    Lee Corso is Jim Cramer

    Via http://AP;%20CNBC

    Fun to watch. Don’t put them in charge of your money.

    Les Miles is Ray Dalio

    Stacy Revere/Getty Images; Scott Eells/Bloomberg

    Their methods seem insane. And yet, DO put them in charge of your money/rooting interests.

    The Guys Running The Big Ten are Bain Capital

    Elsa/Getty Images; Bain Capital/Boston Globe

    Step 1: Take over asset. Step 2: Exploit that asset with no regard for long-term consequences. Step 3: Laugh, buy a bigger summer house or a dressage horse or something.

    The General Public is The General Public

    Lon Horwedel/Ann Arbor News / Via blog.mlive.com

    No one cares what you think, and everything comes out of your pocket in the end. Enjoy Bowl/tax season!