Texas A&M football: 3 takeaways from Santino Marchiol’s allegations

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Jimbo Fisher, staff will be investigated

The obvious takeaway here is that A&M will more than likely be investigated by the NCAA for the recruitment violations, and maybe more. Marchiol claims a coach twice gave him money to host recruits — once for $300 and once for $400.

The NCAA allows a coach to give a host $40 a day for official visits, but expenses on unofficial visits are not allowed to be covered by the schools. Marchiol gave detailed accounts of exchanges with linebackers coach Bradley Dale Peveto.

“There were coaches having meetings in the other office, and he said, here, come in the bathroom real quick because he’d just asked me to host the recruit,” Marchiol said. “So I went in the bathroom and it was just me and him in there, and he’s like, ‘Take this, if you need any more just text me and make sure they have a good time.’ ”

Texas A&M released a statement after this report dropped: “Texas A&M Athletics takes these allegations seriously, and we are reviewing the situation with the NCAA and the SEC Office.”

Full cooperation is the only course of action here.