It's time to get nasty.
We're talking SEC nasty. Or is that Big Ten nasty?
A year ago it would have been easy to answer that question. Thanks to Jim Tressel and Ohio State's players making money selling everything from autographs to memorabilia, the Big Ten has jumped right into the middle of the conversation.
OSU's fans are as passionate as any in the SEC, so therefore you get a fanbase who wants to do things for their team that don't always jive with the NCAA.
Let's not forget that the SEC has a long history of playing in the gray area of NCAA rules...and sometimes just obliterating the rules.
So with all that we know of today, which one is dirtier.
Let's do a comparison.
History of Cheating: SEC
Since 1990, more than half of the SEC football programs have faced NCAA sanctions for major violations.
The SEC has a history of "questionable" recruiting practices, which includes allegations of paying players and helping top prospects get the necessary score on the SAT. Just read what Terry Bowden said about the Auburn program when he took over in 1993.
Bowden claims there was a detailed system of paying star high school players around $10,000 to $15,000 if they signed with Auburn. He also alleged the pay-for-play program was run by connected Auburn Board of Trustee Bobby Lowder.
Bowden also pointed the finger at legendary Auburn coach Pat Dye.
Auburn isn't alone in the SEC.
How about Charley Pell with Florida in the early 1980s?
Pell was fired in 1984 amid serious allegations from the NCAA, which eventually determined the coach and his staff committed 59 infractions. Florida was place on two years of probation.
Tennessee served a two-year sentence following violations by former coach Johnny Majors, and of course there was Jackie Sherrill at Mississippi State.
While Sherrill was never found guilty of any NCAA violations, Mississippi State was placed on four years probation after he left.
This is just a short summary of issues with the SEC.
Many of the SEC's biggest boosters are so wealthy they don't mind slipping a player some spending money or direct them to a good deal on a car.
History of Cheating: Big Ten
While the SEC's violations are well documented, the Big Ten has a history of skirting the NCAA's rules as well.
Michigan State also has a storied history of cheating, going back to the days of Duffy Daughtery. The Spartans were found guilty of major violations in the 1950s and was eventually placed on probation for three years.
The Spartans continued to have some issues under George Perles. In 1994, it was discovered that Michigan State had some issues with grade tampering. Perles was fired during the 1994 season and the president made the Spartans forfeit their five victories for that season.
Of course, now there are the recent transgressions of Ohio State's former head coach Jim Tressel, as well as current and former players (read on for more).
Like the SEC, not all of the issues are NCAA related.