Well, the boys were given a lot of rope, and their self-perception needs to be adjusted (but, then, successful folks often have a bit of a warped view of themselves which is integral to their success). That being said, (this was talked about in the other thread on this today), the boys likely would have been treated differently for a single instance of drinking, fighting, getting high, getting laid, etc.
They had a long history of bad behavior, and Doctor Tom (Tom Osborne) and crew, had warned them a number of times. Boys will be boys, but, I think they both felt they were beyond reproach which is why Tom finally fired them. The remark "I've only been arrested (or was it in jail?) three times" was very telling. Then, when the other boy (and, they are BOYS) changed his story to save his politics, at the expense of truth, well, it's hard to respect them.
Boys will be boys, but, some boys are bad. These kids needed a dose of reality.
They both need spanked, and, while what they did wasn't so bad, their long history of having a shitty attitude (and it shows in the interviews on ESPN), and their long history of bad behavior got them fired.
As someone who lived at 31'st and Holdrege in LNK (Lincoln, NE) for a number of years, worked for Gold's gym in Lincoln, and trained at UNL, and been in West Stadium Complex (the world's largest weight room), and had friends in the NSCA in Lincoln, I can assure you, had the boys needed money, food, companionship, etc., they would have gotten whatever they needed. I spent five years immersed among UNL athletes in Lincoln years ago. I KNOW about how much of their lives goes to the NCAA. It would be a difficult task for anyone, but, there's passion, ability, and work ethic, and luck, and these kids signed up for that, but, just got a bit out of control. (It's happened to many of us.)
Doctor Tom spanked them, and, from all I've seen of their behavior, I'm inclined now, upon further examination, to believe they deserved it.
Both boys have great bods, and I'm sure have the ability to provide quality adult entertainment. They won't be the first that stepped into the world of porn and got bitten.
I think they felt it was fast money; no one would notice; it wasn't hurting anyone, etc. No harm in that.
They just tested the system one to many times.
Just as we don't have to employ someone who is fat, or smokes, you don't have to have your NCAA athletes doing porn. There is no right to the NCAA because you're VERY, VERY, good.
The rules maybe aren't fair, but, there's some lines you don't cross, and they kinda' went there.
I can imagine how embarrassed the athletic program was.
Logically, what they did wasn't that bad. From the perspective of image management, having your dick all over The Internet, is NOT what UNL wanted the boys doing.
There's enough money in Lincoln (and a training table at UNL) that the boys weren't going to miss any meals.
Have other folks fucked up more? Hell, yes. But, these guys REALLY pissed off some folks. They were warned, over and over, and...then, they put their dicks on the air. That was a slap in the face to everything the program stands for. Tom had little choice but to let them go.
I imagine, that deep down, the boys know that, too.
It's a tough lesson. With brilliance, and ability, often, you have to learn humility. It can be a difficult thing.