No doubt I’m sensitive to this sort of talk after Dennis Dodd’s epic “the only damage caused by Damon’s panties was to the school’s reputation” column, but can we please, please dispense with this sort of overwrought logic?
… It’s not a reach to say that over the last 24 hours, the University of Alabama has suffered its worst black-eye since George Wallace stood in the school house door. From CNN to ESPN to NBC News with Brian Williams, Alabama and its reputation has been carpet bombed from one end of the country to the other.
It’s not a reflection on the school that Harvey Updike is borderline certifiable. As far as I know, he has no official or unofficial relationship with the university. Whatever tenuous linkage exists is completely in the mind of Al from Dadeville. So don’t blame the school. I’m not even sure you can blame the culture (although, admittedly, it’s tempting). Sometimes people behave like complete assholes simply because they’re complete assholes.