Awaiting the gay

They’re at GAYCON1 in Mississippi, or something.

Coaches and administrators from Ole Miss and Mississippi State said they hope they’re ready for it, even if the situation has not presented itself yet.

The question, though, was unavoidable Monday, a day after former Missouri defensive end Michael Sam announced via ESPN and the New York Times that he was gay.

“To say that are we ready? We don’t know,” Ole Miss athletics director Ross Bjork said. “We haven’t had anybody approach us. But I feel confident in who we are as coaches and as administrators and as a campus. We would want someone to feel welcome and free, and to be who they are.”

That should work out well, given his school’s track record.

Ole Miss became the subject of national headlines in October when an audience at an on-campus performance of “The Laramie Project” allegedly used a homophobic slur. The university later said it could not determine what was said and who said it, and the school’s investigation made a point of clearing the athletes (including freshmen football players) in attendance.

Eh, maybe they were interacting with the performers.  Kinda like “Rocky Horror”.

And this is probably just a coincidence.

No worries, mon.  They could always let the Rebel Bear mascot sport a rainbow jersey out of solidarity.

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  1. 202dawg

    That jab at Campfield in the first comment of the second link is money…

  2. The other Doug

    “Awaiting the gay” and “GAYCON1″ are two of your best. Well done.

  3. adam

    I’m not even sure why any black kids go to Ole Miss. In recent years they’ve had the KKK on campus and a small riot when Obama was re-elected. If I were a coach, I would bring that stuff up with everyone who considered going to Ole Miss. Mississippi is probably the worst state in the country. It’s the poorest, dumbest, least (and worst) educated, and the most hateful.

    • JAX

      I would guess that you’ve probably never set foot in the state of Mississippi.

      • adam

        I have actually…

        And the state is very poor and the schools are very bad. And attitudes about race and sexuality are arguably the worst in the country as well.

        • JAX

          So Adam, by your standards I suppose San Fran is paradise and Phil Robertson is a fool. Look, do you think parts of Georgia or Florida or California for that matter are not poor? Do you actually believe that Americans who believe in heterosexuality and refuse to support anything other than traditional marriage have bad attitudes?

          Perhaps those that seek to ram “tolerance” down our throats should
          starts practicing it.

          • Do you actually believe that Americans who believe in heterosexuality and refuse to support anything other than traditional marriage have bad attitudes?

            Especially the ones who support it so much they get divorced and remarried. ;)

            My position on gay marriage is Kinky Friedman’s: “I support gay marriage. I believe they have a right to be as miserable as the rest of us.”

    • Dawg in Beaumont

      That stuff after the 2012 elections was some goofy kids acting like dumbasses, it wasn’t a “small riot” to be honest. There was zero violence.

  4. Senator, do you think things would get dicey if they interviewed Richt on the topic considering his religious beliefs?

    • I don’t. If Georgia could handle Musa Smith’s religious affiliation in the wake of 9/11, Georgia could handle a gay football player, too.

      • Hope so. Musa did come to mind as I typed the question.

      • David K

        I agree Richt would be cool about it, however, evangelicals feel about Muslims about like they feel about Jews. It’s NOTHING compared to the outright intolerance they feel towards gays. I say this not knowing how deep rooted Richt’s evangelical beliefs are. I suspect he’s a pretty tolerant and an overall decent guy towards that sort of thing (while still believing its a sin.)

        • I don’t see how you can be a successful recruiter without being tolerant.

        • Rex

          As a Christian, I find your blanket statement to be intolerant.

          • Charles

            You beat me to it.

          • David K

            Whatever, I said Evangelicals not Christians. It’s sort of like being a fundamentalist Muslim and having a problem with being labeled as intolerant of Jews.

            • Hmmm you’re splitting hairs. Fundamentalist Muslim…not to be confused with Islamic Fundamentalists who want to bring the world back into a stone-age way where instead of governments running the world, the Islamic Faith will run the world in every aspect of the way.

            • Hackerdog

              Given that the Bible explicitly states that homosexuality is sinful (as well as the Torah and Qu’ran), do you think all Christians (and Jews and Muslims) are insufficiently tolerant toward homosexuals? Or do only those who believe that the Bible/Torah/Qu’ran is God’s word qualify as intolerant? Or can tolerant people disagree with the morality of someone’s else’s actions for religious reasons?

              • simpl_matter

                I find it quaint to hear it described as a “disagreement” now.

                • Hackerdog

                  Exactly. Some people want to portray “intolerant” groups, like Evangelicals, as torch-wielding mobs, rather than people who refuse to endorse a lifestyle they disagree with, and are willing to quietly walk out of a class.

    • 202dawg

      Not the Sen, but I have been going over this one in my mind and here’s how I could imagine him responding. I feel it will be something along the lines of ‘it’s not my place to judge. It’s my place to love…’ or something along those lines. I think CMR is a pretty pragmatic guy, considering his strong Christian faith. At least i’d like to THINK he is…

  5. mdcgtp

    Ah Mississippi…the land of Hugh Freeze, racial tolerance, hotty toddy, and openness of sexuality. What a utopian society!

    As for UGA, one of our asst coaches retweeted a tweet by a former player at his position this summer (though he did not coach said player) in defense of traditional marriage (and ostensibly a form of disapproval of gay marriage). while we can’t police their thoughts, we can set rules about how they use social media. I will note that we have not seen a tweet like that since.

  6. Bulldog Joe

    Did anyone interview Hotty Toddy?

  7. My youngest a finance major was at a weekend dinner with family and was discussing his classes. One of his classes a Management of Info Sys kind of class at Georgia was being taught by a transgender professor. That’s not something that comes up very often when talking about professors. We asked what he thought. He shrugged his shoulders and said. ” I don’t know … I am there to take a class and learn what is on the syllabus. I got enough to take care of and I don’t worry about what someone does after work.” Later he explained that when the professor walked in it was kinda obvious that this was a transgender thing. Several kids took it upon themselves to walk out then. His next remark was interesting. He said. ” If they didn’t like it that was fine. But they could have drop added later. They didn’t need to leave. It was pretty obvious and pretty ugly.” If someone doesn’t agree with another person’s life style choices fine. But it’s way over the line to try an shame them or embarrass them because you do.

    • Hackerdog

      If I am certain that I am not going to sit through a class for the semester, I see no reason to spend an hour or two sitting quietly so as not to offend the sensitive professor by quietly walking out.

      Things have come a long way if dropping a class now qualifies as a homophobic action.

      • Dawgwalker07

        I think the comments above are a bit too vague for me to draw a firm conclusion but I’m taking it as it was obvious the kids got up and left not because the class wasn’t what they wanted or needed but because of the gender of the prof. I think that’s pretty disrespectful and think you ought to have the decency to not “offend the sensitive professor” by clearly walking out because of their gender. It’s a matter of that’s not how you treat people in general. There’s no other group in America where that type of targeted action would be as tolerated.

        • Hackerdog

          I don’t care if the kids left because the professor was wearing a dress, or because they decided it was too early to consistently make it to class. Why waste time sitting through the class? If you phone the wrong number, do you feel obligated to have a conversation with whomever you contacted? Or do you quickly end the call so that you can spend your time talking to whomever you wanted to call in the first place?

          Also, if a man wants to go out in public wearing dresses, one of the consequences of his actions is that people will react. Some reactions will be positive. Some will be negative. If some students quietly leaving his class is enough to offend the professor, then I think he is too sensitive to be wearing dresses in public.

          Now, if the students had jumped up and rushed the professor to assault him, then I would condemn them. But simply leaving the class without speaking hardly seems like a hate crime.

    • Biggus Rickus

      I don’t really equate the transgendered with homosexuals. To believe you are one sex trapped in the body of the opposite sex is to suffer from a delusion, and if I went into a class taught by a transgendered person, I’d probably walk out as well. Who wants to be taught by an obviously crazy person?

    • Normaltown Mike

      I know of the professor you reference and a funny side note. When he was transitioning from man to woman, the college set aside a bathroom to be his/her own so as not to offend anyone.

      The grumbling I heard from some faculty was “hell, if I can get my own bathroom, I might consider it”.

  8. Timphd

    Heard Aaron Murray on ESPN radio today and he was asked about how Sam would have been accepted at UGA. He gave a great answer that he was one of the toughest Defensive Ends in the SEC and that if he was in the weight room, film room and on the field like everyone else he would be welcomed on the team. I hope that reflects the prevailing attitude. And this comes from a 60 year old guy who considers himself conservative.

  9. Always Someone Else's Fault

    “Evangelical”: the problem with the definition is that it’s functionally a stereotype once it’s appropriated for popular culture. We attend an “evangelical” church that somehow blends people with both Romney and Obama bumper stickers, a sizable home-schooling community, and homosexual members. The church encourages people to look inside themselves and model behaviors that grow the Kingdom in positive ways. The theology is rigorous, not mushy. The focus on Bible study is an intense as any church I have ever attended. It’s a wonderful, growing community.

    But, when the cameras turn on, its Fred Phelps and Company that dominate the headlines because extreme positions move the needle. I’m not blaming the media; we have a capitalist media model, and I prefer it to the alternatives. But, when people demand that Christians or evangelicals must look beyond stereotypes, the statement itself stereotypes all Christians or evangelicals, doesn’t it?