“They are so rah-rah about football that they don’t care about what happens…”

It’s about damned time, Coach Richt.

Gone, apparently, is a culture that insiders say was driven by hands-off management and a willingness to accept risky athletic recruits in a bid to win on game day.

Oh, wait.

U.S. Air Force Academy cadet athletes flouted the sacred honor code by committing sexual assaults, taking drugs, cheating and engaging in other misconduct at wild parties while the service academy focused on winning bowl games and attracting money from alumni and private sources in recent years, a Gazette investigation has found.

The findings are egregious enough that academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson told The Gazette that she has called for an Inspector General’s investigation of the athletic department.

The Air Force Academy?  Eh, things couldn’t have been that bad, could they?  Um…

After academy leaders were told about the allegations of rape and drug use, OSI agents planned their own party, one with informants in the crowd and special agents nearby to bust bad actors. But leaders determined that the risk that women would be raped was so high that the idea of a January 2012 sting was quashed, academy officials said.

Pretty much your textbook example of “out of control”.  And, gee, where have we heard this story before?

“I think they have, more and more, recruited people for athletic purposes who can’t hack it academically and morally,” Goldich said.

Some at the school say Mueh may have allowed standards to fall. In 10 years under Mueh, who has announced plans to retire in 2015, athletes at the academy have piled up the record of misbehavior and courts-martial convictions.

“Obviously, we shouldn’t have brought any of them in – in hindsight,” Mueh admits of cadets who dishonored the program.

Mueh, though, hotly contests that his management style led to athlete misconduct.

Two athletic department workers, who asked not to be named for fear of retaliation, said Mueh gave coaches wide latitude in recruiting and maintaining discipline.

A former academy leader called Mueh’s style “hands-off,” even as allegations of athlete misdeeds piled up and coaching salaries soared.

“Laissez-faire,” another said of Mueh’s style.

If it can happen at the AFA, tell me where it can’t happen.

I await the reaction from Herbstreit and Wolken.

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14 responses to ““They are so rah-rah about football that they don’t care about what happens…”

  1. Cojones

    She told the IG that she wanted every swinging dick there investigated. The IG opined that they should look at the stiff ones also.

  2. sectionzalum

    And I await Herbstreit and Wolken’s silence when Auburn picks up an expelled Air Force cadet that does the same thing at Auburn and harshly isn’t …..allowed to start the opener.

    • 69Dawg

      I’m sorry the ESPN meme is that Richt has no discipline but Alabama and Auburn are the schools of second chances. Get use to it it’s not going to change.

  3. Duglite

    Crickets

  4. gastr1

    I await the moment one of those ESPN tools mentions that the (apparently) newly-credited Saban Doctrine (we keep those players and rehabilitate them in secret, which of course is really how it’s been done forever)–is a problem, and maybe we should expect more transparency on run-ins with the university and the law and on academic problems and fraud.

    I’ll keep waiting.

    • Lrgk9

      Hmm, the good ole boy syndrome, when was the last time that blew up, oh yeah, Penn State. It’s a good thing that Penn State cleaned house and got a guy where sexual misconduct is not a part of his history… Oh Wait,,

      But anyway, it’s not like Alabama’s current coach has any branches off his coaching tree where this sort of thing is hands off… Like they are at FSU… Oh Wait,,

      • gastr1

        Don’t leave out the clusterfuck in Chapel Hill. Hide and Deny has been the way of the world for a long time now. Uncle Nicky just put a new spin on it.

        • Bulldog Joe

          Moving its AD into the conference commissioner slot enables UNC to do things its competition can not do.

          Unless UNC pulls a UGA by spilling the beans and punishing itself, they will get nothing but a citation from the NCAA and the conference.

  5. Debby Balcer

    We lived in Colorado Springs from 1984-1988 when Fischer DeBerry was the head football coach. They had a completely different culture then. Fischer went to church with us and his character was evident. We were youth leaders for his son and daughter. Sad to hear that is going on there.

  6. Dog in Fla

    No one could have predicted that the prayer breakfasts at the AFA involving the “Lord’s Army” and “The Family” would not work on all the cadets

    “The National Prayer Breakfast is sponsored by The Fellowship, a foundation associated with The Family, a secretive group of influential Christian lawmakers and politicians whose mission is to advance the evangelical Christian agenda in Washington and across the world.”

    http://www.truth-out.org/archive/item/93994:air-force-academy-taps-member-of-lords-army-to-speak-at-national-prayer-luncheon

    • 69Dawg

      OK, I bite what does that have to do with anything in this thread? I’ll hang up and listen.

      • Dog in Fla

        The athletic department is not the only thing that is out of control at this school. For the service academy that has the most fundamental Christians, apparently more so than any other service academy, the nature and extent of misbehavior by cadets is an odd result.

        May 4, 2005:

        “Alumni also have played a key role in raising the complaints of religious intolerance. Michael L. “Mikey” Weinstein, a White House attorney in the Reagan administration who graduated from the academy in 1977 and has sent two sons there, said yesterday that “a colossal failure of leadership is resulting in a constitutional train wreck” at the school….

        The report said that during basic training, cadets who declined to go to chapel after dinner were organized into a “Heathen Flight” and marched back to their dormitories. It said the Air Force’s “Chaplain of the Year” urged cadets to proselytize among their classmates or “burn in the fires of hell”; that mandatory cadet meetings often began with explicitly Christian prayers; and that numerous faculty members introduced themselves to their classes as born-again Christians and encouraged students to become born again during the term….

        In a statement yesterday, the Air Force said it discovered “perceptions of religious bias” during a 2004 survey in which some cadets complained that evangelical Christians were pressuring Jews and other Christians.”

        http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/05/03/AR2005050301499.html

        October 6, 2005:

        “Over the past decade or more, the suit claims, academy leaders have fostered an environment of religious intolerance at the Colorado school, in violation of the First Amendment.”

        http://www.cbsnews.com/news/air-force-sued-over-religion/

        Thursday 30 September 2010

        “Underground” Group of Cadets Say Air Force Academy Controlled by Evangelicals

        https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/newsfromunderground/PDj2dguQIrA

        Feb 07, 2014

        “I am Spartacus.

        I am over 100 cadets strong at the USAF Academy. I am also the seventh Spartacus in succession, covering more than six and a half years since first appearing within the AF Academy Cadet Wing in the summer of 2007.
        We, of Spartacus, live a total lie every single day and night to survive here.

        In our world here at the Air Force Academy, having the indispensable odor of a practicing, “all in”, committed Christian among our peers and superiors means being accepted as one of the pack. With that “in” smell, no one bothers us, tries to convert us, questions our honor, our commitment to service, our motives—we are generally left to our own devices, studying, practicing, flying, athletics and marching.”

        http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/02/07/1275920/-Lying-to-Survive-at-the-Air-Force-Academy-An-Open-Letter-to-Lt-Gen-Michelle-Johnson

        Jul 28, 2014

        “How else to describe the fact that, despite the mountains of evidence regarding the slowly-simmering “frying pan” of searing religious repression frittering away at unit cohesion, morale, good order, and discipline within the Air Force, Welsh still seeks to find a “compromise” with the rabid dogs of fundamentalist Christian theocracy and extremist militancy regarding the watershed religious protections from chain-of-command proselytizing embodied by Air Force Instruction 1-1 (AFI 1-1)?”

        http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/07/28/1317346/–USAF-Chief-of-Staff-Welsh-the-Crisis-of-Gutless-Leadership?showAll=yes