Category Archives: Crime and Punishment

And you thought Georgia went overboard on discipline.

BYU receiver suspended for the team’s opener for wearing earrings, an honor code violation.

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What happens in Athens, stays in Athens.

At least that’s how Nick Marshall says it works.

One thing that never crossed Marshall’s mind?

The off-field incident that brought his career at Georgia to a close in February 2012.

The details of that never became public, with the Bulldogs only citing it as a “violation of team rules.” Reportedly, it involved Marshall and two others (defensive back Chris Sanders and receiver Sanford Seay) stealing money from a teammate’s dorm room. Following his dismissal, he spent one season at Hutchinson Community College in Kansas before transferring to Auburn last year.

Marshall said he never thought the Georgia incident would factor into Malzahn’s decision on his punishment.

“What happened at Georgia, that’s in the past,” he said. ” … I’m not worried about that right now.”

Based on the punishment Malzahn did hand out, I don’t think Marshall has anything to be worried about right now, no matter where it occurred.


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Crime, punishment, consequences, the Georgia way

James DeLoach:  Checkgate participant; internally disciplined; expressed remorse and appreciation for being given second chance (“I feel like coach Richt and the coaching staff have given me a second chance… I’m gonna do whatever I can to help my teammates, to do what I can do.”); currently in the running to start on the defensive line.

Jonathan Taylor:  Checkgate participant; internally disciplined; subsequently charged with felony assault on his girlfriend; dismissed from team; per DeLoach, currently fielding questions about his future from “many football coaches”.

Yeah, it’s easy to see how this is all Richt’s fault.


Filed under Crime and Punishment, Georgia Football

“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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Jumpin’ on the Herbstreit bandwagon

USA Today’s Dan Wolken goes there.

And over at, John Pennington uses an old news analysis about penalties (and I do mean old… you can find similar stuff Matt Hinton wrote years ago about penalties and winning in the archives here if you search) as a platform for this “I’m not sayin’, but some people would say” observation:

Georgia has come under fire of late due to a spate of player arrests.  They also begin each season with a number of players serving suspensions (though we feel that’s a product have having tougher mandatory punishments than other league members).  Still, some will take a look at the number of flags tossed at UGA over the last seven seasons, marry it with the arrest/suspension issues and decide that Mark Richt’s program might lack discipline overall.

It’s starting to look like this year’s Mark Richt meme is rounding into shape quite nicely.

I’m as unhappy about the arrests and suspensions as anybody, but here’s the thing – exactly what would anyone critical of Richt’s management suggest he do differently on the discipline front?

Is he chasing the wrong kids?  If so, he’s got plenty of company.

“From the standpoint of coach Grantham not picking the right guys, there’s teams that have – I’m not picking any names in particular – there’s teams that are picking up guys who have done way worse things than here,” Jenkins said. “People who make that statement need to go check the other schools and who they’ve recruited, and who’s on their team now.”

That was a point Richt made a bit obliquely as well, defending the screening process his staff does in recruiting.

“The reality is, if you look at who we sign, they’ve got offers from five to 20 schools that we compete with,” Richt said.

Not to mention the kids who have left Georgia and gone on to contribute at other D-1 programs.  And nobody can claim those coaches didn’t know they were bringing on baggage.

And even further, allow Damian Swann to retort.

“How many regular students do you hear about getting DUIs? Or just being arrested? We don’t know any. We might see a guy get arrested when we’re out, but we don’t see it on the news or on ESPN. It’s the spotlight we’re put in, and we have to deal with it.”

Actually, you can check the arrest logs of the ACCPD and see that the number of students arrested is legion, but Swann’s larger point is correct.  It ain’t news unless you’re already in the spot light.  Does that make the fault lie more with the institution that is the University of Georgia than it does with the football head coach?  In my mind, hells, yeah.  But that’s not the way the fingers are pointing these days.

Bottom line, it’s the same deal I mentioned the other day about Greg McGarity’s fretting over the situation.  If there really is a valid fix for Mark Richt’s problem, society as a whole needs it more than Georgia’s football team does.  So what I’d say to critics of Richt is simple.  If you’re gonna wag your finger, offer a suggestion for improvement while you’re at it.  My bet is that’s too hard for most of you.


Filed under Crime and Punishment, Georgia Football

“Nick is still our starting quarterback.”

Remember this?

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said Marshall and Mincy will “suffer the consequences” for their transgressions, but has not stated what the punishment will be for either player, neither of whom have spoken publically since their run-ins with law enforcement.

Behold the consequences!

Auburn won’t open the season with quarterback Nick Marshall under center for the defending SEC champions, but they won’t have to wait long before he trots out onto the field for the Tigers.

Head coach Gus Malzahn told reporters on Friday that Marshall would not start the game against Arkansas but that he would play in the game.

I do not think that word means what Malzahn thinks it means.


Filed under Auburn's Cast of Thousands, Crime and Punishment

The agony of Greg McGarity

I don’t doubt for a second that he’s sincere about this:

“People are upset, we’re upset,” McGarity said, “and we’ve got to work even harder to try to do things that will help us avoid these problems but at the end of the day, a young person has to make a decision. You see that not only with 18-year olds but you see that with 50-year olds that make poor decisions.

“When you do have a problem, it makes you go back and just take another look, take a second look on what’s registering and what is not.”

But seriously, if he finds a solution, he needs to take his services to a bigger stage than Athens, Georgia.  Social engineering is a tall order from an athletic director’s office.

For that matter, given Georgia’s experience over the past few years, the same can be said about the school president’s office as well.


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