Category Archives: Crime and Punishment

That train done left the station.

Talk about your day late and dollar short:

I’m sure that whatever the school learned from her will make a huge difference.

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Filed under Crime and Punishment

Tuesday morning buffet

Grab a plate and dig in.

  • What do you get if you marry college athletics revenue to player win shares?  A lot of underpaid basketball players.
  • Brice Ramsey feels more comfortable this year.
  • Georgia Tech’s assistant athletic director for communications and public relations thinks Twitter could be great for driving revenue and donations.  Any port in a storm, brother.
  • Speaking of Twitter, in hindsight, maybe this wasn’t such a good idea.
  • The receivers are too good for this, but there are times when I can’t help but wonder if Georgia should just load up blockers on the line and pound the crap out of other teams this season with the running game.
  • Andy Staples has a good piece on how coaches who don’t land five-stars after five-stars have to project futures for the recruits they do get.
  • And while I think the recruiting services do a decent job evaluating talent overall, it always amuses me when they don’t see kids like Todd Gurley and Amari Cooper coming.
  • And here’s the latest “we’re from the government and we’re here to help” department.  Hey, it’s bipartisan!


Filed under Crime and Punishment, Georgia Football, Georgia Tech Football, It's Just Bidness, Political Wankery, Recruiting, Science Marches Onward, The NCAA

And you thought Georgia went overboard on discipline.

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


Filed under Crime and Punishment, Stylin'

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.


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

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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