Category Archives: Crime and Punishment

A second chance that worked out

As much as we tend to focus on bad behavior and what seems like the inevitable exodus from Athens that follows, it’s worth remembering that sometimes it’s about good kids that screw up and deserve that second chance.  (I know, I sound like Malzahn there.)  Davin Bellamy sounds like one of those kids.

“It was my mistake and, the way I was raised by my mother, if you do something own up to it,” Bellamy said last week. “It was nobody else’s fault. I shouldn’t have put myself in that situation. So whatever punishment happened, I felt like it was something I needed to do without complaining. You usually complain when you think something wasn’t fair or wasn’t right. But I knew it was my mistake and it was going to lead to that. So there was no reason to complain about it.”

Slowly but surely, the 6-foot-5, 235-pound athlete is starting to show the promise his coaches have seen in him since he arrived as a 4-star prospect. As a backup to entrenched starter Jordan Jenkins at the Jack position, Bellamy has recorded six tackles and a tackle for loss in three games.

“It definitely made me appreciate the game more, made me appreciate every snap,” Bellamy said. “I could have been kicked off the team, but Coach Richt decided to give me another chance. So every time I’m out there playing, I’m reminding him and thanking him for giving me that second chance.”

Admittedly, there’s a fine line to tread about when it’s right to give someone that opportunity.  And the line should be more about reading a player’s character than his on the field contributions.

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Filed under Crime and Punishment, Georgia Football

“We have manhood sessions once a week.”

In Jonathan Taylor’s situation, what do you figure is the loophole to the Malzahn Rule?


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

Majoring in delusion at Second Chance U

I mentioned the other week hearing rumors that Auburn was recruiting former Georgia defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor.  Well, it sounds like shit’s gettin’ real now.

While his legal issues have yet to be resolved, Taylor is currently on the road to redemption at Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Wesson, Miss.

According to 247Sports, he is being recruited by Auburn, LSU and Louisville. He unofficially visited LSU on Saturday and will “probably” visit Auburn this weekend for the Louisiana Tech game.

“Redemption” is such an amorphous term for a guy who believes – nay, knows – he’s a good guy.  After all, it’s not him, it’s us:  “I just feel like everybody has the wrong impression of me right now.”

Gee, I wonder how that happened.


Filed under Crime and Punishment

Thursday morning buffet

Dig in.


Filed under Coach O Needs Another Red Bull, Crime and Punishment, Gators, Gators..., Georgia Football, Media Punditry/Foibles, Political Wankery, Recruiting, Stats Geek!

Wednesday morning buffet

Several dishes are filled for your dining pleasure.


Filed under Crime and Punishment, Georgia Football, Recruiting, SEC Football, Strategery And Mechanics

“The sensitivity is at an all-time high.”

Gah, this is repellent.

In April, Missouri star Dorial Green-Beckham busted into the home of his girlfriend with such force that he broke through the drywall surrounding the door. He pushed one of her roommates down four stairs, according to a police report of the incident, and then the 6-foot-6, 225-pound wide receiver dragged his girlfriend out of the apartment by her neck.

Missouri kicked Green-Beckham off the team but he was never charged with a crime. His girlfriend’s roommate declined to press charges, saying she feared the backlash from fans and attention from the media. Police called Green-Beckham’s girlfriend “extremely uncooperative,” and police records show she texted her roommate: “Football really is all he has going for him, and pressing charges would ruin it for him completely.”

Three months later, Green-Beckham was accepted at Oklahoma, getting a fresh start with one of the most successful football programs in the country. It was a move that Sooners athletic director Joe Castiglione admitted the school would be unlikely to repeat today. “If someone presented a case like that now, I think you would be fair to say that he probably wouldn’t be at Oklahoma,” Castiglione said.

“Probably”.  Gah, indeed.

The only thing that’s changed between then and now was the emergence of the Ray Rice tape.  Castiglione is basically admitting that Green-Beckham’s behavior in and of itself wasn’t a deal breaker.  It’s just that the optics are worse now.

Castiglione stressed that Oklahoma didn’t regret admitting Green-Beckham. His stance that OU may not take Green-Beckham now is simply reflective of how the scrutiny level has changed. “Just because of the attention and the cases now in the public consciousness, the university would have been unlikely to take on a situation like that,” Castiglione said.

My only question is whether that passes the Auburn test.


Filed under College Football, Crime and Punishment

PAWWWLLL, that’s not even enough to pay for the pinestraw!

Harvey Updyke has paid a whopping $99 of the $796,731.98 he owes in restitution to Auburn.

Maybe Finebaum could sponsor a fundraiser.


Filed under Crime and Punishment, Whoa, oh, Alabama