Laying down the law

Two final spring football stories for your amusement:

  • Phil Fulmer has had enough.  He’s sick and tired of his players getting into trouble.  He doesn’t want any phone calls at 2 in the morning.  So what’s the gameplan?  Something you figure they’ve already tried in Knoxville:

… He said he would meet individually with at least 40 players leading up to fall camp to remind them to represent the program positively.

“I want to look them in the eye,” Fulmer said. “We’ll have some heart-to-heart discussions.”

  • No alcohol at Iowa State’s spring practice tailgates?  While Michael Adams might approve, even the school’s athletic director is appalled.  (Bonus points for the Cool Hand Luke reference in the article.)

(h/t The Wizard of Odds)


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3 responses to “Laying down the law

  1. dean

    Is Fulmer serious? He does realize he’s not dealing with 12 year olds doesn’t he? Nothing like some eye contact and a heart-to-heart to keep players from smoking weed or driving drunk.


  2. Sam

    I don’t doubt Fulmer will actually do this and feel he is addressing the issues that have surrounded his program. This simplistic approach will accomplish nothing until he begins dishing out REAL punishment to the players and stops excusing bad behavior. Don’t get me wrong, all programs have players that break the rules of the team, the university, and society, but Fulmer, Meyer, and several others routinely wink and look the other way…..especially when it is a key player.

    How can other players respect the rules when they see them broken regularly with light, to no punishment handed out? Who can forget Fulmer asking for a FOURTH strike to be given to a starter who had failed three previous drug tests? Seriously, three drug related problems didn’t indicate a significant problem to Fulmer? And this is the guy who parents entrust their young men to at a key stage of their life. This does not even begin to address when Fulmer got in the middle of an active rape investigation on behalf of a player. The list of unaddressed disciplinary problems at UT are the longest, and worst I have ever seen at a university and, I think, are directly responsible for the decline in TN football fortunes. Personally, I would hope he continues along the same path except for the damage being done to young people who deserve a person to help them grow into manhood.

    On at least two occasions in the past two seasons Urban Meyer excused behavior that warranted suspension from the team and played two key players in “big” games, only to punish the players when the match-ups didn’t require their presence. Now that is really laying down the law!

    Lack of discipline will ultimately bring a program down, and it will be interesting to watch LSU this season if Perilloux is reinstated and continues to challenge the rules and authority of Les Miles. It doesn’t have to be this way, Pete Carroll, Mark Richt, and Tommy Tubberville are examples of top programs that discipline players, or make them hit the road. There are others, but the record of this three is enviable by all, and their handling of problems sets the bar high for others to follow. (I don’t include the Reggie Bush fiasco because it is a unique case, and I don’t know what Carroll knew when Bush was a student. I don’t know of situations where he turned his back on known legal problems with his players.)


  3. NebraskaDawg

    Well at least Hillary doesn’t have to worry about Phil running for President.