What do you get when you mix a dumbass with a stubborn prick? Something like this:
… I know tempers are ablaze on all three sides of this problem (Pahokee’s, Tennessee’s and UF’s), but let’s step back for a second and look at this objectively. Eventually this thing has to end (right?), but how exactly is that going to happen?
“It needs to end,” Thompson said. “It’ll end when Tennessee does what they’re supposed to do.”
The options at this point look like this, in no particular order: 1. Kiffin concedes and flies down here, 2. Alejo backs down from his demand, 3. The school district intercedes and overrules Alejo, allowing the Vols on campus.
At this point, Option 2 is unfathomable. Right or wrong, Alejo seems to have painted himself into a corner and it’s unlikely he’s going to back off his original requirement of Kiffin coming down to a public meeting in Pahokee. Not many people back down once they get to this point.
Option 1 is hard to believe, too, although I wouldn’t rule it out. Like Kiffin or not, and I’m guessing most of our readers don’t, he’s got a pretty demanding job. Not a lot of major college coaches have time to devote to town hall meetings. Furthermore, Kiffin feels as though he has already apologized over and over. He’s not crazy. He apologized on ESPN, apologized to Thompson and apologized in this newspaper. Alejo and Pope say those apologies were directed only toward Thompson, not the community, students and school staff.
Don’t count on Option 3. School district spokesman Nat Harrington said Thursday the county’s policies “absolutely” stand behind Alejo.
“He’s protecting the school and the students, and that’s what we expect him to do,” Harrington said.
“In a situation like this, the principal is the authority on that campus. If he views that anyone is a disruption to his campus, the policy backs him up on that.”
This is the flip side to “it’s all good – we’re getting Tennessee’s name out there” publicity. Junior’s too stupid to realize that an ongoing fight with some petty high school principal just makes him look smaller than he wants to project. It’s one thing to trade barbs with coaches who’ve won national championships. What good does it do to take a shot at the head of Pahokee High?