As I sit here in my glass house, I only mention today’s Derek Dooley story in a limited context.
… Last week’s arrests weren’t the first major discipline problems in the past year or even during this offseason. Myles was arrested at a nightclub in April and charged with public intoxication, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
Under former coach Lane Kiffin, three players were arrested after being accused of an attempted aggravated robbery at a Knoxville convenience store. Two of them – freshmen Nu’Keese Richardson and Mike Edwards – were dismissed from the team, pleaded guilty to lesser charges and were put on probation.
Kiffin’s predecessor, Phillip Fulmer, also struggled with discipline issues before being fired in November 2008. Players were arrested throughout Fulmer’s 16-year tenure, and eight were either arrested or disciplined in 2008 for violating team rules.
Assuming that this “culture” really matters to the UT fan base (admittedly, that’s not a given), how in the world does Mike Hamilton still draw a pay check from the University of Tennessee? It’s at a point where all I can do is sit back and marvel at that. And wish Mr. Dooley the best of luck.