Meltdown coming.

Hoo, boy.  This ought to be something.

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UPDATE:  “That’s what makes America great,” Richt said at his weekly news conference, “and I think that he handled it well.”

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UPDATE #2:  And now, the players.

The power wielded by Missouri’s football program did not go unnoticed inside Georgia’s practice facility.

“It’s extremely powerful, that athletics, students on the football team, could have that much of an impact,” senior tight end Jay Rome said.

Rome said he’d consider partaking in a football boycott if the situation was important and called for it…

… With the Missouri football team helping campus protesters achieve the ouster of Wolfe and Loftin, Georgia receiver Malcolm Mitchell said it shows the kind of platform that college athletes can have when it comes to taking a stand on an issue.

“I think that opens the door for a lot of teams to come together and rally behind whatever it is they stand for,” Mitchell said. “The football team is its own community on universities – and obviously with a lot of power as we saw in Missouri. I think we’ll see that more often now.”

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80 responses to “Meltdown coming.

  1. Argondawg

    It is called Fascism. Political Correctness run completely nuts. Respect our space or we will kick your ass in our safety zone. How safe does that make you feel?

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  2. Biggus Rickus

    No good can come of this.

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  3. DugLite

    I’m starving to hear this. As a matter of fact I demand to hear it.

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  4. Dog in Fla

    “That’s what makes America great,”

    Where’s my hat?

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  5. Cojones

    Everyone please remember tomorrow and touch base with your local and family vets. Remember, they are still out there and in harm’s way in many instances.

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  6. Jared S.

    So if the majority of Georgia players go on strike and insist that Richt be fired……

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  7. Bill Glenn

    Richt from ABH on Missouri situation:

    “Just from what I saw, there was some things that were going on that shouldn’t have been going on,” Richt said. “And sounds like they weren’t being addressed properly. And you know, when that happens, things need to get fixed.”

    Like special teams?

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  8. TennesseeDawg

    If Richt were in the same situation, I’d say he’d back the administration 100%

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  9. Gurkha Dawg

    The genie is out of the bottle and he ain’t going back in. Once people get a taste of power ( blood ) things don’t go back to the way they were. The first thing they should demand is health ins for football related injuries for the rest of their lives.

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  10. Scorpio Jones, III

    What is the meltdown of which you speak, there, Bluto?
    Comments?

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  11. Swastipoo

    I feel confident that Richt suspects Brice Ramsey of swastipoo art. His shaved head was the giveaway.

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  12. Macallanlover

    So, his words don’t reflect that position at all but you just thought you would take a contrarian position anyway? Got it….totally shocked. Any some wonder why it’s called the lunatic fringe.

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  13. Brandon (Version 1)

    I don’t get the Meltdown reference.

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  14. John Denver is full of shit...

    Meltdown = A domino effect of college athletes sitting on their hands and not taking the field or court until they get their way, in 3,2,1

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    • John Denver is full of shit...

      See what I’m sayin’ is if it were a sandwich, ESPN and the Players are the bread, and the university receiving large funds is the meat. Thus a really big sandwich. Except the Universities insist on a low carb diet and as anyone who has ever attempted such a diet knows it only lasts so long. Amirite?

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  15. doofusdawg

    this has so many double entendres I don’t know where to begin… lol.

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  16. Jay Rome might have more standing if he were to catch some footballs.

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  17. greygatch

    He’s on strike from catching touchdown passes. #fieldgoalsmatter

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  18. AusDawg85

    We’re we applauding Chris Conley last year for his involvement/athlete representation with the NCAA? But let the 1982 NFL strike bear a lesson…the guy that can hold out the longest, wins. If SA’s get locked out of training facilities, scholarship money, etc. they lose football and an education. The schools would just lose a little $$$, but will be back next season. My guess is we’ll see a strike that goes badly for everyone before this lesson gets learned (again).

    How did the players at Grambling fare after their walk-out?

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  19. 92 grad

    In a matter of hours every student on campus will be signing some kind of document that will empower the university to deny benefits for cause. The language will surely include provisions to protect the university athletic association against the financial penalties from any kind of strike. They’ll make sure that athletes will lose scholarships if they refuse to honor their contractual obligations.

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    • 92 grad

      I’ve read all the stuff about ncaa and universities not being able to yank scholarships, I am certain that many lawyers are currently wrestling with it, athletic associations are certainly very concerned right now, not to mention conference commissioners and ESPN, etc..

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    • Bulldog Joe

      This university can’t get a contract signed with its most important revenue generating athletic department employee in eleven months. You think they are capable of doing anything in a matter of hours?

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  20. Argondawg

    For the last decade or so I have supported finding a way to compensate players for their play and also they should be able to somehow make money from their names. Autographs etc. I would leave the details to someone more savy and smarter than I. What the Mizzou football team did this weekend was swing the pendulum all the way in the other direction. By getting the president fired they put every program on notice as to who has the power. Make no mistake they may have doubted how much power they had before but not anymore. If they get organized no one knows where this could land. This train could run completely off the rails before it finds it equilibrium. Yikes

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    • The reason the pendulum has swung the other way is that the players are not paid. There is an asymmetry in risk that is currently in the players favor. The players lose the potential to have a scholarship while the schools have the golden goose at stake. If this situation was like the NFL, where there was something like an NFL salary at risk for the players, they would not wield such power.

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    • doofusdawg

      Equilibrium is a subjective term. I’m sure the courts will figure it out. And that’s another reason why elections matter.

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  21. John Denver is full of shit...

    Its simple really, each player has a % of (jersey sales, ads, ticket rev, etc) go into a trust. The money is transferred to the student once he graduates, if he leaves for the pros early, he forfeits that money and it stays with the university.

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  22. Macallanlover

    Slippery slope indeed, this type of wildcat action is even more dangerous than the Northwestern unionization attempt. The predictions for this getting out of control seem very likely. Wonder if Pinkle acted independently, or approached the AD before speaking out about players’ actions? I can see him expressing strong support for the school to take immediate action to address the issues but approving the “walkout” was reckless.

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  23. Debby Balcer

    According to the AJC, for what it is worth, the athlete in the center of this is a former walk on and PHD candidate who played at UGA as a walk on and received a scholarship.

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    • Noonan

      He has obviously been oppressed by the man.

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    • Cojones

      And I remember his name being called after hitting guys on kickoffs. He made a few plays while on the team. I recall that he was a damned good Dawg. So now is he viewed as a sorehead for standing up like a man in the face of personal criticism for what he felt was a wrong? He is just as strong in character as any soldier who walks out to do his duty when he knows there are people with guns waiting to shoot at him, except his character is not held in the same esteem as the soldier when he doesn’t receive fire, but instead receives disdain and a smear at his name. And it looks like Faloughi will get a higher degree of learning than over 90% of us posting.

      He who steals my purse, steals nothing. He who steals my good name, steals everything. Ben Franklin out of “Poor Richard’s Almanac”.

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    • Trbodawg

      Debby, I read that article earlier in the day, now I can’t find it. Do you have a link?

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  24. Alabama Football vs. The Machine.

    Soak that one up.

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