Gary Pinkel is the real racist.

Several Missouri legislators, bless their hearts, still have their collective panties in a wad over last year’s threatened boycott by 32 black members of MU’s football team.  And they know who should be held accountable.

Several lawmakers on the Joint Committee on Education on Wednesday identified who they believe is the real author of the University of Missouri’s woes — former football Coach Gary Pinkel.

Sen. Paul Wieland, R-Imperial, led the charge, threatening to file a complaint that would launch a formal university investigation into Pinkel’s support of a team boycott in solidarity with the Concerned Student 1950 protests. Wieland and others also questioned Pinkel’s new job, negotiated after he announced he would resign as coach because he had been diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

Wieland told interim MU Chancellor Hank Foley “my constituents were kind of concerned that in their minds he had held the university hostage and as a reward the university gave him a contract for a million dollars over three years.”

There’s nothing like kicking a lymphoma victim while he’s down.  But that’s not the most intriguing aspect of the situation.  It’s this response from the interim Missouri chancellor:

Under questioning from Chairman David Wood, R-Versailles, Foley said no team will be allowed to repeat the boycott threat.

“I feel very confident that the situation that developed last fall won’t happen again, and if it does there will be a very different response,” Foley said.

Asked afterward what that meant, Foley said a clear warning was given to the athletes. “I wouldn’t want to go into specifics of hypothetically what we might do or not do. But it just can’t happen again the way it happened.”

I have no idea if that’s a threat or merely wishful thinking.  But if these administrators are prepared to sacrifice a game, a season, a team or whatever else may come the next time student-athletes exercise their First Amendment rights, I think I’ll get some popcorn and something to drink and find a place to sit and watch, because it’s bound to be entertaining.

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38 responses to “Gary Pinkel is the real racist.

  1. It would be the virtual end of Missouri football if that happened. Hey, maybe we should hope it happens, so we can kick their butts back to the curb and out of the SEC.

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  2. No One Knows You're a Dawg

    One problem with drawing a line in the sand is that the other side may feel compelled to cross it.

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  3. Dog in Fla

    They’re going to need a bigger fire extinguisher

    “The football team’s actions were the equivalent of throwing gasoline on a small fire. Coach Pinkel missed an important opportunity to teach his players a valuable life lesson. The end result could be a financial catastrophe for our university.”

    http://www.columbiatribune.com/news/education/tim-wolfe-s-letter-seeking-support-in-negotiation/article_14ff10fe-e4ae-5bb6-8705-56a43299c834.html

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  4. Eliminating scholarships for exercising First Amendment rights that paint the scholarship provider in a bad light. Sure sounds like an employer firing an employee for publicly embarrassing them…

    From a 50 thousand foot view, it sure is hilarious seeing which politician can exhibit the most outrage over the most valuable commodities on campus getting too uppity for some of their constituency.

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    • Silver Creek Dawg

      Difference is a “private” employer (1st Amendment does not apply) versus “public” university (1A clearly applies).

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    • charlottedawg

      The funny thing is, I’m not quite sure the players fully realize the power they have. Tom Brady’s agent made a pretty good case for why Clemson and Alabama players should’ve threatened a boycott of the national championship game unless certain major monetary concessions were made.

      I know it’d be terrible but part of me would gleefully watch as the stupid greedy heads benefiting from the college football money train freaked the fuck out over an employee strike they created.

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      • I know it’d be terrible but part of me would gleefully watch as the stupid greedy heads benefiting from the college football money train freaked the fuck out over an employee strike they created.

        Ditto. With all the hypocrisy running rampant in big-time collegiate athletics – I’ve reached the point where I just want to watch the world burn. When it happens – the NCAA, college presidents, and AD’s will absolutely deserve every bad thing that comes of it for creating this environment by making so many short-sighted decisions to make a few more bucks.

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      • Huntindawg

        I would love it too because it would be the end of this nonsense. Pro football would be pro football and college students that actually were admitted based upon the same standards as the rest of the student population would play college football. Either that or it would be the official establishment of minor league pro football. Which in D1 it kinda already is.

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  5. ASEF

    So, they put in charge a former business executive (FBE) with zero experience running any educational enterprise, much less a major research university. FBE appoints a Barney Fife as his #2, who does a remarkable job of alienating wide swaths of the community. Soon, everyone wants them gone. http://www.wsj.com/articles/race-not-only-mizzou-issue-1447206995

    Better to focus on the football players, who forced the issue once it was obviously a failue, instead of the politicians who created that failure in the first place.

    Play ball, boys. And then disappear.

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  6. So it wasn’t enough to swing their dicks in the faces of a bunch of unpaid college kids — now Missouri’s state leg feels compelled to do it to a former coach battling cancer as well. Beautiful. Apparently they misinterpreted the First Rule of Holes to read “dig faster, and be as big an asshole as possible whilst doing so.”

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  7. JAX

    Black lives do not matter. White lives do not matter. All lives matter. Period.

    The black lives matter contingent should slink back into the hole from which they crawled out of. And if this takes the football players with them – so be it.

    First amendment right or not, the premise for the walk-out was bogus and insulting to Americans of all colors that have fought for the rights of all minorities.

    I think Dr King would be thrilled with these little blm people. NOT!

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    • I do not think “Black lives matter” means what you think it means.

      And I’m always amused when folks on the right claim to know what was going on in Dr. King’s head.

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      • Corey

        And I’m amused that folks on the left do the same. Many evangelical supporters (those on the proverbial right) fought hard along side him for equal rights.

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      • JAX

        Dude I know exactly what it means so don’t patronize me. If blacks really cared about violence towards their race, then more effort and attention would be concentrated on preventing black on black crime in urban areas like Chicago, Detroit, LA, etc. The entire movement is a farce and is absurd.

        I do not pretend to know what was in King’s head, but I will analyze words and actions. Such as — to judge someone based on their actions and not their skin color. Simply applying that logic to the blm folks renders their entire pretense for existing baseless.

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        • SSB Charley

          Nice straw-man. Whether some gang-bangers are shooting each other has nothing to do with whether cops, city, state, or federal officials, or society as a whole, value the lives of black people. That’s what BLM is about. It’s that society has shown that it doesn’t care about black people. Its about the disparate treatment black people get. Let me know the first time you get pulled over for driving while white. Or the first time you get turned down for a job because you’re white. Or the first time you get followed around a store due to a concern about shoplifting because you’re white.

          Do you really think that the Flint, Michigan water crisis happens if the city looked like Marietta? Me neither.

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          • Go Dawgs!

            He’s also assuming that black people aren’t trying to do something about black on black crime. They are. Leaders in the black community are trying to stop this violence and people in the community are trying to stop it. All you have to do is pay attention and you’d know that.

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            • JAX

              Yes, many are and it is very necessary and these people deserve a lot of credit. However you are wrong with your assumption. It is hypocritical to state that black lives matter when such outrage is only directed when white cop shoots/injures/kills black man. When equal passion and effort is made by the blm to populate public spaces and college campuses in protest after 20 black teenagers are killed by other blacks on a July 4th weekend, then we can all start to consider the authenticity of this absurd movement.

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          • JAX

            Bullshit. Why do black lives only matter when they are shot/killed by white cops? Do you think Michael Brown was just a big kid walking home, minding his own business. Did you even take time to watch the video(s) or take time to read about the case, or listen to the DA and prosecutor assigned to the case, or did you just drive straight down Jesse and Al drive to the intersection of ignorance?

            And in regards to that other drivel, tell me why the stereotypes you mention exist. The reactions you state are not a product of racism, as I’m sure any weak-mind would prefer to believe, but are based on the actions of some which lead intelligent people to draw rational conclusions.

            Are some white cops wrong? Hell yes. Are some black cops wrong? Hell yes. Does blm care? Not one bit, which is the problem.

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          • 3rdandGrantham

            As a white Volvo driver, I’ve dodged quite a few speeding tickets that I rightfully could have gotten or deserved; including situations where I was going the same speed or faster than the, say, older model Carolla next to me on the interstate. Yet they were pulled over and I wasnt.

            BTW, if you truly knew what BLM meant, you wouldn’t have made such remarks originally. But nice attempt anyway of trying to move the goalposts a bit to fit your so-called argument.

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        • No patronization intended.

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      • ClydeBoogie

        Bingo!

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    • Go read Letters from a Birmingham Jail and then tell me what you think Dr. King would really think about Black Lives Matter. You are sadly misinformed Jax.

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      • JAX

        What? Read letters from 50 years ago and extrapolate that to the bowel movements of black lives matter? Have you lost your mind?

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        • No I haven’t lost my mind just a little bit of patience with those who love to say that King wouldn’t stand with BLM because of the Dream Speech while conveniently forgetting his other actions, writing and speeches.

          Letter from a Birmingham Jail provides additional insight into the thoughts of Dr. King but that letter isn’t convenient to your argument. You brought up MLK and said that he wouldn’t like BLM.

          That letter challenged those moderate whites (particularly clergyman) who philosophically agreed with the Civil Rights Movement but chose not to protest or engage in civil disobedience because they didn’t want to disrupt the order of the communities. It is far more incendiary, far more radical than the Dream speech.

          You are better off admitting you don’t like BLM and not trying to extrapolate the post-humous positioning of MLK.

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    • D.N. Nation

      “First amendment right or not, the premise for the walk-out was bogus and insulting to Americans of all colors that have fought for the rights of all minorities.”

      The premise for the protests was that the university president had not properly considered that some students found the atmosphere on campus to be racially unfriendly. Now, whether or not you think these students are too sensitive, whether you think that some yokels in the protests went too far….I fail to see how “you aren’t considering the viewpoint of students of color,” and “you haven’t properly addressed racial incidents on-campus” are protest causes that deserve such vitriol. And it’s definitely student activism that MLK — he of support for affirmative action and a living wage and against the Vietnam War, not the Disneyish caricature that people have made him into after the fact — would get behind.

      “Black lives do not matter. White lives do not matter. All lives matter. Period.”

      Hot take, but consider this: I’m white, and I already know my life “matters.” The laws of this country and the enforcement thereof tell me this. The power structure in this country tells me this. My life is well-considered. If I were black, my experience would be radically different. All lives SHOULD matter. Right now, some of them don’t. “Some of them” does not include “white people.”

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      • “Black lives do not matter. White lives do not matter. All lives matter. Period.”

        Hot take, but consider this: I’m white, and I already know my life “matters.” The laws of this country and the enforcement thereof tell me this. The power structure in this country tells me this. My life is well-considered. If I were black, my experience would be radically different. All lives SHOULD matter. Right now, some of them don’t. “Some of them” does not include “white people.”

        That’s what folks on the right don’t get… or don’t want to get.

        I may not agree with everything BLM is doing, but at least I know where they’re coming from.

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  8. JCDAWG83

    Exercising ones first amendment rights does not give an automatic shield against any repercussions for exercising the right. I have every right to publicly denounce my employer as an unfair, dishonest charlatan if I choose to do so. My first amendment right to freedom of speech and expression does not protect me from being fired by my employer for doing so and I would fully expect that to happen..

    Athletes have every right to protest and boycott in order to exercise their freedom of expression and speech. However, they should know that taking such action can, and probably will, cost them their scholarship. An athlete whose tuition, room and board, books, etc are being paid in return for playing a particular sport should fully expect to lose that funding if they refuse to participate in the sport they are receiving their scholarship to play.

    I would think the university’s athletic association (who is most likely providing the scholarship) would revoke the scholarship if the athlete refused to play but the university would not kick the kid out of school. As long as the kid or his family could find a way to pay for the kid to remain in school, he/she would be able to continue their education. I don’t see the first amendment issue here.

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    • ASEF

      “Firing them for exercising their First Amendment rights” is not the same things as “violating their First Amendment right.” This was a point of confusion when media companies started ditching name brands that created the wrong sort of attention to said media companies.

      If a university wants to revoke the scholarships of players who engage in social advocacy, then they can probably do that without paying much a legal price. Market price? Hoo boy.

      Also, I’m not a lawyer, but after getting the Feds to declare that students are not employees, I’m thinking that running back to the courts to sat, “Well, they should be considered employees in this one instance,” might backfire a bit.

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  9. Go Dawgs!

    Boy, recruiting in New Columbia’s going to be even more tough than recruiting in Old Columbia.

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  10. TN Dawg

    There is a true issue here, though the legislators are in all reality just saber-rattling.

    The reason policy needs to be addressed on proposed boycotts/walkouts is that precedent has been set and needs to be reviewed. The issue du jour in this instance seems to have been what at the time to be considered a legitimate beef (though some contend it was all a trumped up, overblown sham). But what needs to be established is what the response is what the University policy will be in the event the University is correct.

    Suppose the players said “If Maty isn’t reinstated, we will boycott”? Is that a line too far. What if they say “If spring practice isn’t eliminated, we walk”? Is that a line too far. What if they say ” No drug tests or we walk”. Is that a line too far. How about “We only want AA coaches and professors”?

    The players can do whatever they like and say what they want. That is free speech. But not being able to compell the University to meet your demands isn’t the same as shutting down free speech.

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  11. No Country 4 Old Dawgs

    Missouri’s state legislature’s actions tell quite a different story than the one D. Matter is trying to spin in Columbia. To think an AD or Univ. President is calling the shots on firing the coach at any competitive P5 football program is pretty naive to say the least. This is an example of private funds, provided by boosters, being subjected to the same public scrutiny as a publicly funded utility company. And if you think the only people sweating this situation reside inside the Show-Me-State, I’m sure I could sell you some ice this winter. If anyone on this blog doesn’t think for one second the SEC office, all P5 AD/Presidents and television folks aren’t concerned with this situation you Don’t Get The Picture. Money trump$ social and political issues, I mean this is AMERICA! So all politics and social advocacy aside; play the F%&king game fellas, like, Right Now. Why, because millions of dollars are tied up in it; for the program, the state, the conference and every industry generating revenue from it. It’s akin, in some ways, to an oil producing nation shuttering some of their oil derricks and then finding out they’re at war with everyone, who buys that oil.

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  12. No Country 4 Old Dawgs

    Please omit ‘Doesn’t’ on line 8. Thanks

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