Mr. Conventional Wisdom’s interview with Booch is every bit the hard-hitting exercise in journalism you’d expect. If I get the gist of Barnhart’s keen insight correctly, Jones and Tennessee have a couple of things working in their favor: Booch’s dad was a police chief (“I have grown up in a law-enforcement culture,” Jones said.) and Notre Dame is facing a Title IX investigation, too.
Despite that, Mr. CW ponders the shocking possibility that UT might have to settle.
But even a successful fight could take years and several million dollars in legal fees. Given the nuances and the cut-throat nature of recruiting, could Tennessee football survive such a protracted legal battle in the court of public opinion? And will that same court of public opinion pronounce Tennessee guilty if it settles?
Will no one step up to comfort the Urnge if there’s no admission of liability? As long as the man has a forum in which to express himself, I suspect he’ll be around with a box of Kleenex.