Daily Archives: April 13, 2016

A Knoxville tradition unlike any other

Okay, this sounds familiar.

University of Tennessee football players A.J. Johnson and Michael Williams didn’t learn from police they were under investigation for rape the way most suspects do.

Instead, the players first heard the news from their Tennessee football coaches — in Johnson’s case, four hours before police showed up at the scene of the alleged crime to question him, according to sources and cell phone records obtained by The Tennessean.

Contrary to police best practices, potentially threatening the integrity of the investigation and in possible violation of state law, Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch and a detective made “professional courtesy” calls to Tennessee head football coach Butch Jones about the investigation — a practice Rausch says is common when police investigate alleged crimes involving an athlete at Tennessee.

I mean, just ask Chief Rausch.

Rausch has said that alerting the coach and staff when police are investigating an alleged crime against a UT athlete is a long-standing practice and a “professional courtesy.”

We can all appreciate a professional police department, but here’s where things potentially get weird, at least for Knoxville, Tennessee.

The calls may also have violated state law, according to a statement issued by the Knox County district attorney in response to an inquiry by The Tennessean.

“We cannot discuss the investigation of this case while the litigation is pending,” said Assistant District Attorney Sean McDermott.

“In any case, however, (Knox County District Attorney) General (Charme) Allen opposes pre-arrest notification to any person or agency that is not made in furtherance of the investigation,” the statement said. “A pre-arrest disclosure of sensitive information that is not made for the purpose of advancing the criminal investigation potentially could violate state law regarding the misuse of official information.”

Phil Fulmer ain’t buying that potential crap, fellas.  The police have their job to do in K-town.  They know it.  Booch knows it, too, even if he’s full of it on no discussion with his players.  You can’t spell courtesy without UT.



Filed under Because Nothing Sucks Like A Big Orange, Crime and Punishment

“Baylor University was contacted.”

I’m beginning to believe that Baylor University exists to make Florida State look good in comparison.


Filed under Baylor Is Sensitive To Women's Issues, Crime and Punishment

You know what happens when you assume.

In the midst of all of his pronouncements the other day, you might have missed this bit from Greg Sankey:

Eliminate FCS games to help with SEC Network ratings when those are released in next year or so? Sankey says vast majority of games on the network are conference games, so he believes that’s an inaccurate assumption. “Let’s not assume what we are or not doing in ratings.” No communication about eliminating FCS games.

Is it possible SEC will eliminate FCS games in football? “It’s a conversation piece but we have not eliminated those.”

Yum.  Those cupcakes are mighty tasty.

As for what we might assume regarding ratings, I bet the commissioner would change his tune upon either the SEC getting burned by the selection committee because of perceived strength of schedule shortcomings or ESPN bitching strongly enough about the quality of the broadcast fodder it’s being fed.


Filed under SEC Football

The best “do it for the children” defense you’ll ever see.

If I’m gonna fling poo in Jim Harbaugh’s direction for being hypocritical about shutting down satellite camps, it only seems fair to do the same with regard to Hugh Freeze’s sanctimonious garbage.

I probably should’ve said that a little differently, but I’ll never apologize for wanting to be a father and a husband,” Freeze said when asked about vacation time. “I miss enough volleyball games (and other things), that is a priority for me. … I think we work very hard, I don’t think working hard is an issue. If you’re asking me if I want to add more nights away from my wife and kids, I do not. That window is closing for me to be a husband and a father and I think the kids that play in our system need to see me in that role an awful lot.

That, my friends, is Olympic-class work there.  Hugh Freeze is staying home, by Gawd, because his players need it.

Whenever the day comes that Mark Emmert is put out to pasture, the NCAA ought to beg Freeze to step in.  State of the art bullshit like that is hard to come by.


Filed under It's All Just Made Up And Flagellant

Georgia athletics’ golden age of snark

Today’s low hanging fruit…

Go Dawgs!


Filed under Georgia Football

Soybean wind, making bank

Anybody think Dabo’s ready to walk away from $5 million a year because college football players are getting checks for COA stipends and EA settlement moneys (and, soon, maybe more)?


Filed under It's Just Bidness

It’s not Kirby’s Law: today’s lesson in civics

If you want to get a taste of what’s really behind Georgia’s new Open Records law (hint:  it ain’t recrootin’), start by taking a look at this Jon Solomon piece about the money spent by schools on search firms when they replace head coaches.

At Georgia, after Mark Richt was fired, there was little doubt who the Bulldogs had pegged at No. 1: Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart. Georgia paid $42,175 to CarrSports Consulting for Bill Carr’s help in the search.

Carr didn’t act as an intermediary for Georgia and didn’t contact anyone connected with Smart, Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity said. Instead, McGarity said Carr helped by talking with him on the phone and meeting in Atlanta for multiple days to discuss every facet of the search.

“You talk about strengths and weaknesses of a number of candidates,” McGarity said. “You look at things as simple as YouTube videos. How does an individual handle a tough situation? Are they able to be an effective communicator? Some candidates have a lot more available online than others. With the ability to search and take the time necessary to do that, you have so many more tools at your disposal that can help elevate candidates or dismiss candidates.”

McGarity said Carr helped in case Georgia had “blind spots” when discussing candidates. He also helped prepare the Bulldogs for the transition of a new staff.

“In some ways, we had been operating for 15 years in one way,” McGarity said. “So having someone assist in that transition period on what we should expect and how we should approach certain things administratively was extremely beneficial to us as a staff.”

“Ah,” you say.  “Bluto, it’s been more than ninety days since Kirby Smart was hired.  Wouldn’t this information be available now, even under the new law?”

It would.  But look what you’re getting at this point –  a fairly dry assessment of McGarity’s management decision that’s placed in the general context of how every school handles this.  What’s lost now is the context of judging McGarity’s comment at the time of Richt’s presser that he intended to retain a search firm going forward.

As we know, that was a complete load of crap.  McGarity spoke to Carr in mid-October.  The reality was that Kirby Smart was the man he wanted from the beginning; any preference to conduct a patient search to hire Smart went out the window when word leaked that South Carolina was talking with him about that head coaching job.

Now none of this is exactly a serious threat to the American way of life, certainly, but it is an indication of how Georgia’s athletic department goes about its business. Except that ninety days out, our impression of the contradictions in McGarity’s statement loses the impact of immediacy.  Which is what he wants, and, with the benefit of the new law, gets.

Maybe that doesn’t matter to you.  Maybe it goes out in the wash when Georgia wins the SEC this season.  But if you’re somebody like me who’s shaken his head over the years about the way Butts-Mehre operates and how that’s had an impact on the performance of Georgia athletics, it’s not exactly a cause for celebration.  If it would help to see this in a more graphic way, try to imagine how Michael Adams would have operated had this new law been in place two decades ago.  Yeah, me, too.


Filed under Georgia Football, Political Wankery

Man bites dog. Dog bites back. Man is unhappy. Film at 11.

Oh, look – Jim Harbaugh’s pissed off again.

As Harbaugh tells SI : “The incompetence of the NCAA has reared its ugly head yet again.”

From there, Harbaugh really got going, firing at the NCAA’s use of the term “student-athlete,” a certain SEC head coach and the two conferences (the SEC and the ACC) that seem to benefit from this ban. However, Harbaugh wants to be clear: The NCAA is not some nebulous group of bureaucrats. It is comprised of the people who work in intercollegiate athletics. Coaches, athletic directors and school presidents make these decisions. And they completely botched this one.

Harbaugh says the ruling was “knee-jerk … like somebody was shaving in the morning, cut themselves when they were shaving and said, ‘Let’s just ban satellite camps.’

“I mean, what’s it based on? A survey? There wasn’t a lot of discussion or study. What are the facts? What are the perils and merits of making that decision? It just seemed lacking in that regard.”

Yeah, I get all that, but, seriously, dude, you poked the bear.  What did you expect would happen?

“It seems to be outrage by the SEC and ACC,” Harbaugh says. “They power-brokered that out … the image that comes to my mind is guys in a back room smoking cigars, doing what they perceive is best for them. It certainly isn’t the best thing for the youngsters. It’s not the best thing for the student-athletes.”

Yeah, like you’ve been showboating because it’s the best thing for the student-athletes.  Save the pious hypocrisy for somebody who buys it.  You played your move for yourself and you got beat by others who played for themselves.

Even his Hugh Freeze criticism falls flat.

Harbaugh saw Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze say, “I’m away from my family enough, and I just did not want to go,” and it did not sit well with him.

Says Harbaugh: “You’ve got a guy sitting in a big house, making $5 million a year, saying he does not want to sacrifice his time. That is not a kindred spirit to me. What most of these coaches are saying is they don’t want to work harder.”

When it comes to recruiting Hugh Freeze is motivated as much as Jim Harbaugh is.  He simply has the advantage of geography and wants to keep it.

I’d tell Harbaugh to move on to the next outrage, but I don’t think he really needs my guidance on that.


Filed under Recruiting, The NCAA

The smoking toilet

Here’s the key thing that let campus police crack the BB gun case (BB Gungate?) wide open:

Police were called after a repair person went into the dorm to look into a leaking toilet from a room upstairs and saw the BB gun, Stephens said.

According to the University of Georgia Police Daily Log, at 3:11 p.m. last Thursday UGA “officers responded to a complaint from Housing staff of an air/BB pistol in a room and multiple surfaces apparently damaged by BB’s, BB gun and drug related objects located during subsequent investigation.”

They were gonna put the BB gun away, but then they got high.

I hope for his sake that the name of our mystery maintenance person never gets out.  He could be the most unpopular person on campus since this guy.


Filed under Crime and Punishment, Georgia Football

Don’t ditch those whiteboards yet.

The NCAA football rules committee has postponed the use of electronic devices such as laptop computers and tablets by coaches during games for at least a year.  Why?  You only get one guess:

In a release, the NCAA said after receiving feedback from coaches in Divisions I, II and III, “it was decided more time was needed to develop guidelines that would allow for consistent application of the rule, help manage the costs and to provide time to see if any unintended consequences develop.”  [Emphasis added.]

What’s the matter, guys, did you just miss the tablet sale at Best Buy?  It’s not like you couldn’t find the money if you tried.


Filed under It's Just Bidness, The NCAA