Florida’s entry into the Title IX sweepstakes

I’ll just leave you with this:

A woman who accused Florida football players Antonio Callaway and Treon Harris of sexually assaulting her in December is boycotting a Title IX hearing because the university appointed a Gators football booster to adjudicate the case…

Florida officials appointed attorney Jake Schickel to serve as a hearing officer. Schickel, a founding partner of a Jacksonville, Florida law firm, has a bachelor’s degree in political science and law degree from Florida. He is also a past trustee of Florida’s Levin College of Law.

A former track and field athlete at Florida, Schickel is a Scholarship Club donor to Florida Football Boosters, which requires annual contributions of $4,800 to $8,599, according to a 2014-15 “Year In Review” program published by the UF athletics department. According to the documents, Schickel is also a 3-Point Club donor to Florida basketball, which requires annual contributions of $2,000 to $4,999.

“To be clear, this letter is not intended to cast any aspersions about Mr. Schickel’s character or his service to his alma mater,” Clune wrote in an Aug. 2 letter to Hass. “However, UF should never have asked him to serve as an objective reviewer and decision-maker on this matter when the claim has been brought against a star member of the very team for which both he and his law partners have provided considerable financial support.

“:Quite frankly, short of finding a relative of Mr. Calloway, I’m not sure how UF could have found someone with more conflicts [than] Mr. Schickel.”

I’m sure he’ll be fair and impartial.  Go Gata!

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UPDATE:  Huntley Johnson will not let this aggression stand, man.

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UPDATE #2:  Believe it or not, this apparently is the school’s official response:

The University of Florida is prohibited to comment on the existence or substance of student disciplinary matters under state and federal law.

However, I can tell you that our student conduct process may be handled by a hearing officer, who could be a university employee or an outside professional, or by a committee of faculty and students.

Any hearing officer and all committee members are trained and vetted for their impartiality. A hearing officer or committee member would not be disqualified or lack objectivity simply because he or she had been a student athlete decades earlier or purchases athletic tickets as more than 90,000 people do each year.  [Emphasis added.]

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28 responses to “Florida’s entry into the Title IX sweepstakes

  1. Mayor

    The accuser has a legitimate beef IMHO.

  2. Godawg

    “Quite frankly, short of finding a relative of Mr. Calloway, I’m not sure how UF could have found someone with more conflicts [than] Mr. Schickel.”

    Absolutely. Get a Seminole on the case…

  3. Jared S.

    Once again. The tone-deafness. Are you f-ing kidding me?

  4. Argondawg

    I thought academia was supposed to have the smart people. I guess FU is taking a page out of Baylor’s playbook because that has worked out so well.

  5. Spike

    Huntley is on the mutha..

    • The other Doug

      How do you think Shickel got appointed to the case? This isn’t Huntley’s first rodeo.

    • Argondawg

      “Amy E. Osteryoung, who works in the firm representing Callaway, released this statement Friday afternoon:

      We have read what the complainant’s attorney has released to the press.

      We consider his actions inappropriate and an attempt at intimidation.

      Since the complainant’s attorney has chosen to go to the press in this matter, we assume that he will be releasing the hundreds of pages that made up the University of Florida’s investigation. We assume that he will be releasing the sworn affidavits in this case. We assume that he will be releasing the complainant’s text messages in the investigation. We assume that he will be releasing the complainant’s multitude of varying and conflicting stories.

      We are not going to besmirch his client in the press. The totality of the investigation which is over one-thousand (1,000) pages will do that for us.”——-

      WOW. Good thing Callaway’s attorney is not going to besmirch their client. That whole thing was just laughable. I think the complainant’s request is not over board but Callaway’s attorney just went scorched earth on them.

      • jntiii

        How can they not go to the media? UF controls this process, that’s the only outlet to hold them accountable. But, they went to the media so now casting aspersions at the young woman in public is fair game, or something.

  6. Go Dawgs!

    Sweet Jesus, Florida. Woof.

    Do they not have the internet in Gainesville, Florida? Or cable television? Are they not seeing the news out of Baylor? How can you be THAT tone deaf?!

  7. Cojones

    This is pure trash and I don’t blame her lawyer or her for not attending. I like the way they won’t release any info that would besmirch her char….uh..case, especially since there are over 1000 pages of writing that FU wants everyone to think would exonerate Tony. That’s mighty unwhite of them.

    Suggestion, there is a perfectly good mediator available by the name of Butch Jones, Tenn coach and champion of all things Title IX, who I am sure would love to sit in and on this case in the interest of fair play yet to be conducted when both teams meet on the field.

    Question: What is Antonio suspended from? First it was school so that means football also, then that was lifted to permit him on campus again. Now that he is on campus, it’s evident that his scholly was never in question (even though he was suspended from school) because he is now practicing with the team without reinstatement which would mean that he was never suspended from the team, else, how can you practice with a team that you have been suspended from and getting ready to play for in one month?

    I think Antonio ought to transfer to ‘Bama before the season starts and before his case is adjudicated. Last I heard, that continues to be a viable option even though the SEC forbids it, but what the hell, we’re talking about Saban and his rules.

  8. AusDawg85

    When interviewed, Shickel expressed dismay at the notion that he would be anything but fair and impartial towards the young woman, and then asked the the guilty harlot stop stalling the case against these noble young men.

    • Cousin Eddie

      While wearing an autographed Calloway jersey in front of his picture of him standing with Hernadez and Corch.

  9. Spike

    What arrogant smart assy bullshit.

  10. Cojones

    Senator, I’m going to apply for a study grant to determine if a communicable disease of poor communication symptomology is running rampant in the SEC athletic departments. There could not possibly be another reason that graduates of these fine universities could keep getting this shit this wrong.

    Bet the gals at Lowes’ parking lot don’t know the opportunities awaiting in Gainesville. And think of the athletes they would also get as customers after their lawyers communicate with them in Title IX-speak.

  11. Mr. T

    UF acting like the HilLIARy Campaign Committee. Gal should go ahead and Lawyer up, Stevie Wonder can see that farce as proposed.

  12. DoubleDawg1318

    It boggles the mind to see the poor quality of those entrusted with leadership is these days. Has it always been this bad? I mean, how can they be so ignorant or arrogant on this particular issue given recent events.

    • It’s called money. Wasn’t there something in the Bible about the love of money? I think they may have been on to something. Put down CMR all you want. This kind of shit would never happen under his leadership. Hopefully, FU will keep this shit up until they end up like Baylor.

      • DawgPhan

        I hope that Florida doesn’t keep this up since the consequence on them keeping it up is pretty bad for some people.