Category Archives: Crime and Punishment

If stupidity were an Olympic event…

Bob Bowlsby would be in line for a gold medal.

In case you were wondering how it was going in the Big 12 after the scandals at Baylor, here’s this thought from Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby at Big 12 media days:

… But let it suffice to say as it pertains to all of our institutions, we are very committed as a group of ten schools to eradicating sexual assault on our campuses. It almost goes without saying that when you combine alcohol and drugs and raging hormones and the experiences of 18-22 years old, it’s probably unrealistic to think that these kinds of things are never going to happen.

All that’s missing is sincere advice to victims everywhere to lie back and enjoy it if it should happen.

Raging hormones lead to rape?  It’s rather staggering to hear someone say this.  And in any event, it isn’t alcohol that causes sexual assault; it’s the one doing the assaulting who causes that.

So, yeah, this is sad and even a bit revolting.  And if Bowlsby’s a dumbass for saying it, what do we call the school presidents who think he’s doing a bang up job as Big 12 commissioner?

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Introducing the “spontaneous” Nick Saban

Andy Staples makes an excellent point about Saban’s notorious dust-up with PAWWWLLL at SEC Media Days.

If you think Saban, later caught on video having two separate animated conversations with Finebaum, lost control, then you haven’t been watching him very long. All of it was calculated, as is almost anything Saban does when a camera is trained on him. Yes, he is a control freak. He’ll admit as much. Yes, he believes he’s correct whenever he’s challenged by a media member or anyone else. He may not admit that, but it’s fairly obvious. But Saban wasn’t talking to Finebaum or to the viewers of the segment. Every reason Saban gave to explain why Robinson and Jones could miss no playing time was a message to players and recruits. The fact that the clip has received so much attention only played into Saban’s hands. When they speak to recruits now, Alabama assistants can point to that segment and ask the following: Do you see how much coach has his players’ backs? As it turns out, Saban, Finebaum and Finebaum’s employer all got exactly what each wanted out of that particular bit of theater.

Saban wanted that question from Finebaum—or someone—so he could raise questions about the legitimacy of the arrests, which came after a Monroe, La., officer smelled marijuana and approached a parked car containing Robinson, Jones and two other men…

The other benefit to that public exchange is that it wound up sucking all the oxygen out of the tent when another ‘Bama offensive lineman wound up on the wrong side of the law just a few days later.  The difference in the second case is that Alphonse Taylor was promptly kicked to the curb by Mr. Spontaneity.

Alabama offensive lineman Alphonse Taylor has been “indefinitely suspended,” coach Nick Saban announced in a statement Monday afternoon.

The redshirt senior was arrested Sunday and charged with driving under the influence.

In addition, Taylor left the scene of an accident, according to Tuscaloosa Police Department spokeswoman Lt. Teena Richardson.

“We are very disappointed any time a player makes a choice that leads to this kind of behavior,” Saban said. “We are still in the process of gathering all of the details on the situation, but from a football standpoint, Alphonse Taylor has been indefinitely suspended from the team.”

Ah, a little righteous indignation is good for the soul.  Hey — you don’t suppose Saban’s decision wasn’t about that, but, say, something a little more calculating, do you?

The preseason second-team All-SEC selection was already in Saban’s doghouse because of weight- and conditioning-related issues.

After starting all 15 games at right guard last season, Taylor was relegated to working with the second-team offense throughout the spring.

Saban said following the Tide’s spring game of Taylor, “He’s going to continue to be on the second team if he doesn’t get his weight down and get in shape.”

It’s unclear how much progress the 6-foot-5 Taylor has made with his weight and conditioning.

Not enough, evidently.

It’s just bad luck Taylor got arrested in Tuscaloosa, where the cops’ loyalty can’t be questioned.

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Mark Richt has lost control of BB guns.

Hey, if I didn’t say it, somebody else was bound to.

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“Program coordinator II.”

The Georgia athletic department wants Bryant Gantt on that line.  It needs Bryant Gantt on that line.

Something that may help Georgia’s football program is the presence of Gantt, a former Bulldog player who has worked for the team since 2011. Prior to that he spent 19 years at the law firm Cook, Noell, Tolley and Bates, where he worked as a legal assistant, investigator and process server.

“He’s close with some of the cops,” former Georgia linebacker Reuben Faloughi said. “You would see Gantt talking with the cops. I think that kind of bridged the gap between the team and the police.”

Gantt has long acted as a liaison between the program and law enforcement, from organizing law enforcement days at practice, and showing up as players are being arrested and advising them before court cases.

It doesn’t stop players from being arrested, but it helps avoid situations getting worse.

“He’s just a guy who does everything with the program,” Faloughi said. “He was just well-connected in Athens with law enforcement, and he kept us accountable, and also made sure we were protected.”

Which makes you wonder how much worse things might be if nobody were out there bridging that gap…

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“Yeah, I’m gonna coach again.”

You can’t keep a good enabler down, boys.

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Been there, done that.

Considering which coaches were on the podium yesterday, yeah, there was a fair amount of smoke blowing.

The most controversial issue entering Tuesday centered on Mississippi State’s decision to allow freshman defensive end Jeffery Simmons to enroll on campus following the disturbing video of him punching a woman several times during a fight in March. Simmons was given a lenient one-game suspension and will be evaluated by professionals at student counseling services as well as be required to complete any program prescribed by that office.

Naturally, the school met harsh criticism, which followed head coach Dan Mullen to Hoover, as he defended Simmons’ enrollment.

“It was very uncharacteristic of the personality of who he is, of the person I’ve known before and after,” Mullen said of Simmons. “He’s a young guy that was involved in a family street fight that made a very, very poor decision. But part of our process is, within our program, to help them learn how to make good decisions in their life. That’s what we need to do.”

… New Georgia coach Kirby Smart addressed the eight player arrests that have occurred since he was hired in December.

“It’s obviously concerning,” Smart said, “but I also know what it’s like to be a student-athlete and to be a student-athlete at the University of Georgia and to deal with these issues at other places. … It’s not something that’s new. Now, it’s not something I’m proud of, nor that we condone.

“We have got to do a better job educating our players and making sure we get the right players to make the right decisions. Ultimately, a couple of these are just dumb, bonehead decisions. They’re not disease or issue, they’re just dumb decisions, and we can’t have kids make those because they reflect [on] the entire program.”

Tennessee coach Butch Jones also said that the recent settlement in the university’s Title IX lawsuit wasn’t a “relief” because of the serious nature of sexual assault and how it affects many college campuses. Jones added that the program has had approximately 70 speakers meet with the team over the past couple of years about issues such as sexual assault and sexual violence.

“It’s something that we’ll continue to educate our players on and develop our players on,” Jones said.

Maybe it’s because of the nature of the transgressions involved, or maybe I’m being something of a home boy with this, but there was something about Smart’s “but I also know what it’s like to be a student-athlete and to be a student-athlete at the University of Georgia”  that had a ring of authenticity about it.  I’m sure he’s anything but thrilled about all the player arrests so far this year, but he’s not blind to their context, either.

Let’s face it:  college kids, student-athletes included, do stupid shit.  I was a college kid once; so were you.  The trick for Smart, at least, is to know where the line is between stupid and reckless — and be willing to accept the consequences for judging misbehavior accordingly.

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“It’s the right thing to do.”

How do you know when a coach’s ass is on the hot seat?  When said coach knows his ass is on the hot seat.

The four Auburn players arrested for possession of marijuana in April — Byron Cowart, Carlton Davis, Ryan Davis and Jeremiah Dinson — won’t miss any playing time.

… “Those four young men made a mistake, we punished them and they won’t miss any time that’s behind us,” Malzahn said. “They are four fine young men. They made a mistake and I’m confident they won’t make it again.”

Malzahn said the decision had “zero” to do with the quality of his team’s week one opponent Clemson, and declined to elaborate why the punishment isn’t as severe as the one Nick Marshall received for a similar offense two years ago.

I wished he’d have said it was because Marshall was on his second chance.  In any event, what better time to bury the lede than the week Mullen, Freeze and Jones will face the brunt of the media’s scrutiny?

And how tight is Gus’ sphincter going to be if Clemson rolls in the opener?

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