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Category Archives: Crime and Punishment
Let’s check in and see how Derion Kendrick’s career reboot is progressing…
Former Clemson football player Derion Kendrick was arrested Friday morning on gun and drug charges, according to a report from The State.
Kendrick, a senior cornerback who was kicked off the team by head coach Dabo Swinney in February, was found asleep in a car with a gun in his lap around 3 a.m. by Rock Hill police officers, court records obtained by The State showed. He also had a small amount of marijuana, which led to a simple possession charge.
The gun charge is considered a misdemeanor, and he was taken to the Rock Hill jail, where he appeared in court and was later released on a personal recognizance bond.
Gun and drug charges, eh? Well, at least he didn’t have a domestic assault charge thrown in.
I would assume this means Athens’ interest in Kendrick has significantly cooled. I’m sure there are still places who want to help a good young man straighten out his life, though.
Look who got caught driving Mudcat’s car.
The more things change…
There’s a reason Corch had that fucker on speed dial.
That is an accurate number, per the New York Times.
A roster on the university’s Web site lists 121 players, 41 of whom have been arrested, either in college or afterward, and sometimes both. That number included 16 players on that season’s final two-deep roster, nine of whom were starters, as well as a kicker, punter and returner. Several of those players went on to the N.F.L., and one, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, later won the Heisman Trophy playing for Auburn.
Definitely a special team. Mrs. Corch was pretty special, too.
After Hernandez’s arrest, Florida declined to comment. Meyer, about to start his second season as coach of Ohio State, initially declined to answer questions about Hernandez, a player who reportedly went to regular Bible study in Meyer’s home.
But Meyer’s wife, Shelley, posted on her Twitter page, “When will we start holding individuals accountable for their own decisions/actions and stop blaming any/everyone else?” She added the hashtag “liveyourliferight.”
But in 2009, the number of arrests was such that The Orlando Sentinel, which covers the university, decided to maintain an online database to keep track of them.
I guess those Bible studies didn’t take real well.
Reading this story, I immediately had this image of Pruitt telling Fulmer he had to kick the kid off the team, only to have Phil respond, “back in my day…”.
LSU’s failure to adequately address sexual misconduct goes beyond one star running back, a USA TODAY investigation found. Officials in the university’s athletic department and broader administration repeatedly have ignored complaints against abusers, denied victims’ requests for protections and subjected them to further harm by known perpetrators.
At least seven LSU officials had direct knowledge that wide receiver Drake Davis was physically abusing his girlfriend, a different LSU women’s tennis player, but they sat on the information for months, while Davis continued to assault and strangle her. In another case, the school determined that a fraternity member had sexually assaulted two women, but it refused to move him out of classes he shared with one of them and altogether ignored an allegation against him by a third female student.
USA TODAY also found three cases in which, rather than expelling or suspending male students found responsible for sexual assault, LSU allowed them to stay on campus. The men, non-athletes, received “deferred suspensions,” a probationary period during which they must stay out of trouble.
In a fourth case, LSU deferred the suspension of a man who stalked and sexually harassed a fellow student, even after he’d pleaded no contest in court to telephonic harassment.
The article is pretty damning and so is the school’s reluctance to provide information about the incidents.
Sadly, the NCAA has already indicated with Baylor that it’s not willing to go very far in confronting its member institutions over this, so that leaves things up to Greg Sankey. One wonders if he’s prepared to be as stern with LSU as he was with, say, Hugh Freeze.
Sights and sounds from around the world of college football for your dining pleasure:
- Here’s another one of those pieces about how the pandemic has affected small businesses in college towns.
- Four games in, Southern Miss is on its third head coach of the season.
- It just means more, Big Ten edition: “A Michigan fan who made violent threats toward Ohio State and members of its football program was sentenced by a federal judge on Tuesday.”
- For some reason, the November 14 edition of College GameDay will be broadcast from Augusta National.
- Evidently after being the impetus behind the state of Mississippi changing the state flag, Kylin Hill’s work is done, as he’s reportedly skipping the rest of MSU’s season to prepare for the NFL draft.
- “Texas Tech is one of the few state universities that has allowed tailgating to continue with safety restrictions in place. Since the pandemic began, more Texas Tech students have been infected with the virus than at any other in-state university.”
So, after a two-year investigation into numerous violations, LSU is going the self-imposed penalty route, docking itself eight football scholarships over a two-year period and reducing recruiting visits, evaluations and communication, in the hopes that the NCAA won’t do more.
Most are focusing on the incredibly stupid public display after the national championship game by Odell Beckham Jr., who handed out celebration cash to some of the LSU players, but the much bigger problem the school faces is this:
The father of former offensive lineman Vadal Alexander received $180,000 in stolen money from LSU booster John Paul Funes, who admitted in 2019 that he embezzled more than half a million dollars from Our Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge. The money was payment from 2012 to 2017 for what the NCAA characterized as a “no-show job.”
What is it with fathers of SEC players and $180,000? Is that like an unwritten rule of the official going rate?
But I digress.
That’s some seriously bad shit there. Funes is serving time for his actions and I have a feeling that’s going to play into whatever the NCAA decides. What I can’t figure out is why LSU didn’t go ahead and throw a postseason ban into the pot. If ever there’s a time to serve that, it’s 2020.
For those of you thinking you’re going to take your tailgating act off campus and onto the greater confines of Athens-Clarke County, Georgia, not so fast, my friends. It doesn’t sound like those folks are going to be overly welcoming.
The city of Athens can’t simply ban tailgating like the university did. Commissioner Melissa Link fears that UGA’s decision will just push some tailgaters out into big gatherings outside the campus and in bars.
“My big question is, do (fans) know what they’re getting into?” Link said.
“Obviously, we don’t have the virus handled at this time,” said Denson, who hopes Girtz will convene a special meeting of the commission next week to enact some measures to cope with the expected football crowds.
About five months into the pandemic, Clarke County had a relatively low per-capita COVID-19 rate and one of the lowest COVID-19 death rates in the state. But that changed when UGA students began coming back to Athens ahead of Aug. 20, the first day of fall semester classes. In September, Clarke’s infection rate became one of the highest in the nation.
Though the local government can’t ban tailgating or football parties, Link thinks it’s possible the commission could tweak some its existing ordinances, such as local laws that regulate loud and unruly gatherings or its noise ordinance.
They’ve got the government’s lawyers studying the question, and some of the commissioners will informally huddle this weekend while Williams and Girtz go on their scouting mission, Link said.
They’ll also be keeping an eye out for what happens in other college towns as the football season gets under way.
So, no, they can’t stop you entirely, but can they make your life somewhat miserable with enforcement of the ticky-tacky? Let’s just say they’ve got some experience in that regard. Ask football players about that.
Sights and sounds from around the world of college sports…
- The NCAA’s football oversight committee has developed a 12-hour schedule model for teams not playing this fall that it recommended to the NCAA’s Division I council for approval on Tuesday.
- “Negative plays really suck.“
- It sounds like the Pac-12 has millions of reasons to hope every P5 conference shuts down their seasons.
- Kirby Smart sees the good in the extended preseason practice period: “By spreading it out over more days, you’re giving guys more time for recovery, and there are not those intense repeated practices.”
- Tom Mars is losing it.
- The SEC knows those cupcakes aren’t gonna beat themselves.
- Barry Alvarez, to Wisconsin seniors covered by the NCAA’s eligibility extension for spring athletes: drop dead. And do it elsewhere, please.
- “(Orgeron) said, ‘Everybody’s girlfriend sleeps with other people…’”