Category Archives: Crime and Punishment

Thursday morning buffet

If the end of signing day has left you empty, it’s time to fill up.


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Degrees of scummitude

Just when I think we’ve plumbed the depths of Bobby Petrino’s character, he up and says something about signing Devonte Fields that literally makes my skin crawl:

“I think we have a really good understanding of what went wrong, what happened,” Petrino said. “Talking to the attorneys and really knowing that we felt comfortable that, No. 1, there’s absolutely no gun there, and it’s a misdemeanor charge.”

Well, that’s a relief.  Petrino has standards.

At least you can say Fields is only getting a second chance.  At Alabama, Nick Saban is giving Jonathan Taylor a third one.

“The guy was charged. There’s no question about that,” Saban said. “He was accused. I can’t discuss the circumstances of all that. I’ve said this before: When people are young and they make a mistake — and that is not a mistake that we condone in any way, shape or form, that it’s any disrespect to any person, let alone a female — that there isn’t some occasion to not condemn them for life, but to give them another chance. And it’s up to them to prove that they deserve that chance.”

“Disrespect” – in that Taylor allegedly struck his girlfriend with a closed fist and choked her, that’s one helluva euphemism.  The thing with that approach is why stop at three?  If Taylor screws up again and disrespects somebody else, why condemn him for life at that point, either?

Nick feels your pain, peeps.  To an extent, anyway.

Saban said he understands the “sensitivity” about taking Taylor, who has unspecified behavioral stipulations imposed by Alabama. Taylor’s high school and junior college coaches spoke highly of him, Saban said.

Notice who Saban conveniently doesn’t mention?  That’s because you never want to ask a witness a question to which you don’t want to hear the answer.

What I love with both of these situations is the coaches piously insist they can’t discuss the surrounding circumstances.  That makes the tap dancing so much easier.  Ugh.


Filed under Crime and Punishment, Fall and Rise of Bobby Petrino, Nick Saban Rules

Thursday morning buffet

Here you go.


Filed under 'Cock Envy, Academics? Academics., Auburn's Cast of Thousands, Crime and Punishment, Georgia Football, Recruiting, SEC Football, Stats Geek!, Strategery And Mechanics, The NCAA

Once more, in the land of second chances

Petrino’s gonna Petrino; Grantham’s gonna Grantham.

ESPN’s Max Olson reported Monday that Fields is visiting Bobby Petrino’s program this weekend and that the Cardinals are “in the lead” to land the 2014 preseason Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year.

Despite that honor, Fields didn’t play a snap of NCAA football this past season, having been “separated” from TCU after being connected with a domestic violence incident in July. Fields allegedly punched and threatened an ex-girlfriend, and after a planned transfer to Stephen F. Austin fell through, transferred to Trinity Valley Community Valley College in Athens, Texas.

Athens, Texas ain’t Athens, Georgia.  Louisville ain’t, either.


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Friday morning buffet

It’s a chilly, rainy morning… you got something better to do?

  • Patrick Garbin looks at Georgia’s offensive line recruiting efforts.  As you can guess, he doesn’t paint a pretty picture.
  • There’s so much rivalry in this lawsuit story, it’s hilarious.
  • Bulldog Illustrated reports that mat drills are no more.
  • The next lawsuit frontier is breachedO’Bannon attorney sues NCAA and North Carolina over the academic scandal.
  • “We’ll get all the information from him and decide what to do…” Looks like Nick Saban’s got a bookend for Jonathan Taylor.
  • And Hugh Freeze has more forgivin’ to do, too.
  • ESPN asks a bunch of recruits at the Under Armour All-American Game how much facilities matter in their choice of school, and gets a consensus that it’s not much, because all the big schools have good ones.  Sounds like a good argument for keeping up, and not running ahead of the pack.
  • Butch Jones has issues with roster management.
  • On the bright side for Tennessee, with offensive coordinator Tim Bajakian leaving for Tampa Bay, the Vols will actually get paid something for a coach’s departure from Knoxville.


Filed under Academics? Academics., Because Nothing Sucks Like A Big Orange, Big 12 Football, Crime and Punishment, Georgia Football, Recruiting, The NCAA

The Colorado State Way?

It sounds like Mike Bobo has brought one proud tradition with him to his new gig.

Q: Georgia has strict policies on drugs and alcohol. You are now coaching in a state that has legalized recreational marijuana use. Obviously the NCAA has drug-related guidelines, but will you maintain similar rules to the ones you had at Georgia?

A: “We don’t want guys on our football team or in this program or at this university who are going to abuse drugs, so we’re going to have a strict policy. When parents send their young men here, we’re going to make sure their kids are doing the right things on and off the field. Kids are going to make mistakes, and we’re going to discipline them.

“As for suspensions, we’re going to adhere to university policy. It’s not permitted on campus, and it’s not legal in the eyes of the NCAA.”

Mamas, he won’t let your babies grow up to be tokers.

Although if you parse his answer carefully, nowhere does he state that it’s school policy to suspend players caught with maryjane for the first time from games.  That’s because school policy is rather open-ended on the topic. And since Mike Bobo ain’t no fool, my guess is that he’ll be, too.

Flexibility has its benefits.  I wonder if CSU tests its football players the day after they come back from spring break.


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Todd’s Law

Let’s hear it for good intentions.

Georgia state representative Barry Fleming (R-Harlem), a “double-dog” who graduated from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1994, introduced a bill that would make it unlawful for anyone to knowingly solicit a transaction with a student-athlete enrolled in Georgia colleges, under the penalty of a $25,000 fine.

Fleming mentioned that although other student-athletes have fallen down the rabbit hole of profiting off their likenesses, the main impetus behind the bill was Gurley’s involvement with memorabilia dealer Bryan Allen.

After all, it’s not common to sell one’s meal ticket right after punching it.

Allen allegedly recorded a video of Gurley signing items and accepting $400 then offered this storyline to several media outlets, exposing additional transgressions by Gurley in violation with the NCAA’s compliance rules.

“The typical memorabilia dealer wants the player to do very well,” Fleming said. “We all know Todd could’ve won the Heisman Trophy. All this speculation that he was a Gator fan, or a mean individual, there must be some validity to that.”

Allen’s ulterior motives aside, Fleming expressed concern at the deceitful nature of Allen’s most recent business venture and hopes to get the bill passed by March.

“Driving 56 mph in a 55 [mph] zone is illegal,” Fleming said. “But if you’re going 90 mph, and putting others in danger, there’s a different level of severity.”

Whatever, brah.  The reality here is that if buyer and seller are both careful and happy campers, it’s probably not coming to light.

Profiting off student-athletes is a multi-faceted business, with recent graduate Peyton Bennett selling “Free Gurl3y” shirts during Gurley’s four-game suspension before receiving a cease and desist letter from the University.

“It was kind of just to show our support, and obviously I thought I’d be able to make a quick buck,” Bennett said.

The desire to make a quick buck might have been what sparked this controversy in the first place, as most transactions would obviously involve two willing parties.

Because of this, Bennett is skeptical of the proposed law.

“It doesn’t seem like it’s going to make that big of a difference,” Bennett said. “Because at the end of the day it’s really going to be up to the student-athlete whether or not they’re willing to break the rule and sell their autograph for money.”

Come up with all the criminal laws you want, but it’s the law of supply and demand that will drive this puppy, no matter how much some might wish otherwise.

Jim Booz, Georgia’s senior associate athletic director of compliance, raised the point that under this law, both parties will face consequences for their actions.

“In a situation like this one,” Booz said, “where a bill would penalize the patron — the solicitor, if you will — it’s assuming already that the student-athlete has or is currently serving some sort of suspension, so they’re being penalized for their actions as well.”

While proving someone knowingly coerced a student-athlete into violating compliance regulations may sound unfeasible, Booz said the dialogue opened by the bill could lead to fewer infractions.

“Whenever a law or a bill or a rule is passed with the phraseology including ‘knowingly,’ sometimes it’s even more difficult to prove intent,” Booz said. “But also those cases are always so fact-specific, that the prosecutors and district attorney would have to rely significantly on the past, but hopefully the bill as it is written will act as a significant deterrent.”

Hopefully, eh?  Well, I suspect most of us would simply prefer that Bryan Allen had been Fletcher Sanders instead of hoping for Fleming’s law to control the memorabilia market.  For that matter, Bryan Allen probably wishes he’d have behaved more like Sanders, too.


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