Category Archives: Crime and Punishment

Mark Richt, still losing it.

Ah, some traditions at Georgia never die.  Even former players come back to Athens to grab the keys and drive Mudcat’s car.

I await Herbstreit’s condemnation.


UPDATE:  Jason Butt updated his story to reflect that Ware is serving his punishment for a arrest last year.


Filed under Crime and Punishment, Georgia Football

Kirby Smart sweats the small stuff.

On one level this sounds almost silly – okay, not silly on the level of being cited for emerging from an alley, but still…

Briscoe was arrested for driving without a valid driver’s license on April 23 by University of Georgia police. Briscoe was pulled over after an officer noticed he wasn’t wearing a seatbelt. It was then discovered Briscoe wasn’t licensed to drive in any state.

Apparently, according to Smart, Briscoe wasn’t the only Georgia player who did not have a license.

“We had some other guys on the team who didn’t have driver’s licenses and we got it corrected,” Smart said.

… but on another, it’s a relief to see somebody paying attention to the fine print like this.  If nothing else, it lowers the chances of Jimmy Williamson’s finest getting their work in the press.

I wonder who’s responsible for checking on the players’ middle names.  Kirby’s on the mother, right?


Filed under Crime and Punishment, Georgia Football

Just when you thought you were out…


A new bombshell dropped in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal Thursday.

It came in the form of a single line in a court order on a related insurance coverage case involving Penn State, and its full ramifications can’t immediately be gauged.

But that line was eye-popping in itself.

The line in question states that one of Penn State’s insurers has claimed “in 1976, a child allegedly reported to PSU’s Head Coach Joseph Paterno that he (the child) was sexually molested by Sandusky.”

The order also cites separate references in 1987 and 1988 in which unnamed assistant coaches witnessed inappropriate contact between Sandusky and unidentified children, and a 1988 case that was supposedly referred to Penn State’s athletic director at the time.

Naturally everyone on the Penn State side – there’s almost $60 million at stake in insurance proceeds, remember – as well as Paterno’s family is quick to caution that this pronouncement shouldn’t be taken at face value.  And you know what?  They have the luxury to do so because

First, it’s unlikely that corroborating or disproving information about the allegation will surface. According to Penn Live, the record containing the deposition transcript is sealed. Also, the victim who made the allegation against Paterno has apparently reached a confidential settlement with Penn State. Odds are this victim will not make his identity known or ever talk about his claim about Paterno.

Well, that’s certainly convenient.

Throw in that Jerry Sandusky is getting his day in appellate court and it’s all just a reminder that there are no heroes in this mess, only shitheads, enablers and victims.  I’ll leave you to decide who is what.


Filed under Crime and Punishment, You Can't Put A Price Tag On Joe Paterno's Legacy

Don’t Bogart that drug policy, my friend.

The sad thing is that UGA will likely see this Tony Barnhart post as a call to action for the SEC to adopt Georgia’s drug policy for student-athletes.


Filed under Crime and Punishment, Georgia Football, SEC Football

Neck and neck

The funniest thing about Ron Higgins’ latest Golden Handcuffs piece is that he had to change the title at the last minute because of the four arrests of Auburn players for marijuana possession Saturday night.  How do I know?  Check the title of the linked article and compare it to the article’s URL.

This race has the potential to be a real barn burner.  Heh.


Filed under Crime and Punishment, SEC Football

Jimmy Williamson’s sensitive side

Seth Emerson takes a rather thorough look at how the driving without a license criminal statute is enforced in this state here.  It’s a good read that backs up my initial driving-Mudcat’s-car take, but there is one side point I find to be of particular interest.

Yes, Briscoe was also charged with not wearing a seat belt. But that’s usually just a ticket. It was the lack of a driver’s license that sent Briscoe to jail, and re-ignited the question: Is that really necessary?

The UGA police appeared sensitive to the question. Attached to the Briscoe arrest report was an official opinion from the Georgia Attorney General’s Office – in 2008 – that anybody found driving without a valid license should be fingerprinted.  [Emphasis added.]

When’s the last time you saw “The UGA police appeared sensitive to the question in a story about a Georgia student-athlete?  Hell, when’s the first time you saw “The UGA police appeared sensitive to the question in such a story?

You may not think this means all that much, but the idea that the UGA police felt the need to explain their behavior in a proactive manner is an alien concept to me.  Baby steps, sure, but maybe Kirby has gotten through with his peace offering a little more than we gave him credit for doing.


Filed under Crime and Punishment, Georgia Football

Not a good look for you, Baylor.

We’re at a point now where you cringe just seeing a header with Baylor’s name in it.

Shawn Oakman was arrested on sexual assault charges earlier this month, but a Waco Police Department report obtained by’s Alex Dunlap uncovered another disturbing alleged incident involving the former Baylor defensive lineman…

Dunlap added that Baylor knew of the report but didn’t discipline Oakman, who played his first of three seasons for the Bears later that fall…

If Baylor indeed knew of the 2013 police report involving Oakman and did nothing about it, it would fit with the alarming reports that the university consistently ignored serious allegations involving violence against women.

That would be the least of it.  Unless you’re Earl Ehrhart, in which case you see a much… um, different problem.


Filed under Big 12 Football, Crime and Punishment