Larry Fedora’s got a big game coming up on national TV against an SEC opponent, but I guess he’s got enough spare time on his hands to deal with the inevitable backlash from hiring Tim Beckman, who, when we last checked in on him, was getting bounced from Illinois for mistreating some of his players.
At least that’s what everyone else says. Fedora’s got the real poop.
“I don’t believe everything I read, all right,” Fedora said, according to the Raleigh News & Observer. “I know Tim. I know his side of the story, also. So I was comfortable with it. If I wouldn’t have been, obviously I wouldn’t have brought him. I wouldn’t have allowed him to be in our program.”
He continued: “I know (criticism is) going to happen, and then a couple of days from now it won’t be news. I mean, I promise you, I didn’t see anywhere where the NCAA said that he should be banished from the game of football. You know?
“I mean, the guy didn’t win enough games. That’s all it was.”
You gotta love it — “I hired him, so that’s proof in and of itself he didn’t do anything bad.”
How many of Kirby Smart’s opposing coaches already have non-game distractions to deal with this season?
… 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?
Among the many things I’ll never understand about my fellow man…
Wherever she goes in and around Cedartown, at the grocery store or gas station, work, or whenever she’s somewhere that she’s recognized as Nick Chubb’s mama, Lavelle Chubb gets the questions.
“How’s Nick?” people ask.
“Is Nick going to be able to play?”
“Is he gonna play against North Carolina?”
“Is he gonna be as good as he was?”
If they’re delivered to her in the right spirit, Ms. Chubb always does her best to answer them. If not, she’ll handle them differently.
“It’s expected,” she said of the constant queries. “They’re fans. The majority of them are genuinely concerned. When they’re not, I know how to walk away and still be polite.”
… what kind of person goes up to Nick Chubb’s mother to give her a hard time about her son’s health?
Baylor fan boy invokes Gandhi in demanding that 2016 recruits not be allowed out of their signed NLIs.
Well, here’s one you don’t hear every day: a man who once held an equity position in one of Michigan’s largest law firms and was well connected enough to have been considered the favorite in a race for a Congressional seat sued his firm for treating his decision to take a temporary leave of absence to join Alabama’s coaching staff as a withdrawal. (He lost.)
Best of all, he characterized the move as “a temporary career enhancing opportunity … that could help the firm expand its legal practice”. Uh huh. That’s what they all say.
So where is he now?
After owning a stake Michigan’s oldest law firm, Altobelli has been on the Alabama staff in a relatively low-level position since. He was paid a total of $45,318 in 2015, according to University of Alabama payroll records, to be one of eight analysts on the football staff. The title is also held by several young coaching prospects like William Vlachos and Wes Neighbors, both of whom played at Alabama in the last five seasons.
Sounds like his practice has really taken off.
Is Gale Galloway, a former Baylor regent chair and football player, the most detached-from-reality Art Briles fan in existence? You be the judge.
“One of the finest men I’ve known is Art Briles,” said Galloway, 86. “He certainly deserves to be reinstated. This (his firing) is heartbreaking and an overreaction.”
… Galloway said he has not seen any other evidence from Pepper Hamilton but said Briles should not have been fired.
“If he has been negligent in reporting or receiving phone calls in relation to transgressions, he’s admitted he made mistakes,” he said. “He’s a fine man and father. No one respects womanhood more than Art.”
I get all the usual caveats about how every fan base has its share, but you read enough stuff like this and it almost leads you to think a NCAA-imposed death penalty wouldn’t necessarily be that inappropriate a course of action.
Behold, college football’s latest dumb idea.
Are you finished? Allow Bill Connelly to retort.
This is like settling it on the field times infinity, right? Or, it could just be about the money.
Yeah, I think I’ll go with the money here. I’d say that I hope the Big 12’s first championship game results in the conference being knocked out of the four-team playoff, but all that will lead to are calls to expand to eight.
Maybe they can arrange to broadcast the game on the Longhorn Network.