Category Archives: General Idiocy

This week, on Justified

You may not have heard, but Todd Grantham lost his shit in Nashville. Again.

We all tried to brush this off in 2011 by blaming James Franklin, but at this point, I think it’s best to heed the wisdom of Raylan Givens in such matters.

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“I understand how much these kids have been through.”

Jesus H. Christ on a bicycle, is there nobody at the University of Maryland with the sense of decency to tell this self-centered ass to STFU?

“I’ve been on trips for 20 years. I’ll be on trips for another 20 years, hopefully,” he said. “They could have used me. I’m still undefeated when I’m on the sidelines. But I refuse to be selfish. I’ll do whatever it takes to support Maryland. If I can support them by not being there, I’ll not be there. It’s all about the players, it’s all about the coaches, it’s all about my Terps.”

I don’t know how much money he gives the school, but it can’t be enough to excuse this garbage.

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You can’t coach stupid.

Yeah, of all the ways to complain about a bad non-call, accusing the ref of sexual assault is probably the least optimal.

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When “no comment” isn’t enough

This Mike Gundy story is something else.

Gundy has a senior who announced he’s transferring.  Evidently that’s supposed to be a state secret.

Incredibly, the media made a joint decision to “honor” Gundy’s directive.  Then, somebody decided to grow a baby backbone and explain to readers why the silence.

Represented in the circle were the O’CollyThe Oklahoman, the Tulsa World and Pistols Firing.

The original decision that we all came to agreement on was that we would put a disclaimer in our story explaining the threat and why we didn’t ask players about McCleskey’s transfer.

Can you guess the punchline?

Then we were notified there could be repercussions for reporting on Gundy’s threat.

We then contacted Lang, who urged media members to leave the threat out of the story to avoid possible consequences.

Mike Gundy is a snowflake.

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You come at the king…

Boy, I can’t wait to read The Daily Mississipian’s Ben Miller’s next hot take.

As is the case every single season when the Ole Miss Rebels are about to face off against the Crimson Tide, the traditions, the narratives and the hatred are at the forefront. As “Bama Hate Week” turns into Bama game day, we’ve heard everything we could have possibly heard about the matchup. From nasty sheet signs aimed at Nick Saban and his family to Tide fans incessantly touting the 66-3 scoreline from last season over Rebel fans, it is quite a week to be a college football fan.

Among the madness, there is but one sentence that few have been brave enough to say: Nick Saban is an overrated head coach. Stay with me. I am perfectly willing to admit that Alabama would not have gotten to where they are currently without Saban’s tremendous recruiting talents that resulted in him having a dominant football team early in his career. What I am not willing to say, however, is anything that would make it sound like Saban is even close to being the greatest college football coach to ever live.

I can only imagine what an Alabama with a truly great coach would have done to Ole Miss in the first half last night.

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“I would never, ever, ever allow my child to be coached there.”

The developing story in the wake of Jordan McNair’s death has an air of inevitability to it.

Several current University of Maryland football players and people close to the Terrapins program describe a toxic coaching culture under head coach DJ Durkin before offensive lineman Jordan McNair’s death in June after a football workout.

McNair, who was 19, died two weeks after being hospitalized following a May 29 team workout. He collapsed after running 110-yard sprints, showing signs of extreme exhaustion and difficulty standing upright. No official cause of death has been released, but ESPN reported Friday that he died of heatstroke suffered during the workout and had a body temperature of 106 degrees after being taken to a hospital.

Over the past several weeks, two current Maryland players, multiple people close to the football program, and former players and football staffers spoke to ESPN about the culture under Durkin, particularly strength and conditioning coach Rick Court, who was one of Durkin’s first hires at Maryland in 2015.

By that, I mean not so much the testosterone-charged remaking of the program under Durkin, as the futile attempt to wall off the problem of McNair’s death from public scrutiny.

One current player told ESPN that university leadership, including athletic director Damon Evans and president Wallace Loh, had “a lack of action” in their response to McNair’s death.

“We had a kid die. … It took all summer for us to even get a third-party investigation to meet with, and the timing [of those interviews] is absolutely horrendous,” the player said. “This is a huge problem at Maryland.”

ESPN requested to interview Loh, Robinson and Evans, but university officials declined to make them available. According to a Maryland official, Evans addressed the team on multiple occasions, including a private moment of reflection on June 15 held in McNair’s honor that the athletic department organized for all student-athletes and staff. Evans was also in attendance at a June 1 meeting in which the team received a medical update on McNair, a June 13 team meeting, and a June 21 meeting for parents. Loh went to the hospital and funeral and “interacted with players at both,” according to officials.

The two current players who spoke with ESPN and other sources close to the program said they are concerned about how Walters’ investigation is being managed.

Players had to return early from their time off to meet with investigators on Aug. 1, two days before the first preseason workout. A sign-up sheet was posted on the office door of Jason Baisden, the team’s assistant athletic director for football operations and equipment. Meetings took place in the offensive staff’s meeting room in the Gossett Football Team House.

“They tried to interview players at the most inconvenient time, in Gossett, basically right in front of Durkin’s office,” one of the current players said.

“Basically anybody can walk by, any coach or whoever really wants to can walk by and see who signed up and see who’s talking to the investigation,” the other current player said. “They’re singling us out even more when it’s supposed to be an anonymous investigation.”

The player said that each meeting was scheduled for only 15 minutes. Players were asked what they wanted to share about the May 29 workout and were advised to see counselors.

“It was a joke,” the same player said.

That has gone as well as any sentient being might expect:  people inside the program reached out to the media to get the story out.  The end result?

The University of Maryland has placed members of football coach DJ Durkin’s support staff on paid administrative leave based on the initial findings of the external review examining the circumstances leading to the death of redshirt freshman Jordan McNair, the university announced Friday.

It’s simply amazing to me how supposedly intelligent people being paid large sums of money think that they can keep the story of a player’s death at a practice with his coaches in attendance locked down in this day and age.  These guys deserve to be run off as much for their arrogant stupidity as for the culpability in McNair’s death.

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College football, you can be so stupid sometimes.

You’re playing neutral site games in your own backyards?  Obviously, there must be some serious five-dimensional chess play going on here, because for the life of me I can’t figure out why you wouldn’t play these games on a home-and-home basis.

Way to shit on your fans, in other words.

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