BL: ANOTHER Major College Sports Scandal

BobLee
January29/ 2018

ANOTHER Major College Athletic Scandal…

What do Penn State – Baylor – UNCCH, and now, Michigan State all have in common?

UPDATE:  My sincere apology to Louisville for initially omitting them from this list.  They have certainly EARNED the right to be included…

Within the past five years, each of these esteemed “institution of higher learning” have had to confront major high-profile SCANDALS within their administrations. In each case, the SCANDAL germinated from within their athletic departments, specifically their Men’s Football and Basketball programs.

In each case with these four institutions, the administrations and citizen advisory boards (“trustees”) chose to ignore the early signs of their SCANDAL by simply denying that such could EVER happen…

….”on our incredibly wonderful campus” at our “most wonderful world-renown school”.

They all chose to “go ostrich” by sticking their heads in the sand and simply hoping it would all Ostrich Response“just go away”. Their Its did NOT “go away”.

Their respective SCANDALS metastasized into much worse SCANDALS as a result of their cowardly poor leadership of their administration and oversight committees..

Surely you are familiar with the circumstances of Penn State… Baylor and UNCCH’s respective SCANDALS.

Here is a thumbnail synopsis of the current Michigan State Mess. -LINK.

UNCCH loyalists will scream no one got raped or assaulted in our SCANDAL which is true. If that is the best excuse a blind tru-blue loyalist can come up with it becomes easier to see how The Great Unpleasantness managed to exist for 18+ years at UNCCH…. THE #1 Athletic / Academic Scandal in NCAA History. So convoluted and incestuous that The NCAA simply said “Oh my, this is way too yucky for us to even try to deal with…”

Michigan State

The Michigan State Mess has two segments – Larry Nassar and the US Gymnastic organization – and aten-year on-going history of MSU FB and BB players assaulting women with little/no recrimination. The repeated incidents carefully “covered up” by coaches and administrators. The Bayor and Michigan State situations being frighteningly similar in nature and scope.

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So frighteningly similar in fact that only totally naïve alumni/fans at other “major college sports programs” would assume “THAT could never happen at our school”.

Wanna bet Michigan State fans said THAT when they read about Baylor’s SCANDAL.

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The “but… but… but” reactions from Michigan State FB / BBB coaches has been almost verbatim how Baylor and Penn State coaches reacted. And verbatim how the NEXT set of “major collge coaches” will react when they are exposed…. And they WILL be.

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NOTE:  I no longer watch ESPN, but I wonder if provocative “journalist” Jemele Hill – a graduate of Michigan State J-School – has offered her opinion on the MSU Mess… as it does involve the African-American community and AfAm athletes ???  Just wondering….

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The Michigan State President and Athletics Director both resigned last week. The fate of both the FB and BB head coaches are “on hold”. MSU Fat Cats and board monkeys are in stereotypical panic mode that their sacrosanct teams might “suffer” because of this. Just like Fat Cats and board monkeys at Baylor and Penn State… and UNCCH behaved…. And like the next school’s Fat Cats and board monkeys will behave.

The NCAA doesn’t seem to know how to handle THIS any better than it handled the other SCANDALS… or will handle the next ones.

In this Era of Absurdity in major college sports where elaborate Indoor Practice Facilities and “nap rooms” are “necessary to compete”… the thought of restricting the socio-sexual behavior of  FB and BB “student athletes” might OMG – “effect recruiting”   We can’t have THAT … and still “be competitive”..

Every major college FB/BB program recruit from the same pool of 17-18 y/os.  Primarily African-American from low-modest circumstances…

  • … bring them into a socio-cultural environment unlike anything they have ever experienced…. filled with all manner of temptation and forbidden fruits… and then tell them they are “special”.
  • … tell them perfunctorily to “try and stay out of trouble” or al least “don’t get caught”.
  • … have it BLOW UP – Duh!… then try to COVER UP.
  • … mutter trite excuses that all amount to….

“You Fat Cats / alumni / fans pay me millions of $$$ to WIN GAMES to satiate your egos for bragging rights. That is what I am doing. Now you get upset that the logical conclusion to this process has embarrassed you. What did you think was going to happen? … You want me to “recruit angels”? “Angels” are not very good FB and BB players at the big-time major college level…. I can’t win “with angels.”

There are dozens more Baylor / Michigan State messes percolating “out there”. The Fat Cats and board monkeys “out there” are smirking and laughing that Penn State, Baylor, UNCCH and now Michigan State “got caught”. It could NEVER happen “at our school”.

Nothing is being done to correct the problem… nothing WILL be done to correct the problem… because…

Until it blows up at your school, or effects your daughter, most folks really don’t care all that much… taking perverted delight when rival schools “get caught”.

GO TEAM… BEAT OUR HATED RIVAL … Sis Boom BAH!

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Congrats to NC State’s own “Coach K” for his, thus far, total dominance of Tobacco Road. I was in Madison WI for the Official Meet The Twins Celebration… so I haven’t heard Ol’Roy’s comments / excuses. I assume Roy blamed Donald Trump… HB2… and/or “all that junk”. Other than as comic relief, I truly don’t care what Roy thinks about anything. What a “galoot”!

So far the 2017-2018 local college sports year has been somewhat of a Karmic Kick-in-the-teeth for TGU for Old Wellers… huh?

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I have kept the following on The QT, but now can tell you. THE Bob Kennel had Major heart surgery on Jan 4. Pretty much ANY heart surgery is “major” and Bob’s really was. He is now in an extended recovery phase. When he might return to “normal” is unclear as no one can define what is “normal” for Bre’r Kennel.

Given the options of a world-renown Duke cardiologist or a nationally prominent UNC cardiologist… our BK, ever fearful of hated rivals, opted for a NC State Vet School grad student majoring in Domesticated Farm Animals. Apparently it all somehow worked out OK.

The BIG WIN on Saturday in Dean’s Dome seemed to help BK A LOT!   🙂

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I have been operating at half-speed the past 2-3 weeks with “The Twins” and what all. Not to fear… I am back to Locked & Loaded with a lengthy list of Fascinating Fodder “in the queue… just for you”.

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Heart Surgery Survivor

There is only one Cardiologist I found on the Rex Healthcare website with an undergrad degree From NC State University in Biomedical Engineering. I chose him as I did not want people from the corrupt UNC at Chapel Hill as, for example, SACS has recently said their medical program courses are no more valid than the AFAM sham classes. By the way, said cardiologist did an excellent job for me, installing two stents as I watched on the big screen. There are none sharper than he. Was back home the next morning and back to normal activity in less than… Read more »

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Timely piece possibly. Jalek Felton suspended by the university, not ORW. His attorney has represented others accused of sexual assault according to local media reports and it could be something entirely unrelated to SA. UNC issued the standard boilerplate no comment due to federal privacy laws…. yaddy, yaddy, yaddy.

FrostWeasel
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FrostWeasel

BobLee, Thanks for continuing the push the stone up the mountain. Per your article, “UNCCH loyalists will scream no one got raped or assaulted in our SCANDAL which is true.”, I would maintain that this is only true as to the facts pertaining to the academic scandal that started with St. Dean. unc-ch has a long history of rape cover-ups and harassment of rape and sexual assault victims including many recent cases. . The fact that these cases are handled by the university and by the honor board, in many cases, is indicative of their fear of bad press hurting… Read more »

TarSpartan
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TarSpartan

As a graduate of both UNC and MSU, I should just tell people where I went to high school…

In all seriousness, the MSU scandal goes back even farther than the current allegations. When I was a student (1999 or so), MSU and Nick Saban were recruiting a tight end named Eric Knott who was accused of rape. As soon as the charge was pled down to 4th-degree assault, he got a scholarship offer. More details can be found in this Leonard Pitts article from 2001.

http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2001-05-28/news/0105280116_1_eric-knott-football-star-girl

PTH
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Has Anson Dorrence resigned or has he gone to Hollywood to start a new career producing movies. Oh! No! He is still at UNC, how can that be? Those UNC coeds must be of the same Ilk as Paula Jones and all those other “Slick” Willie skanks!

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geek49203

Current NCAA leadership knew 10 years ago about the sex scandal. They also knew about the UNC “great unpleasantness”. Probably they heard the “rumors” bout there being a defacto salary scale for blue chip talent.

Tell me — why is the NCAA building still standing? Why aren’t the locals storming the place with pitchforks, with the word of the day being “Defenestration”?

ENC#1
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ENC#1

The NCAA Fat Cats who make good money also have the attitude “this will go away if we wait long enough”…..the NCAA has no power anymore. I think they did when Walter Byers was in charge but now the CYA crowd runs college athletics at member schools and at the NCAA.

Too much money involved, mega conferences, IDPF with free beverages…..I could type all day.

CNR
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CNR

Walter Byers protected schools and persecuted/prosecuted schools. Those protected included UCLA, USC, Michigan, Ohio State, Nebraska, Texas, Alabama, Tennessee, LSU, Wisconsin, UNC, Duke, Iowa, Washington, and Cincinnati.
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Those persecuted/prosecuted were Auburn, Oklahoma, Colorado, Texas A&M, North Carolina State, Michigan State, and Kentucky.
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Understand, the two lists included a time period of nearly half a century which would put some schools on both lists.
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The most persecuted and prosecuted coaches were Jerry Tarkanian and Adolph Rupp. Don’t giggle over those two names. There are many good guy coaches who have agreed.

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To quantify your insightful comment. About 4 or 5 years ago, I happened across a FOIA PDF of the NCAA filings. At that time, the NCAA listed over $750 MILLION (3/4 Billion) in “reserves. Fidelity and Vanguard had most of the cash and it was deployed into a 50/50 mix of Growth and Income (CD’s and Bonds). That portfolio would be worth probably 1.2 – 1.3 BILLION today. Now WHY do they need that much “petty cash? Not to be outdone, a friend was privy to the internals of the ACC. Johnny Boy got almost HALF a BILLION in reserves….think… Read more »

Doug
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The MO remains the same. Only the names change. Louisville belongs on the list. At some point it could be easier to keep up with schools not on a naughty list.

Wishing Mr Kennel a speedy and full recovery. The old axiom; Was it serious? When it happens to you personally, it always is.

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uncleron

Last Saturday morning, I went to see the UNC JV team play. They tipped off at 9 am with no cameras, cheerleaders or media in attendance. Hubert Davis coached them and I must say it was the most well disciplined basketball team I’ve seen play in quite some time. Plenty of dunks, lots of passing, good defense and if Bojangles cared, we’d have gotten biscuits. What a throwback to a time when student athletes were still athletes.

MAHA
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MAHA

Don’t watch ESPN anymore either but read where the angry Ms. Hill had been “demoted”. Guess they still didn’t have the guts to fire her. MAHA.

NCSU68Grad
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NCSU68Grad

BL Thanks for the column. I was watching some College Hoops last night in between working on a Glock trigger. DW came in and had previously asked me what all the hoopla was at MSU. I gave her a synopsis. Your “Thumbnail” link now qualifies for the “understatement” of the day award. Even to me, a purveyor of excessive prose, that were no THUMBNAIL . BUT, it was informative. I had told DW that you KNEW there was trouble in River City when you got your OWN TAB on the ESPN Crawler. I will suggest that she read the OTL/ESPN… Read more »

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Former96Heel

The MSU situation falls into a bucket, to me, akin to PSU and possibly Baylor. The level to which admins can turn their heads astounds me. Same with the Olympic folks. It sounds as if no young girl came into contact with that cretin without being harmed. NCAA death penalty is not a punishment for a sport like gymnastics, but purging the most spineless of jellyfish who allowed this to happen is the least a place can do. Cheating someone out of an education is not noble, by any means, but stealing someone’s innocence in the name of W’s or… Read more »

CNR
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CNR

You have joined Doug in your perfectly placed ability for a succinct statement, this time regarding degrees of cheating.