The fact of the matter is that top athletes will always get benefits that others don't. It doesn't just apply to athletes. I seem to remember a President getting off fairly easy for using his public office for an extramarital affair. For some reason i don't think the janitor would have been given the same benefit. I will agree that it is time for the young man to grow up or move on. At some point it is time to fish or cut bait.
I understand that stars get more chances. And I'd not say a word if certain coaches -- Will Muschamp, Derek Dooley -- hadn't come out and made such a big deal about what disciplinarians they would be. If you say you'll be different than the next guy, then we're going to hold you to it. Better to NOT make those claims and look the other way for stars than to talk tough and then disappoint. That's the stance of this site anyway.
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John, here's something I've been wondering for a while. What makes media members believe they are moral authorities over people they cover? In your response you say "we're going to hold you to it". Where do you guys get the idea that you are in a position to "hold someone" to something they said? You're just a guy that writes stories about events. You can be replaced by someone that can write stories just as good as you. So what are you that makes you so important and morally superior to coaches, players, and fans?
Media guys have really been on their high horse lately whether it be in the newspaper, or on their radio shows, TV interviews, etc. It seems like you guys really have been going out of your way lately to implant these little nuggets to create something more than just reporting the facts.
Ben, you're probably right about this being an opinion piece, but this is a trend I've been noticing crop up more and more. And if it is an opinion piece, shouldn't it be prefaced with that fact? Even in the so called completely unbiased journalism pieces, the writers seem to feel like they are perfect and are more than willing to point out the flaws of others, sometimes looking for something to stir up.
I believe it goes hand in hand with the newly found stardom these media types have stumbled onto. A lot of times these journalists believe they're as much of a star as the subjects of the story! Maybe I'm alone, but I read SEC stories because of the stories themselves, not because of who wrote it. I think a lot of writers these days think it's about them a little more than they should. This is something that's bigger than this particular piece, and at this point there's no reigning it in.
I think the mistake you make is thinking this article is something that it is not. This is purely an opinion piece. He is no more on his "high horse" then you are. You don't have to agree with the piece, but to think this is something more than an opinion piece is interesting. He merely stated facts to back up his opinion. While I don't necessarily agree with his take on Dooley, I think it is too early to tell, I do recognize this for what it is.
I agree 100% percent with your statement about coaches preaching discipline. Unfortunately they are almost forced to do so by fans reactions and expectations. Now, if the same coach kicks a player off the team, see Johnny Majors dismissal of Reggie Cobb, the fans will be in an uproar over that as well. It appears to not be much of a win for the coaches either way. I also don't think that you can judge the coach on his handling of one player. I understand that is what is going to happen, but it is also not fair to the coach or the player. I think we should let the student affairs rule on the issue and then see what Dooley's discipline will be. If he turns out to be a lax as Urban Meyer was then I will be one of the many to jump on the bandwagon. Keep up the good work. love the site.