Is It Time?

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Today, I was hoping to hear something definitive on the status of the three Vol players arrested this past Thursday for attempted robbery (pictured above, from left – Mike Edwards, Nu’Keese Richardson, Janzen Jackson). I didn’t hear what I wanted to hear, namely that they had all been suspended for the remainder of this season, including a bowl game, and further action would depend on the result of the legal system taking it’s course. But what was announced was perhaps the next best thing.

Head Coach Kiffin was quoted in Austin Ward’s Sunday evening post at GVX as saying:

“They won’t play or practice until I get all the information in, because this is too critical. No way would we ever, with something like this possibly having happened, no way would we ever let one of those guys ever play for us. We don’t let them come to the functions over here, meetings or practice or anything.

“I’m not calling it anything except for telling you that they’re not part of any of our activities until we get more information in. There’s no way I would ever let them be around our team and be around our functions with what’s been said that may have happened.”

Also, I heard on the WNML post-game show yesterday that (1) there is no curfew for players other than Friday night (pre-game night), and (2) some players live off campus.

Is it time to make it mandatory for all players to live together in one complex on campus again?

Is it time for a mandatory curfew, let’s say six nights a week (if not seven), during football season?

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5 responses to “Is It Time?”

  1. T K says :

    i thought they had curfew every night. i know donald wells never had curfew and you see what a thug he turned out to be.

  2. ssmart55 says :

    It appears to me that they are effectively suspended now, in that none are allowed to participate in any team activities.

    As for the questions… if the team does not live together in one place, I don’t see how a curfew could possibly be enforced.

    I guess it is a sign of the times that college football athletes live on their own. Maybe that is to satisfy equality standards? Is it “legal” to have a facility that is specifically to house members of a football team? Is that fair to the ladies soccer program?

    Way too many young athletes get caught up thinking they are above any social rules and expectations. The exceptional athletes get coddled and are allowed to get away with whatever they want to do, starting when they are very young.

    I don’t know how that can be changed. Money, and greed, is what drives it.

    You may be familiar with a Raleigh kid, John Wall, who was the #1 basketball recruit and is now a Kentucky freshman. It was unbelievable the things that you could see even as a casual follower of the local media.

    These 3 UT freshmen may have thought they were just playing a prank, and didn’t expect anything to come of it. Unless they are total idiots they would have known they weren’t going to get anything of value. They were just trying to scare some folks for the fun of it, thinking they could get away with it.

    But, in the real world, what they did has serious ramifications. Learning a hard lesson now may save them from something more serious sometime in the future.

    I think Kiffin will do the right thing.

    Would requiring high profile young athletes, like those on major college football and basketball teams, offer a way to provide leadership and enforce discipline? Absolutely yes. But, I doubt that it could be done legally in today’s environment.

    • norcalvol says :

      I have a feeling it was a prank as well, based on what one of the kids in the car held up said after the fact – he turned to look at the Prius (a green robbery I guess) and saw a girl at the wheel – she had a big grin on her face as if she thought the whole thing was funny – she, and perhaps all of them, where probably high…

  3. T K says :

    I THINK SANDY ANSWER WAS SENSATIONAL. I WAS THINKING THE SAME THOUGHTS BUT JUST COULDNT QUITE GET THE WORDS ARRANGED RIGHT. BASICALLY SANDY HAS CAPTURED ALL MY THOUGHTS ALSO. AND THERE IS REALLY NOTHING THE SCHOOL OR COACHES HAVE DONE WRONG HERE GUYS. I MEAN THE LAW OF AVERAGES WITH THE NUMBER OF GUYS WHO PLAY COLLEGE FOOTBALL……..WELL WE WILL END UP WITH SOME SPRINKLED WITH STUPIDITY ALONG THE WAY. AND WE HAVE. PROBABLY IF SOME OF US HAD BEEN ON THE TEAM IN TODAYS WORLD WE WOULD BE SITTING OUT A HALF WOULDNT WE? DONALD? BOBBY? LATER GUYS. ENJOYING THE CONVERSATION

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