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Fellow Auburn grads and fans, lay off of John. He wrote a fair piece and nothing stated about our history of infractions is inaccurate. Yes, for the last 20 years, AU has been clean in football, but that doesn't mean that people automatically trust you. And when he says "long history", it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out he's talking about the entirety of our athletic history, which has more than its fair share of blemish marks.
John, thanks for capturing my thoughts on this subject. A friend and I were discussing this morning if there is another school that is harder to be a fan for sometimes considering the amount of negative media attention and hatred from rival schools thrown our way. Living 1,000 miles away from campus, I can assure you that it is tough, especially when I'm surrounded by folks who only read headlines (which I realize is most of America).
2 years ago on A Plainsman’s Plight: Where Have All The Good Times Gone?
While Roberts did work for SI and the NYT, it's important to also note that her history with big stories is spotty at best, particularly her handling of the Duke lacrosse team and the subsequent acquittal of the players. She has never recanted anything she wrote during that time, despite the facts that later came out in the case that absolved the players of any wrongdoing. Also, several points in the Auburn story are either factually inaccurate or misleading.
What's most bothersome from a factual standpoint (besides the error in naming McNeil's potential future prison) is the picture painted in her article that delves into the "culture" around Auburn football, particularly the comments about long hair and tattoos. Many players, black and white, had both of those attributes and many others were recruited heavily. McNeil himself was one of these players. Examples of white players include starting left tackle Lee Ziemba and Jake Holland. Trooper Taylor's own son fought Auburn High School for the right to have dreadlocks, so it doesn't stand to reason that the example he set for his son wouldn't also apply to the team he coached.
There are also two other things that are important to note. 1) The primary accuser in this story is a man who will be on trial next week for a Class A felony. 2) The NCAA was on campus investigating Auburn's entire athletic department during the 2010 national title run and later send a letter of commendation to the department for it's adherence to guidelines.
I'm certainly not naive enough to believe that absolutely nothing is going on. It likely is at most major programs, because football is a business and companies will often stretch rules in order to keep the money coming in. I just believe that there's more to this than meets the eye and wish mainstream media (ESPN, USA Today, etc) would dig deeper into things before re-posting this as gospel.
John, thanks for your even-handed approach to this.
2 years ago on Another Day, Another Scandal: Claims About Auburn’s Program, Florida’s Coach Bring Fresh Headaches To SEC
@DaveinExile ^ This. Most everyone on this site called out Bama for not dismissing the confessed parties immediately. No one, from what I saw, said anything about the others, including myself. So no I4Bama, I won't be apologizing because I stand by my original statement. Saban, while eventually doing the right thing, was slow to take definitive action.
2 years, 1 month ago on All 4 Alabama Football Players Arrested Earlier This Month Dismissed
@mowens75 Dude, this has nothing to do with "trying to take you down." It has everything to do with setting an example as an adult. And to be fair, you never actually answered my question about why someone needs to wait to pass judgement when the players admitted to the police what happened in detail. Go read the police reports.
2 years, 2 months ago on Alabama Suspends Four Arrested Players
1) Due process is for the legal system. Playing at a university on scholarship is a privilege, not a right.
2) What exactly needs to be confirmed regarding the two players who admitted to the crimes?