Mason NEEDS this, Pistons, after all you've put him through
So, this article in the Detroit News today highlights changes in sexual assult policies (mostly at UofM) due to Title IX. Once again, Gibbons is brought up and no mention is made of two stars of MSU's basketball team whose story seems even more damaging than Gibbons...and they're a (due to weak region) favorite to win the tourney.
I just don't get it. Our (not great) kicker seems to have been a legendary scumbag and likely rapist (reading his police interview, "I didn't bust in her", makes it pretty hard to defend the guy) but the victim didn't want to press charges and the police took no action. The university then expelled him as soon as it changed its sexual assault policy (which removed the requirement for the victim to make a formal complain and lowered the burden of proof). Our PR response was awful, but official actions seemed to be proper (albeit slow and clunky).
By way of contrast, two MSU players were accused of sexual assualt, a teammate witness said it was not consensual and the victim wanted to press charges. The police (just like with Gibbons) refused to press charges. MSU (unlike Michigan with Gibbons) has taken no action against the two players and the media makes almost no mention of any of this despite repeated coverage of Title IX and sexual assault.
Is this just crazy time? If reducing/eliminating sexual assault is the goal, why in the world has there been no action taken against these guys and, even worse, where's the parallel media attention given that MSU is a daily sports news item? It can't be a matter of "the press hates Michigan" because, frankly, I don't believe that to be true.
Maybe I just had to get that WTF off my chest, so mods, please feel free to delete if today should be a day of joy and celebration only.
Don't see this posted here, although it apparently went up at ESPN yesterday. Goes to the question of whether this becomes a national story. Rittenberg says that Hoke will be facing many questions at signing day next Wednesday:
Among things Rittenberg reports that I didn't know was that the U found that Gibbons "engaged in unwanted or unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature, committed without valid consent, and that conduct was so severe as to create a hostile, offensive, or abusive environment."
The biggest question, according to Rittenberg, is when the athletic department became aware of this finding. Among others will undoubtedly be why Gibbons's absence from the bowl was attributed to a family issue.
I just noticed that in the aftermath of the game on Saturday there wasn't an appreciation thread for Brendan Gibbons. Despite his one shaky game at Penn State, Gibbons has been solid for the past two years. Gibbons drilled a 44 yarder on Saturday to extend the game and also made another field goal in 2OT to extend the game, in addition to his two other field goals on the day. Gibbons holds the record at Michigan for the most consecutive Field Goals and PATs made. Gibbons has drastically improved over his four years of playing and is now one of the best kickers in the Big Ten. Brendan Gibbons has improved the happiness of all of us with his many clutch kicks, including on Saturday. Brendan Gibbons, we appreciate you. Go Blue!
More Michigan players on watch lists! This time around it is Gibbons on the watch list for Lou Groza, presented annually to the nation's best placekicker.
Thought it was interesting that Eastern Michigan's Dylan Mulder is also on the list.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKovNO6b4OM 14 minute video put together by a buddy of mine.
I'm guessing Hoke and Gibbons like brunettes after reading this quote:
“Every time we were like struggling in kicking, coach tells me to think about girls on a beach or brunette girls,” Gibbons said. “So that’s what we did. Made the kick.”
I can only hope that Hoke was watching Major League 2 when he came up with this. But hey, whatever works.
Jake Taylor: Rube, you look at Playboy all the time, don't you?
Rube Baker: I don't just look at it. I read the articles.
Jake Taylor: Sure you do.
Rube Baker: I do. I especially like it when they mention the girls' interests, like Betsy loves surfing.
Jake Taylor: You even memorize them?
Rube Baker: Yep. I guess I do.
Jake Taylor: Bingo.