a quick run down of the story says that several, i've heard the number 7, football players from the university of tennessee were involved in a bar fight last night which ended in the assault on an off-duty knoxville police officer. one player has been charged so far, Da'Rick Rogers a freshman 5* receiver.
OT: University of Tennessee football players in trouble again
They would fit right in and then the B10 could add a team we are not embarrassed to have in the conference and still stay at 12.
I wasnt the one who negged you, but MSU is less of an embarrassment than most teams that are actually available. Texas isn't coming and ND used to look like a decent option if we could get them but then the ridiculously pasty white bassist came out with that terrible video which pretty much defines the word "embarrassment." Missouri's groveling should be humiliating for them and Rutgers is a worthless school for the most part athletically.
Pitt is virtually the only conceivable option. That said, MSU will never get kicked out of the Big Ten in a million years *derp*.
I would be horrified if the B10 kicked anyone out and I am sure they never will. That would not be cool, even if it was MSU. But if MSU wants to bolt on their own ...
As for the neg, don't sweat it. It was BlockM. She negs everything I write. She's on auto-neg when it comes to me. Somehow she doesn't get the concept that points don't matter after you get above 20.
BlockM is a girl..?
It only happens around this time of the month. My hormones go all crazy. I can't control it.
The legacy of Fulmer lives on.
Yes! More points for the Fuller Cup!
here are links to a few of the reports filed
...which would surprise you more? An offseason event where a bunch of Tennessee players get in trouble? or an offseason where they didn't?
needless to say, the volnation board has been on complete meltdown since just before 3 am this morning.
"How many more kicks to the head can this program take?"
Apparently as many as their players can do to police officers.
here are a couple more articles, with the first being the most recent
Used in recruiting, I think it's okay. You can't pay a player, but I don't think there's any rules against a private business owner electing to give them a discount, especially as long as it's not exclusive and other people can get VIP status too.
Please be gentle if my understanding is wrong, but wasn't Troy Smith suspended for taking money and gifts from a booster, an act illegal for football players.
My understanding was that outside of the benefits provided to them from the university, anything given to them based on their status as football players was taboo. Now, there is certainly a lot of wiggle room to say "oh yeah, I hired him at my car dealership because I thought he could sell cars real good, not because he was the starting QB for the football team I donate millions to..." but it certainly sounds like the bar owner already blew his cover
Lucky for them there weren't any QC officers or assistant coaches in the bar of the Freep would be all over this like no one business
This didn't involve Wolverines.
I think that is incorrect. What about the Free Shoes University scandal? You can't give things to players because they are athletes. If VIP status was something you had to pay for like a membership, then it's trouble IMO.
I doubt if VIP status can be "bought". I'm sure it has no price. Yes, it comes with free things, i.e. - no cover charge, but the VIP status itself is not a gift of any value in and of itself.
I'm not saying it's totally kosher, but it's no different than another student being starstruck and trying to hang out with the athlete. The bar owner knows that if the players come there, others will want to come, so he simply removes any impediment to them coming. I really don't think it's impermissible. Otherwise, no female college athlete ever could go to "ladies night" at a bar.
It sounds like a violation to me, but it is probably at the same level as excessive stretching. Any reasonably attractive pack of girls trying to get into a college bar will receive the same preference.
The drinking age in TN is 21.
The bar owner's gotta be in hot water too.
That's what I was thinking. What the hell was a freshman doing at the bar in the first place?
The fact they apparently kicked an off-duty police officer on the ground and apparently put him in the hospital is the worst part of it. I know that they didn't have an idea he was a cop, but when 4 pretty big guys are kicking another human being on the ground, any "personal defense" or "emotional brawl" arguments go out the window. I'm sure a couple of the lesser players will be dismissed from the team and any stars will have to sit out a game or two, but it is kind of depressing that most people were not surprised that this happened at UT.
sure that the off duty cop let them know he was a cop at some point... i have friends that are cops and they always have their badges with them and sometimes even their guns when they are off the clock...
take it for what you will but a buddy of mine that lives in knoxville said that the officer was working as a bouncer at the bar so regardless of whether or not they knew he was with the police department, he wasn't just some random guy at the bar.
I know that working as a part-time bouncer and security detail is common for off-duty officers, so I'm not surprised that he tried to break it up. My point is more that four guys thought it was a good idea to stomp and kick another human being on the ground. The fact he was a cop, and I'm sure he identified himself as one at some point, makes it even worse. But I agree, he probably wasn't some random guy.
Just checked the college football headlines over at ESPN.com and there's no word of this yet. I'd put the over/under on when this gets reported at 10:45. For the sake of journalistic awareness in this day and age, I sure hope they make the under.
there was nothing up.
I guess coming here first to get all of my non-MLB sports news is completely justified.
ESPN is still too busy making money off of the lebron sweepstakes.
10:51 ET was the first I saw it. Both on front page and CFB page.
Nice guess. Do you work for the WWL?
In no way that you can substantively prove that I work for this "WWL" to which you refer, nor would I be able (if I did) to admit to the existence of such an organization or my employ within it.
Poor driving, faulty equipment, bar wristband - he could've just cut to the quick and driven himself to jail.
I like how the article says he's just over the legal limit for driving. Pretty sure the legal limit is 0.00 for 20 year olds.
Though I may be wrong here, maybe some states observe no drinking under 21, but you don't get a DUI unless you're over the legal limit for driving. Michigan has pretty strict laws on this with their "body is a container law"
I know Illinois is a "Zero Tolerance" State, similar to what you are describing. (grew up, did drivers ed there) If you were under 21 and blew a .0000001 you were booked
the limit is .08. I had thought this was a universal standard.
status to begin with. That creates a huge sense of entitlement in your average 18- or 19-year old, and they no doubt felt that there would be little consequence in a beatdown. After all, they're VIPs.
"Welcome to the VIP lounge, here's your bucket of drinks, personal cocktail waitress, and a non-VIP patron to start attacking at will! Enjoy!"
so would these have been Lane's recruits?
What a bunch of tough guys. Teaming up to beat down one guy, a cop nonetheless.
Too bad the officer didn't have his piece.
The residue from Kiffin lives on...
The Vols now have more arrests (8) than wins (7) in last 12 months.
Can the NCAA do anything about this ridiculousness going on at Tennessee? Seems like some discipline should be in order. I mean, I know it's not something as MAJOR as over-practicing...
He should really be wearing sunscreen.
It would be really funny to see an MSU-UT matchup in the Gator Bowl if either team can play well enough to make it there. MSU would have to be in the fifth slot or the sixth if the BT gets an extra BCS bid. Detractors of both teams would have the quintessential "field day" in the days leading up to the game. I love railing on MSU, but UT is even an easier target than MSU because "Volunteeer orange" is almost the color of stereotypical prison jumpsuits.
As for UT's response to the beatdown, I am guessing that contributors get a "second chance" while non-contributors are kicked off the team as "examples." This will make UT and MSU even more alike.