Friday from the Eagle’s Nest
Once again, it is time to re-visit some of the major headlines from the previous week in college football. They certainly do not lack intrigue. There were players arrested, players napping in extreme positions, players partying hard, and players being questioned on whether or not they’ll even play this upcoming season. On top of that, Harvey Updyke is back in the news. Let’s get started, shall we?
Four University of Alabama football players were arrested earlier this week. (3 on charges of assault and robbery and 1 on the use of a stolen debit card) First and foremost I’d like to point out that these specific incidents alone were out of Saban’s hands. He can’t shadow his players like a phantom every minute of the day. He can, however, do more to punish the players involved by removing them from the team – a step Saban conveniently stopped short of. Saban drew very little criticism for his decision to not permanently dismiss the players, and his biggest detractor surprisingly came from within the state via Kevin Scarbinsky. For once, Scarbinsky and I agree. What bugs me most about this story is the overall nature of its media coverage, or lack thereof.
One of the players involved, Eddie Williams, was arrested just a day or two prior to the events in question for possession of a firearm. This was not reported until AFTER the news of the arrests of all 4 players. Say what you will, call me crazy, but that is a disturbing nugget of information. How many other arrests have been made that haven’t been reported? Oh and how did these 4 young men post bail ($190,000.00 total) so quickly? I know this is an Auburn blog and they (Alabama) are our biggest rivals, but how is there not one credible reporter asking these questions? If an Auburn player were to get caught staging a water gun fight, the NCAA would be parading up and down the streets of campus like the North Korean military while Joe Schad went door to door to professors’ offices collecting vague quotes and opinions on what the best route for hair follicle transplant surgery would be.
Speaking of turds staying out of reach of the law, Harvey Updyke has yet to make it to trial. He has had his bond revoked though so that nice oak sapling you planted in the fall will remain out of harm’s way. In a day and age where absolutely every aspect of sports and entertainment is relentlessly dissected into oblivion, Harvey Updyke symbolizes what can become of a fan that is too emotionally attached to his or her favorite team.
Did you say relentlessly dissecting? This past week, in offices at ESPN and other major sports media outlets, full-grown adults sat down in fancy conference rooms and seriously discussed whether or not Jadaveon Clowney should just sit out the 2013 college football season to protect his draft status. I’ll give you a moment to make peace with the fact that you can’t escape the planet you must share with these morons. I’m not sure where this “debate” originated. I saw something here and here, but it doesn’t matter. That it is even being discussed is ludicrous. It is purely manufactured drama and an insult to the average fan’s intelligence. Worst of all, this question will be around ALL YEAR LONG. Steve Spurrier will get criticized for not “protecting” Clowney like he should. Jesse Palmer will make some half-assed attempt to compare Clowney’s situation with his final year at Florida or his stint on ‘The Bachelor’ or how his hair gel is “too awesome” sometimes. I’m sure ESPN already has Tom Rinaldi taping segments and interviewing Maurice Clarett.
Quarterbacks gone wild! Johnny Manziel continues to maintain a rigorous schedule of partying and not necessarily caring what anyone thinks about it. He’s at Mardi Gras, he was at the Super Bowl, numerous NBA games courtside, and on and on. I’m all for the young man enjoying himself and the college experience, but whether he likes it or not he represents Texas A&M University to a large degree. At some point he’s got to gain some self-awareness. As the old saying goes, “Don’t go looking for trouble because you just might find it,” and posting pictures of yourself with alcohol when you are underage is definitely asking for trouble.
I’ll close with students from Auburn University and their version of the Harlem Shake video. If you haven’t heard of it yet, you just did. Look it up on YouTube and prepare for your productivity to suffer for a bit. I’m beginning to think that a lot of “reporters” just sit around and watch stuff like this all day. What a life that must be.