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Friday from the Eagle’s Nest

Eagles 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.

20 Comments

  1. AubieCE AubieCE says:

    Most of the media in state went to Bama…
    They don’t notice their bias….
    Inquiring minds would like to know who was driving the dark SUV, cause it was not
    one of the perps…..
    Is it public records who posts bail also?
    The fee for $190 K of bail would be a nice hunk of change…
    Most college kids don’t have that just that kind of $ laying around…

  2. War Eagle Girl War Eagle Girl says:

    “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? ”

    Because we live in the state of Alabama…… ;)

    I’m just hoping that this is the beginning of their down period. What’s going to be interesting is if Emmert is out from his investigation and they don’t have their protection any more.

  3. MyAuburn MyAuburn says:

    Charles Barkley can put a size 18 shoe in his mouth all the time but sometimes he is just downright hilarious. Check out this clip. Hope it works.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHejtlIRu78

  4. TexasAUTiger says:

    Hey Brent Calloway, you believe in karma yet?

  5. Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

    As long as Clowney doesn’t get a fake twitter girlfriend, he should be A-OK for the draft.

    The Updyke situation angers me immensely–mostly because this unintelligent clown keeps outsmarting the Alabama legal justice system. How is that even possible???

    When Kevin Scarbinsky starts asking the tough questions, you know something is amok. Oh-but let’s all get our tinfoil hats out because CLEARLY there’s nothing to see here. I mean $190,000–pocket change, party people. And yes, I believe a half-assed investigative reporter (Joe Schad withstanding) could figure out whom posted bail for those yahoos. Until Paul Finebaum starts broadcasting from his mother’s basement (that hasn’t happened yet, right?), we can’t even count on the crazy Auburn people to call and stir the pot…..clearly the integrity of the institution of college football lies in the hands of Kevin Scarbinsky and ESPN……

    …oh that sound?? just my head hitting my desk. repeatedly. no bigs

  6. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..For a non-Alabama football player, someone’s going to hand over a house deed to the bail bondsman to come up with bail that high. And not some ghetto house, either. Or someone with deep pockets.

    • MyAuburn MyAuburn says:

      I have never needed bond posted but I think it costs 10% or in this case $19,000. x4 =$76,000 Where did that come from? Not chump change IMO.

      • JayTS says:

        It was $190,000 total. At 10% down to the bail bondsman that’s $19,000 total, divided by 4 makes it $4,750 each. Definitely not cheap, but not shocking that they were able to come up with it.

        • MyAuburn MyAuburn says:

          My bad, I thought it was 190k each. Still not chump change.

          • wde1988 wde1988 says:

            LOL.

            Let me think about this… college freshman… last time I had $5K lying around my apartment.

            Yep.

            That’d be never! Hell, I make a good living now from all accounts and I still can’t say that.

            WDE

          • MyAuburn MyAuburn says:

            Wonder if the REC has a bail money slush fund. :)

  7. wde1988 wde1988 says:

    What? No bagman? I am shocked!!!!

    Seriously though, I find that the older I get the harder I laugh. I don’t think I have ever laughed as hard as I have when I looked at the “harlem shake video”. OMG. It’s funny when you think about it… some kids get camera’s for christmas and probably walk away thinking… “Mom and Dad lost their mind”. I guess they actually learn how to use them at some point. Hope it makes them a million dollars!

    WDE

  8. Orange Talon says:

    How did they post $190K bail so fast….it could have been 1.9M and it would not have mattered. Google the Alabama Red Coats, everything will become crystal clear.

    WDE!

  9. uglyjoe says:

    I really hate feeling the need to take the high road, but here it goes…..first, lets keep in mind that we have had players in similar positions – people in glass houses shouldn’t throw rocks, or something like that….Also, I read that three of the players have been thrown off campus. Regardless of what Nick says, sound to me like the writing is on the wall. In that case, is there an NCAA rule that says somebody can’t bail them out of jail? If they aren’t players anymore (and I am betting we will find out that is the case), then it against the rules for a booster to take that kind of action? Don’t get this the wrong way – I dislike Alabama with all my heart and I don’t condone crime, but if were a true Alabama fan, had the resources, and thought you were doing the right thing, wouldn’t you do it?

    • Derrick Roberts Derrick Roberts says:

      My main problem with the situation is with how it has been handled by the in-state media. Of course Auburn has had problems with its athletes just like any other school in the country. To deny that is lunacy, but it is clearly an apples and oranges issue in terms of how “negative” events are covered between the two schools. That is where I begin to wonder about things. Auburn had a few of its own players caught up in a similar situation as these 4 Alabama players recently did and there were an endless amount of stories on the situation.

      As crazy as it sounds, I can handle losing to Alabama in anything a lot better than I handle ridiculous articles that serve no purpose but to stir the pot.

  10. BeachTiger BeachTiger says:

    Yep Uglyjoe, I have to agree with you. Unfortunately, there’s not many college programs that can point a finger at Alabama; we should all hang our heads because we were in their shoes a year ago. I hate to see a young man or woman make a really bad decision that will affect their life forever.

    Living on Pensacola Beach, I have seen a lot of press regarding Pettway because he is a Pensacola native (even this mornings Pensacola News Journal had an article about Pettway). Probably the most disturbing fact was Williams’ arrest for carrying a pistol. With what has happened recently concerning firearms and schools, this is truly unacceptable… again, the Auburn Family can relate to what can happen with students and pistols.

    Let’s all hope this year brings nothing but great coaching (without a doubt), a healthy team, and the resurgence of dominant Auburn football. WAR EAGLE!

  11. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..Here’s the thing about carrying a pistol. In Alabama, the first question is “do you have a permit?” If not, you’ll face charges the first time a policeman finds it.

    …..Step two, are you willing to actually shoot someone with the gun? You can pretty much only shoot someone in this state if your life is in danger from them. Furthermore, firing a gun is illegal in most municipalities.

    …..If you’re unwilling to shoot to defend yourself, you probably should not be carrying.

    …..If a college student or football player has all this worked out, then maybe they can carry. What is the school’s policy on carrying weapons on campus? I’d wager most forbid it.Same for university housing.

  12. BeachTiger BeachTiger says:

    Being born and raised in a small rural Alabama community, I was taught from a very early age the proper use, care, and transportation of a firearm. I still own several guns today, including ones from my childhood. But the day I left for Auburn, I left my guns at my parents home.

    I believe many of these young people (students) carry guns because of the “thug factor”, and most importantly, have little to no training in the use of firearms… and that really scares me. I realize there are many schools of thought regarding this issue due to shootings on school and college campuses. Even taking that into consideration, I still can’t condone a student carrying a pistol or any other type of firearm.

  13. SandMountainTiger SandMountainTiger says:

    Not taking up for the turds, but as a former corrections officer, I can tell you that property bonds can be placed. Usually, the property must be equal or greater than the bond amount. More than one person can combine their property. Also, a judge can set bail, and release them on o/r (own recognisance) with the bail amount due if they don’t show for court. I’ve seen trailor park meth makers bond out on $150,000 bonds. Lets not engage in the “where there’s smoke, there’s fire” crap. Makes us sound like bammers.