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Nice year you're having, Kirby Hocutt

Posted on: August 19, 2011 3:31 pm
Think for a minute about the year that Kirby Hocutt has enjoyed. And by enjoyed, I really mean, "Has foisted upon innocent victim after innocent victim."

Hocutt is the athletics director who left Miami for Texas Tech in February. His most notable recent moves were these:

1. Allowing booster-from-hell Nevin Shapiro access to the Miami football team.

2. Firing football coach Randy Shannon, the only person on campus who looks remotely clean after the Shapiro crisis.

3. Hiring Al Golden to replace Shannon, but never telling Golden about the atomic bomb ticking underneath the UM athletic department.

4. Leaving for Texas Tech, presumably never telling the Red Raiders about the atomic bomb he was leaving behind at Coral Gables.

I could be wrong there on No. 4. I suppose, when Texas Tech asked him during the interview process what he had accomplished at Miami, that Hocutt responded like so:

You mean other than letting Nevin Shapiro run wild at Miami?

Nah. I suppose not. So I'm back to this:

4. Leaving for Texas Tech, presumably never telling the Red Raiders about the atomic bomb he was leaving behind.

That's been Kirby Hocutt's year. By golly, compared to that, Adam Dunn is having a hell of a 2011. And Adam Dunn is hitting .168.

Look, I was onto Hocutt a year ago. I blasted him here, possibly the strongest takedown I've ever written, and definitely the strongest takedown anyone's ever written on Kirby Hocutt. He was so taken aback that he called me at home the next day, and then the damndest thing happened. He never mentioned the story I'd written about him a day earlier. Didn't tell me I was wrong. Didn't tell me I was unfair. Didn't tell me anything.

Never mentioned it.

Instead, Hocutt said he "wanted to reach out" to me and that he wanted to "form a relationship" and that he wanted "open lines of communication."

I translated his passive-aggressive call to mean this:

"Next time you want to rip me, you'll remember how nice I was today and you'll go easy on me."

After that awkward conversation ended, I thought to myself, "That guy is running one of the most complicated athletic departments in college sports? That guy?"

If I were a Miami booster with $50,000 burning a hole in my pocket, and Hocutt came calling for a donation, he couldn't have finessed a nickel out of me. Unless I was a booster like Nevin Shapiro, I guess. A jock-sniffer who wanted access to the jocks. Maybe then I'd have cut Kirby a check.

Lord knows Hocutt wouldn't have been able to see through a jock-sniffing booster like that. He'd have no clue -- and Miami is about to have the major NCAA sanctions to prove it.

This is your athletics director, Texas Tech. The guy who hired Al Golden -- and then dived off that sinking ship for Texas Tech -- without telling either party about Nevin Shapiro.

Category: NCAAF

Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: August 22, 2011 2:07 pm

Nice year you're having, Kirby Hocutt

Come on Doyel. Give ole' Kirby a break! Who amongst us wouldn't leave Coral Gables to relocate in Lubbock? It's just a natural migration to leave South beach for the plains of west Texas.

Since: Apr 8, 2009
Posted on: August 21, 2011 11:15 am

Nice year you're having, Kirby Hocutt

yeah I guess the pictures were hard to believe since they are just based on word of mouth... oh no wait they aren't they are photos.  It's people like y ou who are the problem, blindly defending the indefensible.

Since: Feb 19, 2008
Posted on: August 21, 2011 9:57 am

Nice year you're having, Kirby Hocutt

Doyel...if you believe Nevil Shrimpiro's lies...he would've taken your money too!

Grow a brain.

Since: Apr 8, 2009
Posted on: August 20, 2011 3:59 am

Nice year you're having, Kirby Hocutt

     As I sat here and read this lovely article and the five comments by Doyel and four people who have decided to abstain from hating him this week, I was struck with a very odd thought.  Doyel is from Ohio, and when you consider the status of: Ohio State, the Cleveland Browns, Cavaliers and Indians, Cincinnatti Reds and Bengals, and the Columbus Blue Jakcets; I am left with one question, is Doyel the only Nationally relevant sports figure in Ohio?  The haters should love that, and I feel like I just caught an STD typing that sentence but damn if it doesn't look true.  It's really kind of funny I will actually take a moment to consider laughing.

     As for Miami University my big question is how does Donna Shalala have a job?  This is the same woman who when Miami had the giant brawl on the field a few years back said and I quote, "No I didn't watch the tape, I didn't want it to influence my decision".  All I want to know is whose wang is she chunging and can she really be that good at it to keep her job?  People want to blame the AD's and the Coaches and the boosters etc. but in the educational system at the College, Junior College, and High School levels these people can only go as far the president and ceo's of these institutions allow them to go.  All people who run these institutions great and small have to walk a fine line and decide on almost a daily basis how far they are willing to whore themselves out to reap the profits from sports programs.  The irreprehensible bad guy in this should be Donna Shalala and the fact that the boosters back her in all this just screams that she knows exactly where every body is buried, and as nice a guy as Al Golden seems to be he and whoever comes after him has zero chance of running a clean program because the people surrounding the University espescially Donna Shalala make that task impossible.  All you need to know is "NO, I didn't watch the tape, I didn't want it to influence my decision"

Since: Dec 25, 2006
Posted on: August 19, 2011 9:51 pm

Nice year you're having, Kirby Hocutt

Hopkins you make a good point. But at the same time, damn, I'm good. Hard to hide it. ... I'm kidding! We all have a writing voice, and mine is rather, um, self-congratulatory. Yeesh.

Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: August 19, 2011 9:46 pm

Nice year you're having, Kirby Hocutt

I hope the good folks in Lubbock show this d bag the door.

Since: Nov 5, 2006
Posted on: August 19, 2011 6:11 pm

Nice year you're having, Kirby Hocutt

Mr. Doyel...nicely done. I believe your take on former Miami AD Kirby Hocut is right on the money. It would have been even better, however, if you had resisted the temptation to add your self-congratulatory comments regarding your journalistic prowess. Generally speaking, I think you do a nice job, particularly when you are uncovering the excesses and lack of integrity that permeate sports these days. However, at times, your articles seem to be as much about Gregg Doyel as they are about the intended subject. Your work would ascend to an even higher level if you could find a way to minimize this.

Since: Jan 18, 2008
Posted on: August 19, 2011 5:12 pm

Nice year you're having, Kirby Hocutt

The Kirby hate doesn't stop there.  Go back and look at what they think about him at Ohio University (his job before Miami).  

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: August 19, 2011 5:01 pm

Nice year you're having, Kirby Hocutt

Awesome, good job calling this out this wanker. He needs to be taken down before he sinks another program. I feel for Golden in all of this. Dude stepped into quite a pile.

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