Tag:Nevin Shapiro
Posted on: August 26, 2011 9:52 am
Edited on: August 26, 2011 12:11 pm

Les Miles is in an impossible position

LSU football coach Les Miles is in a brutal position, the kind of situation they don't teach anywhere. This is on-the-job learning right here -- and whatever Les Miles does, he's wrong.

If he suspends star quarterback Jordan Jefferson because of reports that Jefferson did (but maybe did not) kick a prone victim during a fight outside a Baton Rouge bar, Miles runs the risk of hurting his player, his team and his school for something Jefferson never did.

If he doesn't suspend Jefferson, as he has not done so far, Miles runs the risk of allowing a potential felon to play, and all the national tut-tutting that such leniency produces.

Meantime, no charges have been filed. Forgive Les Miles for not knowing what happened outside that bar, seeing how the cops themselves still don't seem to have a grasp on it. Witnesses are offering contradictory accounts, but what's known is this: Jefferson and a large handful of teammates were out too late, busting curfew, hanging out at a bar. It was a stupid move, and it deserves punishment.

But how much punishment? What would be fair? Maybe we should let the facts come in, shall we? This isn't a case like -- to name just one -- Miami football, where the alleged scumbag isn't an alleged scumbag. He's an admitted scumbag. Nevin Shapiro says he helped scores of UM players violate NCAA rules. It's up to the school and the NCAA to figure out just how truthful Shapiro has been, but in the meantime it seems reasonable to believe the worst. Or even a fraction of the worst. Because a fraction of the worst would still be pretty damn bad.

As for LSU, well, shoot. Believing the worst -- believing that Jefferson is the reason a man has cracked vertebra after that fight -- would mean suspending Jefferson before the police have done their job. It would mean suspending Jefferson for something he possibly didn't do.

One of these days the cops will figure out what (they think) happened. And when charges come down -- as charges surely will come down against someone, or multiple someones, on the LSU football team -- Miles must act decisively. And I'm sure he will. Until then, though, I'm not sure he should suspend Jordan Jefferson.

Not sure I could do that, if I were Les Miles.

Go ahead. Call me an SEC shill. But you better ignore this story.

And this one.

And this one.

And ...

UPDATE, 11:52 a.m.: An arrest warrant has been issued for Jefferson (and linebacker Josh Johns). Now, it is absolutely time for Les Miles to suspended Jefferson (and Johns).

UPDATE, 12:12 p.m. And now there are reports (on Twitter!) that Jefferson and Johns have been suspended indefinitely. So it all worked out as it should have, in the end.

Posted on: August 19, 2011 3:31 pm

Nice year you're having, Kirby Hocutt

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.

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