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Tennessee: Hoodlum U?

Posted Wednesday, January 6, 2010, at 2:29 PM

With all the recent uproar over University of Tennessee football and basketball athletes getting into trouble, what I saw in Michigan's Lansing State Journal was amazing.

Several Michigan State football players were charged, and still more suspended, for being present at an altercation outside a dormitory in November, according to the State Journal.

Among those suspended but not charged is one Brynden Trawick, a redshirt freshman linebacker, who is planning to transfer to another major college, his father told the State Journal.

Trawick's already visited one school, his father said.

Guess which one? Right. UT. Surprised?

I'd like to see Lane Kiffin build the Vols back into a national championship contender. But considering athletes who even have a hint of scandal in their background makes me wonder if Kiffin is willing to let UT become Hoodlum U.

There should be a minimum set of recruitment standards. And those standards should include avoiding players with even a hint of scandal in their backgrounds.


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Just think, if Giffin had been at UT earlier, he could have gotten Pacman!

-- Posted by MotherMayhem on Wed, Jan 6, 2010, at 3:26 PM

Either that or specializing in taking in those who stray.

The emphasis would be on cleaning up their act over athletic prowess (or even academics).

There'd be no fancy amenities until someone proved himself or herself as a person -not just a marketable commodity.

If someone had deficits in character or life skills or if they could be expected to be people of influence (sports figures,entertainers,politicos and the like),they'd have to attend the equivalent of a civilian service academy.

Playing ball,etc. only takes a person so far in life.

The hours and years off the field involve an aptitude for being a whole,human person.

We could abandon our gifted who make mistakes or we could mandate "remedial" training that excludes being ignorant,uncaring or unproductive from their options.

Think of it.

Some people never need policing to eat and sleep correctly,bathe,exercise,stick to a budget or perform any of the basic tasks we expect of a functional adult.

Others need to be taught how and why to do these things.

If we offer big carrots,we can provide big sticks,as well that don't give a person the option of walking away or getting thrown away when they aren't perfect.

College for these potential heroes could be more like the old time military.

A person could get a "free" ride of room and board,medical care,education and a good reputation.

In return,the individual had to become a decent grown-up.

Nothing less was expected or allowed.

The costs were high for the institution and its members but what they reaped was worth it.

Financially,we lose more on a person we set adrift than the ones we help shape into productive citizens.

Give them all the support and mentoring they require plus the message "No one gets out of this world alive. You break the rules or you make the rules. Master yourself and you'll never wear another person's chains."

Don't let failure become an option for these folks and we might offer them something more useful and enduring than a diploma and their likeness on a box of Wheaties.

-- Posted by quantumcat on Wed, Jan 6, 2010, at 3:58 PM

Perhaps Mr.Hamilton, (AD) should have a mandatory meeting of all UT athletes and spell out exactly what the University expects of it's athletes,tell the coaches to adhere to the standards as set forth by the NCAA and then have Pat Summitt teach a one hour course to Athletic Dept. employees (read coaches)on how to act and behave while representing the University.

Any deviations from the policies and you're outta here!! No exceptions...

-- Posted by LarLMoore on Wed, Jan 6, 2010, at 5:07 PM

quantumcat, That is one of the best posts that I have seen on any of the blogs. I am in 100% agreement with you.

I have read several of your posts before and I get the distinct impression that I should know you. What year did you graduate, and was it at Central in Shelbyville?

-- Posted by leeiii on Wed, Jan 6, 2010, at 5:18 PM

Thank you,leeiii!

I feel very gratified by your generous statement.

I've enjoyed your posts (especially the "Picturing the Past" items) a great deal.

I'd prefer to withhold identifying information but I think I know you,too.

Suffice it to say,I did graduate from SCHS back when Vance Clay's office was still a little store where one could buy school supplies and junk food. ;>

-- Posted by quantumcat on Thu, Jan 7, 2010, at 2:46 AM

quantumcat, I understand and I will not pursue it further.

Ah yesss! I remember the junk food in particular. School supplies, not so much.

-- Posted by leeiii on Thu, Jan 7, 2010, at 7:47 AM

I wouldn't mind exposing my "secret identity" to y'all privately but,as these electronic messages go hither and yon,I'd rather not get targeted by the wrong people.

Maybe,we could find some way of forwarding email or something of that sort?

(I _have_ figured out that my posts can sound a good deal smarter when folks don't know I'm the one who made them. ;>)

-- Posted by quantumcat on Thu, Jan 7, 2010, at 4:29 PM

quantumcat, If you would like you can ask David Melson for my e-mail address and he has my permission to give it to you.

-- Posted by leeiii on Thu, Jan 7, 2010, at 5:57 PM

Thank you!

That might help a lot of us to get together when we so desire.

(David,if you'd email me the address(es) of those who want to contact me,I'd appreciate it.)

-- Posted by quantumcat on Fri, Jan 8, 2010, at 1:13 AM

Hey fellers, I thought we wuz a gonna talk sum fooball! Well thuh recruttun part of it anyways. Now jest yesterdee, me n muh cuzin skeeter wuz et thuh garage. Skeeter wuz a sayin how thet thar coach Fullmer used tuh hand out his bidness card down et thuh probashon office and hung UT posters all over them juvenil jais. So's I'm a thankin I could sell this heer idear tuh coach Kiffin. He might give me pert neer a hunert dollers fer it, if'n I put it all on paper...you legal n such.

-- Posted by Tim Lokey on Fri, Jan 8, 2010, at 4:12 AM

Tattoos & Scars, Sorry 'bout that. At my age I get sidetracked easily.

-- Posted by leeiii on Fri, Jan 8, 2010, at 8:03 AM

Now,Tattoos & Scars,them coaches n all should give y'all morn a hunnert dollars.

Y'all orter get at lease five bux a head fer all the athleets they pick up down at the hoosegow.

I speck it cud caws a bit of trubble,tho iffn them other schools said the prizners had to wear black n gold or red n silver or green n white r whatever colors they'd signed on with.

I thank we get the UT folks cuz our kids what act out look so purty in urnch.

-- Posted by quantumcat on Fri, Jan 8, 2010, at 3:00 PM


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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.