Warning: If you don’t like profanity, Bill Shanks rants, and clear facts that serve as supporting evidence, skip until you start seeing a bunch of links.
Look, sometimes, dumbasses will be dumbasses.
I was a dumbass on Friday. I was going to be damned sure to avoid Bill Shanks, because I knew that he would be in rare (ok, his normal) form on the heels of Isaiah Crowell’s arrest and subsequent dismissal. I tuned to 960 the Ref, and Jeff Dantzler was talking swimming, so I tuned to Shanks hoping I would catch him between anti-Richt rants and that he’d be talking Braves.
I was wrong. He was going on how this kind of stuff doesn’t happen at Alabama and the players don’t fear Mark Richt because he is too nice of a guy. Crowell knew he could get away with this because Richt would just love him.
Look, sometimes, dumbasses will be dumbasses, no matter how much you try and tell them otherwise. Like T. Kyle King so eloquently pointed out the other day, Coach Richt has never been lax on discipline. Coach Richt is not afraid to run people off unofficially (Ealey) or officially (Crowell). Rich is appropriate in being patient for victimless misdemeanors, and is harsh on thug crimes.
It shouldn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out the opportunity Crowell had. I mean, while he was being recruited, Coach Richt committed a secondary violation and basically told him he was the “missing man.” How much clearer can you be? By the time Crowell arrived on campus, the two upperclassmen tailbacks who were going to be ahead on the depth chart were no longer enrolled in school. He was the man from day one. How much simpler can it for him to understand? In limited time, Crowell was the reigning SEC Freshman of the Year.
Sometimes, dumbasses will be dumbasses, and nothing Coach Richt can do could fix it. You cannot blame Coach Richt for the Crowell transgression. Back in 2008, a Florida player shot off an AK-47 in a parking lot. For the morons who think Coach Richt is too soft, at least Coach Richt has the BALLS to kick off one of the best tailbacks in the SEC off the team. That takes balls and conviction. What would Urban Meyer done?
Shanks said that this sort of thing doesn’t go on at Alabama, because the players fear Saban. I won’t go into the UGA PD, or how UGA has stricter policies and has to report their player’s transgressions that other schools can sweep under the rug. But that shit is completely ignorant.
During the season, Brent Calloway was arrested for weed. During the season!!
Back just before the 2009 season, where Alabama won the MNC, Courtney Upshaw and his attractive girlfriend were arrested following a domestic disturbance. This isn’t too different than what happened with Sanders Cummings. Except Richt popped Sanders for two games. Upshaw was allegedly grabbing his girlfriend by the back of the neck, and Saban didn’t give him any suspension. This lax discipline must have worked, because Upshaw was suspended for the first quarter in Ole Miss game this past season, for possibly kicking a prone Vandy player. Yeah, getting in a fight with a woman, no discipline. Fighting with another football player on the field, well that gets you missing one quarter against the worst team in the SEC. Real strong punishment there, Nick.
Here is a tip for that redneck Bill Shanks: Go to www.google.com, type in the subject you want to read about, then hit “enter.” You’d be surprised how you can find information!
I found all these with a quick Google search. Find your own, if you’d like. I am going through this not to be critical of what Nick Saban does at Alabama. I think he is running one hell of a program. But I am showing you that even the great and all powerful Saban had his share of players get in trouble, and you could make the case that he is more lax in discipline than Coach Richt.
Look, Crowell is a dumbass thug. No two ways around that. But no matter what college you go to, the great coaches have players get arrested. I believe there are more at UGA because of downtown Athens and an overzealous UGA and ACC police departments. Even Orson Swindle said the ACC PD was over board the year Georgia won the Fulmer Cup.
You can say Nick Saban is the best coach in the modern era of football. You can say that Mark Richt underachieves. You can say that Richt teams fold under pressure. You can say a lot of things, but to say something so completely ignorant that a situation like Crowell wouldn’t happen in Tuscaloosa is just mind blowing.
Again, like in all areas, be fair.