February 22, 2004

The CU football rape scandal

This has been beaten to death. I know. Sorry.

But when I read a great article like this one, what choice do I have?

You can tell by the media tempest that this Gary Barnett character has perpetrated an appalling offense to American society. Indeed, he has.

He has - get this - just gone 5-7. Five and seven! You wonder how a coach could let things slide to such depths.

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Proving again that conservatives become liberals the moment the firmness of their alleged standards threatens the cause - see Rush Limbaugh for details - they would lament the young man's difficult upbringing, assuring themselves he can repent best under the structure of coach Father Flanagan, a good man because ... well, he just went 11-1 or 12-0.

Then, hooked up to the methadone of 11-1 or 12-0, many could begin the strange but true process of discrediting victims.

Who does she think she is, calling the cops on our party? Why does she have to make such a fuss? You know, I hear she's a little crazy ...

Examples abound, but the most shining came from the mid-1990s, from the heartland, the region that routinely congratulates itself as the "normal" America.

Nebraska reigned amid an astonishing dynasty in 1995 - long before it fired a coach because he committed the blatant peccadillo of going 9-3 - when at one wee hour that September, running back Lawrence Phillips dragged a woman down a stairwell by her hair.

Coach Tom Osborne, revered practitioner of virtue, eventual landslide congressman, first dismissed Phillips, then reinstated him to a half-stadium cheering seven Saturdays after the assault.

And you wonder why those of us who didn't vote for Bush get nauseated when red-state voters start preaching about "morality."

EDIT: And here's a Mike Littwin piece that's worth it, too.

Posted by Carey at February 22, 2004 06:15 AM

Right on, Mike Littwin!

Posted by: Nancy at February 22, 2004 09:28 PM

Although I am a "conservative", I think that the coach ought to be fired. With so much smoke out there, you know there is a fire.

I think collegiate and high school athletics overall should be done away with and replaced by intramural sports. Intramural sports would still give athletes a chance to improve their prowess, but would take away the glorification which we as a society so blindly and foolishly give to athletes, who overall are no good role models for our society in their immorality and lack of respect.

Most conservatives disagree. It is hypocrisy to decry Bill Clinton's immorality and support that of our athletes.

Posted by: Jordan at February 22, 2004 10:12 PM

I agree with Jordan ("I think collegiate and high school athletics overall should be done away with and replaced by intramural sports."), though I don't mind intermural sports so much. The real problem is that collegiate sports is a big money business, and in football and basketball they are the de-facto farm systems for the NFL and NBA respectively.

Get colleges out of the sports business, and let the NFL and NBA develop legitimate minor league farm systems, like Major League Baseball has. If kids out of high school then decide they want to play games for a living, but aren't LeBron James, at least they can play games for a living. They don't have to pretend to be students in order to do it.

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