What's the Latest on Tennessee's Alleged Felons?
by Mo Johnson
I keep getting asked questions like:
What's the latest on Tennessee's three new alleged felons?
Don't any of these schools have curfews anymore?
Why were these three "student-athletes" out at a convenience store at 0130 in the morning anyhow? Is there no discipline anymore?
For what it's worth, here's my take on the arrest of Janzen Jackson, Michael Edwards and Nu'Keese Richardson for attempted armed robbery.
I think this could become a big problem for Lane
Kiffin. These were his recruits, so it goes to the heart of his strength -- recruiting. Also, now he can't tell parents how he will protect their children and ensure they grow up to be honorable men.
But, it's all a reflection of society in general. I mean, no college students have curfews -- so it would be hard to impose them on athletes only (other than maybe the night before a game).
Also, I think much of this didn't happen in the "good old days" simply because kids from impoverished areas, who might have criminal tendencies, stayed in those impoverished areas -- they generally didn't play college football.
So, in a way, college football is simply now reflecting a more complete picture of our society than maybe it did in years gone by.
And, everyone says -- well, Bear Bryant (or Robert Neyland) would have kicked them off the team right away. Well, Bear Bryant had his choice of recruits -- I think he pretty much could pick and choose the best college eligible athletes in the country and they were all dying to play for him. And once they arrived on campus, they lived Bama football.
It's a different world now. I wonder how bear would do in today's college football?