There Needs to Be a New Sheriff in Town

@FourWalls (13367)
United States
December 17, 2016 11:10am CST
There are several states where the joke, of sorts, is that a certain sport -- precisely, college sport -- is the "official religion." I live in one such state. Here it's college basketball. Every year I tell people to not bother calling anyone in the state because they're watching the NCAA tournament selection show. But DANG. In the past year or so the University of Louisville has been in the headlines for a ton of the wrong reasons. *Former university president James Ramsey was also the president of the University Foundation, and millions of dollars have disappeared. Anyone else would be under investigation for embezzlement, but he waltzed off with a settlement...and that was only after the new governor of Kentucky intervened (while the state attorney general sued, saying he didn't have a right to do that!). *As a result of the way the former president of the university handled things the University of Louisville is now on academic probation. Think about that: the oldest university in the Commonwealth of Kentucky (founded in 1798) and the oldest public university in the country is in danger of having the academic degrees of the people paying good money to attend and (ostensibly) learn turn into toilet paper because of the way the leadership has acted! No legal action has been taken as of now. *Then there's the basketball team. A book, Breaking Cardinal Rules, detailed how basketball recruits were enticed to play for U of L...by having their campus visits augmented with visits by hookers. After vehemently denying this, the university turned around and imposed sanctions on itself to hopefully keep the NCAA from vacating their victories (including the 2013 National Championship) during the years this was happening. *Most recently -- this week -- it was learned that the football team, which is led by the 2016 Heisman Trophy recipient Lamar Jackson, was given plays by a disgruntled former coach-turned-broadcaster at Wake Forest before their game. Louisville was getting its clock cleaned in the first half, then mounted a great comeback and won the game. First the school Athletic Director denied they got anything from the Wake Forest broadcaster, then said, "Oh, yeah, we did, but we didn't use the play, and why are you bothering us with this before the Citrus Bowl??" After the outcry over the flippant response the school suspended the defensive coach who received the leaked plays....for one game. *And then there's the shooting of two U of L football players a few hours after an off-campus "watch party" for Jackson's Heisman award. A cheerleader was also shot. The only things known about this are what local news media has gleaned from friends and social media. The university has said NOTHING, including refusing to issue a warning about an "active shooter" for two hours following the shooting. Oh, and despite the fact that all three suffered non-life-threatening injuries, no arrests have been made. The University of Louisville needs a new sheriff in town to clean it up. The sad thing is that a lot of die-hard fans say that none of this matters....as long as the teams keep winning. And then they wonder why there've been a record number of homicides in the city this year? And now for a little levity, here's Linda Ronstadt's cover of the Knickerbockers' song "Lies" (an appropriate song in this case). I love this video, primarily because of the faces Danny Kortchmar h is making in the background while Linda's singing.
Linda Ronstadt - Lies ? ¦?¦ ¦ ¯¦¯ ?
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@JohnRoberts (54669)
• Los Angeles, California
17 Dec 16
You can never go wrong adding some Linda! I suspect every major sports university is guilty of similar offenses.
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@FourWalls (13367)
• United States
17 Dec 16
I totally agree. I think it's a lot like politicians....U of L isn't the only one doing this, just the only one that's been caught. And, like politicians, there's probably not a lot that will happen because they are a "powerhouse" basketball team with a Hall of Fame coach in a big conference.
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@JohnRoberts (54669)
• Los Angeles, California
17 Dec 16
@FourWalls USC and UCLA have been caught and given sanctions. A national football title for USC was stripped.
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@FourWalls (13367)
• United States
17 Dec 16
@JohnRoberts -- I think they get caught if they play with the fire long enough. I think about some of these coaches who did all these things wrong (Eddie Sutton comes to mind), then while the university pays the penalty they waltz off to another job. I think the NCAA has rules in place to reduce that happening, but it's selective. They imposed it on Bruce Pearl but not others. And I can't help but wonder if Eddie Sutton did other things at Oklahoma State after he left Kentucky but they covered it up because that's Sutton's alma mater. Then there was the NCAA banning Kansas the year after it won the NCAA title but turning around and letting UNLV defend its title a year later. That's why I'm a Duke fan: Duke did what the NCAA should have done.
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@Corbin5 (103431)
• United States
17 Dec 16
Wow! A lot of unseemly behavior going on at the University of Louisville. I wonder if a new sheriff will come to make things right again?
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@FourWalls (13367)
• United States
17 Dec 16
Breaking news in this crazy story: the interim president is resigning to go to the University of Cincinnati. I hope the NCAA and the academic governing bodies come down hard on them (and not just because I'm a UK fan ). They're getting federal, state, and local tax money, not to mention all of those people who cannot get scholarships because they're throwing them at people who would never otherwise get into college if they couldn't tackle or dribble.
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@Corbin5 (103431)
• United States
17 Dec 16
@FourWalls Well, this is good news about the interim president's resignation. I think giving scholarships to those who are academically undeserving is a shame for those students who could really make a positive difference in this world of ours with a bit of help financially.
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@amadeo (64165)
• United States
17 Dec 16
now aware of this story.But do like Linda thank you for sharing this.
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