Saturday, January 14, 2017

Tevin Mack and Vince Young's misconduct latest example of UT's failing Status Quo....

"Though the Lord is on high,
Yet He regards the lowly;
But the proud He knows from afar."
Psalm 138:6

UPDATE: While we're on the subject of embarrassing news that came out of the UT athletic department this past week, we can't believe we overlooked this one in writing the original post:
On Wednesday, former Baylor Bears staffer Casey Horny announced his return to the Texas Longhorns as a special teams quality control assistant, but while his reunion with head coach Tom Herman provided further evidence of Herman’s commitment to alignment, it also raised serious concerns.


Horny still publicly supported Briles even though Pepper Hamilton’s Findings of Fact concluded that Briles and his staff helped foster a culture failed to “identify and respond to a pattern of sexual violence by a football player, to take action in response to reports of a sexual assault by multiple football players, and to take action in response to a report of dating violence.”

Even though extensive reporting by ESPN and other outlets helped reveal the depths of the issues at Baylor, which included an alleged gang rape by football players that the school said Briles knew about, but did not report.

ORIGINAL POST: On the heels of Wallace Hall's SCOTX hearing, two stories worth considering; first from the 7-9 (1-3 in the Big-12) men's basketball program:
Texas sophomore guard Tevin Mack has been suspended indefinitely for violation of team rules according to a Texas release. “We have a set of standards that we expect people in our program to adhere to,” Texas coach Shaka Smart said. “Tevin has failed to reach them.”

Mack, along with sophomore Kerwin Roach Jr. was suspended for their exhibition game against Angelo State and opener against Incarnate Word, also for violation of team rules.

Mack leads Texas in scoring, averaging 14.8 points per game to go with nearly five rebounds and a team high 31 minutes. Mack was held to nine points to go with nine rebounds in Wednesday’s loss to TCU. Texas dropped to 7-9 and 1-3 in Big 12 play.
It gets better; check out the latest from the guy who scored that touchdown...over a decade ago:
Former Texas football star Vince Young pleaded no contest in a Travis County court on Thursday and was sentenced to 18 months probation for his 2016 DWI arrest, court records show.

Young, 33, resolved the case three days after he missed a court appearance on Monday because his attorney said the national championship-winning quarterback was feeling sick. Thursday’s appearance was added to the court docket at the last minute.

[Author's Note: Emphasis added...and while we can't prove it, we are comfortable speculating that Young missed that court appearance because he was hungover.]

Young was fined $300 and ordered by Judge Elisabeth Earle to complete 60 hours of community service. He is to attend a drunk driving class and install a device in his vehicle that won’t start if it detects alcohol on his breath. He’s ordered to keep the device for nine months.

Police say Young admitted to drinking three or four beers on the evening of Jan. 24, 2016 when they pulled him over on the North Interstate 35 service road for driving erratically. According to the affidavit, Young had a strong odor of alcohol and slurred speech.

He struggled to complete a field sobriety test and lost balance during instructions. He refused a breathalyzer; his blood-alcohol concentration came back 0.246 — three times the legal limit — according to the county attorney’s office.
As a point of comparison, former District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg's BAC during her arrest was .239.

Late last month, we pointed out that "corrupt institutional mismanagement that has plagued the past decade has finally bled into the athletic department" and this week's announcements continue that trend.

Guys, the status quo just isn't working.

You might not want to discuss the "forgivable loan" slush fund.  You might not want to discuss the $215 million accounting scandal.  You might not want to discuss the tax hike for the Med school.  You might not want to discuss the secret admissions program.  You might not want to discuss the land grab in Houston.  You might not want to discuss the tuition hike.  You might not want to discuss the $17 million toxic waste dump purchase in El Paso (And while we're on the topic of "dump....").

But the athletic department is now in total meltdown.  This week's disciplinary incidents continue that trend.  Yet you fail to acknowledge the completely obvious reality staring you in the face....

Bottom Line: We're nowhere near rock bottom.

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