CLEARLY the world is over reacting here.. we really need to get off Miami’s case.. it’s not like someone got killed.. or even injured…. A little southern beatdown.. and helmet swinging.. come on.. this is common in college football.. right?? I mean 13 players suspended for one game!!! Against their arch rivel duke no less (tounge in cheek here people duke is quite possibly the worst football program in Division 1). A one game suspension against duke.. now that hurts.. HURTS… it really doesn’t get any tougher then that… it’s not like beating someone up is a crime.. or that you could actually hurt someone by swinging your helmet.. that is a little ridiculous don’t ya think? Infact, I’m wondering why anybody was suspended.. they did win the game.. and that is the point!
Shaking her fist for emphasis, Miami president Donna Shalala said Tuesday that sanctions levied against 13 players for their role in a sideline-clearing brawl were fair, justified and strong enough to satisfy the university. “This university will be firm and punish people who do bad things,” Shalala said. “But we will not throw any student under the bus for instant restoration of our image or our reputation. I will not hang them in a public square. I will not eliminate their participation at the university. I will not take away their scholarships. It’s time for the feeding frenzy to stop, These young men made a stupid, terrible, horrible mistake and they are being punished.”
Miami coach Larry Coker said he found the sanctions ordered by his school and the Atlantic Coast Conference to be fair.
“We are accountable and we need to take care of our athletes and do everything we can to make sure these things don’t occur,” Coker said. “When you have a terrible incident like this, it really brings home the consequences. I want to do what’s best for the University of Miami and not what others think is best,”
Well Larry.. I think it is clear your doing what is in the best interest of the football program at Miami and not what is in the best interest of college football or even sportsmanship.