“According to ESPN, Missouri assistant football coaches and the victim’s adviser were aware of the sexual assault allegation (made by a female MU student athlete about MU’s Derrick Washington in 2008) but didn’t report it to the university so the school could start an investigation as required by Title IX. Also, the assault victim told ESPN that she felt her coach said she should decline to press charges against Washington in order to keep her scholarship, a claim MU chancellor R. Bowen Loftin said was unsubstantiated.”
Todd Palmer, MU beat writer, Kansas City Star
GH: R. Bowen Loftin is new on the Mizzou campus and has no ties to the list of sexual assaults and other crimes against students by MU athletes since Derrick Washington made headlines. Somehow, Loftin’s predecessor, Brady Deaton, is still held in high regard for his role in how his administration team and athletic department mismanaged these crimes, criminals and victims. We often talk about student athletes not displaying the proper amount of accountability, but what about the millionaires on campus wearing the suits? Shouldn’t these folks display some embarrassment for their lack of ethics, judgment and shame?
“Though there does not appear to be an intentional mishandling of any of the cases in the report at this time, I make no excuses, and offer my personal apologies and those of my staff to the victims.”
Chancellor R. Loftin, in an MU press release
GH: This sentence is rife with loopholes. Is the intent to allow Loftin future escape from his words? No “intentional mishandling?” Should we then infer that incompetence was the cause? And then the caveat, “at this time,” seems all too open ended. If Mizzou is really serious about ending these crimes committed by Mizzou students against Mizzou students and the Columbia community, take off the white gloves Mr. Chancellor and toss down the gauntlet. How about stating the following; “We will not tolerate these types of crimes against our students and community. We will act swiftly and justly to eradicate individuals who besmirch our University with their selfish criminal acts. We are fed up and embarrassed with having to apologize to victims. We now strive to prevent victims and maintain a safe campus and community.”
“In contrast to its aloof initial response to the matter of Sasha Menu Courey, Mizzou on Thursday immediately and more sympathetically responded to the introduction of other smoldering remnants of deficient past practices. … This admission in itself is part of progress, maybe even major progress…”
Vahe Gregorian, on MU’s press release regarding ESPN’s Outside the Lines report of additional ugliness from the Derrick Washington arrest and criminal activity, Kansas City Star
GH: Major progress? How Gregorian can reach out and spin a positive from the goings on at Mizzou the past six years is stunning and disappointing. Mizzou stumbled around like a drunken freshman in failing to professionally responding to these crimes against their students and community. So now their new Chancellor gets this mess dumped in his bow tie and Gregorian is lauding his press release as possibly a sign of major progress? Should we not expect more from Mizzou and their leadership? I sure do.
“No degree of explanation or regret can undo what has happened in the past. Our focus now is to do everything within our power to prevent sexual misconduct of any type at Missouri and, if it does unfortunately occur, to provide the resources and support to the victim while assuring that the perpetrator is brought to justice.”
Chancellor R. Loftin, in an MU press release
GH: We will be watching, listening and grading your University’s act, Chancellor.
“(Maty Mauk) was just okay last season. He came into a game in one stressful situation and he did okay. It’s not like he set the world on fire. I’m not saying he’s not going to be better than that but it’s not like he was Aaron Murray as a freshman (at Georgia) and he just went out there and played and was really good. I don’t think we saw that (from Mauk).”
Danny Clinkscale, on the glossy expectations for MU’s second-year quarterback, 810 AM
“If (Mauk) is just the seventh or eighth best quarterback in the league, Missouri’s going to have real problems.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: This is not KK’s boldest prediction.
“I think there was a good sense for where things were headed (at Kansas) and then in the matter of 48 hours they lost their top two running backs. This is a tough blow for Kansas. It’s not good at all. You knew something was up when the email came from Kansas that said they changed their media policy to close practices to the media.”
Blair Kerkhoff, after Charlie Weis announced Tuesday that Brandon Bourbon (ACL) and Taylor Cox (Achilles) would miss the 2014 season with season-ending injuries, 810 AM
“I think in my mind this provides an unfortunate excuse for Charlie Weis.”
Danny Clinkscale, on Weis being able to point to KU’s injuries as an excuse for future results, 810 AM
“I think if there is anything to feel good about if you’re a Kansas fan it’s that you can’t be disappointed this year. You can only be surprised.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: I doubt that will make Kansas fans feel any better about their football team…or about Kietzman.
“You feed off the energy of the city – and this city is hungry for a winner.”
Anthony Fasano, Chiefs tight end, when asked by Bob Fescoe if he is paying attention to the Royals’ success this season, 610 AM
GH: Fasano said he grew up a Yankees fan but has been converted to also being a Royals fan while he has lived in Kansas City. Fescoe can relate to that religion.
“At this time of the year, anybody who says (they aren’t scoreboard watching) is lying. Everybody pays attention to the teams in their division.”
Frank White, Royals HOF second baseman, when asked by Kevin Kietzman if the players and coaches are really not paying attention to the Tigers and other teams in the playoff hunt, 810 AM
“You win for the present, not the future.”
Mike Mcfarlane, discussing the Royals decision to allow their young pitchers to pitch deep into the season and into the playoffs if needed, 810 AM
GH: Danny Duffy and Yordano Ventura have been on limited pitch counts throughout the season in preparation for a Royals Blue October. As Macfarlane stated, these opportunities are all too rare. There is no reason to save a player’s talent for a future that may never materialize.
“That looks like another sign that this Royals team might be a team of destiny.”
Nate Bukaty, on the Tigers dropping a 1-0 decision Thursday night to the Rays despite David Price throwing a one-hitter, 810 AM
GH: I loved Mike Mcfarlane’s reaction to Price’s one-hit loser – he laughed. Loudly. “I loved that David had to suck on a loss,” chuckled Mcfarlane.
“It’s going to be real interesting to see how fans react to Matt Cassel returning to Arrowhead Stadium for the first time Saturday night.”
Bob Fescoe, as Cassel returns to Kansas City as the Vikings’ starting QB, 610 AM
GH: I don’t expect much more than a burp from the Arrowhead crowd over Matt Cassel’s presence at Arrowhead. Cassel wasn’t a bad guy or the reason the Chiefs stunk for much of Scott Pioli’s reign. Now, if Pioli was under center for the Vikes…
“Most of the Pop Warner Leagues and CYO football leagues are down 30% and 40%. They have to combine two and three different schools to have enough players to field a team. Parents are now so concerned about head injuries and they don’t want to put their kids in that kind of peril. I’m telling you right now, most of the Kansas high schools, Gardner Edgerton and some of the Blue Valley Schools as well, are way down in their numbers too. People are not playing football as much.”
Tim Grunhard, 810 AM
GH: This is the reason I believe college football is facing a future crisis. The feeder programs at the elementary and high school levels are drying up due to safety concerns. All the millions that colleges are receiving and spending on football-related amenities could look like ghost towns in places like Lincoln, Manhattan, Columbia and yes, even Norman and Austin if parents no longer consider football a safe sport for their children. If the lawyers don’t kill it, mom just might.
“Six total leagues.”
Jake Gutierrez, on the number of fantasy football leagues he is in this year, 810 AM
GH: Working in sports talk radio might be a prerequisite for a guy in six fantasy football leagues. I am juggling two teams and find myself cheering and cursing the same play all too often.
“According to ESPN’s Darren Rovell, The Horse Collar will sell for $20 at Lambeau Field this winter and appears to come with a penalty far stiffer than the 15 yards for a tackle of the same name. … The Packers will also be unveiling a doughnut ice cream sandwich, which looks delicious, and the Bratchos — a bowl of brats, cheese and fried chips Rovell dubbed ‘Wisconsin in a bucket’ — but The Horse Collar is the star of the show, coming in at a rough estimate of 10 billion calories.”
Ben Rohrbach, NFL writer, YahooSpots.com
GH: What a great way to go, though. Man, how I love the state of Wisconsin.
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