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Tennessee signee had role in sexual assault

Posted on: May 6, 2009 2:54 pm
Edited on: May 6, 2009 3:24 pm

Remember the name Daniel Hood. Remember what he and a partner did to a 14-year-old girl six years ago.

"...duct tape being placed over 70 percent of the victim's body and the use of an object in the assualt," according to court records.

Now remember that Daniel Hood has been signed to play football at Tennessee. In one sense, this sexual assault goes way beyond the provocative ramblings of a rookie coach. This is telling the world that Hood's football prowess makes it easy to overlook a heinous act.

The girl, now a woman, who was sexual assaulted was Hood's relative. The woman also has written a letter to the university "urging" Tennessee to admit Hood according to the Knoxville News-Sentinel. Hood was 13 at the time of the crime. 

It's hard to find a soft place to land on this issue. Almost every other school ignored Hood because of his past. Tennessee took a chance, perhaps because it is Tennessee. Lane Kiffin's stated goal is to make the UT brand visible to everyone. This ought to do it. Hood guarantees that one one point, Tennessee will be seen on ESPN, CNN, The 700 Club and The O'Reilly Factor. Maybe in the same day.

Hood, now 19, was recruited out of Knoxville Catholic High where he had a 3.8 GPA. Administrators had nothing but good things to say about him. But shouldn't Knoxville Catholic officials be criticized too for allowing Hood to attend their school? It seems the only reason he is walking the streets is because Hood was tried as a juvenile and found to be deliquent "on the basis that he had committed the adult offenses of kidnapping and aggravated rape." Hood's 17-year-old accomplice in the crime was tried as any adult. He is currently serving a 10-year sentence.

I remember former coach Phil Fulmer calling me for taking a cheap shot in this blog about a rash of Tennessee arrests. I told him it, in fact, was a cheap shot and didn't apologize. The criticism was merited for program that seemingly had run off the tracks and wild into the streets.

While Lane Kiffin's first few months have been controversial, we mostly smiled. This is serious stuff, going way beyond anything that happened under Fulmer's watch. Back then, the school and program looked the other way. Now, the program and university are partners in rationalization of a situation they created.

I'll go back to the point I always make in these situations: Daniel Hood shouldn't be barred for going to college, but perhaps it shouldn't be Tennesse where there are plenty of students worthy of a scholarship who haven't committed sexual assault.

Opinions have come streaming in ...

Here is the original front-page story in the News-Sentinel.

Here is columnist John Adams' take.

This asks the question whether the paper should have even published the story.

Category: NCAAF
Tags: Tennessee

Since: Nov 23, 2008
Posted on: May 14, 2009 11:58 pm

Tennessee signee had role in sexual assault

It's a very tough call here.  As much as I would like to take this opportunity to bash UT, I think that they might be all right here with the victim's blessing. Thank God he isn't going to Florida, though.  Hey, anyone ever watch a movie with Gerard Depardieu?(look it up)   Let's face it, in Tennessee, doing stuff with/to your cousin is probably pretty regular behavior, and throwing in duct tape and a plunger is probably not much out of the norm either..........kidding!  couldn't help myself.  BTW was she a first cousin?....kidding!  UTOKWIME.  Hey, if he does another assault I am sure FSU or Miami would take him!  No kidding!!  BTW this guy isn't half as bad as Allen Iverson was.  I am quite certain that it is hard for most of us who were brought up with Golden Rule and would you like another cookie honey? to imagine how people do such awful things.  We tend to think that humans have an innate goodness to them, and that may be true, but what of children brought up in hell on earth homes?  Ever been to the trailer park?  The Hood?  Nature v Nurture.  Can you imagine no Mother?  I can't judge this guy.  As for Dodd he is a Big 12 homer, a drooling rabid dog of a miwest homer and it is no surprise that he took another chance to bash a team from the south.  And on a less sensible note: Gators rule the known universe!!  Feel the pain Earthlings!!! Bend over and prepare to receive the plunger you football nonlings!!!  4 months til the pain begins.  God is on our side!!!  Tremble before the annointed!!! Buy a thong for your cousin b4 they sell out!!!  On second thought, leave your cousin alone.  Treat her how you want to be treated, or um, just leave her alone,but not with her boyfriend.  Superman wears Tim Tebow underoos!!!  Thank God I'm a Gator!!  The view from the top is sweet.

Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: May 11, 2009 10:53 pm

Tennessee signee had role in sexual assault

Thank-you for clearing that up I was scrolling down to see if anyone had the facts to this . I'm not excusing what he was a party to but she has forgiven this young man why can't Tenn. these naysayers are not very good Christians if they have forgotten how to forgive. I'm a Father with 6 Daughters and I would find it hard to forgive if I was him but I don't hear him either. So that with that being said I hope this young man cherishes his new beginning and does with it what the Tenn. Staff is giving him the chance to change which way his life is going.

Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: May 8, 2009 12:24 am

Tennessee signee had role in sexual assault

what a lot of you posting here don't get is most on this topic are not defending this young man or the university of tennessee.  We are simply saying that he has served his time, stayed out of trouble and apparently has been a model citizen.  So what we are saying is how long do you want to punish this guy?  He has paid his debt to society, what else do you want from him.  If you are mad at him playing football, well don't be mad at us on this board, don't be mad at the university of tennessee.  Be mad at that criminal justice system that handed down his sentence. 

I am a tennessee fan but I would be saying this regardless of what school he would be attending.  You people on this board need to stop blaming posters and the university of tennessee and start blaming our weak criminal justice system.  They are the reason that this kid even has an opportunity for a scholarship. 

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: May 7, 2009 1:18 pm

Tennessee signee had role in sexual assault

1) If this happened at any other school would you be so quick to defend the situation?

2) Would you leave this young man to baby sit your teenage daughter?
1) I can't tell you.. I really haven't defended him and if I read the story I possibly would but I wouldn't waste my time ripping a university for signing a kid who could possibly put them on probation (I don't think UT should have signed him but he has a second chance and he better not mess up or he will be out)

2)Babysit a teenager???  (I do get your point but no one gets babysat at 13 by another 13 y/o)

I should have figured all the hicks that are UT fans would defend a criminal. I bet if this kid was going to Florida, you would be ripping them like crazy.Like I said... I could care less if he went to Florida and re-read the blog... there are a lot of FANS supporting him besides UT fans. 

Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: May 7, 2009 12:01 pm

Tennessee signee had role in sexual assault

Just curious at what age does everyone seem to think you can start taking responsibilities for your own actions.  I keep seeing people say you should ignore this because he was 13 at the time but no one seems to have said anything about forgiving the 17 year old.  If he learns to play football in prison and gets his GED and scores well on the ACT will you support him getting a scholarship to Tenn as well?  What magical thing happens to you between the age of 13 and 17 where you realize duct taping and abusing your cousin is wrong?  Can you always blame someone older than you regardless of how old you are?  If I go rob a store with a 40 year old can I say it was all his fault because he's older than me even though I'm in my 30s?

Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: May 7, 2009 11:57 am

Tennessee signee had role in sexual assault

Did you read the court transcript? I did. According to that, he did not participate in the actual act and was following along with his 17 year old buddy. A 13 year old with very little guidance will follow an older "friend" to the ends of the earth. It happens every day at different levels and probably happened to everyone of us here to some degree. Not an excuse, but a testimony to how any of us could be swayed at that age in that type of environment. How long should he be shuned? Put a number on it. How much does he have to change his life? Quantify it. It isn't possible. It is subjective based on the life he is currently living and the pattern of his life since the event. The staff at UT did their homework MUCH more than we can here. They interviewed the necessary people and I guarantee that this kid will live under a microscope while he is at UT. I also guarantee one slip and he will have Ed Orgeron so far down his throat that the entire state of tennessee will know what he had for dinner the night before. This is a new UT. Us locals have seen the changes in discipline and I think this is a great staff to keep a kid like this on a proper course.

Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: May 7, 2009 10:52 am

Criminal off the Street...

What's the big deal?  UT has been putting criminals on the street for years.  Leonard Little, Travis Henry, Donte Stallworth just to name a few.  Now they are taking one off the street.  Maybe Kiffin is making amends...

Seriously though... a reward (scholarship) for this guy is absolutely insane.  I would hope all the mothers of future UT recruits remember this the next time Kiffin or his staff are sitting in their living room feeding them a load of BS. 

Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: May 7, 2009 10:28 am

Tennessee signee had role in sexual assault

Just how many criminals does Floridiot have on their team ? I would say a few.

How many of those involved a sex crime ? probably a couple but some how got swept under the rug because people around the guy saw he had a future in football. That happens alot in case you didn't know.

How many kids out there in the world commited a crime when they were young and never got a 2nd chance ? I would say the prison system is full of them right now.

Would you rather the guy become a fulltime convict or get his act together and make someone of himself ? You probably feel a lil safer knowing he's trying to do something with his life than if he were crazed criminal on the lose.

Since: Apr 22, 2008
Posted on: May 7, 2009 9:45 am

Tennessee signee had role in sexual assault

From the Case File:

"[The defendant] is described by the [DCS’s] Assessment as being a pseudo-socialized child exploiter, that is that he desired sexual pleasure through exploitation of his victim. This diagnosis includes the fact that the offender often rationalizes the offense with little guilt or remorse. In this case he has placed the blame on the victim and on the co-defendant, and has consistently minimized his role in the commission of the offenses."

I obviously don't know Daniel Hood and can't judge how he feels about it today, but that's what the court said in 2006.  Sounds like that's not the version of the story we're going to hear though.

Since: Dec 1, 2006
Posted on: May 7, 2009 9:23 am

Tennessee signee had role in sexual assault

Mr. Dodd, there is this thing called grammar check.  You should check it out.

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