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Tennessee Knuckleheads

Posted on: November 12, 2009 11:30 am
Edited on: November 13, 2009 7:43 am

If  Nu’Keese Richardson was looking to transfer out of Tennessee, he got his wish.

Division I-AA is going to look like heaven compared to prison.

By now you know that Richardson and two other Tennessee players were charged attempted armed robbery early Thursday morning. You also know that one of the alleged victims thinks it's no big deal. Hey, that's football in Tennessee.

It’s obvious that smarts were not a big part of Lane Kiffin’s first recruiting class. The three players had everything ahead of them and threw it all away. One of those charged, Mike Edwards, was coached by Ted Ginn Sr. in Cleveland. Ginn’s life has been dedicated to preparing inner city youth for a better life. This has to be a huge disappointment.

But Richardson is the name that will make headlines. He started the whole thing. Well, Kiffin started the whole thing accusing Urban Meyer of “cheating” to get Richardson out of Pahokee, Fla. Meyer didn’t cheat and, thankfully now, didn’t get Richardson.

A Tennessee football source told me earlier in the season that Richardson wasn’t getting on the field because he couldn’t be trusted yet. That was in reference to his football skills. There were rumblings that Richardson wanted to transfer.

It’s not going to be the type of transfer he thought. I can’t see any way these three don’t spend some time in prison. Kiffin surely has to kick them off the team soon, if not today.

In the short term, Tennessee will take a beating on the recruiting trail. There’s a chance that Kiffin’s first class has been gutted. We’ll see. As a whole, the Volunteers have overachieved this season. Now they’ve been betrayed by some knuckleheads.

Category: NCAAF
Tags: Tennessee

Since: Jan 18, 2008
Posted on: November 13, 2009 5:46 pm

Tennessee Knuckleheads

Sir read this article FIFTEEN of the 21 arrests were Meyer's recruits including NINE from his first recruiting class at Florida!! So please know the facts before you call people morons!  ANY arrest of athletes or otherwise is NEVER good ANYWHERE that it happens. NO ONE is the SEC outside of Knoxville likes Kiffin so of course like vultures they will jump on the first negative thing that happens to his football team. 

Since: Jun 8, 2007
Posted on: November 13, 2009 5:26 pm

bkb1972 you shuld be banned from this board

"What's the saying?  You can take them out the jungle......."

I can't believe you posted that.  What an a-hole!!!!

Since: Nov 2, 2009
Posted on: November 13, 2009 11:44 am

Thunder, Thunder, THUNDER HUSKER!!!

You'd think Husker fans would keep their heads down on the day Thunder Collins gets sentenced to life in prison for murder.

Guess not.

Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: November 13, 2009 11:36 am

Tennessee Knuckleheads

When a coach recruits all you can hope for is that he can keep a bad kid from doing bad and keep a good kid on the straight and norrow.  He really can't expect to turn a bad kid into a saint.  Look at these three idiots, good university, good education, good chance to go on and possibly make a good deal of money.  THEY JUST THREW ALL THAT AWAY.  I'm no fan of Kifin, I personally thnk he is one over rated coach.  These jerks put their heads together and did something that deservedly should wind them up in jail for a long time.

Since: Oct 9, 2009
Posted on: November 13, 2009 11:33 am

Tennessee Knuckleheads

Florida referring to anybody as a "thug" makes about ad much sense as Michael Jackson referring to anybody as "creepy".

Since: Nov 2, 2009
Posted on: November 13, 2009 11:18 am

Tennessee Knuckleheads

Let's see . . . witnesses identify them as armed robbers, police investigate and find probable cause to arrest them, a judge reviews the probable cause affidavit and finds it sufficient to continue with the criminal process . . .

I dunno . . . maybe suspend them from the team pending the outcome of the case?  We're not talking pot possession or shoplifting here---it's ARMED ROBBERY.  Or do you think they should play until they get sentenced to prison?

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: November 13, 2009 10:04 am

Tennessee Knuckleheads

It’s not going to be the type of transfer he thought. I can’t see any way these three don’t spend some time in prison. Kiffin surely has to kick them off the team soon, if not today.
Judge, jury and executioner are we?  It is nice to know we have a legal system that does NOT jump to conclusions as you have done in this post.  Hard to tell when you wrote the above words as it shows it was first written Thursday morning and edited this morning, but given some of the facts that have now come to light, some or your remarks are inappropriate and misplaced, at best.

Since the incident, more has come to light.  It is now known that Jackson was in the store when the incident took place.  The police originally set Jackson's bond at $15,000, but later released him on his own recognizance without having to post bond.

None of us know all the details and before anyone jumps to conclusions, it would be wise to let all the facts come to light.  I am all for Kiffin to take appropriate action AFTER the facts are known.  I would hope he does not pull a Phil, but take a firm stand and show not only Vol nation, but all potential UT recruits that this type of behavior will not be tolerated, and if done, heads will roll. 

What these "knuckleheads" did should not be tolerated or excused in any way, but to declare that each will spend time in prison and Kiffin should kick them off the team immediately is nothing more than pontificating and is not appropriate given the lack of details and information now known. Thank goodness cooler heads are in charge and the system is working. The rest of us should sit back, keep our powder dry and let ALL the facts come to light.  Once the facts are known and presented, it will be appropriate to call for Kiffin to take action. Now is not that time.

Since: Nov 2, 2009
Posted on: November 13, 2009 9:50 am

Tennessee Knuckleheads

Looking for some sort of response from Kiffen, I came across this article in the NYT:

Here's the sentence about Kiffin's reaction:

"The first-year coach made no comment on the arrests, but he noted that “we made it 11 months and 11 days” without any incidents."

That's a gem, isn't it?

REPORTER:  Coach Kiffen, what was your initial reaction when you heard the news about the arrests?

KIFFEN: The arrests?

REPORTER: Richardson, Jackson---you know, the robbery arrests?

KIFFEN: Oh---I see what you're doing . . .

REPORTER: I'm what?

KIFFEN:  Look, we went 11 months and 11 days without ANY felony arrests; why don't you talk about that?

REPORTER:  Because that's not a news story?

KIFFEN: EXACTLY.  Because you accentuate the NEGATIVE.  We don't talk about the NEGATIVE.  We talk POSITIVE.

REPORTER:  Ok.  Do you have anything positive to say about the arrests of your players for robbery?

KIFFEN:  We've had no arrests of any players for robbery.

REPORTER:  What?  Since when?

KIFFEN:  Since breakfast.  See?  POSITIVE.

Since: Oct 19, 2006
Posted on: November 13, 2009 9:31 am

Tennessee Knuckleheads

Vol Nation don't hate.  Except that you are a second tier program and your coach is a clown.  He can't blame this on Coach Meyer, get luck getting smacked by Ole Miss

Since: May 16, 2007
Posted on: November 13, 2009 8:34 am

Tennessee Knuckleheads

Well you can't blame Ted Ginn Sr. for this. You can only lead a horse to water, can't make em drink. You can show these inner city youths the path in the right direction, but they have to learn to make the right decision for themselves. Someday they have to accountable for their actions and can no longer blame anyone for their problems. Clearly , these players should have been in their dorm rooms fast asleep after a long days practice. Maybe that's the problem, Kiffin is too soft on these kids. Too much energy still left in the tank. Bet he wished now we would of made them do those 20 gassers to end practice.

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