After a slight hiatus, The Weekly Audible is back and addressing all the things that shouldn’t be brought up in polite company. We’ve got social media faux pas, racial inequality, and rural compromises. It’s like visiting my in-laws, just without the ten-hour drive.
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I hate when we’re (almost) right
Worth the read students and student-athletes. Our shenanigans become very public w social media. Thin margin! https://t.co/3TPRlm53gL
— Adam Walsh (@walshhoops) April 25, 2016
It was on Twitter, not Snapchat. And he almost ruined his professional career, not college. But former Ole Miss football player Laremy Tunsil is now a case study on this exact topic.
In case you spent last night visiting Amish relatives, video of Tunsil smoking out of a gas-mask bong was sent out from his own Twitter account moments before the draft. Once thought to be a potential first overall pick, Tunsil fell to Miami at number thirteen and lost millions.
You can decide for yourself if smoking marijuana is against your sensibilities. (I’ve personally seen it save lives when used as a replacement for opioids in pain therapy.) But the fact of the matter is Tunsil did something illegal. He allowed someone to film it. And then it was made public, I’m assuming by someone with access to his twitter account who has a vendetta.
Tunsil is a victim here, but not a blameless one.
When I was in elementary school I got sent home for throwing food in the cafeteria. On the ride home, my dad looked at me and said, “You know why you’re in trouble? Because you’re lazy. Next time, take two seconds to look over your shoulder first.” While that may seem like terrible advice for a kid, it’s kept me out of trouble my whole life because I weigh the consequences beforehand.
That’s the lesson of Walter Osterman’s article, and every kid needs to learn it, because it could cost them one day.
Well, ain’t this place a geographical oddity.
There is a lot to like about the Kibbie Dome, but location isn’t one of them. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure Moscow, Idaho is about as pleasant as a place named Moscow can be. The issue is, to paraphrase, it’s two weeks from everywhere.
Sure there are more remote programs. And there are definitely smaller ones still scrapping with the big boys. But when you consider everything going against the Vandals, it’s a wonder they made it this long.
First Time a School moved from FBS to FCS since 1982
— James Stem (@stemsports) April 28, 2016
Only time will tell if it was a good move to cede ground and return to the FCS. But everything about Idaho points to potential success at that level. I would rather my team be dominant at the FCS level like a North Dakota State than continue down the road Idaho was on. So I don’t feel bad for their fans. It could always be worse.
@collegead I fear what will happen is non revenue sports will be cut to pump more money into football. Hurts everyone for no results
— Kaiser Mock (@kaisermock123) April 26, 2016
I think they are missing the point
Very discouraging https://t.co/SkID91Lxup
— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) April 12, 2016
I wanted to talk about this topic earlier but never had the opportunity. Not necessarily the article, but the response. You see, the gentleman who posted the above tweet is Seth Davis, an excellent reporter with national reach. Like many of us, he was expressing a little bit of frustration over the situation. The problem, however, is in the replies. (which I won’t bother to post here)
I know as a general rule of thumb you aren’t supposed to read the comments section, but I always find it informative to see where exactly people are missing the point. Arguments like “well how many minorities applied” and “shouldn’t they just hire the best person for the job” may seem intelligent and reasonable to some, but are short sighted. The purpose of a report like this isn’t to implore universities to hire an under-qualified person just because they are a minority. The purpose is to illustrate the gap that still exists. Somewhere along the way, likely in multiple places, women and minorities aren’t getting the same opportunity to develop the same skills as their white male counterparts. Whether it is a lack of access to resources, a lack of mentorship, or even a larger socioeconomic issue, minorities and women are finding closed doors along the way.
So the takeaway from this study isn’t, “go out and hire someone based solely on their gender or color of their skin.” The takeaway is that we, as an industry, have a narrow road leading to our hiring offices. Not only are people missing out on opportunities to work in our industry, but we aren’t seeing as many qualified individuals enter our field as we should. It is a lose-lose.
Talkin ’bout my generation
— Marquetta Dickens (@Coach_Q_) April 21, 2016
We’re the first generation to spend nearly our entire lives with internet access. It would be strange if we didn’t take in information differently. Maybe the younger half of our generation can be a little entitled at times, but they are facing more debt, fewer jobs, and what feels like a hopeless political climate. They’re looking for any win they can get.