比利芦苇: College football’s most exciting day leaves us once again questioning our values

The aftermath of college football’s most exciting day has left us in a state of confusion, frustration and astonishment. It has forced each of us to search our souls and question our values. Mostly, it has again raised unsettling questions about our national obsession with winning and about how money has corrupted the college sports world to its very core.

Let’s begin in the Big Ten, where Ohio State was able to sustain its unbeaten season – and national championship aspirates – when Michigan failed to convert a two-point conversion attempt in the final seconds. It was everything a big rivalry game should be – except for a brawl that led to the ejection of Ohio State guard Marcus Hall and Michigan linebacker Royce Jenkins-Stone.

Hall left the Buckeye bench to jump into the fray. After being ejected, he threw his helmet to the ground and kicked the team bench. Then he made an obscene gesture with both hands to taunting Michigan fans as he left the stadium.

It was poor sportsmanship of the worst kind. Had it been a basketball game, it probably would have incited a riot. But what made it even worse was that Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delaney only slapped the wrists of Hall and the Ohio State coaching staff. He declined to suspend Hall from Saturday’s conference championship game against Michigan State.

How gutless can you get? Why even have a commissioner if he’s not going to take action is such a flagrant case of unacceptable behavior? This sets a precedent that Delaney will come to regret. If Hall’s behavior doesn’t merit sanctions, then what does?

And what about the sainted Ohio State coach Urban Meyer? He can now hide behind the commissioner’s sorry lack of action. Never mind that if he were the upright person he purports to be, he would suspend Hall regardless for conduct unbecoming an Ohio State player.

No doubt both Delaney and Meyer would deny that their despicable lack of character and leadership has anything to do with the national championship. But it does. The most coveted trophy of all hasn’t resided in the Big Ten since 2002. The league is desperate for a title and the money that comes with it.

Now let’s move to the Heisman Trophy race.


A quarterback, in other words, who has single-handedly turned a program around and captured the nation’s imagination with his brilliant playmaking and leadership. But there’s a rather glairing problem with Winston: An allegation that he raped a fellow student at an apartment house on December 7, 2012.


Earlier this week, authorities in Tallahassee said the revived investigation would last at least two more weeks, meaning that Heisman voters won’t know if Winston we will be charged when the deadline for voting arrives on Dec. 9. That has put voters in an unprecedented quandary: Can they vote for Winston knowing he might be indicted for rape even before the Heisman Trophy ceremony on Dec. 14?

One school of thought – and the one that I believe will prevail – insists that he be accorded the presumption of innocence and should be judged strictly by his accomplishments on the field. But the problem here is the Heisman Trust mandate that the trophy should go to the player who “best pursues excellence with integrity.”

The words “with integrity” were added after former Southern Cal star Reggie Bush was found to be guilty of NCAA recruiting violations after he won the 2005 Heisman. Bush returned the trophy “voluntarily,” although he was under pressure from Southern Cal Athletic Director Pat Haden.



Alabama-Auburn游戏是一个即时经典,拥有多年来会热烈讨论的曲折和转弯。最终,捍卫两次国家冠军阿拉巴马队抢夺了胜利下巴的失败,失去了一个不明智的56年的实地的目标尝试,然后观看奥本Speedster Chris Davis抓住了终点区的八码,并进行比赛through the Tide’s plodding kick team for a 108-yard TD run and a 34-28 Auburn win.

28岁的周一,阿德里安Laroze Briskey被捕了and charged with shooting Michelle Shepherd, 36, to death sometime after the conclusion of the Auburn-Alabama game. Both the shooter and the victim were Alabama fans. But according to the victim’s sister, Briskey didn’t think Shepherd was upset enough about the loss. So she killed her.

比利芦苇is a member of the U.S. Basketball Writers Hall of Fame, the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame, the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame and the Transylvania University Hall of Fame. He has been named Kentucky Sports Writer of the Year eight times and has won the Eclipse Award twice. Reed has written about a multitude of sports events for over four decades, but he is perhaps one of media’s most knowledgeable writers on the Kentucky Derby.

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