Loose talk 

Somebody wants to talk about football coaches and "thugs," do they? Well, let's talk. What would you call a head football coach at a major state university who physically attacks a player on the other team during a nationally televised game? "Thug" would fit nicely, wouldn't it? That shameful assault did not occur at the University of Arkansas, whose coach was recently accused of thuggery by the president of Ohio State University. No, the coach/mugger was Woody Hays, and he was coaching at none other than Ohio State University. A more recent OSU coach had to resign after it was learned that his players were receiving improper benefits and that he knew about it and kept quiet. A cheater at least, if not a thug. In Fayetteville, coaches adhere to a higher standard of behavior. Despite the sordid history of football coaches at Ohio State, OSU President Gordon Gee was moved to malign the new U of A coach, Bret Bielema. Gee said he'd been told that Bielema left his previous coaching job at the University of Wisconsin "just ahead of the sheriff." Furthermore, Gee said, the athletic director at UW called Bielema a thug. The Wisconsin athletic director denied saying any such thing. No warrants have been served on Bielema by any Wisconsin sheriff. Gee subsequently apologized and resigned, under pressure, but the stain he left at Columbus will not be easily removed. The Ohio State Board of Trustees needs to engage a president who values education as well as football. Admittedly, this will be a departure from Big 10 tradition, but if Ohio State leads, Michigan and the rest might follow.


From the ArkTimes store


Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

Most Shared

  • ASU to reap $3.69 million from estate of Jim and Wanda Lee Vaughn

    Arkansas State University announced today plans for spending an expected $3.69 million gift in the final distribution of the estate of Jim and Wanda Lee Vaughn, who died in 2013 and 2015 respectively.
  • Bad health care bill, again

    Wait! Postpone tax reform and everything else for a while longer because the Senate is going to try to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act one more time before September ends and while it can do it with the votes of only 50 senators.
  • Sex on campus

    Look, the Great Campus Rape Crisis was mainly hype all along. What Vice President Joe Biden described as an epidemic of sexual violence sweeping American college campuses in 2011 was vastly overstated.
  • The inadequate legacy of Brown

    LRSD continues to abdicate its responsibility to educate poor black students.

Latest in Editorials

  • The end of an era

    We're sad to report that Doug Smith has decided to retire. Though he's been listed as an associate editor on our masthead for the last 22 years, he has in fact been the conscience of the Arkansas Times. He has written all but a handful of our unsigned editorials since we introduced an opinion page in 1992.
    • May 8, 2014
  • A stand for equality

    Last week, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel became the first elected statewide official to express support for same-sex marriage. His announcement came days before Circuit Judge Chris Piazza is expected to rule on a challenge to the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. Soon after, a federal challenge of the law is expected to move forward. McDaniel has pledged to "zealously" defend the Arkansas Constitution but said he wanted the public to know where he stood.
    • May 8, 2014
  • Same old, same old

    Remarking as we were on the dreariness of this year's election campaigns, we failed to pay sufficient tribute to the NRA, one of the most unsavory and, in its predictability, dullest of the biennial participants in the passing political parade.
    • May 1, 2014
  • More »

Event Calendar

« »


  1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30

Most Recent Comments

  • Re: Sex on campus

    • Once again commentators blame the victim. Social scientists, of whom I am one, regularly find…

    • on September 22, 2017
  • Re: Time for a coalition

    • Shiny, nobody is saying that Hillary isn't entitled to speak. Shit, the more she talks,…

    • on September 21, 2017

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation