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The pros of firing your coach after 17 seasons, one national championship, two SEC championships and three SEC East championships: In a half-decade, you might rebuild your program into a national powerhouse. The cons of firing that very same coach: You discredit loyalty at your institution, lose your incoming recruiting class and sacrifice an entire football season. So it goes in Knoxville. Five days after Tennessee announced it was forcing football coach Philip Fulmer to resign at the end of the season, the Vols lost 13-7 to Wyoming, the lowest scoring team in college football and a 26.5-point underdog entering the game. It was the first time Tennessee had ever lost to a Mountain West opponent and, even worse, the Vols did it on homecoming. Kids, remember this lesson. When a football program gives in to the whims of capricious fans and fires its legendary coach mid-season because of subtle losing trends, Cowboys will ride into town and slay the local Volunteers.
Students who matriculate at Harding University, a Christian liberal arts school in Searcy, Arkansas, agree to not consume alcohol, smoke, use illegal drugs, or participate in sexual activity until they are "traditionally" married. Accordingly, under no circumstances are men and women allowed to visit one another's dorm rooms. Recently, Harding quarterback David Knighton slipped up on that last clause and was kicked out of school before the final game of his college career. Knighton, who had thrown for 3,834 yards and 24 touchdowns this season, allowed a female student to spend the night on the couch of his off-campus house after she missed curfew. Word quickly spread on campus and, without so much as a hearing, one of the top quarterbacks in D-II had his senior season prematurely cut short. For what it's worth, Knighton's father, Reggie, has his son's back. "This decision that he made, he thought was a Christian decision -- not to leave someone out in the cold," Reggie Knighton said. "They (Harding administrators) were judge, jury and God all in one."
UCLA forward Nikola Dragovic thought it would be a good idea to live with his college girlfriend. Big mistake. Huge. The young couple had a falling out and, suddenly, two volatile people who detested each other were sharing a small living space. On Friday, the 20-year-old Serbian went to the shared apartment to retrieve his belongings and found all his stuff dumped on the front porch. Understandably, this made the 6-foot-9 Serbian angry. A fight ensued, during which Dragovic pushed his (former) girlfriend to the ground. He was arrested and charged with misdemeanor battery. The incarceration caused Dragovic to miss UCLA's 76-42 exhibition victory over Biola. If I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times -- living with your girlfriend is about as good an idea as sticking your hand in a blender to see if it works.
The crazy part about the Internet is that you say one little, prejudiced thing and all of a sudden everyone thinks you're a racist. Funny how that cause and effect theory works. Buck Burnette, a back-up offensive lineman at the University of Texas, was dismissed from the football team after posting a racial epithet on his Facebook page after Barack Obama won Tuesday's election. The back-up center from Wimberley, Texas, who is a fervent conservative and Christian, was so upset about Obama's victory that he posted a comment written by one of his hunting buddies that read "all the hunters gather up, we have a (epithet) in the whitehouse." Burnette has since taken down his Facebook page and issued a public apology, but the damage is already done, proving once again that the Internet and bigoted hunting buddies don't mix.
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