SNY­DER

The Washington Times Daily - - SPORTS - Brook­lyn-born and Howard­e­d­u­cated, Deron Sny­der writes for The Washington Times on Tues­days and Thurs­days. Fol­low him on Twit­ter @ DeronSny­der.

been in­ten­si­fied and best prac­tices will con­tinue to be im­ple­mented.”

Well, Mixon’s pun­ish­ment from the school was the equiv­a­lent of be­ing red­shirted as a fresh­man. He re­turned to help the Soon­ers reach the Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off last sea­son and the Or­ange Bowl this sea­son. Af­ter that, he’s off to the NFL.

Granted, there was a level of out­rage when the in­ci­dent came to light in 2014. But there’s some­thing about see­ing the bru­tal as­sault. It leaves noth­ing to the imag­i­na­tion … ex­cept imag­in­ing what Stoops and OU ad­min­is­tra­tors were think­ing when they wel­com­ing the in­com­ing player.

I’m a firm be­liever in sec­ond chances and don’t think Mixon’s act was wor­thy of a life­time ban. How­ever, I wouldn’t have a prob­lem telling him he was un­wel­come. He could take his five-star tal­ents else­where. When Char­lie Strong coached Texas, he told play­ers that hit­ting a woman would lead to au­to­matic ex­pul­sion from the team. An­other school would have to pro­vide bat­ter­ers an op­por­tu­nity and one al­ways does (most re­cently Florida At­lantic, which just wel­comed a re­cruit that Florida State dis­missed for punch­ing a woman).

The case in Min­nesota in­volves as­sault of a dif­fer­ent va­ri­ety. There is no footage – other than a cou­ple of cell phone videos that po­lice deemed non-in­crim­i­nat­ing. But read­ing the ac­cuser’s ac­count of hav­ing sex­ual re­la­tion­ships with sev­eral foot­ball play­ers is dis­turb­ing.

It’s un­for­tu­nate that the Go­phers de­cided to wield col­lege ath­letes’ con­sid­er­able power for THIS cause, threat­en­ing to boy­cott the Hol­i­day Bowl in sup­port of 10 sus­pended team­mates who may or may not be guilty of rape (re­gard­less of the state’s con­clu­sion). Equally re­gret­table is the tone-deaf re­sponse by Min­nesota coach Tracy Claeys, who in­ex­pli­ca­bly tweeted: “Have never been more proud of our kids. I re­spect their rights & sup­port their ef­forts to make a bet­ter world!”

How is the world a bet­ter place if 10 to 20 of his play­ers lined up for sex with an ine­bri­ated woman, con­sen­sual or not? Where does that fall within the univer­sity’s stan­dards and code of con­duct, par­tic­u­larly the part about treat­ing fel­low stu­dents with re­spect? Why doesn’t Claeys know the dif­fer­ence be­tween vi­o­la­tions ac­cord­ing to the law and vi­o­la­tions ac­cord­ing to the school?

“We fully sup­port our Go­pher foot­ball play­ers and all of our stu­dent ath­letes,” Min­nesota pres­i­dent Eric Kaler and ath­letic di­rec­tor Mark Coyle said in a joint state­ment be­fore the team ended its boy­cott Satur­day. “Sit­u­a­tions like this are al­ways dif­fi­cult . ... The de­ci­sion (to sus­pend play­ers) was based on facts and is re­flec­tive of the Univer­sity’s val­ues.”

Speak­ing of val­ues, a big­ger-thanaver­age short­age was un­cov­ered in the At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence.

A since-fired Wake For­est ra­dio an­nouncer — for­mer player and as­sis­tant coach Tommy El­rod — ap­par­ently leaked his alma mater’s game plans and of the re­cip­i­ents felt com­pelled to alert the De­mon Dea­cons. Big-time col­lege sports is as cut­throat as any in­dus­try, but you’d think a coach would warn Wake’s Dave Claw­son that his pro­gram housed a mole.

The ACC fined Louisville and Vir­ginia Tech $25,000 each for ac­cept­ing the se­crets. “Sports­man­ship and eth­i­cal val­ues are at the core of com­pet­i­tive in­tegrity and in these in­stances, those were miss­ing,” league com­mis­sioner John Swof­ford said in a state­ment Satur­day. “The ex­pec­ta­tion, re­gard­less of the sport, is that any ath­let­ics depart­ment staff mem­bers would im­me­di­ately com­mu­ni­cate with their su­per­vi­sor if they are ap­proached by some­one from an­other in­sti­tu­tion with pro­pri­etary in­for­ma­tion.”

That would be great, if we could trust all the su­per­vi­sors at Ok­la­homa, Min­nesota and Wake For­est op­po­nents like, say, Louisville (coach Bobby Petrino, any­one?).

To a large ex­tent, stu­dents can fall back on “kids will be kids” to ex­plain their an­tics. But there’s no ex­cuse for the mess that adults dumped on col­lege foot­ball last week.

These stains won’t come out eas­ily and this smell is go­ing to linger.

We’re well fa­mil­iar with “Bowl Week” — closer to a month — when col­lege foot­ball con­cludes its sea­son with more than three dozen non­de­script matchups like the Ad­vo­care V100 Texas Bowl, plus old fa­vorites like the Or­ange, Sugar and Rose.

This year the sport added a pu­trid pre­cur­sor, Bowel Week, as schools in three Power 5 con­fer­ences smeared us with ex­cre­ment.

Marvin Gaye had a song en­ti­tled “Makes Me Wanna Holler.” A remix ver­sion based on news about Ok­la­homa, Min­nesota and Wake For­est would be called “Makes Me Wanna Shower.”

The worst case has to be Ok­la­homa, which fea­tures a star tail­back who broke a woman’s jaw. The in­ci­dent is two years old and Joe Mixon paid his penalty (a one-year sus­pen­sion, de­ferred sen­tence and 100 hours of com­mu­nity ser­vice).

But video of the vi­cious punch is new, re­leased Fri­day for the world to see and re­flex­ively gag.

“It was made clear to Mr. Mixon at the time of his sus­pen­sion that vi­o­lence against women will not go un­pun­ished at the univer­sity,” Ok­la­homa said in a state­ment fol­low­ing the re­lease. “Coach (Bob) Stoops has been proac­tive in pre­sent­ing train­ing for his team aimed at pre­vent­ing such be­hav­ior in the fu­ture. Sen­si­tiv­ity train­ing in the area of vi­o­lence has

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

The Univer­sity of Min­nesota foot­ball team ended their threat on Satur­day to boy­cott the Dec. 27 Hol­i­day Bowl.

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