Wednesday, January 16, 2008

The new Rich Rodriguez problem is not minor

Caveats, unknowability, et cetera, but anyone with a loose familiarity of scandalous downfalls over the past 30 years knows that the story usually begins with something like this:
The Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette reported Tuesday that Rodriguez might have “destroyed all or most of the paperwork files relating to every player on the current Mountaineer roster and virtually all of the activities conducted by the programs over the past seven years.”
It's an easy invitation for imaginations to run wild. The Duke lacrosse episode was a lesson on being cautious about accepting an entirely plausible, common-sense conclusion about people doing bad things.

Still, this has the whiff.
JJ Prescott, an assistant professor at the U-M Law School specializing in employment law, said “the key question is likely to be who owned the files — Rodriguez or the university?”

“Rodriguez is free to destroy his own property,” Prescott wrote in an e-mail. “But, if the university owned the files, then Rodriguez might face criminal liability for destruction of property, possibly even if he mistakenly believed the files were his to (destroy).”
I've had e-mails with friends today who've argued that they're skeptical of news coming out of West Virginia because fans there are so angry. This is backward. There's nothing more destructive than a swarm of motivated, pissed-off individuals. They will fight as long as they have ammunition. This is good ammunition.

8 comments:

Cock D said...

Wow - and people were worried about Les Miles embarrasing the university.

Come back, Lloyd, come back (in best little boy from Shane voice)...

Flop said...

Dumbass, my comment about how this was like the Bush administration finding that the W keys had been removed from the keyboards -- i.e. false and meant as mild slander -- was 100 percent facetious.

CrimeNotes said...

I was referring to other e-mails. You're not the only person who sends e-mail.

Flop said...

Yeah, I was on that list. His skepticism was nothing more than what's warranted for any sort of anonymously released negative information.

Or do you just have legions of friends willing to be strawmen?

CrimeNotes said...

That was one e-mail. I e-mail with other people as well.

evil girl said...

bring back lloyd!

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