I don't agree. Once you have facts, sure. Before that, you have rumors, no charges being filed, and nothing factual to go on. If it's a real game and we needed him, I could see questioning how much Mullen knew and when. But Jones is a 4th string guy that got some late game reps in the Spring game.
Remember Carl Johnson being arrested for being on a bus the same time his ex was on it. And all of this based on her claim that he date-raped her...on two separate occasions? Someone who'd never been in trouble and ends up being suspended from campus despite no evidence that he'd ever done anything wrong to warrant the RO in the first place.
It sucks that this has become so commonplace and is totally unacceptable. But I'm not willing to ruin a kid's future until I get the whole story. And again, maybe a real game is different. But if it turns out to be completely fabricated, he's now missed a chance to play for the first time for no reason. That's not fair either.
I can see your point about being overly cautious, so it's not as if you're way off base. I just think some measure of discretion at that point is ok.
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I've mentioned Tabor. What about Grimes? He moved and was granted a waiver to be closer to his sick mother.The distance from Fort Lauderdale to Columbus is 1134 miles. From Lauderdale to Gville is 314, or roughly 1/3 the distance. He's still a 5+ hour drive away. But everyone agrees, that it's a lot better than the alternative.
The others thing no one is pointing out is where exactly was Steele supposed to go? He's a 5*, so he's not going to a G5 school. So Usc and Ucla are the most obvious. No 5* defensive player in his right mind would line up to play for Chip Kelly. And few people actually feel like Helton has more than a year still in LA. Not to mention, he rejected them twice which means he clearly wasn't sold on the Trojans. That leaves basically Stanford and Cal, and who knows if he had the grades for either. Oregon is the hot team in the P12 and was the closest of all his finalist(outside of Usc). There were posters on Rivals saying he was Eugene bound the day it was announced he was in the portal. It made the most sense.
If he'd gone with the gamecocks or Sooners(his other finalists) you'd have a very valid point that it had nothing to do with location. As it is, we're getting into semantics with Goldkamps wording, and using the "omg, 1000 miles" argument despite it being debunked repeatedly. Bottom line, he felt way more at home on the West Coast and Oregon checked all the remaining boxes.
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I will agree that DM MAY well have "bungled" the situation with Steele, but then again MAYBE NOT. I tend to agree with the donkey and others that there were multiple factors involved in Steeles' departure and it really doesn't matter at this point, one way or the other. He's gone, take any appropriate lesson the situation has to offer and move the hell on. Steele is history, and just a minor footnote at that.
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