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Comment 36 minutes ago

I'm really not sure what you used to post on twitter and what that has to do with modifying traditions within a complex organization.  At least you did not use moral equivalence with the Jerry Sandusky case (talk about people that need to walk around the block...).

Comment 7 hours ago

Didn't say that.  Just saying the pattern seems to go back for a long time.

Comment 7 hours ago

Similarly let's look for a bit more context for some of the "smoking guns" used against Waters in the report.

Nicknames:

He was aware some were sexualized, but they would reprimand people if they heard any of the overtly sexual nicknames.  The report claims he called someone by a sexual nickname but if you actually read about that incident it was calling a girl by the name "Tiggles" which I had absolutely no idea was a sexual nickname and I would bet a bajillion dollars that they fooled the director in this case.  I would guess they use the secretly "only know what it means if you are under age 25" sexual nicknames around the directors and keep some of the obvious ones like Tits McGee hidden.  Like Andy said below, it is not as simple as "he should just ban all nicknames then" if he did not want a complete revolt.

Midnight ramp:

Only seems sexualized in the context of the rest of the report.  It is equivalent to the Mirror Lake jump.  The only murky area is that it is a surprise to some rookies, many of which are warned per the report.  Recall what happened when they put a fence around Mirror Lake.  Something similar would happen here.

Tricks:

Clearly some of these are awful and disgusting.  If he was aware of some of these I think there would be people kicked out of the band.  Clearly changes need to be made here to ensure band members are respected.  There is an inference made that he condoned this behavior due to allowing things like midnight ramp.  I think that is a stretch.

Comment 8 hours ago

Thanks for posting this Andy I was too busy plugging my internet back in after my walk around the block.

Comment 21 hours ago

Pretty sure Jon Waters didn't know what "Tiggles" means.  I had to look it up on Urban dictionary and I'm 31.  Changing on the bus most likely did not involve stripping down naked and every high school band does it.  Midnight ramp only seems sexualized in the context of the aggregation of all the other dirty/practical jokes and nicknames which also happens in high school band.  Remember what happened when they tried to put a fence up around Mirror Lake?

Comment 24 hours ago

This is actually more akin to the Jonathan Martin scandal.  While this is collegiate vs. professional, NFL locker rooms are treated like fraternities.  AFAIK there is no case of physical harm but at least one case of emotional harm and anecdotes of several cases where someone realistically could be harmed emotionally.

Comment 24 Jul 2014

Andy,

I could not have said it better.  This is a simple "solution" to a complicated problem happening in all corners of colleges across the country.  These cultures exist within sports teams, military units, fraternities, and often more quietly and less documented within corporate workplaces (dirty jokes still exist...).  And it is part of a broader culture of bullying throughout our educational system from Kindergarten on.  I am not condoning many of the individual acts or giving someone a nickname if they are not "in on the joke".  But I think this is a classic example of cutting off your nose to spite your face.

Comment 23 Jul 2014

I personally want to see points for the good guys and less points for the bad guys.  The first part is going just fine with the Braxton/Herman partnership.  If you trade those spectacular runs you likely are trading less points for the illusion of a "balanced" offense.

Comment 22 Jul 2014

Russel and Winston were never dual threat guys.  But still I completely agree that Braxton was good enough last year let alone what he can do this year to get the job done.  Our pass defense was disappointing and that is being overhauled in a promising way in my opinion.

Dual threat QB's have in general dominated college football the last decade so it is an odd comment to restrict yourself to national title winners when that will be biased basically by Nick Saban coached teams which win on talent, discipline and defense.  Ideally you'd have those 3 things and an explosive offense which is what Urban is trying to do.  You need a dynamic player at QB to be an elite offense, whether that is with quick decision-making, athletic ability, big arm, or all of the above.