Life’s Good When You’re A Powerful Academic Institution (That Happens to Have Sports Teams)
By: Alex Marcheschi
By now, you’ve probably heard that six Notre Dame football players were arrested over the weekend.
Or, maybe you haven’t.
Powerful academic institutions have a unique way of burying negative press, pretty #nice perk huh?
I’m very open about hating Notre Dame…even though I’m Catholic, have very close friends that went/go there and some family that went there. I don’t know what it is, but as soon as I can remember developing memories, I’ve always hated the Fighting Irish. It might have something to do with early memories of Jimmy Clausen.
However, I am a #journalist and I must remain fair and balanced. I’m not shitting on Notre Dame for having players that got arrested, that literally happens everywhere. In fact, most of us probably should’ve been arrested at least once in our lives. I’m shitting on the media and the industry as a whole for deciding to collectively bury this story. If this happened somewhere like Ohio State or Florida State, it would lead every sports TV and Radio show. Hey sports media:
When powerful, largely white, academic institutions have something like this happen, they have the power and connections within the media to issue a widespread “hush hush” order. The same thing happened with one of my favorite teams: Vanderbilt football.
Vandy, another widely respected academic institution, somehow managed to sweep a very real rape case under the national media rug. On top of that, James Franklin, who was Vandy’s coach at the time of the crime, bolted and got hired BY PENN STATE of all places. To put it very simply, there are no morals in sports, especially college football.
I don’t wanna come off too angry, but this has become a lather, rinse, repeat type of situation in college athletics. No one even bats an eye anymore.
The SEC runs rampant with sketchiness, they have the booster’s money to buy off police and judges. Powerful academic institutions like ND & Vandy have the money and media connections to basically create their own news. I’m obviously not breaking news here, but we do need to keep this in mind.
We’re all degenerates for investing serious time and money into these sports leagues. But hey, it sure does make fall weekends unreal, and I can’t even lie and say I’ll stop watching.
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double p.s. – I wonder if it matters that Notre Dame has a giant TV deal with NBC and the SEC has an even bigger TV deal with ESPN? Probably not.