A report just in from Baton Rouge (I think — the writer seems familiar enough with the campus) adds nuance to the picture of the Pokey Chatman resignation.
This short essay was originally posted to the comments section of my previous article, but it has enough of a new perspective to deserve a more prominent place on the blog.
And Fowles and the anonymous former player are joined by numerous fans, at LSU and in Baton Rouge in general, who have no direct contact with the media and so, naturally, wouldn’t be included in the coverage.
“The other thing that seems to be (completely) absent from the issues raised by the media and blogging communities like this one is that, should the rumors prove to be true, there is still no basis for LSU ‘forcing’ Pokey to resign.
I know of university professors here who have had ‘relations’ with both graduate and undergraduate students.I also know of LSU graduate TAs who have had sexual relationships with undergraduates.I’m not going to jump in on the debate over the ethics of sex with students/players.I will, however, point out that LSU does not have a non-fraternization policy (though they are now working on creating one).LSU’s campus newspaper today included an article in which a former player (who remains anonymous) does–however tactfully–defend Chatman.
Also in the news today, Sylvia Fowles’s comments to the press following the NCAA Selection Show last night were nothing if not supportive of Pokey.