The usual suspects could look the other way when Missouri football players went from behaving badly to Standing With The Oppressed because, well, those Missouri football players faced some of the intersecting vectors of oppression themselves, and when there was money at stake, the administration backed down.
Now it appears to be Minnesota (motto: ten thousand ways to surrender the Axe) football players being falsely accused, or perhaps being called up under university conduct standards with less of a burden of proof than required in a court of law, and that puts the usual suspects in a bad place. "In 2011, the U.S. Department of Education directed schools to use a 'preponderance of evidence' standard when investigating sexual assault, meaning only that it’s more likely than not that an assault occurred. That’s a much lower standard than reasonable doubt." But evidence is cheaply manufactured by the diversity weenies, and the football players decided they weren't going to go along with it. Minnesota have a bowl bid, which will likely increase the football program's deficit, but to the athletics department, the trustees, and some administrators, it's all about the visibility. Thus, when the players consider boycotting the bowl, that concentrates minds. Margaret "University Diaries" has been following the scandal, as part of her continuing coverage of beer-'n-circus, and the entirety is worth your time.
The next day the university’s president issued a vaguely conciliatory statement, and today (Saturday) he has issued another, less conciliatory, statement. Here’s what he’s trying to convey to the lads.That may be so, but will we see any attempts to rein in overweening Student Affairs types, or to be more judgmental about the campus rabbit culture, whether it involves contract athletes or run-of-middle-school students?
Even though the courts decided there was insufficient evidence to go after a bunch of players who seem to have been involved in a gang sexual assault against a student, the university can do its own punitive thing. The team’s thing is that the guys are unjustly condemned since the courts turned down the case; the school’s thing is fuck that this place has had a shitload of sex problems from players as well as coaches in the last couple of years and we can’t afford to look as though we’re doing nothing.