Thursday, November 12, 2009

Police Blotter: SchadenfreUT Edition

Three Vol players have won the award for most ironic use of a pellet gun.   This story combines the least admirable aspects of old-UT and new-UT: (1) a reputation for misbehaving players so bad that Orson Swindle at tracks off-field chicanery by giving a "Fulmer Cup" award to the school with the most trouble with the law each offseason; and (2) lane Kiffin's propensity for shooting off his mouth.  Juxtaposition is a bitch:

Lane Kiffin, yesterday, praising Ed Orgeron: "He deals with a lot of our discipline and has done a phenomenal job with it," Kiffin said. "We've had the highest (team) GPA we've had in five years. We've had zero arrests in 11 months here."

The AP, this morning, reporting: KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Three freshmen Tennessee football players, including highly touted wide receiver recruit Nu'Keese Richardson and starting safety Janzen Jackson, were charged with attempted armed robbery Thursday morning. Richardson, 18, and Jackson, 18, along with defensive back Mike Edwards, 18, and companion Marie Montmarquet, 22, were charged after a report of an armed robbery at a gas station in an area known as "The Strip" at the edge of Tennessee's campus.

Adding insult to injury, the getaway car: a Toyota Prius.  While the desire to sneak up on their unsuspecting prey and then make a silent getaway is admirable, they could use a little work on their camouflage:

A Volunteer TV News photographer on the scene captured the suspects while they were being identified. At least one of them wore a black University of Tennessee t-shirt with an orange Adidas logo and the phrase “impossible is nothing.”

Reactions are coming in from around the league.

Steve Spurrier: "You can't spell pelleT gUn without UT."

Urban Meyer: “I think it’s funny that Nu’Keese had to cheat to rob people and still couldn’t do it.”

Alshon Jeffery: "Sign with South Carolina and pump gas? Sign with Tennessee and rob gas stations."

As Drudge would say, developing . . .

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