KANSAS CITY, Mo. - There’s an old saying, “the fish rots from the head down.”
The fish in this story is Mike Alden, the athletic director at the University of Missouri. Kicking two players off the team from separate high profile sports within 24 hours, sends a red flag to the very top of the “bad behavior” pole at Missouri.
Mike Alden spends countless hours traveling the state and preaching about "character and integrity,” which are two powerful words when used in the proper context, but also two words that ring hollow in describing the way too many athletes have represented the University of Missouri.
There have been numerous off-the-court incidents at MU where the law has been violated. Athletes are young and they make mistakes like other students. Some are going to get caught smoking pot.
Missouri ran out of patience with Dorial Green Beckham. He got one too many redos during his time at ole Mizzou.
Still, the coaches-- the men who lead these players-- shouldn't get off scot free either. Head football coach Gary Pinkel for his DUI got a slap on the wrist and a few hours in the slammer to sober up.
He was held out of coaching one game
Head basketball coach Frank Haith served a five-game suspension for his recruiting transgressions before coming to Missouri.
I'm not going to sit here and praise the two coaches for kicking a pair of players off their teams. Anytime a woman is assaulted by a player, he should be gone.
Pinkel indicated to reporters there is more than the public knows. I ask, “Where is Mike Alden in all of this?” He hired these coaches who recruited these players who have been run off.
Seven players arrested since January should have any athletic director taking a hard look at what is going on in his department. It's about time the lead fish is held accountable.
Mike Alden either cleans up this mess or the chancellor needs to hire someone who will clean it up. The clock needs to be ticking on Alden.
That’s Jack’s Smack.