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Nobody Expects the Starr Inquisition!


When an institution is as indefensible and morally bankrupt as the NCAA, the list of people who can defend it and maintain any trace of self-respect must be rather small.  Small, but not a null set!

Kenneth W. Starr stepped onto Baylor’s football field before a game last month wearing a track suit. He looked in better shape — less paunchy, less stressed — than he did more than 15 years ago, when he became famous for investigating a sitting president.


In August, as the N.C.A.A. prepared to approve greater autonomy for five major conferences, Mr. Starr argued on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that universities were reforming themselves. In May, on Capitol Hill, he testified against unionization in a hearing that took on a partisan color.

To tweak Atrios’s joke slightly, apparently Lanny Davis is too busy defending Dan Snyder to participate at the present time.

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  • LeeEsq

    Wouldn’t it make more sense to make a joke about the Star Chamber under the circumstances.


  • cpinva

    speaking of indefensible & morally bankrupt, I will put the DEA up against any institution you name, including the NCAA, and challenge you to a contest. my money is on the DEA to come out the “winner”.

    the Air Force has a better argument, for continuing as an independent entity, than the DEA does.

  • efgoldman

    Meanwhile, back at the ranch:

    The North Carolina academic fraud scandal has now reached federal court. A former Tar Heels football player is suing the university and alleging North Carolina broke its promise to legitimately educate football players in exchange for their participation in athletics.

    Lawyers for Michael McAdoo, who played football at North Carolina from 2008 to 2010, filed the class-action suit on Thursday in North Carolina federal court. They’re attempting to represent all North Carolina scholarship football players between 1993 and 2011. During that period of time, academic counselors in North Carolina’s athletic department pushed athletes into a system of fraudulent, no-show classes to keep players eligible, according to a recent university-commissioned report.


    • DrDick

      There was a similar major scandal at the University of Oklahoma about 20 years ago or so. It turns out that a substantial percentage of the football players who graduated from the university were functionally illiterate after graduation.

      • Lee Rudolph

        I wonder if any of them became less literate than they were when admitted, during their years of being regularly concussed.

    • cackalacka

      It’s been 3 weeks since Wainstein’s report, and noted ACC commissioner/paragon of diligence for enforcing rules for 14 of the 15 ACC programs not named ‘UNC,’ Swofford is still at the top of the ACC.

      McAdoo’s lawsuit is a class-action for athletes that participated/where screwed out of education during Swofford’s tenure as UNC AD. Maryland’s decision to leave the ACC to go to a league best known for having programs that hide child predators is starting to seem more and more logical.

  • MAJeff

    A corrupt man will defend a corrupt organization, but NO BLOWJOBS!!!

    • DrDick

      I cannot think of a better qualified sleazeball.

  • MikeN

    Anybody with better Latin than mine know what the translation of “Follow the money” is?

    • efgoldman

      Anybody with better Latin than mine know what the translation of “Follow the money” is?

      Sequere Pecunia
      Google translate is our friend, until DXM from Maine shows up.

  • divadab

    Morally-bankrupt self-professed follower of the Nazarene defending the Moneylenders in the Temple. More moneylenders in every temple, says Starr!

    What a filthy fucking piece of shit.

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