I was in the middle of listening to the end of the Missouri Valley Football teleconference and starting to post some blog observations on former Bison head coach Rocky Hager (who I talked with for our Tuesday story on the Bison defense and who I will get to in this space later this week) when the news broke of today’s charges of voter fraud by Bison players.
By 12:45, head coach Craig Bohl was addressing the larger-than-usual media gathering in the NDSU team meeting room in the dome. By the way, somebody should tell the new FM radio guy in attendance that it’s OK to ask the tough questions, we all do it, but you don’t have to be rude. Anyway, a few thoughts on the charges:
Not good judgment, certainly. The big debate as the day wore on was why didn’t these players get suspended for a Class A misdemeanor when Bison linebacker Brandon Jemison was shown the door for his Class A misdemeanor? The answer, the athletic director said, is in the nature of the infractions. He called one sexual in nature vs. the other being signatures in nature.
My sense in talking with a veteran defense attorney is the probable outcome on these charges will be something along the lines of a fine and unsupervised probation. He’s had a case like this before, actually. Also don’t expect the court proceedings until this winter, it’s just the way the judicial system works.
What is potentially sad in this case from my chair is the ballot on medical uses of marijuana will not get enough signatures to get on the ballot, which some people put two years of work into it only to see it bomb. I have to wonder about the people out there who are in some sort of pain where the legal use of the drug would potentially help. You also have to wonder about the solidarity of the company that hired the players to do the work.
Should the players be booted now? Should they not? Did Bohl and Taylor make the right call? The floor is yours.