Ah, the University of Tennessee, where ridiculous happens.
The latest absurdity?
University officials are conducting an investigation to determine whether a former head of student judicial services, Jenny Wright, a graduate of both the undergrad and the law school at Tennessee, had multiple inappropriate relationships with some of the student-athletes she was charged with judging. According to the Twitter account of Knoxville radio host Jimmy Hyams recently departed Vol point guard Trae Golden, whose mysterious dismissal purportedly involved academic issues, is among those players involved in the investigation.
News broke today that Wright had been fired as a result of her failure to cooperate with an independent investigation into whether she had inappropriate relationships with athletes. Wright, who attempted to resign from her position but was fired from her $70,000 a year job instead, has hired an attorney who categorically denied that she had done anything improper.
In the meantime, Tennessee has already removed her name from the Student Judicial Affairs website, listing her position as vacant.
Wright quickly scrubbed her Facebook and Twitter accounts, but she was not able to erase this repository of her Twitter account you can find here.
The account contains fifteen photos and many recent Tweets.
In the bio section of the account Wright described herself thusly, "Three-time alumna and proud employee of the University of Tennessee...All Vol!!!"
She also listed a husband on the account, but reports are that Wright was recently divorced.
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At the SEC Network announcement on Thursday, I had the chance to interview Kevin Sumlin.
You can listen to that entire interview here. I think y'all will enjoy it. Sumlin has rapidly become one of my favorite SEC coaches and we talk about a variety of subjects during the interview. Including Johnny Manziel, the new stadium expansion, recruiting, and what shows Sumlin likes on television.
Sumlin says, "I'm a "Mad Men" guy."
Mad Men is one of my six favorite television shows on the air right now:
1. The Americans
3. Mad Men -- For those of you who say this is too low, it's not that I presently dislike Mad Men, it's just that I'm more excited to watch the first two shows on this list.
4. Game of Thrones
5. Modern Family
So of course I want to talk about Mad Men with Sumlin as much as I can.
My next question was who is Sumlin's favorite character.
Sumlin's response, "I'd rather stay away from that."
Yep, he declined comment on his favorite Mad Men character.
By the time y'all read this I'll be on the road with 3HL to broadcast our Friday show from the Clippers-Grizzlies playoff game in Memphis.
So I'm drafting the mailbag after a long day spent in Atlanta at the official announcement for the SEC Network.
Next week I'll give y'all a good rundown of the SEC Network and all the major details surrounding that network's launch. In the meantime, the biggest news from the announcement is that 45 football games will air on the network. OKTC told you a year ago that between 40 and 50 games were likely to air on the network.
And that ESPN owns 100% of the network, which means the SEC has to be receiving a guaranteed payment that is mind-boggling.
An ESPN guarantee of $500 million a year wouldn't surprise me, potentially more.
In the meantime, my beaver pelt trader of the week award goes to the writers for "The Americans." The season finale was absolutely spectacular. Seriously, beyond extraordinary. You need to be watching this show. It's only 13 episodes long after its first season and it has now become my favorite show on television.
I'm hoping they don't have a "Homeland"-esque trip up with season two.
Also, as Jason Whitlock Tweeted me Thursday night, we may have a looming Dana-daughter situation on "The Americans."
I can barely handle one spy/terrorist's daughter ruining a great show, if we end up with two?
On to the mailbag.