by William Skink
August means hot weather, smoky skies, and prep for college football. Don’t worry, Griz fans, the program you idolize still appears to be the top priority for UM administrators, thanks to the deep, deep pockets of UM donors funneling millions into athletic projects on campus.
You see, it doesn’t matter that enrollment keeps going down which can be ascribed, at least in part, to the continued fall-out from Missoula’s rape scandal that emerged three years ago. And it doesn’t matter that UM had to absorb a 5.7 million dollar budget short-fall.
Nope, despite all that, a 2.5 million dollar student-athlete academic center broke ground last year and should be complete this fall. And if that’s not enough, last October it was announced that a 7 million dollar donation from Dennis Washington’s sons will help the University build a 14 million dollar “Champion Center”.
While students saddle themselves with debt to get a diminished academic product (accomplished by increasingly exploiting adjunct labor) it’s nice to know athletics are insulated from the economic reality facing academic departments as they struggle to implement budget cuts.
Why do athletes need an academic center? Here’s the reasoning from athletic director Kent Haslam:
“For us it’s really about providing the tools and providing the facilities that support student-athletes,” Haslam said. “We need to make sure we do all we can to make sure they are successful on the court and in the classroom.”
Maybe Haslam should look into providing some classes at this academic center about how to avoid getting arrested, and once getting arrested, how to appear IN court to be accountable for the behavior that continues getting football players in trouble:
Two Montana Grizzly football players had minor scrapes with the law late this week, just days before the opening of fall football practices.
Linebackers Herbert E. Gamboa, 21, and Jeremiah P. Kose, 22, were each booked into Missoula County jail on misdemeanor charges. Gamboa was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct early Friday morning while Kose was booked Wednesday evening for failing to appear in court on an original misdemeanor charge.
Gamboa, a starting outside linebacker and senior on the Grizzly football team, was picked up by officer Eric Weber in the early hours of Friday morning. Gamboa was booked at 1:34 a.m. and released a little more than an hour later on a bond of $185.
He appeared in Missoula City Municipal Court on Friday morning.
Kose was booked on Wednesday at 6:41 p.m. by officer Timothy Harrington. The Grizzlies’ senior starting middle linebacker posted his own bond of $310 and was released less than an hour later.
First-year UNLV assistant football coach Ty Gregorak was arrested in Boulder, Colo., after an incident last week outside of a strip club.
Gregorak, 31, was turned away this past weekend from the Nitro Club — located in the downtown Pearl Street Mall — by bouncer Joseph Benedetto after he determined Gregorak was too intoxicated to enter, according to Boulder police.
According to Gregorak’s Denver-based attorney, David Beller, Benedetto said that he contacted Gregorak while walking in an alley next to the club rather than trying to enter it.
A police report obtained by the Sun states that Gregorak then walked to a nearby parking garage and approached Benedetto’s Nissan Sentra, removing the man’s wallet from the center console and a loaded .45-caliber Glock 36 handgun from the glove compartment.
With a coach like this, is it any wonder his linebackers are already getting arrested before the season even starts.