Wetherell Losing It

Florida State University President T.K. Wetherell, in a desperate attempt to salvage Bobby Bowden's 14 victories from the 2006-07 seasons is out of control.

Tuesday he referred to Bobby Bowden's alma mater Samford University as a dip (poop) school in trying to defend Bowden's 31 victories against the likes of the University of Mexico, Memphis Navy Gordon Military College.

He took a step into the realm of the bizarre when he tried to communicate his perceived unfairness of the NCAA mandated forfeiture of results in a number of sports. Here is an excerpt from the Orlando Sentinel's coverage of the Tuesday news conference.

Wetherell wasn't finished, though. Moments after referring to small, Baptist college as a "[dipstick] school," he used an elaborate hypothetical story involving Florida quarterback Tim Tebow. The story was meant to illustrate Wetherell's disdain for the way the NCAA handled some aspects of its ruling regarding FSU's academic fraud case.

"I mean, I figured out how to beat Florida," Wetherell said. "I told them the other day – I've got the deal, man. I got the deal. We're going to send a graduate assistant down to write a [paper] for Tebow, and go ahead and turn it in. "And then we're not going to tell anybody, until about the 15th of August. And we're going to say, Oh, by the way, look what happened. Urban [Meyer] doesn't know anything about this – he's not involved. And the letter according to the NCAA – you think a violation occurred, not that it did occur, you think it occurred, you've got to sit him.

"Well, we've got the proof, we've the [paper], we've got the one he turned in, we've got the one the graduate assistant [did]. He violated the rules. He's ineligible … now, they can redshirt him next year, and they may need to do that because they're going to need a quarterback, anyway, in two years and that may not be a bad idea. But – that's just not right. I mean, it's just not right. That's what's the problem – it's just flat wrong."

Aside the inappropriateness of bringing another school and one of that school's student-athletes into the controversy is one thing. But using the hypothetical story to point out "I figured out how to beat Florida" he insults his own players and coaches.

Is it just me or is T.K. channeling his inner Lane Kiffin?


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