A few Thursday notes

Some items I didn’t post as individual notes this week, but probably should have. Here they are compiled for your convenience:

Do as I say, and not as I do!
Birmingham News sports editor Tom Arenberg called for Auburn University to hire a minority coach for its basketball program. He made the call earlier this week in the newspaper and in an interview on the Paul Finebaum Radio Network. (You can listen to it here.) If it sounds like “Do as I say, not as I do” then you are share the same perception that I have.

“In the sports department, specifically, we would like to have better representation of black editors and black reporters,” he said. “We’ve been under a hiring freeze for what, I don’t know, five years now. So, our efforts to do that have been slowed.”

I trust he is correct; however, if you were going to call on someone to embrace diversity, then it would be best to be sure that your department lives up to that standard too. Right? Otherwise you look like a hypocrite. His message is probably correct. It would be in Auburn’s interest to find a strong minority candidate. However, did anyone take the Birmingham News seriously after this revelation?

Poor Derek Dooley
Derek Dooley angered Tennessee fans and alums by running former players out of a workout session. It generated substantial buzz and conversation amongst Volunteer fans. This is pathetic. Unless Dooley gets to run his organization without interference, then it will become chaotic—I’m going to continue to predict Dooley will be UT’s Bill Curry until something up there changes. Too many chiefs are trying to run that program. This looks like the Alabama program before the arrival of Nick Saban. It is only going to get worse as UT looks to be a very poor team in 2010. Losses will only exacerbate what is obviously a power struggle within the UT family.

Speaking of Tennessee
Lane Kiffin is polling well in the Esquire Sexiest Woman Bracket. The former Tennessee coach has polled 58% of the vote or 44,295 votes as I write this. If you haven’t voted for the douchebag then please do so now.

George Will should be required reading
George Will had this to say about George W. Bush. “So, eschewing ‘the soft bigotry of low expectations,’ in 2001 President George W. Bush undertook the loopy idealism of preposterous expectations.” His column covers the problems in American education policy. Very good read.