KKOB (JP Murietta) just reported that Arch wasn't at the game. Journal rep says that they kept him off the UNM game story because of an email that he wrote to a UNM football player?? WT_???? Arch is one of the good guys. The way the Journal is treating him is bullsh*t!!@
Seriously though, how much does all the Locksley fallout impact other careers? Archuleta is getting dragged into a mess because he viewed the Locksley videotape of the sports bar incident. I know the new sports information guy, Frank Mercogliano, got into an early rough patch because he was almost pulled into the videotape mess as well. People were accusing him of asking Journal reporters and other media members to submit requests for the tape when the tape had already been destroyed. Too much collateral damage over all this stuff. Hate to see it.
I like Archuleta, but he compromised his integrity when he agreed to be the only one to watch that video, with Locks in the room no less. Things have been going in this direction ever since.
If someone as embattled as Locksley is hand picking you to verify things for him, something weird is going on. Like I said, I like Arch, but he doesn't really seem like the type to cover a total trainwreck like Locksley.
There was an issue with Arch sending an email to a player on the team.
I still have to think that it could be related to the Tape. As soon as Arch was done watching the tape the Journal put a gag order on Arch. That's when our buddy Mark Smith started showing up at UNM football press conferences and such.
All of this continues along with the football woes.
Yeah, What was that all about? I tend to feel sorry for Stump, having burned up his redshirt year, after having to sit out half the season. Just doesn't seem right. My only assumption is that Coach Locks must be getting desparate and reaching all over the place in order to save himself from the ultimate decision coming his way.
In defense of the program, I didn't have a problem with pulling the redshirt at this point in the season. The Aggies did similar with one of their QB's. Lots of injuries to our QB's - circumstances support this move. I think if Stump had come into the game in the 1st half of the game, maybe that softens this issue somewhat. Stump looked a bit nervous, but he had a couple of near spectacular broken plays. He was a shoestring tackle away from breaking a couple of big gains. He offered the team a dimension that Gruner did not. Having said that, I think you need to continue to work in some playing time for him the rest of this season. If he simply played 3 or 4 series on Saturday and he gets very limited to no playing time the rest of the season, then I will be bellowing about what a crappy move Locks made. Stump may surprise us with his contributions as the season progresses - I wouldn't call this a failed move just yet.
Did anyone ask Stump how he feels about it?
My guess is that players want to play on the stage, not hang around practicing. They all figure they've got what it takes from their appearance on campus.
Could be that Stump is a happy camper.
Tex, Roob, you got it when you talked about collateral damage. Even if Stump isn't one of those getting stung, the list seems to grow longer and longer every day.
According to JP's article, Archuleta was removed from his beat because of a comment he made to a football player via e-mail. Obviously, members of the media aren't allowed to contact players through e-mail (you have to go through the athletic office)--so that was a no-no. But I'm interested to know what this comment was that caused so much offense--this is Greg's livelihood we're talking about.
JP said the journal offered a "no-comment" about the situation. But they better have a comment soon if they're going to fire one of their best writers--or you can bet this Journal subscriber will be a former subscriber.
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