ESPN – Notre Dame’s recent suspensions of four players could actually be a sign the program is gaining an “edge” that will help it be more successful, Irish radio analyst Allen Pinkett said Wednesday. “I’ve always felt like to have a successful team you’ve got to have a few bad citizens on the team,” Pinkett said on WSCR-AM 670. I think Notre Dame is growing because maybe they have some guys that are doing something worthy of a suspension which creates edge on the football team. “You can’t have a football team full of choir boys. You get your butt kicked if you’ve got a team full of choir boys so you’ve got to have a little bit of edge. But the coach has to be the dictator and the ultimate ruler. Here’s my opinion: You don’t hand out suspensions unless you know you’ve got somebody behind that guy that can make plays.” Pinkett didn’t immediately back off his comments when given a chance later in the interview. “I absolutely meant that,” Pinkett said. “The chemistry is so important on a football team. You have to have a couple of bad guys that sort of teeter on that edge to add to the flavor of the guys that are going to always do right because that just adds to the chemistry of the football team. You have to have … you look at the teams that have won in the past, they have always had a couple of criminals.”
Later Wednesday night, Pinkett released an apology through the station. “It’s clear that I chose my words poorly and that an apology is in order for these inappropriate comments. My words do not reflect the strong pride and passion I have for the Notre Dame football program,” the statement said. “I understand that there may be consequences to my actions and accept whatever discipline is imposed.” The Notre Dame IMG Network also released a statement saying that it is “extremely disappointed” in Pinkett’s comments and disagrees with them. “
Has anybody ever been forced to apologize for saying something more accurate in the history of earth before? Like there isn’t a little truth to what Allen Pinkett said. It is 100% the truth. Thugs win in college football. Always have. Always will. Barry Switzer with Oklahoma. Jimmy Johnson with Miami. Steve Spurrier with Florida, Jim Tressel with Ohio State, Tom Osborne with Nebraska. The list goes on and on and on. Institutional chaos as the NCAA likes to call it is the first step in building a powerhouse program. I mean it’s not rocket science. Thugs tend to be idiots. If you let idiots into your school that means you have no academic requirements. It means you can recruit whoever you want as long as they can play. Therefore the amount of thugs on a college football team always directly correlates to onfield success. No thugs. No chance. Allen Pinkett couldn’t have been more accurate if he tried.