MIKE KRAMER: THE TOUGH KEEP GOING
In a remarkable show of staying power, Mike Kramer has held onto his job as head of Montana State University until Friday.
Sure, the nattering nabobs of negativity in the media will tell you that Kramer was fired at the end of last week after a former wide receiver was arrested. But what is amazing is that Kramer had survived all of this:
Montana State cornerback Andre Fuller pleaded not guilty in March to charges he sold cocaine to a confidential informant last June. He was suspended from the football team while the case is investigated.
Former wide receiver Edward Sullivan of Carlsbad, Calif., and Derrick Davis Jr., a former cornerback from Santa Monica, Calif., also have been charged with selling drugs.
And last June, former redshirt football player John Lebrum and former Bobcat basketball player Branden Miller were charged with murder and kidnapping in the shooting death of suspected drug dealer Jason Wright. They have pleaded not guilty and are scheduled for trial in the coming months.
In October 2004, former assistant head football coach Joe O'Brien was sentenced to four years in prison for his role in a methamphetamine distribution conspiracy.
Wow. It's obvious Montana State is the main drug hub for the entire state. Even beyond the sheer numbers, it's the breadth and versatility that astounds. Selling cocaine and perhaps other drugs. Drug-related murder. Meth distribution. Much of this, of course, "allegedly."
What does the latest charge involve?
Former wide receiver Rick Gatewood was arrested this week on drug charges and is accused of using his athletic scholarship money to traffic cocaine from California in the Bozeman area. His brother also faces drug charges.
And some of us are worried that these kids can't leave off their scholarships. It just takes a bit of that good ol' American can-do spirit. And connections in the drug underworld. Again, allegedly.
A "national search" has been promised for a successor to the coach.
I need to get me a piece of that action.
Gatewood, of course, could always try out for the Falcons, who are in need of a wide receiver.
And Mike Kramer might be able to line up a job at Penn State, where the team clearly needs his steady guidance to reach new heights of criminal mischief.
Doesn't understand these kids and their "trespassing" and whatnot.