All Pledgeships Temporarily Suspended at the University of Alabama, Possibly Linked to Incident Involving Football Player

A very interesting story out of Tuscaloosa today:

All Interfraternity Council fraternities will suspend pledgeship effective Oct. 1.UA Dean of Students Tim Hebson said at 11 p.m. Tuesday that pledgeship will be reinstated Oct. 8 following fall break.

IFC President Drew Smyth confirmed that pledgeship would be temporarily suspended for the week.

“We are right now working on making sure that everything in the greek community is running smoothly,” Smyth said. “We felt the new members needed to be rested up for their families.”

You know you’re talking about a southern school when the university actually takes into account how its collective pledges will look when they go home to their parents for the first time. The only problem with that excuse is that it’s total bullshit and refuted literally a few lines later.

“A few pledge classes were suspended temporarily while we investigated allegations of hazing and identified the individuals involved,” Hebson said in the statement. “Individuals who violated the Code of Student Conduct are being dealt with appropriately. Thus far, no fraternities have been found responsible for hazing; only individuals were involved and it was not a chapter action.

“No pledge classes have been cancelled and the University has not threatened to cancel all new member programs,” he said.

One has to wonder why every single pledgeship would be “temporarily suspended” at a school with a Greek system as humongous as Alabama’s just because of a few supposedly isolated hazing incidents. Incidents that are apparently the acts of individuals and not fraternity sanctioned actions. Could it be athletic department damage control?

This from College Football Talk of NBC Sports:

According to the Birmingham News, senior H-back Kelly Johnson and his fraternity have been named as part of a personal injury lawsuit filed in federal court in Birmingham last Friday. The amount of damages being sought was not detailed.

The suit claims that the alleged victim, Logan Herring, was involved in an incident at Johnson’s residence in September of 2010 that resulted in Herring suffering “a concussion and brain injury, memory loss, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and depression.”

The incident occurred at what was described as a pledge event at Johnson’s home that was, oddly enough, serving alcohol to underage individuals.

The suit claims that, after Herring had puked all over a couch in Johnson’s residence, Herring was assaulted by Johnson in a bathroom, where the football player allegedly punched and kicked the alleged victim in the head to the point of unconsciousness. For good measure, it’s alleged that Johnson gave Herring’s head a goodbye slam into a wall on his way out of the home.

What Johnson is being accused of doing is indisputably messed up. There’s hazing and there’s just beating the shit out of someone, and there is a CANYON of difference between the two. Simply put, if he did what is alleged then that’s not cool at all.

But what’s going on here? IFC says there were a few isolated incidents. There are twenty-seven fraternities on Alabama’s campus. What’s the point of suspending all of them? Especially if this incident is part of these suspensions, and it almost certainly has to be.

Do I smell Saban? And by that I mean do I smell burning sulfur? Creating the appearance of a school wide hazing scandal in which your player’s name can now be lost among the literally thousands of other potential offenders would certainly take some heat off of said player and the team. Especially when that player’s excuse is probably going to be him shouting “I LEARNED IT BY WATCHING YOU” at Nick Saban before turning and running out of the room like a hormonal teenager.

There’s no denying that Alabama is a football school first, and their Greek Life is definitely culturally entrenched enough on the campus to withstand this slap on the wrists. Consider this another “Nick Saban is Actually the Devil” conspiracy theory, because that’s what it is, but it all seems a little conveniently timed to me. Way to throw Greek Life under the bus, Alabama.

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    1. The Baron

      ^I’m not normally one to feed the trolls, but please locate the nearest forest fire and begin playing in it.

      12 years ago at 3:01 pm
  1. bnwrangler

    I went to high school in NC and was on the track team with that guy. Holy shit.

    12 years ago at 2:10 pm
  2. betakappa33

    The reason all IFC pledge classes got suspended because there’s a Phi Delt in the hospital on a respirator because we was forced to take shots of whiskey via the ass and blew a .6, 2 kappa sigs got the shit kicked out of them, this kelly johnson lawsuit is coming out…and on top of all that, the local campus hospital released a statistic that there have been more alcohol related cases since the semester started then the past 4 years combined….Roll tide.

    12 years ago at 2:22 pm
    1. Charleston FratEN

      If they really blew a .65, there would be a picture posted of their Medical Records…

      I call bullshit.

      12 years ago at 4:18 pm
    2. The_SunDance_Kid

      There would be pictures of them at a funeral home. No one survives a .65 BAC. You guys definitely got the shit kicked out of you, just come clean.

      12 years ago at 7:11 pm
    3. White Goodman

      I heard rumor of a homeless man who got picked up on the side of the road by two police officers. After talking to him for a few minutes they believed he was intoxicated and gave a breathalyzer test where he blew a .74. It happened.

      12 years ago at 11:51 pm
    4. Charleston FratEN

      ^^ Tell me again how a 20 year-old has the alcohol tolerance of a hobo who has been an alcoholic longer than you have been alive.

      12 years ago at 1:21 pm

      .6 does not mean certain death. It means death is very possible. There have been numerous reports of people going to the hospital with .4-1.0 BAC before and survived. My friend’s brother went to the hospital with a .6 BAC and survived without any permanent damage.

      12 years ago at 4:04 pm
    6. Whoever you are, your a complete fucking idiot who makes up bull shit on the internet because you have no one else to make bull shit up too.

      12 years ago at 5:46 pm
  3. bamaslam

    DTD also is suspended for a hazing investigation and a sex tape, the PIKE charges just got filed for the kid that fell out of the car, Saban’s daughter beating up her sorority sister came out this summer. Plus we have a new president who I’m assuming wants to make himself look good because the machine doesn’t really exist since President Witt left.

    12 years ago at 2:59 pm
    1. Jon M Fratsman

      I refuse to believe that after trying for so long they finally managed to shitcan the Machine.

      12 years ago at 8:06 pm
    2. RTR America

      A DTD having a sextape hahahahaha
      I heard the Pike thing got dropped and if you really don’t think the machine doesn’t exist still you’re just being ignorant

      12 years ago at 10:45 pm
    3. RTR America

      if you really don’t think the machine exist still you’re just being ignorant* ^^

      Laps taken

      12 years ago at 10:50 pm
    4. Teignmouth_Electron

      RTR America<– you are partially correct. the thing was settled out of court.

      Secondly, the machine still exists, they just had to chose a less direct approach at running things…

      12 years ago at 7:43 am
    5. Jon M Fratsman

      ^ As those sorts of things always are. We pay risk management insurance for a reason.

      Less direct? Gay.

      12 years ago at 1:04 pm
    6. lovemypearls

      Alabama’s new president will leave campus before the machine does.
      We run shit, including him.

      12 years ago at 11:17 pm