Not surprisingly, one of the more bizarre stories of Week 6 has taken a turn toward attrition.
Following Alabama’s 19-point win over Arkansas, a professor at the latter university, 37-year-old Lawton Lanier Nalley, was arrested on a pair of charges — disorderly conduct and public intoxication. What led to Nalley’s arrest were very public critiques directed at Razorbacks head coach Bret Bielema, comments that let the f-bomb fly freely. Like…
If I had your record, I would be f—ing fired. F— you!
The man who officially has “Dr.” in his title and was responsible for the f-laden dustup released an apology Monday, while his school simultaneously unleashed its damage control. From WholeHogSports.com:
I embarrassed myself, the college and the university. I hold myself to higher standards and have no excuses for my actions. I especially want to apologize to Coach (Bret) Bielema.”
Lona Robertson, interim dean of the Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences, also released a statement:
“We have reviewed this situation and are very disappointed by Dr. Nalley’s actions, which were highly inappropriate. Dr. Nalley is remorseful for what occurred. He is respected for his teaching and research, and has been an asset to the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, and the college.
“Taking all this into consideration, we are moving forward with appropriate measures to address the matter with Dr. Nalley, who remains employed by the University.
The object of Nalley’s diatribe took the professor’s words in stride. As expected.
“I get a lot yelled at me,” Bielema said. “I was halfway impressed he said my name correctly. He had to be somewhat in the loop. If it’s By-leany I usually don’t turn around — or bulimic.
“But I do a lot of stuff on campus every year. I think he’s in the ag school. I’ve done a couple talks over there. I guess I probably won’t be invited to speak in his classroom.”