Alan Dell

Commentary | Whose act was most egregious: Petrino, Guillen or Sapp?

We were reminded last week why it's not wise to assume players and coaches make good role models.

Thank you Bobby Petrino, Ozzie Guillen and Warren Sapp.

n PETRINO -- When mothers send their sons off to faraway places to play football, they like to be able to trush the coach. That seems a difficult task for Petrino, the 51-year-old married Arkansas head football coach, who admitted to having an affair with a 25-year-old he hired to be a fundraiser.

Who are the kids and the adults here? The last thing mom wants is to send he kid to a school to take care of a football coach who is trying to relive his youth.

n GUILLEN -- There is dumb and then dumb beyond belief. That distinction goes to the Miami Marlins manager, who said he admired Fidel Castro last week on Time magazine's website. It's bad enough to say that, but to do it and work in Miami, the Cuban refugee center of the United States, is incredible. How does he make up the starting lineup?

n SAPP -- Remember how Sapp never lost a running back he could get his hands on for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers? He didn't have the same skill set when it came to holding onto his wallet and Super Bowl ring, which he either lost or pawned. Should he

ask his anointed snitch, Jeremy Shockey, to track down the ring?

Speaking of Bucs

The Bucs' decision to cut Tanard Jackson is more encouraging than their recent free agent spending. It means new head coach Greg Schiano won't tolerate a loose ship.

Jackson reportedly fell into disfavor with management because he was not properly rehabbing his surgically repaired shoulder. He blamed the shoulder and other injuries last season when he led NFL safeties in missed tackles.

Releasing Jackson is indicative that the team is in a no-nonsense mode because it is not deep at safety, with Cody Grimm the best of the remaining.

Washington makes plans

Fabian Washington has hired a new agent and hopes to get back into the NFL now that he is healthy. If the Bayshore High product succeeds, there will be a combined six defensive backs from our area in the league: Mike Jenkins (Dallas), Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (Philadelphia), Chris Smith (St. Louis) and Mistral Raymond (Minnesota) from Manatee County and Sam Shields (Green Bay) and Marquis Johnson (St. Louis) from Booker.

WKU update

Ray Woodie has been promoted to linebackers coach at Western Kentucky. The former Palmetto head coach and alumnus was an All-American linebacker at Bethune-Cookman.

WKU's spring game is Saturday. Look for Southeast's Jon Dowling to play at safety and some receiver. Boe Brand (Southeast) and Willie McNeal (Braden River) are battling for a starting spot at receiver. Former Southeast quarterback Dyron Speight also is in the receiver mix, and the Hilltoppers have put a special wildcat package in for him at QB.

Southeast product Terran Williams is starting at LB in the Hilltoppers' nickel package, and Ty Scott (Palmetto) is second team safety.

Blakely gets shot

Manatee High product Mike Blakely is in third place in Auburn's search for a running back to replace Michael Dyer, who transferred to Arkansas State.

Blakely is behind Alabama transfer Corey Grant and Onterio McCalebb from Fort Meade. Blakely fell behind in part after he missed practice time recently to attend the birth of his son. He gets an opportunity show his talents Saturday in Auburn's spring game.

Reiter first string

USF released its first depth chart of the spring, and Lakewood Ranch graduate Austin Reiter is listed as the starting center. The 6-foot-3, 278-pound redshirt sophomore (next season) is right on schedule. He left high school after the first semester of his senior year with the idea to be the starter in 2012.

Alan Dell, Herald staff writer, can be reached at 941-745-7080, ext. 2112.

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