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Monday, November 19, 2007

Rand University

For those of you wondering what the hell Randy Moss is talking about when he says that his alma mater is "Rand University," Rand, West Virginia is his hometown. Although he went to Marshall University, he was treated as something of a toy/plaything by the wealthy white patrons of the school and you would always see racist comments written on bathroom walls and commons area benches during his two years at the school (my freshman year there was his last season before going pro). Granted, they did give him a shot when no one else would, but it was more out of desire to win one more I-AA championship and then to look good during the school's return to the MAC and I-A football than to give a local guy a break.

For what it is worth, he was polite the couple of times that I interacted with him on campus and was, according to some friends, a gracious winner (remember, he could have played in the NBA if he had so chosen) after pickup basketball games.

My guess is that it his way of saying that he went to the "school of hard knocks," so to speak.

So, yea, if I had gotten that sort of shit from Marshall, I'd be making a smartass comment, too.

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9 Comments:

Blogger The Film Geek said...

I've heard him give props to Marshall before, so I think he sort of mixes it up a bit. That said, you are right on with the way he was handled at the university during that time.

That guy can sure play some mean football.

Monday, November 19, 2007  
Blogger Chris James said...

I give him credit that he kept his composure even though one of the stone tables near the fountain had "Fuck Randy Moss" written on it in magic marker for like 3 years.

Monday, November 19, 2007  
Blogger Evil Twin's Wife said...

Randy's attitude probably had something to do with the way he was treated (which is no excuse for people being rude/racist).Marshall was lucky to have him.

Monday, November 19, 2007  
Blogger Jackie said...

Hey Chris- I'm pretty familair with "Rand" University, and unless you grew up there it's kinda hard for an outsider to understand.

Randy donated a helluva lot (that he didn't have to) to a family from the Belle area that was familiar to me, and that will always make him alright in my book.

So fuck the haters...Go Pats! :D

And Ima kick your "word verifications" ass if it don't tone it down a bit...

Monday, November 19, 2007  
Blogger Buzzardbilly said...

I used to work with some ladies who were leaders in the black community in the Charleston area. Without naming names, I'll say they said the way the Gazette treated Randy when he was in high school was the thing that made it hard to even look at anything here as positive. I think he's overcome that as he's gotten older. That spread up on top one of the untouched hills in Charleston but toward Rand is supposedly a home he's building for his mother.

So, he was already somewhat untrusting for good reason before he hit Marshall's campus. The NCAA rep for Marshall is one of my closest friends. I don't think Randy got a raw deal at Marshall so much as he happened to come at the same time as Pennington and people all over town were absolutely swoony over him.

Every time he does that little "parting the curtains" celebration/step when he gets a touchdown, Curmy and I say he's doign the Rand University Spirit Shuffle.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007  
Blogger Chris James said...

ETW: While I agree that Moss hasn't always been the model of good behavior, he seems to have that same streak of Appalachian shyness which many of us can prolly relate. We usually like to be left the hell alone, but when we react or respond, we tend to overcompenstate with an over-the-top psuedo-personality. I'm not defending him, just trying to guess where he is coming from.

Jackie: Here, here!!! He has quietly done so much for his old stompin' grounds when no one else would really bother. My Mom grew up in the UKV (Upper Kanawha Valley for those not in the know) and, for the most part, the suits down Rt 60 could generally give half a shit about that part of the state (well, that's par for the course for any poor part of the state, but still). So good for Randy for actually, you know, doing stuff, while the gang in Charleston focuses on maintaining their bloated bureaucracy and political machine.

BB: Good call on Pennington. He was everyone's favorite Aryan back in the day (wasn't he soooo dreamy...lol). If you were on campus in the late 90s, you would have thought that Jesus came back to lead Marshall to football glory. I think the fans of the Jets, however, would disagree.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007  
Blogger Chris James said...

I was messing with some settings and accidentally deleted this post from Rebecca Burch (of Carpe You Some Deim):

"I have a really hard time finding any sympathy for him. I want to like him, and I wish him the best, but I grew up with him (he's my brother's age) and he's kind of a self-involved jackass. I had graduated before he beat a kid (at school!) within an inch of his life, but my Mom taught there and one of my best friends was a witness to the brutality.

He likes to whine about how he didn't get opportunities to succeed in school, but I know for a fact, a lot of his teachers (my Mom included) stayed after school to tutor him, and he regularly stood them up.

He was really hard to like, back then. I want to hope that he's matured since then, though. I want to be able to be proud of him and to cheer him on. I just can't get past him beating that kid at school.

I am happy to read Jackie's comment, though. Maybe he did grow up. I hope so."

Tuesday, November 20, 2007  
Anonymous Hoyt said...

I am still kicking myself for not taking Randy Moss when he was still available late in round four of our fantasy draft.

Friday, November 23, 2007  
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