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Could Skov's infraction end his college career?

Original post made on Feb 7, 2012

Stanford linebacker Shayne Skov normally displays good instincts and sound judgment when he's on the football field tracking down opposing quarterbacks, running backs and receivers. A week ago Sunday, all that turned into a personal foul for the acknowledged team leader.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, February 7, 2012, 10:49 PM

Comments (19)

Posted by DUI, a resident of Stanford
on Feb 7, 2012 at 11:24 pm

There's a big difference between DUI and public intoxication. A drunk person in a tree outfit is not likely to kill someone, while a drunk driver is. DUI needs to be treated much more seriously than most of the other incidents listed in this article.

Posted by Hmmm, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Feb 8, 2012 at 10:49 am

I agree, DUI. This article, while supposedly highlighting the lousy escapades of other Stanford athletes, succeeds in cushioning this crime between lighter crimes, as if to associate this current football sensation w/others to shed a more positive light on it. Sure, robbery isn't nice, but I'd rather be robbed than be the victim of a DUI driver. In fact, I've been the former & would prefer NOT to be the victim of the latter.

Who knows if this guy will learn his lesson - athletes are still coddled, so even if he isn't by the legal system, he still may be so in the other areas of his life.

Posted by stanford prof, a resident of College Terrace
on Feb 8, 2012 at 11:09 am

It is irresponsible and inaccurate to state "Stanford has had its share of problems with athletes and the law." Compared to the general student population at Stanford or any other university, and compared to other D1 programs, only a few students and athletes have done something illegal. Mmoreover, Jeremy Green was not charged with any violation. JJ Hones did something stupid with a golf cart and was expelled from the team, despite being a leading player. Compared to the general student population at Stanford or any other university, and compared to other D1 programs, only a few students and athletes have done something illegal. When a student athlete at Stanford does something like this, they are held accountable, and the coaches act quickly and are very strict. We don't have the full story on Skov. Let's not rush to judgment before we have all the information, and let's not condemn a program or university.

Posted by chris burford, a resident of another community
on Feb 8, 2012 at 11:51 am

the Stanford Prof gives a reasonable and measured response to the assertions in the article. Let's see what happened, whether it can be rectified, and go from there rather than prejudging from a brief news clip.

Posted by DeanMartini, a resident of Stanford
on Feb 8, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Au contaire, this incident proves he's NFL worthy right now.

Posted by Jim, a resident of Palo Verde
on Feb 8, 2012 at 2:31 pm

If Skov ran for the Palo Alto school board, would he be a reasoanble candidate? Since we already have a DUI arrest against one of our august school board members, it seems to me that Skov should be allowed to play football.

People make mistakes. Some are worse than others. Was Skov weaving, driving wrecklessly, hitting something? Or was he stopped because he was out late at night? Details matter.

Suspend him for a game, then move on.

Posted by TimH, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Feb 8, 2012 at 2:32 pm

As serious as any DUI offense is, to consider the "end his college career" is a penalty which outweighs the law for first offense of this kind. This arrest also occurred on the Stanford Campus, which suggests bad judgment more than deviant behavior that is unacceptable for Stanford athletes.

While DUI can escalate into criminal charges of a higher scale based on potential outcomes from the intoxication, Shayne Skov's offense (based on presented data) does not match to theft, domestic violence and suspicion of robbery as cited in the article.

I believe that Stanford will take the proper action to address and repair this young man's judgment and consequences, while the state and county judicial system will consider a reportedly first offense with constructive action. Skov should continue to be a member of the Stanford football program, as a punitive action to expel him from the team would only serve to punish the entire team and program.

Posted by neighbor, a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Feb 8, 2012 at 6:36 pm

It's vulgar to think this dude gets a full ride while Stanford turns away X thousands of academically-qualified STUDENTS. It would show class to kick this dude out.

Posted by Stupid Article, a resident of another community
on Feb 8, 2012 at 7:17 pm

shayne is amazing. he was not drunk and he was pulled over because he honked at a teammate across the road. he was stopped at a stop sign. he did all the tests and passed. the police said that they had to take him in no matter what. dont judge by a stupid article. he should stay in the school and on the team just take a severe punishment.

Thank you TimH and Jim. You are completely right.

Posted by Hmmm, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Feb 8, 2012 at 7:40 pm

Why would the cops have t otake him in, "no matter what"? That sounds like a potential lawsuit to me.

Remember, every time someone is busted for a DUI, there have been numerous times they've been behind the wheel under the influence. Quit acting like a DUI is no big deal - it's a huge deal - if the evidence of intoxication is there.

Also, Stanford Prof - remember - you're writing about incidents of athletes who've been *caught*. Sheesh, the things I've seen Stanford athletes do that were illega...but for which they weren't arrested or disciplined.

Posted by Sharon, a resident of Midtown
on Feb 8, 2012 at 8:03 pm

Ted Kennedy committed DUI homicide-then became lion of the senate.

Skov did not kill anyone, cause injury nor property damage.

He is a first time DUI apparently with a minimum BAC.

This is a misdemeanor -- he should talk at colleges about the dangers of binge drinking on campus-and continue with his football and academic career

Posted by football fan, a resident of Stanford
on Feb 8, 2012 at 8:34 pm

Wrong once again, Sharon. Kennedy did not commit DUI homicide. Get your facts straight. Let's get chalk the facts on skov before we decide what should be done with him. Got it, Sharon?

Posted by allybro, a resident of another community
on Feb 9, 2012 at 7:01 pm

Two comments: friends don't let friends drive drunk; it would be nice to have a public statement from Skov accepting personal responsibility and showing contrition.

Posted by Jim, a resident of Palo Verde
on Feb 9, 2012 at 7:16 pm

"Sharon. Kennedy did not commit DUI homicide"

Kennedy was drunk, and wanting to get laid. He drove off the bridge, at too high of speed, and he walked away. Call it negligent manslaughter, ego, political protection, whatever. He still ended up as the Lion of the Senate.

Skov got caught under the influence, and he should have a price to pay, but it should hardly be the end of his football career. A one-game suspension seems about right. Then move on.

Posted by Wait, what?, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 10, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Skimming through this quickly, I did a double take. One of our school board members has a DUI? When did that happen?

Posted by centralcafan, a resident of another community
on Feb 14, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Skov loves Stanford and I'm sure deeply regrets the episode. He was one of the most highly rated players at his position, chose Stanford early, and helped to recruit other players. A season at Stanford is a great opportunity for him on his road back from the injury. He won't be in a position to play football at the next level next season given that he will still be in late recovery phase and a would be a rookie. Playing at Stanford next year, should things go well, would give him the chance to improve his draft stock greatly.

It's undeniable what a bad thing it is to get behind the wheel of car while intoxicated. The ultimate question on this is if he were to get into other messes. With Stanford that would get him removed from the team quickly in contrast to many other institutions that coddle rotten inauthentic student athletes.

Posted by centralcafan, a resident of another community
on Feb 14, 2012 at 5:24 pm

p.s. not that it makes it right, but there's the fact that Harbaugh had a similar misstep just before he came to Stanford...

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Posted by Sharon, a resident of Midtown
on Feb 14, 2012 at 6:19 pm

[Post removed by Palo Alto Online staff.]

Posted by Hmmm, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Feb 15, 2012 at 7:37 pm

That Harbaugh also got busted for it shows that no matter how successful, bright, or monied someone is, they're still a moron for getting behind the wheel drunk. I know for a fact it's not the first time Harbaugh got behind the wheel drunk - will it be his last? Machismo in sports is of course alive & well & still trnaslates to, "I'm immortal." Well, maybe that's reall, "I'm too arrogant to consider the consequences."

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