CSN Bay Area's Barry Tompkins spoke rather candidly about Shayne Skov's DUI arrest, which was first reported in The Stanford Daily. Tompkins, a college football analyst for the network, expects Skov to be suspended for 1-2 games. Asked whether he was surprised about the incident, here's what he said:
"I am surprised. ... I enjoy the occasional adult beverage myself. I don't know what he blew, I don't know how serious it was, I don't know if it was one of those things where he truly was jeopardizing other people on the road, and I'm sure even if you're just at the legal limit, you still are endangering yourself and other people. Again, I have to say, I want to be really clear about not condoning it, but I do think, knowing football players as I do, I would venture a fairly educated guess that at any given time that probably could have happened to half the Stanford football team, or any other university in America."
Some members of the Stanford football team might take issue with Tompkins' assessment, but that's not for me to say. I understand there's some difference between driving with a BAC of .18 on the 101 and driving with a BAC of .08 on Embarcadero Road. We don't know the details of Skov's arrest. We do know that he apparently made a stupid decision that has brought embarrassment to himself and Stanford.
I don't expect Skov to be suspended for more than 1-2 games, perhaps in addition to being barred from team activities during the spring. Once all the facts are reviewed, I trust that David Shaw will levy an appropriate punishment. Skov should learn from this and come back better than ever.
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