More than once on any given day, one 'Canes beat writer will turn to another 'Canes beat writer and say, " it's always something." Life is never boring on this beat. Of course a decade ago, never boring meant watching amazing highlights of our team on Sports Center every 30 minutes. These days, never boring means something else, off-the-field related, has popped up. This week's drama involves the mammoth-of-a man, Seantrel Henderson.
The 6-8 OT has certainly not lived up to the hype on the field. Unfortunately, he's also had his share of shannanigans away from football. There's no doubt in my mind that Seantrel Henderson was at the funeral of a close friend. I have no doubt that he's struggling to get over this recent tragedy or that his head wasn't "in football" over the last few days. However, my gut tells me, regardless of Seantrel's unplanned trip to Minnesota, we'd be talking about the Seantrel saga. "He started two games and played 200 plays last year," coach Al Golden said Monday morning to the media before practice. "That's like a lost season." I'm wondering if it will be just last season that was lost. As I said in my podcast over on allCanes.com, I feel like Seantrel is out on bond right now. He may be out at practice and being treated like everyone else, but somewhere down the line, his day will come.
I don't know what that means. Does it mean suspension or dismissal? Only time will tell. Heck, we may never find out exactly what his situation is/was. One thing about being around this team for half of my life, I've developed a pretty good BS meter. I've been wrong in the past, and I may be wrong this time, but there's just too many tid bits of information being thrown at me for me to think all is well in Seantrel Land.
The dissappointing thing is, I'm not too upset over here. I don't want to sound callous. I feel incredibly bad for him that he lost his friend and had to go through that. I remember the day I found out Seantrel was coming here from USC. I think I streaked around my family room as if I were Usain Bolt (just much shorter, fatter, whiter and much much slow). Since then, the hype has been much more than what he's delivered on the field. If we get to Chesnut Hill and Erek Flowers or Jermaine Johnson are starting at RT, I won't exactly be shedding tears. Seantrel's had more than his share of chances. I'm wondering if he has any left.