MURFREESBORO, TN – One man stands in the way of MTSU (Middle Tennessee State University) President Dr. Sidney A. McPhee publicly announcing that MTSU is severing all ties with Big Lick Cruelty.
His name is Mr. Stephen B. Smith, known in the Horse Biz, as Steve Smith.
MTSU athletic supporter Mr. Steve Smith’s apparent undue influence appears to be at the heart of the MTSU President Dr. Sidney A. McPhee’s refusal so far to sever all ties with Big Lick Animal Cruelty. The common denominator is the MTSU Department of Athletics. MTSU is a public supported institution which has the largest enrollment of any Tennessee university.
To give you some idea of Mr. Smith’s devotion to MTSU Athletis, during the recent Christmas holidays, Mr. Smith made an unexpected detour into the hospital to have surgery. This caused him to miss the MTSU Blue Raiders football team playing at the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl on Christmas eve, December 24, 2015 .
According to the Facebook picture below, Mr. Smith rose up and decked himself out in MTSU Blue garb, complete with MTSU baseball cap. to cheer the Blue Raiders on who played before about 1,500 people, before losing 45-31.
If Mr. Smith had wires, they would be MTSU Blue. Informed sources say he is responsible for keeping MTSU President Dr. Sidney A. McPhee from stepping forward and severing all ties with Big Lick Animal Cruelty. Mr. Smith attended MTSU in the 1970s and played baseball, but left without receiving a degree … until he received one this century.
A born again Big LIcker, Mr. Steve Smith has three passions:
- MTSU Athletics
- Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horses
WHY DOES MR. STEVE SMITH HAVE UNDUE INFLUENCE ON MTSU PRESIDENT DR. SIDNEY A. MCPHEE
At MTSU, athletics is the tail which wags the dog. The fact is that Mr. Steve Smith essentially hired MTSU Athletic Director Mr. Chris Massaro. This MTSU organization chart illustrates the amount of influence that the Athletics Department has on MTSU President Dr. Sidney A. McPhee, and where academics is located on the totem pole.
MTSU is not a wealthy institution, and Mr Smith is one of MTSU’s largest donors. Mr. Smith and his father, Reese L. Smith, Jr., both played baseball at MTSU. Here is a ceremony honoring a $5 Million MTSU Baseball Field named after Mr. Smith’s late father.
MR. STEVE SMITH – ATHLETIC DIR. CHRIS MASSARO – COACH RICK INSELL
MR. STEVE SMITH HIRED MTSU ATHLETIC DIRECTOR CHRIS MASSARO
Chris Massaro Named Athletics Director at Middle Tennessee
April 8, 2005
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Middle Tennessee President Sidney McPhee announced today the hiring of Chris Massaro as the Blue Raiders’ sixth athletic director. Massaro replaces Boots Donnelly who stepped down from the position in January.
“Chris Massaro has played an important role in helping to make South Carolina athletics a very visible player in one of the nation’s premier conferences (SEC)”, said McPhee. … Like all of our finalists for the position, he has outstanding vision for Middle Tennessee athletics now, and the direction we need to be headed. This is a new era for Blue Raider athletics and we are excited to have Chris Massaro on board and leading the charge…. McPhee also pointed out the thorough work turned in by members of the Advisory Committee, headed by Steve Smith, during this difficult process.
Understanding Mr. Smith’s unique role and involvement with MTSU Athletics, Mr. Smith can’t possibly be pleased with the disastrous start that MTSU Athletic Department is off to in 2016.
JAN. 7, 2016 HEADLINE – MTSU ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT SEX DISCRIMINATION
The Daily Journal (Murfreesboro) Newspaper reported (Jan. 7) that the MTSU Athletic Department now faces Title IX sexual discrimination accusations. Title IX is a comprehensive federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity. “According to an email sent to athletics department personnel Nov. 6 (2015) and obtained Wednesday by The DNJ, Title IX officer Marian Wilson said the Institutional Equity and Compliance Office began investigating the department after claims of sexual discrimination.”.
“As you may have heard, our office recently learned of allegations of sex discrimination within the athletics department,” Wilson said in the email. “Please be assured that we take the allegations seriously and are in the process of conducting a thorough investigation.”
Then three days later(Jan 10), the MTSU Sidelines (student) Newspaper reported that the Preseason Conference USA Basketball “Player Of The Year” Ms. Olivia Jones – suddenly quit the MTSU Lady Raider basketball team following a game on the road against the University of Texas El Paso. The MTSU Athletics Department “Spun” the story that Ms. Jones was “Suspended” by Basketball Coach Mr. Rick Insell. Ms. Jones vehemently denied this version of what happened, and threatened to give a “Tell All” Video interview to the MTSU Sidelines Newspaper to set the record straight.
MTSU SIDELINES NEWSPAPER – STAR BASKETBALL PLAYER QUITS – SAYS MTSU ATHLETICS DEPT. LIED TO MAKE THEMSELVES TO LOOK BETTER
- BY CALEB LUKETIC | ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR • JANUARY 10, 2016
“…, Jones has come out saying that she was never suspended, but, instead, she has decided to walk away from the team. Jones has also said she plans on transferring from Middle Tennessee.
“For all the people who [are] wondering, I did not get suspended I definitely quit,” Jones said in a Facebook post.
Jones agreed to give a statement to Sidelines about her decision to walk away from the team.
“I came out with this information because for four years I dedicated nothing but time and effort and I feel like they lied to make themselves look better,” Jones said.
Jones continued, saying she was unsure as to why the athletic department would come out and say she was suspended.
“I’m not quite sure why they would say they suspended me. Especially since [Rick] Insell didn’t say anything to me after I quit,” Jones added.
“I just want the truth to be free. I’m glad that I’m the first to stand up for myself and what’s right,” Jones said.
There was some obvious tension between Jones and the head coach Rick Insell, which could potentially be mentioned by Insell in his statement on the situation that is expected to be released this upcoming week.
“Coach [Rick] Insell will address [the situation] later in the week,”Assistant Director of Athletic Communications Tony Stinnett told Sidelines.
Jones has agreed to do a video interview with Sidelines next week in which she will detail all that has taken place over the past year, causing her to walk away from the team.
After Ms Jones stood up to what she considered to be deception by the MTSU Athletics Department, MTSU gave her a full release to leave the school and go play basketball elsewhere.
MTSU BASKETBALL COACH MR. RICK INSELL
The Olivia Jones story also made The Daily News Journal (Murfreesboro) Newspaper:
Lady Raiders’ Olivia Jones: I quit
Aldo Giovanni Amato, firstname.lastname@example.org 4:58 p.m. CST January 10, 2016
“MURFREESBORO — MTSU junior forward Olivia Jones said she quit the team and will demand her release on Monday.
On Sunday, The Daily News Journal confirmed with MTSU’s athletics communications office that Jones was indefinitely suspended.
However in an interview Sunday afternoon with The Daily News Journal, Jones said she wasn’t suspended and quit the team while on the away trip to Texas.
“I definitely quit,” Jones told The Daily News Journal. “The entire team knew I was quitting. I think people are trying to make it look like they are the bigger person.”
Jones, Conference USA’s preseason player of the year, did not play Saturday against Texas-San Antonio and only scored 10 points against Texas-El Paso on Thursday.”
MTSU BASKETBALL COACH RICK INSELL – BIG LICK ANIMAL CRUELTY
Coach Rick Insell is an enthusiastic Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse supporter. He serves as one of seven Directors of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration in Shelbyville, Tennessee. Mr. Insell said, “The Celebration has been my life for the last 40 years and being able to stay involved is big for my family and always will. I really enjoy spending my Friday and Saturday nights during the summer watching them showcase their talents and wonderful horses at the one-night shows across the midstate.” At the 2015 Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration, USDA Vet inspectors disqualified 35% of all Big Lick horses it inspected for alleged Animal Cruelty violations.
MTSU Horse Science Professor Vet Dr. John Haffner says that the Big Lick is a business “built on the pain and suffering of horses“.
The two front feet in the picture (above) belong to Big Lick Tennessee Walking Show Horse Gen’s Ice Glimmer, TWHBEA #24704770, Blood Type #TWT050457, who was found to be in a tortured condition at the April 2013 “MTSU Walking For Education Horse Show” put on by the MTSU Pre Veterinary Medical Society.
When Gen’s Ice Glimmer story broke in www.billygoboy.com on August 13, 2015, and then reported by MTSU Sidelines Newspaper on August 25, 2015, the MTSU Spokesperson Mr. Oppmann attempted to conceal the facts regarding Gen’s Ice Glimmer being tortured at the April 2013 “MTSU Walking For Education Horse Show” put on by the MTSU Pre Vet Society. Mr. Oppmann said, “The MTSU Walking For Education Horse Show was “staged by an outside group”, and the MTSU Walking For Education Horse Show “did not benefit the university.”
MTSU ended up with egg on its face when MTSU Foundation Executive Director Mr. Joe Bales wrote an October 14, 2015, letter to MTSU Alum Dr. Karen Brown revealing that Mr. Oppmann did not disclose the fact that an official MTSU student group – MTSU Pre-Veterinary Society – put on the 2013 MTSU Walking For Education Horse Show at which Gen’s Ice Glimmer was tortured, and that MTSU directly benefitted monetarily from the 2012-2013 Pre-Veterinary Society horse shows when approximately $10,000.00+ in 2012-2013 went to fund student scholarships at MTSU.
MTSU OFFICIAL SPOKESPERSON MR. ANDREW OPPMANN
The MTSU Official Statement by MTSU Spokesperson Mr. Andrew Oppmann provided to the MTSU Sidelines newspaper on August 26, 2015, http://mtsusidelines.com/2015/08/university-petitioned-by-horse-rights-activists-for-mtsu-walking-for-education/ and to the Daily News Journal (Murfreesboro) on September 30, 2015, http://www.dnj.com/story/news/2015/09/30/animal-cruelty-protest-planned-mtsu/73060134/ , said in part: “The MTSU Walking For Education Horse Show was “staged by an outside group”, and the MTSU Walking For Education Horse Show “did not benefit the university.”
MTSU ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT ISSUES PRESS RELEASE FOR BASKETBALL COACH MR. RICK INSELL BEING ELECTED TO TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE NATIONAL CELEBRATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS
When MTSU Basketball Coach Mr. Rick Insell became a member of the Celebration Board of Directors in 2012, the MTSU Athletics Department issued the following Press Release. It seems strange for an intercollegiate department of athletics to recognize one of its public faces, Coach Rick Insell, for being intimately associated with the management of an activity which, according to MTSU Horse Science Professor Vet Dr. John Haffner, is built on the “pain and suffering” of horses. For the MTSU Athletic Department to do this is astounding. For Dr. Sidney A. McPhee to allow this is even more astounding. This is evidence of the Big Lick Animal Cruelty culture which has been part of the warp and weave of the fabric at Middle Tennessee State University for decades.
An August 2015 Change.Org Petition, signed by over 12,300 persons from all over the World, called on Basketball Coach Mr. Rick Insell to either immediately resign from the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration Board, or to resign as the MTSU Blue Raiders Basketball coach. Coach Insell is one of seven members of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration Board of Directors. At the 2015 Celebration, the USDA Vet inspectors disqualified 35% of the Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horses they inspected for Animal Cruelty violations.
Nephew Eugene is hearing that there will be 2016 Citizens Campaign Against Big Lick Animal Cruelty Protests at MTSU basketball games in coming weeks.