Of absolute least importance, we as a fan base may be hearing about this for years to come from rival teams' bloggers and fans. We're guilty of doing that to them and I expect them to return the favor.
Then we start to worry about his this affects the team and continuity. Best-case scenario, this is a minor distraction; since we're finally able to play veteran juniors and seniors, hopefully they can ignore this and focus on their own performance, technique, and development. If we need someone to work with our receivers, we may be able to find someone who's available or slide former inside receivers coach Mark Tommerdahl from pure special teams to include some outside receivers duties. For recruiting, it sounds like Jacob Peeler had been doing a helluva job, so let's hope he can handle the extra workload.
This starts to become a bigger problem when we consider how many times Dykes and the staff have prided themselves on doing things "the right way" and recruiting high-character guys. News like this detracts from and contradicts that objective.
I understand where Nick is coming from by choosing not to focus on the personal consequences here, but I think it's important to keep them in mind to keep this story in perspective. While this sucks for us as fans and alumni of a university, let's hope that this doesn't destroy his family and his young kids.
ragnarok: I'm always disappointed when someone's actions in their personal life (however dumb) have consequences in their professional life. As in, it shouldn't be any of my employer's business if I commit dumb misdemeanors in my personal time as long as it doesn't affect my ability to do my job. Of course, in this instance, because being an assistant football coach at an FBS university makes him (pretty much the lowest level of) a public figure, it does impact his ability to do his job.
Vlad Belo: My initial reaction to the Pierre Ingram news was disappointment because he seemed to me to be a good recruiter and a rising star as an assistant coach. My other immediate thought was that there was no way he could keep his job after this. At least in the near term, I think it would be very difficult for a guy to have credibility on the recruiting trail after a transgression like this. Will it have a long lasting impact on Ingram's coaching career? Only time will tell, but for the here and now, Cal has no choice but to part ways with him.