It seems like throughout the NCAA today there are many highly recruited Division 1 athletes transferring to second or secondary schools due to academic problems or just plain getting in trouble.
The amazing thing is that there is always a school or coach ready to soak up these athletes and give them a free scholarship. What makes them think that if the athlete could not handle the academics of the first school they attended that the athlete would be able to handle the education level at their school? Unless they are admitting that their academics are not up to standard or maybe they are having a tutor do the schoolwork for the athlete.
There was an article posted on ESPN.go.com by Joe Shad detailing the transfer of Duron Carter (son of former NFL receiver Cris Carter) from Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College to Alabama University coached by Nick Saban. Carter was originally recruited by The Ohio State University. Carter played in his freshman season and caught a touchdown but had to leave over academic issues. So after a year at Junior College where he had 44 catches for 690 yards and 10 touchdowns for Coffeyville he wanted to transfer back to a Division 1 school.
So of course a lot of the top programs began drooling over Duron Carter. Carter considered Oregon, LSU, Miami, Auburn. Just ask yourself if any of these schools have been in the news lately with allegations of recruiting violations? I am not saying that Duron Carter is doing anything wrong by trying to better his career.
I am just saying that the top-tier universities that are in the BCS year in and out are lowering their standards of recruiting for top talent. I believe that character counts. I do not believe it is fair to the great athletes through High School and into college who watch their character, their grades and are outstanding citizens.
These athletes are bumped from a free scholarship spot by an athlete that has natural talent but can’t keep up with the academics or just plain does not care about their academics or character on or off the field.
If the schools and universities held all the athletes to a higher standard without waiver I believe the athletes will have to conform. An athlete will know that if they get arrested in High School for shoplifting that it will mess up their opportunity to play at Alabama. They would have to play their career at a Junior College.
Now I understand the reason these schools and universities buckle to the athletes is because of the extreme pressure to win and the amount of money for the school or university on the table if they win. But I also know the concept of building anything is starting with an exceptional foundation.
I challenge all out top-tier BCS teams to build a great foundation of vented quality recruits who care about their academics and character on and off the field. And if there is an issue deal with it across the board. One set of discipline policy’s (not different from the backup punter to the starting quarterback) carried out with zero tolerance.
If we vent the athletes better in college better character athletes end up in the NFL. We will not be reading about a star linebacker getting arrested for marijuana possession every other week!
WE SPEAK OUR MINDS!