If you think the Europeans are bad read any article on South American football/soccer fans - they’re insane.
[quote=“AceHigh, post:16, topic:1972”]Hey FT, this is where we somewhat disagree although I understand where you’re coming from. To me, this is the “one bad apple spoils the whole bunch” syndrome. I think it used to be more that way than it is now(as far as the “barely able to read” athlete). My son played college football on scholarship and he worked twice as hard as the regular non-athlete student. He rarely had time for anything other than football and studying. If he ever had free time during the season, he caught up on sleep. The guys on his team that couldn’t hack it gradewise were short-timers. This isn’t an isolated case either because he played at two different universities. Now, having said that, he played Division II, not DI. DII players don’t play in front of the big crowds like DI players so the scholarship is more like “pay.”
He was recruited by a couple of DI schools out of high school and both coaches were adamant about grades. He went DII because he was pretty much guaranteed to play as a freshman. I think there are still players that are pushed through, but they are superstuds and fairly rare. They don’t graduate anyway. And I think alot of the old-time shyster coaches are gone too. Incidently, I heard that Troy Aikman recently completed his sociology degree from UCLA(20 years after he left there).
My problem with the NCAA is the eligibility rules. Let’s say a kid plays for a year at a college then quits school altogether( for two years) because he flunked out. He decides to play football again at another NCAA school. Doesn’t matter if he finds a scholarship or walks on; just that he finds a place to play. He still has 3 years of football eligibility plus a redshirt season if needed. Now, let’s say a kid plays football for one season and quits football because he isn’t getting to play. Now, say this kid stays in school the second year and makes his grades, then the third year he wants to try football again. He only has two years of eligibility left. It seems to me that the kid that has kept on going to school is penalized eligibility-wise compared to the flunky. Sorry about the rant.[/quote]
I agree with student/athletes in division II schools. My fiancee played field hockey for a DII school in PA. She probably could have played DI but she choose a school that had the courses she wanted. I didn’t mean to bash all athletes just mainly the ones who really think that HS is the best years of their life and never played after it. I didn’t play sports in college and that is fine with me. Sports are great for keeping fit and team building but I think some people take them too far.
and I agree 100% about the eligibility nonsense - you should have 4 years to play regardless of how much you play your freshman year or if you’re hurt or if you can’t hack it grade wise. Just because you bounce from school to school should not extend your career.