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jopad said...

Dswaim--If you think the suggestion to eliminate athletic scholarships or provide academic scholarships only is based on this one incident you are mistaken. Those of us who have been around for many many years have seen this type of behavior from those who go to school on athletic scholarships happen far too many times. I too was a college athlete but have "soured" on athletic scholarships. Let's go to a system like D3 schools.

July 9, 2010 at 10:45 p.m.
jopad said...

First--I am a Vol fan and have been for 70 years. I attended UT and followed them through good and bad years of football, basketball, track, baseball, etc. teams. With that said, hcirettae is correct and makes several valid points (several people posting have already critized this poster without thinking about what was written.) College scholarships were originally created to provide financial support to students wishing to gain an education, not prepare for professional careers in sports. Unfortunately they have "morphed" into something all together different. hcirettae is correct in asserting a generation (or more) of young athletes, who have a sense of entitlement and being above the law, has been produced. Who is responsible for this? You and I are!! We placed these young athletes on a pedistal and now they have a warped sense of their value to sociey. I would not be unhappy if athletic scholarships were abolished and only ones given which were for academics. Return to the concept of why Universities were created in the lst. place, education not athletics. If young athletes want to be professionals then let the pro football and basketball teams organize "minor" leagues as does baseball. I would go even a further step than hcirettae, give scholarships (educational) only to students residing within the state the university is located and do not pay any professional athlete or ANY coach more than we pay teachers. Teachers contribute, sports only entertain! Can't we see that the inmates are running the asylum in athletics? Maybe even at times I'm one of the inmates. NOW GUYS, HAVE AT ME!

July 9, 2010 at 9:09 a.m.

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