I know firsthand that athletes are generally granted special status on college campuses and a number of them are not much more than thugs. Perhaps the characterizations are a bit harsh but then again, they can easily dispel these stereotypes by acting appropriately and demanding the same of their teammates. Young people are prone to making bad choices but no one should not be
automatically targeted by others just because of their affiliation. On the other hand, college athletes are in the ‘fish bowl.’ They are campus celebrities to many and should not be given a pass when it comes to behaviors bordering on criminal activity and beyond.
We need Administrators, Coaches and Trustees to act quickly and responsibly when matters demand that. Alums that act like creeps are just that. Tradition is about values and right minded activities. Those who would wantonly agree to just offer a player a pass because of his status are part of a growing problem. Coaches need to stress the notion of rights and responsibilities. Idiots are sometimes prone to put themselves into situations that can end up be troublesome for both their reputations and careers. College is not about babysitting and thus those who choose to matriculate and participate in sports at that level need to develop a maturity that is responsible and matches their standing on campus.
Anything less and those bottom feeders left over a likely to bring attention that is unwanted to themselves. In many instances such behavior is not a mistake at all but rather a wanton act of violence perpetrated on another. Never should that type of mindset be allowed when it first revealed or known to exist. No player earns the right to participate in society solely because of his athletic prowess on the field. Coaches who behave otherwise need to be fired and told to find employment in other fields. You will have to decide where you stand on these issues, I have written other blogs that have been published that relate to the ‘Lizzy’ Seeberg scandal at Notre Dame.
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