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Who Should Make The Call

College Football News
Posted Jul 10, 2008


College football player arrests are at an all time high and it is only getting worse. The Zoo has no keeper, and there is no one to answer to when issues such as these come to a head.

By: BE Coleman

Who is in charge of this Zoo?

Michigan RB pleads not guilty to drunk driving - Louisville WR arrested for DUI while carrying a concealed weapon and having no insurance - Pair of Georgia O-Lineman arrested for in appropriate touching - Alabama RB-LB arrested for selling cocaine on campus - Georgia DE arrested for punching a fellow student and breaking his eye socket.

That’s one week of college football headlines in another week of the so-called collegiate off-season. It’s nothing new, but it is multiplying and compounding each week with more and more collegiate athletes taking for granted what is before them.

College football player arrests are at an all time high and it is only getting worse. The Zoo has no keeper, and there is no one to answer to when issues such as these come to a head. The worse thing that will happen to a player is a one game suspension at most and some “claimed community” work by a head coach.

The double standard comment is this; a player is a young man when he is recruited as a high profile player, then when that player gets arrested they are then tabbed as a kid who should be forgiven - again and again.

Already an epidemic without a light at the end of the tunnel is a problem no one truly wants to shoulder the responsibility for when it comes time to boot a player as NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has in place currently.

College coaches wont dare send a player home unless there is great pressure presented by the reporting media with an arrest that is high profile. If there is a way around sending a player off the campus that is the route taken nine times out of ten.

Who do we call - Eastwood, Bronson or Bond to set the record straight once and for all with players and those programs that they are representing?

Perhaps Matt Damon will become Jason Bourne in a version of “College Football's Executioner” in his next role to clean up the wrong with players that have little regard for an opportunity that few will ever receive.

The NFL is sending the same players that were problematic in college out of the league doors. The method is called “social promotion” in exact the term when players are unable to control their thoughts and direct their actions.

It is also called “passing the buck on down the line,” and let someone else dole out the discipline if it can be achieved in another nine out of ten times.

Regardless of the law and the legal judge a player goes before finds a more lax judge on the college campus that reviews the offending player’s case. In stark comparison it takes three to four offenses by a player before an athletic director calls the head coach into his office.

Coaches need the players they recruit; depth is always an issue on a team that can only place 22 players on the field at one time. Losing two or three players can change the complex of a program.

It is a dilemma within the predicament and there is no solution that will fit the crime when it comes time to issue justice off the playing field. Players just as every single person in every walk of life have to be held accountable – even more so when in the public eye.


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