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Too much emphasis on kids

February 8, 2008 - Steve Murch
National signing day has come and gone for college football, but it still is making news. And it will until the nation’s top rated player makes his decision about where to attend college.

With all the big bucks being tossed around college athletics, you can see where fans go nuts about every morsel of information. As soon as a team’s fortunes turn south — regardless of the sport — fans turn their attention to “next season.” They discuss two things: the young players currently on the roster who might step up next year, or the new recruits.

Terrelle Pryor is the greatest thing to come out of college since ... well ... ever, if you listen to some people. He might just be, but he’s still just a teenager. Too bad many of the fans don’t realize that.

Anybody remember when they were teenagers? How many of you knew exactly everything you wanted to do for the next four weeks, let alone the next four years? So you really can’t blame the kid for taking his time to get the choice of which college to attend.

The first link at the right is to a story about the four schools that “need” Pryor, including Michigan. The funny thing about all of this, is how many Michigan fans even knew who Terrelle Pryor was until Rich Rodriguez became head coach?

The second two links are the tale of the sad side of recruiting. One is Gene Wojciechowski of telling the story of Kevin Hart, a high school lineman who lied his way to publicity. The other link is calling Hart one of sports biggest liars.

Both highlight why we need to get a better grip on reality and put sports into the proper perspective. Too many kids, and remember, that’s what they are, crave the spotlight. Who put that thought in their heads? Adults, that’s who.

I would hate to be a college coach and have to pimp myself out to get a teenager to come to my school. It’s a wonder there are coaches who want to be in the profession in the first place. Relying on them to perform in games is tough enough, but to have to beg them to come play for you has to wear out more than a few coaches.


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