Writer off-base on athletes

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Robert Ringer misses the point completely when talking about the deification of athletes (“Penn State problems goes back to the deification of athletes,” Nov. 17). The broader issue comes down to money.

An athletic scholarship is sometimes the only way a high-school student can afford the rising cost of higher education. Should we punish people who are athletically talented? It is ridiculous that Ringer assumes that those receiving athletic scholarships are not grade-qualifying students.

Transplanting Ringer’s scenario, a mediocre musician with excellent grades should get a scholarship to Juilliard instead of a virtuoso.

Is he assuming that those college students who attend games are not focusing on their education? I would say they are participating in the college experience. And to paint everyone who enjoys college athletics as mindless is insulting.

I’m guessing this motivational speaker won’t be invited to any locker rooms for pre-game pep talks anytime soon.

Scott Rouch

Grovetown

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Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 11/27/11 - 03:03 am
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When did the old grant-in-aid

When did the old grant-in-aid to participate in college athletics become the athletic scholarship?

To believe that even a significant minority of those prep stars who sign on to participate in collegiate athletics today is worthy of scholarship consideration is delusional.

Gosh, it may even be delusional to believe that even a significant minority deserve to be enrolled in college at all, much less deserve a "scholarship" to do so.

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Riverman1 11/27/11 - 07:18 am
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Ever see the star of the game

Ever see the star of the game interviewed on TV? The guy can barely string 3 words together in a grammatically correct way. Of course the player is also majoring in "communications."

But I'm a realist and recognize college athletics has changed in the past 40 years. If you can play, they will figure out a way to keep you in school. I also realize it's good for the kids in high school to dream of playing college ball. It gives these testosterone laden young guys a positive focus.

Carleton Duvall
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Carleton Duvall 11/27/11 - 08:42 am
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The problem though, RM1 is

The problem though, RM1 is that many of these people see football as a way to the American dream. The coaches who are making around a million a year exploit these young people and so do the colleges. Most of these kids envision themselves in the NFL making big bucks in order to get out of the ghetto and buy momma a big house. That happens to only a few.The rest leave the college experience uneducated and in some cases injured for life. As far as the scholarship is concerned every high school graduate in the state of Georgia that is college material can get one. It is called the Hope scholarship. What was the question that was asked on a final in a class for athletes? " In basketball ,how many points do you get for a three pointer?" I will concede that there are exceptions. I heard yesterday of a kid who plays for Alabama who finished school with a 4.0 average. He probably knew the answer to the three pointer question.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 11/27/11 - 08:16 am
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scooby, how much of the

scooby, how much of the coaches salary should we share? You going to pay them all or just the 5 star? How about the members of the women's swimming team. Don't forget them. Slippery slope for sure. Anyway, they are compensated pretty well now.

Carleton Duvall
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Carleton Duvall 11/27/11 - 08:41 am
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I agree, justthefacts,That

I agree, justthefacts,That was a tongue in cheek remark that would have been better not said. I will delete it.

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allhans 11/27/11 - 08:50 am
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I know for a fact that they

I know for a fact that they can string more words together than that.
How about "we will just play it one game at a time". Now, is that good or what.

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Vito45 11/27/11 - 11:53 am
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Why don't we treat it for

Why don't we treat it for what it is in football and basketball, a farm system for the Pros? Quit the sham and charade of "education" and just contract them to fours years of playing ball; no early NFL draft, you are contractually committed to 4 years with your college before you can play pro.

Black Mamba
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Black Mamba 11/27/11 - 01:04 pm
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We are too busy placing
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We are too busy placing tremendous emphasis on organized team sports on our children from an early age on and we are spending countless millions of dollars on sports programs in our public schools because it teaches "good sportsmanship", "competiveness" and "keeps kids in shape" well taking away funds from actual educational programs. Other countries are making a complete mockery of us because their kids are far surpassing us on every intellectual level and we are rapidly losing our competitve edge in the global marketplace because we are more concerned with teaching our kids to worship Micheal Jordan and throw a ball around than we are teaching them something truly useful to improve themselves intellectually and become productive, useful members of society.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 11/27/11 - 09:07 pm
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Black Mamba has a point.

Black Mamba has a point. Sports are not stressed in other countries. I guess that explains why no other countries send teams to the Olympics every 4 yrs. Oh wait, never mind. Mamba, sorry, but you are just mistaken on this. Is too much emphasis placed on sports in America? Debatable. But, sports heros , much like Jordon here, are worshiped more in other countries, not less. Ever witness the aftermath of a soccer game in England? People die. Olympic athletes that fail during the Olympics are ostracized from the country and/or face death . Nothing like that happens here.

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