no of course it happens and i am not denying it, but the fact that we "normal" non-scholarship students pay their tuition so that they can drive under the influence, commit assault and burglary, sex crimes, and then watch their coaches try to get them off, IS NOT RIGHT! Shouldn't college athletes be held to a higher standard of behavior?
Like I said I understand that they cant be under watch at all time, but when they do commit these crimes, boot their arses. Our athletic programs might suffer, but it sets a higher standard for college athletes, one that universities should be willing to set. Students can get kicked out of school for plagiarism
, but student-athletes who are sex offenders
... they suffer a short probation and then are welcomed back to the team, while ESPN talks about what a season the "hawks" would have had if only Pierre Pierce was there (like he is some hero). (THIS EXAMPLE FROM HIS FIRST RUN IN).
I know most college students party, some have their run ins with the law, but these students are held to the rule of law, while other student-athletes who wear their University's name bright across their chest on national television, representing their school, fellow students, professors, and their state, are given the easy road... because the are athletes.
I know this is a debate that goes on even in high school, that athletes get preferential treatment, and they do... but the same still applies... Athletes should suffer the same if not worse punishments, because they are sent forward to represent the schools. If i were to have gotten caught drinking, I would expect to get kicked off the team, as apposed to a suspension from 3 games. All the more reason not to drink. Coaches should demand responsibility and respect. I know I would have been scared to upset my coaches, in many cases, coaches get more respect and have more of an impact than that of teachers, because athletics for the most part are something that the student wishes to participate. Not so many want to participate in history
I of course am not knocking teachers, but you should see the reactions when my players are approached by me about their grades.
sorry this is long. i guess i have an opinion?!