Re: The only way to stop drafting guys like Hern
posted at 7/11/2013 7:11 AM EDT
Sorry but i think the issues start earlier than NCAA. When a child of 10 is gifted playing Pop Warner or some other children's league games, they get special treatment and high schools even start recruiting them. They learn early that getting an education, working hard in school and respecting others doesn't matter. Football, weight room and performance on the field is all that matters. Everything outside of that is given to them and they deserve it. This is when the problems start. By the time they are in college, this has only be amplified and enhanced by college recruiters, alumni, etc... Then the NCAA and Colleges add to this by letting them get away with not attending classes. Their job is to win games, get the team to bowl games and who cares about the education, respecting others and working hard in all areas of life. Some really buy into all this and are always outside of society, others do not.
Everyone of us learns by reinforcement and if you are pushed and praised because you make tackles, score points, run quickly and throw touchdowns, guess what you learn... to worry about the game only and the rest doesn't matter. It takes a village to raise a child and the village that is raising these children is the football community.
You seldolm hear of issues at div 3 schools that stress academics more than the game. I am not naive and know they have problems too, but they are not as big or as wide spread around the team. Kids know they need a good education because chances of making NFL are smaller.
For those of us that are not gifted atheletes, our behaviors are reinforced for other actions than football and we do those more to get our "rewards".
To make this go away, you need to stop treating them special a lot earlier than college. It needs to start at home. We always let the parents off and blame society or college. When parents stopped discipling their kids (do not mean beating them) and stopped making home a safe place to be, the kids learned to be "entitled" and undisciplined. Time for all of us to get back to the basics. Treat others as you would want to be treated, and when you don't there are penalties in place to make sure you remember.
By the time they are in college they are who they are and college only amplifies who they are.
--- " I am a happy fan, a proud fan and I want us to win every game 28-0 but as long as we win, the team is united and has a sense of respect to the community and the game I will be a patriots fan and damn proud of it." ---- signed a pats fan from middle earth