College Athletics
Anonymous

Somerset, KY

#1 Mar 14, 2012
I was always under the impression college athletics instilled the desire in participants to develope character and stride to improve in academics! Evidently I'm WRONG - it must be ALL ABOUT WINNING! South Carolina coach Darrin Horn proves my point! Horn made academics and character development key components of his program. EVIDENTLY this wasn't the same goals for Athletics Director Eric Hyman because he stated "we really do want to have a basketball program that fulfills the aspiration that our board wants --- a top-25 program"! I think the AD meant "fills" as in filling the arena instead of "fulfills" (what most of us think is what a college student does when they enroll in higher education institutions to obtain their educational desires!). I'm afraid this is happening in all our major universities althetic departments - IT's ALL ABOUT WINNING!
Tough Love

Corbin, KY

#2 Mar 14, 2012
Just look right here in Kentucky. We are very proud of UK's "one and out" basketball program that is basically a one year training program to get kids ready for the NBA. It does produce wining teams -- something UK desperately wanted -- but in my view is not really representative of what used to be college basketball. College sports are really lucrative for many schools and I see nothing wrong with that. However, I do believe we should acknowledge them for what they are -- training camps for the pros where kids with great potential receive a year or two of great experience before they move on to the big money.
bums

Sunbright, TN

#3 Mar 14, 2012
Yes, sports is big money and they will even train you how to make more money by inflicting injuries on opponents.

Look at the role models in professional sports, thats really something to shoot for.

In my opinion, professional sports should be banned. People become fanatical over a game and will beat you to death in the parking lot if you are another team's fan.
natural born citizen

Versailles, KY

#4 Mar 14, 2012
like everything else, it boils down to power and money.
Seimore Hightower

Crossett, AR

#5 Mar 15, 2012
College or high school, sports have no, nada, zero impact on academics. Sports are just a way for the lower classes and the stupid to feel good about what ever school their kids are in, or the school they choose to follow on TV.

Nothing is sadder than old Al Bundy dude still reliving his high school glory days as a ball player while selling shoes or real estate.
Rico

United States

#6 Mar 15, 2012
Seimore Hightower wrote:
College or high school, sports have no, nada, zero impact on academics. Sports are just a way for the lower classes and the stupid to feel good about what ever school their kids are in, or the school they choose to follow on TV.
Nothing is sadder than old Al Bundy dude still reliving his high school glory days as a ball player while selling shoes or real estate.
all bundy rocked in high school. You wanna we tape?

Since: Jul 11

Lexington, KY

#8 Mar 15, 2012
keenanv wrote:
I was always under the impression college athletics instilled the desire in participants to develope character and stride to improve in academics! Evidently I'm WRONG - it must be ALL ABOUT WINNING! South Carolina coach Darrin Horn proves my point! Horn made academics and character development key components of his program. EVIDENTLY this wasn't the same goals for Athletics Director Eric Hyman because he stated "we really do want to have a basketball program that fulfills the aspiration that our board wants --- a top-25 program"! I think the AD meant "fills" as in filling the arena instead of "fulfills" (what most of us think is what a college student does when they enroll in higher education institutions to obtain their educational desires!). I'm afraid this is happening in all our major universities althetic departments - IT's ALL ABOUT WINNING!
I like Horn, but his conference record killed him, he will bounce back somewhere, he is a good coach
Anonymous

Somerset, KY

#9 Mar 16, 2012
Tough Love wrote:
Just look right here in Kentucky. We are very proud of UK's "one and out" basketball program that is basically a one year training program to get kids ready for the NBA. It does produce wining teams -- something UK desperately wanted -- but in my view is not really representative of what used to be college basketball. College sports are really lucrative for many schools and I see nothing wrong with that. However, I do believe we should acknowledge them for what they are -- training camps for the pros where kids with great potential receive a year or two of great experience before they move on to the big money.
AMEN!
Blew Who

Somerset, KY

#10 Mar 16, 2012
Tough Love wrote:
Just look right here in Kentucky. We are very proud of UK's "one and out" basketball program that is basically a one year training program to get kids ready for the NBA. It does produce wining teams -- something UK desperately wanted -- but in my view is not really representative of what used to be college basketball. College sports are really lucrative for many schools and I see nothing wrong with that. However, I do believe we should acknowledge them for what they are -- training camps for the pros where kids with great potential receive a year or two of great experience before they move on to the big money.
Kentucky is one of America's most undereducated, underemployed and overfed states. Coupled with a litany of social, religious and political "codes" which inhibit personal freedoms on any number of levels, there's really not a great deal of joy left in the lives of these pale, puffy dullards.

Let 'em have their basketball, geez. Is that too much to ask?

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