Jeff Jordan, Michael's son, leaves Il...

Jeff Jordan, Michael's son, leaves Illinois basketball

There are 160 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Jun 24, 2009, titled Jeff Jordan, Michael's son, leaves Illinois basketball. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

One more Jordan has put his basketball playing days behind him. Jeff Jordan, a two-year reserve point guard at Illinois and the son of former Bulls great Michael Jordan , has decided to leave the basketball program to focus on his academics.

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Chicago, IL

#1 Jun 24, 2009
Great. Now he can pay tuition like the rest of us.
Lou

Alsip, IL

#2 Jun 24, 2009
I think this is a kid with his head screwed on and his parents should be very proud of the job they did.

GOOD LUCK
steve

Chicago, IL

#4 Jun 24, 2009
sweet! good luck kid but we need your scholarship for someone who can contribute!
Mee

Calumet City, IL

#6 Jun 24, 2009
I wonder...when the children of famous (rich) people receive scholarships, do they actually take the money? Do they donate it to someone who could use the tuition money?
Pearl

Lisle, IL

#9 Jun 24, 2009
It's his life; he should feel free to find his own way. His name is Jeff, not Mike.
JimBob

Westmont, IL

#10 Jun 24, 2009
Please -- how does a guy with the Jordan family behind him get a scholarship? 59 points in 58 games is not an NBA prospect -- I doubt it is an Illini prospect. Which one of our state politicians gave up one of their two (annnual) hall passes to get this kid a free ride on MY tax dollars?
How much admittance department corruption has to surface before we stop this incredible largess with MY tax dollars?
He should go to business school and let Michael set him up in business when he has proven he can cut that mustard. Good luck to him, but get him off the dole!
GA IL alum

Savannah, GA

#11 Jun 24, 2009
I could be mistaken,but I think Jeff
earned academic scholarships. While it would be nice of him to donate this to a worthy student, is it right to discrminate against a "smart rich"
kid. Jeff knows basketball is not his career. Be MORE impressed that he wants to earn a degree and work instead of loafing of of Dad's money.
Arnie

Columbia, SC

#12 Jun 24, 2009
GA IL alum wrote:
I could be mistaken,but I think Jeff
earned academic scholarships. While it would be nice of him to donate this to a worthy student, is it right to discrminate against a "smart rich"
kid. Jeff knows basketball is not his career. Be MORE impressed that he wants to earn a degree and work instead of loafing of of Dad's money.
Hey can I loaf on his Dad's money?
GA IL alum

Savannah, GA

#13 Jun 24, 2009
Jim Bob and others..so its better to give Jeff's scholarship to a hot shot prospect who may play one year and go to the NBA. A kid who has no business being a "student" athlete.
Can you say Derrick Rose (nothing personal)?. NO ONE should go to college for FREE just to play sports.
Another way to fund sports is needed, because the blue chippers are getting compensation one way or another (Reggie Bush, OJ Mayo). Big time college sports is big business. STOP pretending and run it like the farm system it is.
Bob

Thornton, IL

#14 Jun 24, 2009
JimBob wrote:
Please -- how does a guy with the Jordan family behind him get a scholarship? 59 points in 58 games is not an NBA prospect -- I doubt it is an Illini prospect. Which one of our state politicians gave up one of their two (annnual) hall passes to get this kid a free ride on MY tax dollars?
How much admittance department corruption has to surface before we stop this incredible largess with MY tax dollars?
He should go to business school and let Michael set him up in business when he has proven he can cut that mustard. Good luck to him, but get him off the dole!
Just how much of YOUR tax money do you really think went towards his tuition? A good chance none of it. Now go chill out.
Mav

Chicago, IL

#15 Jun 24, 2009
Like Jeff, if I could quit like Jeff ...
Mee

Calumet City, IL

#16 Jun 24, 2009
GA IL alum wrote:
I could be mistaken,but I think Jeff
earned academic scholarships. While it would be nice of him to donate this to a worthy student, is it right to discrminate against a "smart rich"
kid. Jeff knows basketball is not his career. Be MORE impressed that he wants to earn a degree and work instead of loafing of of Dad's money.
Well, I don't think that it would be discrimination if he was offered the scholarship just like any other student. I think it would be in good taste to decline it though...or possibly give the funds to another student like a sponsorship. I'm sure that could be a tax write off somehow.
Nick College Student

Independence, OR

#17 Jun 24, 2009
Good for the kid, I hope he follows his heart and does whatever makes him happy in life!(So long as it does not violate the rights of other people, obviously)
Rusty

United States

#18 Jun 24, 2009
Stay classy, people.

Jeff, not that you need my opinion, but you sound like a fine young man -- good luck to you.
100 Years of Futility

Las Vegas, NV

#19 Jun 24, 2009
He earned an academic scholarship
steve wrote:
sweet! good luck kid but we need your scholarship for someone who can contribute!

“Go Cubs Go!”

Since: Sep 07

Homewood

#20 Jun 24, 2009
I wonder if the Illini ran him off since they might need his scholarship spot with the impressive recruiting classes Weber has coming in the next three years. If that's the case at least they let the guy go with some class and let him excuse himself.

GO Illini!..
hyde parker

Chicago, IL

#21 Jun 24, 2009
Join the Club wrote:
Great. Now he can pay tuition like the rest of us.
Um, correct me if I'm wrong, but when you "walk on," you don't get tuition paid... the article states that he only earned a scholarship for the spring 09 semester...
devil dog

Waukegan, IL

#22 Jun 24, 2009
The kid is a Loyola academy grad. He's got brains.
rae728

United States

#24 Jun 24, 2009
Mee wrote:
I wonder...when the children of famous (rich) people receive scholarships, do they actually take the money? Do they donate it to someone who could use the tuition money?
Jeff Jordan earned scholarship by working hard,as a walk on, to become a defensive stopper. That hard work was rewarded with an athletic scholarship that has nothing to do with his father. That was Jeff Jordan's reward for what he was able to achieve.
Carol

AOL

#25 Jun 24, 2009
Denzel Washington has a son who is very talented in football. He told the story on a talk show that when his son was offered a football scholarship to a university, he (Denzel) told them (the university) that he could afford to pay his son's way without their help. He was told, "We are not offering YOU the scholarship. We are offering it to your son. HE has earned it." Both Michael and Denzel can give back to these schools, and I'm sure they do, but let's not lose sight of the fact that the CHILDREN earn scholarships, not the parents.

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