One of the debates that has intrigued me recently involves the increasing amount of coaches that are withdrawing scholarship offers due to a high school recruit exhibiting unacceptable or inappropriate behavior on social media. According to this story we published last week, high school coaches in Georgia are applauding University of Georgia head football coach Mark Richt for dropping a recruit that misbehaved on Twitter.
Opinion: Notre Dame Scandal Blame Should Start at Top
ANALYSIS/OPINION: One form of cheating in school has been around forever. "Hey, I don't have last night's homework. Can I copy yours?" Another old favorite entails whispering across the aisle during a test: "Psst, what's the answer to No. 5?" The student who neglects to complete his work or properly prepare for an exam might have a good excuse for being in that situation. But those remedies are all wrong. Meanwhile, the other pupil faces a moral crossroad, with the option to bail him out or let him sink. read more
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High School Coaches Back UGA's Social Media Scrutiny
Mark Richt's decision to drop a Georgia football recruit for misbehaving on Twitter didn't surprise many high school coaches across metro Atlanta. "I think it's an excellent policy, and I wish there were more stories like this to drive the point home to the kids," Central Gwinnett coach Todd Wofford said. Social-media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook are extremely popular among recruits. It gives the prospects a chance to express their thoughts and to interact with fans, while providing the colleges an opportunity to monitor a kid's personality and behavior. read more
Former YSU President: NCAA Should Create 'Pro' Division
We all remember Saturday afternoon and the big football game — homecoming, parties, dances and rallies. What could be better? Student tickets were free and alumni found a reason to return. Student-athletes went to class and graduated in four years. They earned their scholarship by working on campus. Players had personal responsibilities. read more