Every year around this time, when its time for the big time college football programs to cash those huge TV deal checks and for the best coaches in the land to jocky for position at the richest schools in the nation, there are also hundreds of big time recruits who feel their lives will be changed forever. They've worked hard to sign with the college of their choice. For many its one of many schools ranging from Oregon to Alabama who feel they are the best at their positions and deserve to perform on the big stage. They've been heavlily courted better than the best looking prom date could only imagine.
Then there are those kids who are playing for schools with smaller budgets and no TV contracts. Schools like Grambling St. and Temple who have the make the tough decision to cut certain sports to keep the school afloat.
There are many who believe that big time athletics, specifically big time football and basketball are simply farm systems for the NBA and NFL. Many of these same people believe that the schools do not live up to their end of the bargain in assuring that these big time athletes actually graduate from the schools who made them millions and in some cases billions of dollars. There are also many who say, these young men are adults making adult decisions. No on is responsible for their academic well being but them.
Is it strictly the athletes job to make it through on their own, or are the schools culpable for insuring the future of these young people? We will debate that on this episode of Life Full Circle Radio.