Hoopsters in the NFL
UConn forward Ed Nelson has announced that he's going to make a run at the NFL. George Mason forward Jai Lewis has been mentioned has a legitimate tight end prospect, and we've heard ad nauseum about Glen Davis' high school tailback skills.
Which college hoops players could play in the NFL and at what position? Our inner Mel Kiper is salivating over Brandon Roy, defensive back.
You're on the clock.
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King of Spring
Springtime in most major cities is synonymous with the crack of the bat and the smell of the outfield grass, but on many college campuses, football is king, even in the spring. At most schools, spring practice gives fans an opportunity to catch a glimpse of shifting depth charts, get an early look at highly-touted recruits and get an idea of who has the edge in the bubbling quarterback controversy.
At Texas, Jevan Snead and Colt McCoy are engaged in a dual for chance to replace Vince Young at quarterback, evoking the memories (or nightmares depending on how you look at it) of Chris Simms and Major Applewhite splitting time. At Georgia, QB Joe Tereshinski looks to have pulled ahead of Matthew Stafford. What are the major questions being hashed out on the spring gridiron and what's your early prognosis? How do you feel about spring football. Give us your spring traditions and tell us how jazzed up your school gets for spring ball.
Playing by a Different Set of Rules
It's no secret that sports are a huge part of college culture and athletes at many schools are treated like royalty. After winning the national championship, the Florida men's basketball team met with President Bush, then returned to Gainesville for a pep rally in their honor. Thousands of students hung on to their every word. While the team deserves accolades, there is a risk that too much butt-kissing will give the athletes a false sense of entitlement. It's true that when athletes get in trouble they receive much more attention than average students, but their cases are also often handled differently.
It goes without saying that well-known athletes have a different college experience than regular students, but are they getting away with too much? While I was at UMass in the mid-90s, I attended a lecture with Marcus Camby and other members of the nationally-ranked basketball team. Every week, without fail, the players would sit in the back of the room, keep their headphones on throughout the class, and joke with each other. The professor usually ignored them, knowing that these athletes were more important to the university than he was.
Is this fair to the rest of the student body? We've heard stories of athletes skipping classes, having other students take their exams for them, driving around campus in luxury cars, etc. What examples do you have of athletes playing by a different set of rules than ordinary students?
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