Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The Drug That Is The High School Standout!

USC basketball coach Tim Floyd resigned yesterday amid allegations that he paid money to an associate of former basketball standout O.J. Mayo who now plays for the Memphis Grizzlies of the NBA. Of course everyone involved is denying the allegations, but why would Floyd resign if wrong doing wasn't involved. So let's review this, the lure of recruiting a basketball standout to your school has essentially ruined Tim Floyd's career and lost him millions of dollars in potential income. Must be some kind of drug to cause a coach to risk everything for a player who he knew was only staying a year, and is now a millionaire himself.

This is one of the reasons that the age requirement in the NBA is a joke. Player's receiving money, having other people take SATs so that they can qualify for school, and surely other outlandish infractions just so that these players can stay for one year. David Stern let these players who have no interest in attending college take their chances on the pros, so that coaches like Tim Floyd don't get addicted to the drug of the high school standout. Surely, O.J. Mayo is somewhere laughing about how he got over on the system, and Floyd's wife is probably calling him a couple of unmentionable names.

1 comment:

Max Reddick said...

The more things change, the more things stay the same. They've been trying to clean stuff like this up for years, but they have in no way succeeded. I understand the reason for the rule, but they simply need to drop the pretense at this point.

Some young people are just not made for college, so what is the use of putting up the big charade? They are only going to college as a stepping stone to the pros. What are they going to accomplish in that one year? Are they suddenly going to become scholars?

If they have the ability, let them play, but in the same instance, make sure the necessary financial planning and other necessary knowledge for success off the court or field is somehow given them.