Selling Out For Success

Selling Out For Success

Selling Out for Success

College football has long been a major part of American culture. From the tiniest private college to the Division I juggernauts, every football school has several basic things in common: players, coaches, a desire to win and an obligation to educate. But in many cases the desire to win has superseded all else and tainted the game and its traditions. This is a problem that cannot be ignored, yet neither can football and other ?big-time? college sports just be eliminated from these institutions of higher education. Steps must taken to ensure that decisions are made with the student in mind rather than victories and the money that accompanies them.
The root of this problem begins with the administrations at each university, which places the burden of winning games and acting as guardian for the players solely on the coach?s shoulders. The Ohio State University has been a prime example of this at times. On January 2nd 2001, OSU fired head coach John Cooper despite the fact that he was one of the winningest coaches in the country during his 13-year tenure (112-43-4). The main reasons given for his dismissal

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