Opinion: Academics hinder recruiting

One year ago, Mike Stoops made comments that he would later have to apologize for. he should have saved his apology.

One year ago, Mike Stoops made comments that he would later have to apologize for.

"Each school has to recruit to their school and what kind of requirements they (have)," Stoops said.

"Arizona State has turned into a junior college, and we're a four-year college. According to all the players, they say its easier to go to school there."

You should have saved your sorries, Mike.

This past weekend, safety Eddie Elder informed the Arizona State coaching staff that he was planning to enroll there after his credits were not accepted at Arizona.

Yes, that is right.

Despite both schools being in the same state, Arizona and Arizona State have different requirements when accepting junior college students.

one year ago, ASU coach Dennis Erickson replied to the East Valley Tribune by saying, "He can say what he wants, (the standards) are all the same. The bottom line in recruiting and all the talk going back and forth is who is going to win games and who isn't.

"What we've done academically with our people here in terms of helping players be successful, they do a great job. All you have to do is look at it and see that. I'm really not sure what he's talking about. I don't want to get in a (talking) contest anyway."

Is the picture now more clear, Dennis?

While Elder is surely a good kid and does not deserve any personal criticism, his case has brought an issue to light that really should not be an issue at all.

ASU has an easier time accepting students into school.

Ask Ryan Bass.

Ask Eddie Elder.

Maybe it is Arizona's fault for being too strict with junior college or maybe it is ASU's fault for not being strict enough. However, whatever the case may be, there needs to be a discussion that makes the standards uniform.

Why should two schools in the same conference and only a tour hour drive away, have completely different standards?

The easy asnwer is that they shouldn't. the unfortunate answer, however, is that they do. Unfortunately, this is not going to change any time soon, especially when you consider that one of ASU's biggest recruiting tools is telling players they can qualify them.

It is heard over and over again with numerous recruits, but ignored by the Board of Regents.

If the landscape of college football is going to be fair, things in Arizona need to change.

Then again, it doesn't seem to be helping ASU much.

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