Navy got it right on Kettani

Navy made the right decision by not allowing fullback Eric Kettani to participate in the upcoming NFL combine.However, that doesn't mean it can't be up for debate. Perhaps Chad Wiestling, Kettani's agent, brings up a valid point in his client's defense to only attend the combine.

"We respect the decision of the U.S. Navy," Wiestling told the Baltimore Sun. "I know Eric is very disappointed in the decision.

What the combine basically is, it's a job interview. My take on it is that the Navy is denying him an opportunity to interview for a post-military career, whether right or wrong."Maybe Navy should have just let Kettani attend the NFL combine. It would have been some experience. Still, no matter if he put up Reggie Bush or Adrian Peterson numbers, no team was going to wait five years on him.

It should also be noted that the U.S. Naval Academy should be applauded for, not only taking a strong stance on this matter, but sticking to it firmly. Unlike rival Army. Army was ready to allow defensive back Caleb Campbell to play for the Detroit Lions, who selected him in the seventh round of last year's NFL draft. He would serve as a recruiter in his free time.

However, just hours before Campbell was to report to training camp, he was notified the Department of Army revised its controversial alternative service option.

Campbell was ordered to report to duty and served as a graduate assistant with the Black Knights this fall.Now, West Point grads who want to play in the pros, can serve two years active duty, then pursue pro careers. Campbell would be ready to go in May of 2010. He would still have to serve in the reserves for six years.

Whether Army will admit it or not, its policy was about trying to keep up with the steaming Midshipmen. It was about getting all kinds of good publicity and the Black Knights did. Then the whole thing blew up in Army's face with the handling of Campbell.

Meanwhile, Navy has been consistent with its service to the country during a time of war. Donald C. Winter, secretary of the Navy, suspended a similar policy to Army's current one because of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. "A number of factors were considered," a Navy spokesman said in regard to the Kettani decision. "He was denied participation because it wouldn't be consistent with current Navy efforts to support active-duty readiness during wartime.

His participation could incorrectly imply that the Navy would support in him pursuing a professional football career immediately after graduation. "You have to feel for Kettani, but this decision was much bigger than him. And Navy got it right, the first time, unlike Army. Top Stories