Random Thoughts on Skipping Class, etc.

Did not attending class cost NU a game?<br> <br> When the <b>Northwestern-Penn State</b> game tipped off, the <b>Wildcat</b>'s top rebounder was still in Evanston. He hadn't missed the bus, he was sitting out a suspension because he violated a team rule.<br> <br> One of the criticisms of Div I Athletics is the special treatment that athletes are supposed to receive. Apparently not at NU...<br>

Everybody skips a class or two...
Right?

Lets face it, I got more than one A in classes that I managed to attend only a few lectures - all you had to do was read the books and turn in the papers.

But my "scholarship" wasn't contingent on attending classes -- all I had to do was get decent grades and graduate.

Its one of the prices NU Student Athletes are expected to pay - they're expected to get up early the day after the big game and go to class. Its in the team rulebook, and few NU Student Athletes are flagrant violators of the rules.

NU has a long line of athletic department graduates who both played Div I sports at NU and graduated on time. We've even got a few in pro ball!

I hope the recent "truancy" issue isn't an indication of things to come with the student-athletes. As the perceived quality of our recruits continues to increase, you have to hope that the improved skill level doesn't come with a misguided expectation about academics.

The only "free ride" at Northwestern should come by way of the scholarship office, not in the classroom.



The Hawkeyes' Football fans are eying the latest football recruiting class and becoming almost orgasmic!

There are stories on their official web site about how fans should expect the Hawks to continue their winning ways - especially on the football field. A quick check of the names on the Scout.com commit list will bolster that argument.

But given some of the recent behavior problems by certain top players in the NCAA, you have to hope for the Hawkeye's sake, the improved quality of athlete doesn't also lead to a longer athletic police blotter over in Iowa City.

As a Wildcat fan, you may not love the Hawkeyes, but Kirk Ferentz has run a pretty clean program and has not tolerated much illegal extra-curricular activity by his players.

For some reason, top HS athletes still seem to think that they deserve special treatment - even if it violates the rules. Every team battles with the issue - our Cats seem to be doing a better job - but nothing drags a program down faster than a bad reputation.

Even if you're winning.
-- da Coach

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