Re: SI article on Football and Crime
This thread has started to become an indicment of the University of Iowa, and while I don't disagree a portion of these arguments are valid, I see that blame for those arrests are placed on everyone, from Coach Ferentz, to the AD, to the University of Iowa and even Iowa City in general. The question that this article really missed out on is "when is the blame of a student-athlete arrest put on the Football Program-Athletic Department and when does it go to the Admissions Office?" This should be true of any University. Ferentz and Rhoads as well as every other coach in any sport recruit athletes first, students second. I think the issue that is being missed in this article is that once these athletes are on campus, they are students and besides answering to team policy, they also follow the universities policy. The recent player dismissal at BYU is being viewed as a university being too strict/harsh/judgemental on their student athletes, but the overall theme of the SI article is that many universities are not strict enough - perhaps that's where the focus needs to be.