After a more than two-year break from this blog, my child is more self-sufficient, and I’ve grown accustomed to her poor sleep habits. That is not the reason I’m writing today. It’s because I have to make a comment on these kids who are skipping their bowl games.
They say it is to “focus on the NFL Draft” this April. Okay. Let’s call a spade a spade. Just say you don’t want to get hurt. I’m sure Willis McGahee
Overall, I agree with Miami Head Coach Mark Richt, who calls it “sad.” If nothing else, I think it’s a really (pardon my french) shitty thing to do to your teammates, university and fanbase.
I don’t get how you sign a scholarship and get away with this crap. This is a slippery slope. Sam Darnold, the stud redshirt freshman QB at USC, is an almost-guaranteed first-round draft pick once he is eligible. Next year, can he say, “Hey Clay (Helton), I might get hurt vs. Washington and it will hurt my draft stock. I’m sitting out.”
Playing in the bowl game is the right thing to do, but I can see the other side. Coaches ditch their teams for greener pastures all the time, and an interim coaches the bowl game. Nick Saban made a good point too when he said the bowl games are being devalued. At least Willis was playing for a national title. No player wants to blow out his knee at the Toilet Bowl. I’m digressing, but there are too many bowl games. OMG. Bowls used to be a privilege for teams that had outstanding seasons. I think we have a 5-7 team in a bowl game this year. 5-7, 6-6, 7-5, and even 8-4 teams should not be in bowl games. Having formerly worked in athletics, I understand the coaches want the extra practices but come on.
In Willis’ interview with TMZ, he mentioned that he’s played for four pro teams, but his college team at The U is where his loyalty lies. The reason the 2000-3 Miami teams were so great (besides sick talent) was that they believed in something bigger than themselves. Now, it’s all about ME. There is no loyalty anymore. This is a result of society worshiping sixteen year olds on social media, among other things. Ken Dorsey, Willis McGahee, Ed Reed, etc. were lucky not to have this problem.