ttaleric - 4/12/2006 1:16 PM
Robschaef - 4/11/2006 1:12 PM
"Now what was apparently done to Duke & the LAX team, that's a crime."
?? Really? Even if it turns out that there was no sexual misconduct by the LAX team. They contributed to under age drinking and hired stripers. I think they deserve to have the season cancelled. I am not sure about firing the coach but I do think the buck has to stop somewhere. When I was growing up, I was thought that if you don't want to be accused of something. You don't it or even appear to be doing something wrong. So if you don't want to be accused of rape. You don't have a drinking party and hire two stripers to perform for a college sports team. If you do and you get caught. I don't think you have a leg to stand on when everyone thinks it looks like rape.
It can look like whatever the hell it wants to. But from the current evidence it is all bullshit.
Underage Drinking and 2 strippers = Cancel Season?
Are you kidding me? You are telling me you never watch porn? Or drink beer (when you were young) or possibly did both at the same time!? haha, sure. If not koodos to you.
Interesting manifestation of two different views on scholar athletes and athletes in general (generational thing, perhaps). I tend to agree with Rob based on the fact that when I was in school, following rules of the game was of paramount importance when participating in athletic program. No coaches ever handed us a rule book and told us to memorize it, but it was more a code of honor thing. We 'internalized' the rules and that became the basis of understanding the significance and following the rules of larger society.
While they are not saints, the players who make the cut to participate in interscholastic competitions become 'ambassadors' who represent the institution they belong to. They should know that it is a privilege granted upon them to participate and in return, they should subject themselves to higher if not more rigorous standards.
With advancement of media and increasing scrutiny, the pressure mounted on athletes and their conduct on and off the game make it difficult for athletes to maintain their stature more than ever. On the other hand, the abuse of privilege by athletes of all levels do sadden me because of their 'I am holier than thou and therefore I am above the law' mentality, which violates the basic tenet of being a good sportsperson - the fair play.
Underage drinking is underage drinking. In team sport, the team as a whole takes responsibility for the loss or credit upon victory. Those who were violating the rules were directly responsible however, it was also teammates' responsibility to stop those from breaking the rules. In combination with what I noted in the second paragraph, I do see cancellation of season as something inevitable under those circumstances.