‘We came here to play FOOTBALL’

Ohio State third-string quarterback Cardale Jones tweeted: “Why should we have to go to class if we came here to play FOOTBALL, we ain’t come to play SCHOOL classes are POINTLESS.”

Jones’ comments and his Twitter account have been deleted.

Ohio State ranks in the top 10 percent of Division 1 football teams on the Academic Progress Rate, notes ESPN.

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  1. Why? Because turning pro and going straight to a farm team out of high school would reduce the ad revenues of the NCAA.

  2. I thought the NCAA changed the culture of football with the sanctions against Penn State.

  3. Roger Sweeny says:

    This is a “gaffe” in the Michael Kinsley sense of a truth that no one is supposed to say:

    Football players at Ohio State (and Alabama and …) have full-time jobs playing football, practicing football, working out, and studying film and the playbook. They are paid in room and board and living expenses and the opportunity to hang out with and party with people their own age–plus the possibility (often less than 50%) of getting a diploma in their spare time.

  4. Well, another example of where the concept of ‘student’ in student-athlete is ignored.

    Why doesn’t the NCAA just admit the obvious, that college football/basketball and to some extents baseball is just a training ground for the pros?

    sigh

    • Mark Roulo says:

      Why doesn’t the NCAA just admit the obvious, that college football/basketball and to some extents baseball is just a training ground for the pros?

      Because it would be very expensive for the colleges.

  5. Roger, you are right. I have the misfortune to live in Columbus and am just sick to death of the university sports mentality. College sports used to be for the entertainment of the students and now it is just a big business. And most of the really rabid fans have not even seen the inside of a college classroom. I was almost assaulted in the grocery store by two men who took exception to my DARTMOUTH t-shirt. They would pick a fight with a middle aged woman over a t-shirt? This has gone too far.

    For the record, when these guys came after me about the shirt, saying they thought DART-MOUTH (pronounced as spelled) didn’t even have a football team I pointed out that at least Dartmouth (pronounced correctly, Dahtmuth) is a real school. They decided to leave me alone then as they were beginning to attract attention from store security.