Don’t Mention It
Don’t Mention It
Blog: From the Director
Posted Friday, October 27, 2017

It has taken every ounce of personal and professional discipline during the past month to keep me from writing what I’ve been thinking since the world became aware of arrests and suspensions in and around major college athletic programs.

  • I won’t repeat that we have been outspokenly suspicious of the influence of apparel companies on amateur athletics in America.

  • I won’t repeat that we have been continuously critical of the travel team environment infecting sports for youth and adolescents.

  • I won’t repeat for the umpteenth time that the “arms race” in major college basketball and football is ultimately unsustainable, or at least indefensible under the banner of higher education.

  • I won’t repeat that, in an era of ubiquitous high-definition video, it is ridiculous to think college coaches must be onsite for the cesspool of spring and summer tournaments funded by apparel companies, and that it would save colleges huge sums of money if NCAA rules did not permit onsite evaluations at such times and places.

  • I won’t repeat that nationwide travel and national tournaments are bad for student-centered, school-sponsored sports.

  • I won’t repeat that the Michigan High School Athletic Association limitation on travel and prohibition of payments to high school coaches from any source but the school are good for school sports.

I won’t mention any of this.

Comments

# Rick Bauer
Monday, October 30, 2017 9:30 AM
But the MHSAA is part of the problem. Many of the MHSAA rules force kids go to travel leagues and AAU. If the rules would encourage kids to work with high school coaches this kind of stuff would happen less. National Tournaments are not the problem, AAU and travel sports are the villains in this. Many of your latest commentaries have been about transfers, I find it strange that little is done when kids do transfer for athletic reasons. This seems to be a case of "bark is worse then the bite." Punish kids if they go to a National Meet or competition with their school/school mates but turn a blind eye to kids transferring for athletic reasons.

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