My goal was set from a young age: to become a Division I football player. No questions and no exceptions. It may seem like a world of pressure to some, but for me, it was all I could think and dream about.
I feel for those who have given their lives to making the university a great place only to have the name tarnished in this way and it sucks for the current students and athletes, but what was the alternative?
In the current system, college coaches and athletic departments are almighty while the players are often treated as cogs in a massive money making machine.
The two tragedies seemed completely disconnected. Different crimes. Different places. Different victims. But they actually have one thing in common. Denial. By us.
Following the NCAA's independent investigation into the widespread cover-up of child sexual abuse by former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, the governing body of U.S. college sports has imposed unprecedented sanctions against Penn State University. Did they go too far?
It might be easier to remove the statue altogether. But it would be even better to keep the statue and change the message.
For me, the burden of being Penn State includes taking responsibility for being part of the myth machine that brought us to where we are today.
As a current Penn State student, I urge my fellow Nittany Lions to follow Freeh's instruction. We must actively participate in the prevention of future injustices.
I'm as happy as every other fan that college football is finally getting a playoff, but after evaluating what we've missed out on as a result of a lack of it, the question remains: What took you guys so long?
I have to admit I was never in favor of a playoff in college football. My standard line when two or three teams were laying claim to the title was, "what and spoil all the fun?"
While most fans are celebrating the official announcement of a four-team playoff, keep in mind that college football remains firmly in the control of a cartel that cares more about protecting its own profits than fairly and equitably maximizing revenues for the benefit of all.
The reason why "plus one" solves the political problems of the currently favored playoff proposals is that it is the only plan which addresses the Rose Bowl dilemma.
No, Justin doesn't need the scholarship; he can afford to attend any college he wants to. But there are thousands of students that are offered merit based aid they don't "need" every spring.
By sheer force of numbers of participants and spectators, college football far exceeds any other team sport. Yet beyond the numbers, there is a unifying influence football Saturdays bring that is unmatched by any other community activity.
Is it a choice I would recommend? It's a tough, personal and likely uncomfortable decision to make -- especially for those who drive around town with the mascot of their former school plastered across their car's license plate (just saying). It's not for everyone.
When coaches evaluate and break down players during practices and showcases they look to see how balanced they are and if the balls of their feet are on the ground.