Test athletes’ character
This letter is addressed to all educators, coaches and athletic directors. In view of all the disciplinary problems caused by high school and college athletes, it is past time to begin to de-emphasize sports and begin to emphasize education. Before recruiting an athlete, coaches should first consider character, criminal record, educational achievements and last, athletic ability, and then we would see more athletes like Danny Wuerffel and Tim Tebow rather than the eight football players at the University of Florida who have been suspended and are facing third-degree felony charges for credit card fraud.
In addition, athletic directors should hire coaches with great character like Dabo Swinney, the Clemson University coach who puts faith and loving his players ahead of winning, which will, and has, created a winning team.
Chuck Graham, Pinellas Park