Test ath­letes’ char­ac­ter

Tampa Bay Times - - Opinion -

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

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