Each Monday I read Monday Morning Quarterback by Peter King. I appreciate his style, his voice and the news he shares. He’s also a good follow on twitter. I read MMQB this morning before going into work and this quote that King shares has stayed with me all day. In a world with so many sports scandals, it’s a fresh breath of air to read something like this:
Quote of the Week IV
“These guys, very few of them are ever going to make a dollar playing basketball. They are here to get an education at two great universities and they need to appreciate that. The world don’t revolve around them, around basketball. They need to learn how to act. They need to have respect for the fact they are on a scholarship, that people come to see them play. That’s just the facts of college athletics.
“There’s too much glorification of all of sports in our society. The fact is, guys are here to get an education. They represent institutions of higher learning. Xavier has been a great school for years. We are trying to cure cancer at Cincinnati. I go to school at a place where they discovered the vaccine for polio and created Benadryl. I think that’s more important than who wins a basketball game. And our guys need to have appreciation for the fact they are there on a full scholarship. And they’re there to represent institutions with class and integrity … I have never been this embarrassed.”
— University of Cincinnati basketball coach Mick Cronin, after a full-scale brawl, one of the worst in college sports history, ended the UC-Xavier game Saturday in Cincinnati.
Good for Cronin, who suspended four players Sunday, three for six games each.