There was a time when college coaches were able to devote nearly 100 percent of their time to coaching and, of course, doing some recruiting. Now they must try to be a father and counselor to some players. They also have become acquainted with police investigations, reports and the judicial system. Then there is the drug culture that has invaded most rings of our society, including sports.
Some of their star players come from environments that include, first of all, broken families. Often basic educational skills are missing. Somehow they are admitted to colleges and universities. Tutors are hired and paid for by the athletic departments. Strong efforts are made to “turn some of these student-athletes around” — that is, show them the way to a new life with a future. They even attempt to teach citizenship and community values to athletes, many of whom lack maturity and do dumb things.
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