I kind of resent the use of the term
"Student Athlete". Lord knows, the so-called Student
Athlete has his or her own difficulties to face attending a
large public university - problems the public is
not even aware of. I am not intending to berate the football,
basketball, and hockey scholarship students. However, who I believe
to be the true "Student Athlete"
are those students who participate in extracurricular or Recreation
League sports. We were short-changed at the University
of Minnesota. We had few facilities. For lack of softball
fields, we had games starting at 10:00 on week nights!
Sport "Scholarship" players are not really scholars. They are
athletes whom the University makes use of to garner income. I enjoy
watching Gopher sports. Call the free ride what it is -
"Athleticships", not "Scholarships".
Just to set the record straight, that little leering
gnome Lou Holtz, one-time Gopher football
coach, who abandoned the U for the lure of Notre Dame,
almost ran me down one day while I was jaywalking.
Jaywalking is a way of life at the University, almost
everyone does it. Holtz floored his car one day while
I was jaywalking - I actually had to sprint to the other
side of the street to avoid being hit!