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Athletics, dummies and criminals

Posted Thursday, May 7, 2009, at 10:25 AM

The NCAA is cracking down on the University of Chattanooga's football team due to poor academic progress.

Up the road in Knoxville, the University of Tennessee has signed a football prospect who was found guilty of helping rape a relative at age 13.

"He will be a great asset to any college," the victim wrote UT officials.

When Phillip Fulmer was UT's coach, at times it seemed as if he needed a full-time team lawyer because of so much trouble among his players.

How far should colleges go as far as who's admitted?

Prospects who are unlikely to graduate shouldn't be there. They're just being "used" to promote the athletic department. Frankly, I'm beginning to lean toward "allowances", or limited pay, for college athletes. Think of how much money skilled athletes brings in to their school from fans wanting to watch them.

I've got mixed emotions about those with criminal backgrounds, especially if several years have passed since the last offense. Those who are signed should be watched closely and thrown out if found guilty again of anything.

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With a little luck this is one of the things that will get cleaned up in UT's program with the new Head Coach. As much as I loved, "fat Phil" it was a problem that needed to be squashed. Discipline in the players is a great place to start. Thanks David.

-- Posted by Cornelia.Marie on Thu, May 7, 2009, at 10:41 AM

This was a crime committed in 2003, when all involved were juveniles (a third older party was convicted as an adult).

Since then Hood paid his own way to a Catholic High School, and was considered by the director of that school as someone he would be willing to put his school's reputation on.

The victim has spoken out in his favor, and if she is willing to turn this page in her and Hood's life, then so should we all.

-- Posted by Runnin' By on Fri, May 8, 2009, at 11:10 AM

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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.