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Too young for college football

Posted Friday, July 27, 2012, at 12:13 PM

ESPN is reporting that an eighth-grader has been offered a scholarship at LSU.

Okay, I can see coaches keeping an eye on the progress of potential college superstars.

But asking a 13-or-14-year-old to commit to a college at such a young age goes way too far. That needs to wait until the proper time - say, senior year or so.

The out-of-control situation at Penn State - where those aware of sexual abuse wouldn't report it for fear of damaging the football program - is just the worst example of sports institutions grown too powerful.

An argument could be made for the NBA, which signs athletes right out of high school, and Kentucky basketball, where the coach flatly admits he's all about running more or less an NBA academy.

I'm all for making the right moves at the right time. But it should be about what's best for the athlete, not the athletic program.

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Just a thought on young athletes that may be off the subject matter a little bit. Recently I have become very concerned about the number of head injuries in football. I would like to see us get back to the basics of wrap them us, pick them up, and put them down in tackling instead of going for head shots. A concussion or "ring their bell" can be more long lasting than many of us have thought in the past.

-- Posted by leeiii on Sat, Jul 28, 2012, at 8:13 AM

Has this 8th grader been held back six years?

What kind of binding offer could be made to a 13 year old and what parents in their right mind would commit their child with so many formative years ahead of them.

And what school program in its right mind would do that either?

I think ESPN is getting a jump up on April 1st or happy hour.

-- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Jul 27, 2012, at 5:47 PM

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