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Too young for college footballPosted 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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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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