Let me first start out by saying, I am not in anyway endorsing cheating in sports or in the classroom or, heck, even in life. Be honest. Be fair. But for the love of the Lord above, do not be dramatic. This is not a program changing moment. In matter of fact, the only people thinking anything about these violations are the actual fans of Mississippi State. Cohen came out and told the truth. He didn’t beat around the bush, he didn’t lie, he said, “Look, we screwed up.”* No one around college football is saying anything about how this looks on the University.
Because it happens everywhere.
There are so many Universities in the midst of scandals like this and have it way worse than we do (See UNC and Missouri). It’s not on the coaches. The coaches and athletic staff self-reported these violations.It’s on the players. The young, mistake making teenagers. How many dumb decisions did you make in college? Does this make them any less of a person? Have you ever cheated in school?
I mean seriously… we are sitting around bashing young guys for being young guys? We do not know who they are, and we won’t until game days, and that is great because who they are is irrelevant. What happened was wrong but they didn’t cheat on their wives (see Freeze, Hugh). The players are going to miss a few games, but this is a team. This is a team with depth for when situations like this happen. No postseason ban, no major scholarship ban, so it is going to be okay. Every one deserves a chance to correct their mistakes and all these young guys deserve this same opportunity.
So let these guys live there life, let’s stop spreading rumors, and let’s enjoy what is going to be a great football season.
*not an actual quote
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