College Football's Culture Problem And Why It's Missing From The NFL
Start writing a post
Sports

College Football's Culture Problem And Why It's Missing From The NFL

Why are the things we see at places like the Maryland and Ohio State missing the professional ranks of Football?

64
https://www.instagram.com/p/BmbbA08lL4p/?tagged=djdurkin

Well, we have two scandals on our hands in college football. What else is new. Fishiness deep in the locker rooms and coaches' offices of NCAA programs have been present since the wing-t was the predominant offensive philosophy in the sport. But why have they continued to persist, while another entity — one that competes with college football for eyeballs on tv, clicks on websites, and butts in seats — remains to have a stable set of cultures.

One of the earliest scandals in college football involved Southern Methodist University in the late 80s. Essentially, what was happening was that players were being paid under the table. There is some more politics dealing with boosters and the athletic department, but the gist is that SMU committed a major violation. The football team received the "death penalty," meaning the program was completely shut down for two years. Today, the on-field performance of SMU is a shadow of its former self.

Other programs — such as USC, Ohio State, and Miami — have committed lesser but similar violations that resulted (directly and indirectly — in Miami's case) of postseason bans and scholarship quotas, but nothing close to canceled seasons.

However, what we are unfortunately seeing more and more of are scandals that involve wrongdoing that has no illegal on-field benefit. While at first glance, this makes these such scandals less "wrong," they are actually far worse, as they frequently uncover acts of physical abuse or violence, often sexual in nature, and in extreme cases, against children.

In 2011, a bombshell broke in Central Pennsylvania. It had been revealed that Jerry Sandusky, a longtime assistant football coach at Penn State University, had sexually abused dozens of children under the cover of his charity, The Second Mile. While Sandusky was only charged on counts dating back to 1994, it's possible that abuse was happening as far back as the 1970s. Head Coach Joe Paterno, who had been a football deity in rural Pennsylvania for decades, was found to have failed the situation through all of Sandusky's tenure at PSU, and soon found himself out of a job in disgrace.

In 2015, Baylor University football coach Art Briles was fired for covering up accusations of sexual assaults against his players as far back as 2012. Just like at Penn State, a large football brand was humbled by an off-the-field sequence.

And today we see what is going on at two Big 10 schools-- Ohio State and Maryland. At OSU, head coach Urban Meyer is facing heat for allowing Zach Smith to remain on staff all the way through the 2017 season. In case you didn't know, Smith is accused of sexual assault against his ex-wife, and reports have surfaced that he has taken explicit photos of himself in the White House while having sex toys delivered to Ohio State's program facilities.

And under an even hotter fire is University of Maryland head coach DJ Durkin. Maryland football player Jordan McNair's death during summer workouts raised suspicion of the state of the Terripan football program. Recent reports now include forced overeating and sadistic conditioning.

We now must ask ourselves this: Who is next to be caught? Because at this point, it's not about what Baylor or Ohio State have done, it's who is getting away with something worse. Many college football programs are based in small cities and towns where the football team is all that truly exists in the surrounding area. Here, the coaches and players become god-like figures who can do no wrong. The rural media is often both small and intimidated, which limits the amount of wrongdoing that gets out.

On the flip side, scandals will get out if the local media is large and powerful enough. NFL scandals, such as spygate, bountygate, and deflategate have all taken place in major media markets, where there are simply more eyes watching the elite than in Waco, Texas or State College, Pennsylvania.

This is not just the case in sports. New York is one of the safest cities in America simply because of the fact that as the largest city in the nation, it has the largest police force. More eyes on crime, less crime. Simple.

In small markets, where the football program is raised on an artificial pedestal closer to the holy figures they are worshiped as, the sport is simply too big. When people are too loyal, bad, bad things happen, because people are simply not looking.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Tumblr

Chick-fil-A, I love you.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

An open letter to my father

What you did sounds dumb to me

1424
An open letter to my father
The Truth About My Parents' Divorce

Considering im 18 now & you're one of the best men i've ever met since you have a child; me. I want you to know that I love you, more than anyone, I love you. I don't forgive you for the way you hurt my mother. I'm hurt because you broke our family. Thing went down hill the day you found Laquita. You we're distant & shortly after my mother turned into the coldest, saddest women to walk past me. She's my best friend & so are you. Not one day goes by where I don't wonder what she did wrong. How on earth could you trade your family & the women who loved you unconditionally for a home wrecker? Sounds dumb to me.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

Is God Reckless?

Exploring the controversy behind the popular worship song "Reckless Love"

2217
Is God Reckless?


First things first I do not agree with people getting so caught up in the specific theology of a song that they forget who they are singing the song to. I normally don't pay attention to negative things that people say about worship music, but the things that people were saying caught my attention. For example, that the song was not biblical and should not be sung in churches. Worship was created to glorify God, and not to argue over what kind of theology the artist used to write the song. I was not made aware of the controversy surrounding the popular song "Reckless Love" by Cory Asbury until about a week ago, but now that I am aware this is what I have concluded.The controversy surrounding the song is how the term reckless is used to describe God's love. This is the statement that Cory Asbury released after many people questioned his theology regarding his lyrics. I think that by trying to clarify what the song was saying he added to the confusion behind the controversy.This is what he had to say,
"Many have asked me for clarity on the phrase, "reckless love". Many have wondered why I'd use a "negative" word to describe God. I've taken some time to write out my thoughts here. I hope it brings answers to your questions. But more than that, I hope it brings you into an encounter with the wildness of His love.When I use the phrase, "the reckless love of God", I'm not saying that God Himself is reckless. I am, however, saying that the way He loves, is in many regards, quite so. What I mean is this: He is utterly unconcerned with the consequences of His actions with regards to His own safety, comfort, and well-being. His love isn't crafty or slick. It's not cunning or shrewd. In fact, all things considered, it's quite childlike, and might I even suggest, sometimes downright ridiculous. His love bankrupted heaven for you. His love doesn't consider Himself first. His love isn't selfish or self-serving. He doesn't wonder what He'll gain or lose by putting Himself out there. He simply gives Himself away on the off-chance that one of us might look back at Him and offer ourselves in return.His love leaves the ninety-nine to find the one every time."
Some people are arguing that song is biblical because it makes reference to the scripture from Matthew 28:12-14 and Luke 15. Both of these scriptures talk about the parable of the lost sheep and the shepherd. The shepherd symbolizes God and the lost sheep are people that do not have a relationship with God. On the other hand some people are arguing that using the term reckless, referring to God's character is heretical and not biblical. I found two articles that discuss the controversy about the song.The first article is called, "Reckless Love" By Cory Asbury - "Song Meaning, Review, and Worship Leading Tips." The writer of the article, Jake Gosselin argues that people are "Making a mountain out of a molehill" and that the argument is foolish. The second article, "God's Love is not Reckless, Contrary to What You Might Sing" by author Andrew Gabriel argues that using the term reckless is irresponsible and that you cannot separate Gods character traits from God himself. For example, saying that God's love is reckless could also be argued that God himself is reckless. Reckless is typically not a word that someone would use to describe God and his love for us. The term reckless is defined as (of a person or their actions) without thinking or caring about the consequences of an action. However, Cory Asbury is not talking about a person, he is talking about God's passionate and relentless pursuit of the lost. While I would not have chosen the word reckless, I understand what he was trying to communicate through the song. Down below I have linked two articles that might be helpful if you are interested in reading more about the controversy.


Keep Reading... Show less
Student Life

10 Signs You Grew Up In A Small Town

Whether you admit it or not, that tiny town will always have your heart.

1902
The Odyssey

1. You still talk to people that you went to elementary school with.

These are the people you grew up with and the people you graduated high school with. The faces you see in kindergarten are the same faces you’ll see for the rest of your life.

Keep Reading... Show less
Student Life

150 Words For Anyone Who Loves Football Games

Why I love high school football games, even though I don't like football.

2859
Dallas News

When most think of high school they think of friend drama, parties, getting your drivers license, and best of all foot ball games.

Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments