Full disclosure up front, I am a huge fan of the University of Michigan. As a general rule if your a fan of Michigan or Michigan State, it is a physiological impossibility to be a fan of the other.
With that said, I find this article distressing for all college football fans.
Soon-to-Be-Jailed Michigan State Running Back Will Remain on Football Scholarship
Many athletes receive scholarships while they sit the bench. Now it looks like a college football player will get one while he sits behind bars.
Glenn Winston, 19, has been "suspended indefinitely" from the Michigan State football team following two misdemeanor assault convictions, but coach Mark Dantonio said the running back will remain on athletic scholarship while he serves a six-month jail sentence in the case, according to the Detroit News.
"By NCAA rules he's on scholarship," Dantonio was quoted as saying.
Winston was due at the Ingham County Jail Friday to start serving his time after pleading guilty last month to assaulting MSU hockey player A.J. Sturges in the fall, the paper reported.
Winston is expected to receive tutoring while in jail, according to the News.
With approval from his coach he could have his suspension lifted and be redshirted for his sophomore season upon completion of his sentence.
Where to start?
This man beat up a fellow athlete and the athletic department is shielding him.
My suspicion, without knowing the NCAA rules, is that the coach is being a little misleading about the scholarship rules. I believe that if he were kicked off the team, they would not have to honor the scholarship.
He is staying on scholarship and he is receiving tutoring. This all adds up to them letting him play once he gets out of jail.
Finally, my real issue is the notion that NCAA rules allow red-shirting in these circumstances.
For non-football fans, I've heard there is such a thing (weird), red-shirting is a practice in which a player sits out a year and gets the year of eligibility back. They only get 4 years of eligibility.
So the NCAA will let a player go to jail and then get that year of playing back?
Anyone still wonder where the NFL players that abuse and rape women, abuse drugs, and have a general "the rules don't apply to me" attitude come from?