NCAA CARES


Two years ago a Villanova basketball player by the name of JayVaughn Pinkston received assault charges at an off campus party. It was not released publicly exactly what he did. When I asked my friends who go there what happened, they said he apparently fought two different Villanova students after they allegedly locked him in a closet. Pinkston was not new to fighting as being a New York state boxing champ in high school. He got suspended for the entire 2010-2011 season in result of this. He was supposed to be a very influential player that season and he ruined that over one bad decision.

At the beginning of this year Tommy Rees, the starting quarterback for Notre Dame last year, assaulted a police officer after fleeing an off campus party. When the officer approached Rees, Rees kneed him in the stomach and tried to run away. He didn’t get very far before other officers tackled him to the ground.

Both these players play on two teams that I’ve been a fan of my entire life. It makes me angry that things like this happen which in result hurt teams’ futures with performance and image. For my white paper, I would like to look into campus violence involving student athletes. The NCAA convened a think tank this year to address campus violence prevention. NCAA president Mark Emmert explained,

We need to have a better understanding of the issue of campus violence and address the role athletics might play in prevention,” Emmert said. “Athletics is at the forefront of many things and has such an impact that it can drive culture and be an enormous lever for social change. If we can be successful in athletics in providing higher education with best practices and templates on how to address this issue, then we can be leaders for change across our campuses.

It’s great that the NCAA is taking a stance on this. I hate to see players get suspended over stupid decisions they make. Educating student athletes about violence on campus and their consequences will hopefully aid in helping the problem. I think the NCAA should hold required meetings at every collegiate institution regarding this issue. Hopefully it will prevent future violence from happening. I just wish they had this back in 2010. Maybe JayVaughn Pinkston and Tommy Rees wouldn’t have done what they did.

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5 responses to “NCAA CARES

  1. I think that this is a great topic for your paper Bob, and one that I’m sure you will enjoy researching very much. I do agree that on campus violence and how it affects sports programs as a whole is a very big issue in today’s world. Another topic I feel like would be interesting to look at on the topic of stud athletes at big D1 schools is the reality of compensation. I know there have been many scandals in the recent years of head coaches luring big time recruits to their schools with some cash rewards. I think it would be very cool to look into the reality of this, and see how true it is and to what extent coaches are willing to go to get that stud running back..

  2. The NCAA definitely has an impressive opportunity to hold student athletes and all those involved with college athletics to a higher standard by being able to take away something the aggressor deeply cares about — their eligibility to play. As with the Paterno case, sports studs can sometimes become local celebrities and might legally get away with more than they should, so it’s great that the NCAA has the power to impose their own sanctions.

  3. I agree that the D1 athlete compensation factor could certainly be an interesting factor to look into when considering the mentality of these athletes. Certainly with the types of scholarships that a lot of them receive, they have a lot to lose. Perhaps some sort of program like the “intro to college” class that we took in our freshman year could produce some good results in terms of reducing violence among these athletes as well as on the campus in general.

  4. I think this is a great paper topic, especially because we are surrounded by many Division I athletes here at Bucknell too. Unfortunately, athletes are held to a higher standard than the average student so I am happy to see that the NCAA is recognizing that and helping athletes reach their goals while staying safe.

  5. I think this topic is definitely one that can hit on some important issues. The whole atmosphere and way of life around sports teams, especially in the NCAA, is based around competition. They all play to win and it makes some players extremely energetic and it makes some extremely aggressive. I’d be interested to see how exactly the facet of competition may play a role in the amount of violence that takes place.

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