posted on Jul, 1 2007 @ 10:37 AM
Going back to the "should he have come back to college" question, I'll give an absolute "no". In fact, he never should have had to miss out on
the NBA last year. If a guy's good enough to go pro right out of high school, he should be allowed.
Personally, I'd rather see the college game be for true college athletes and not for guys who don't belong in college and only stay for a year,
Oden certainly was a capable student and more than able to do college level academic work. But the financials being what they are, it made no sense
to jeopardize a multi-multi-million dollar contract with the injury possibility.
What I'd like to see (and never will) are some MAJOR penalties for recruiting and signing a kid who jumps to the pros in his first two years (or
Now there's way too much money involved for that to ever happen, but wouldn't it be nice to have college athletic programs populated by true student
athletes? And I know I'm in the minority on this issue.
My alma mater (Indiana University) has the next pheenom coming in this fall, Eric Gordon. All my alumni buddies were beside themselves with joy.
And yeah, it'll be nice to have him, for the year he's there.