Wednesday, February 2, 2011
National Signing Day
It's bizarre. It's disgusting. And frankly, it's quite boring. So why is ESPN dedicated an entire day (and multiple networks) to signing day coverage?
I wish I knew.
The whole spectacle continues to blur the line between academics and athletics. Already, we see billion dollar television deals, behind the scenes scandals, seven-figure coach's salaries, and countless other aspects of college sports that put extreme emphasis on sports and totally disregard the notion of college. Signing day simply gives more gets the impression that they are on the fast track to the pros. It isn't so simple, though. The odds are stacked against them.
The NFL Draft is an exciting day. NCAA Signing Day should not be. As 18-year-olds across the country pledge their skills to the top D1 schools, all we can do for their sake is hope that they understand the long road ahead.
For our sake, we can change the channel.