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Required reading for Espin

Discussion in 'Buckeye Football' started by ohiobuck94, Mar 23, 2005.

  1. ohiobuck94

    ohiobuck94 Buckeye Beach Bum

    Clarrett's accountalbility

    Clarett, accountability and today's students

    Education Today

    Stephen Winslow

    Tom Friend, a respected writer for ESPN The Magazine, recently wrote a column entitled "What really happened to Clarett?" in which he laments about the unfair treatment of former Ohio State tailback Maurice Clarett during recent NFL combines held in Indianapolis.

    The short of it is that Clarett ran a poor 40-yard dash time, felt embarrassed, and then quit the combine. Friend attempts to suggest that Clarett's poor time was due to overtraining combined with the high pressure that he was under in his latest attempt to rewrite his reputation. Mr. Friend creates every possible excuse for Clarett, and even calls for the media to "get off his (Clarett's) back."

    The problem with Friend's take on the proceedings is that it paints a picture for young people that suggest quitting is acceptable and accountability is unfair. Unfortunately, today's high-school students may be taking that message to heart. I have witnessed many high-school students that seem stunned when they find themselves forced to accept responsibility for their actions. This lack of accountability contributes greatly to the lack of success they face both in and out of the classroom.

    I feel Clarett's story should be provided to every high-school student in the nation. He is a shining example of a person that found a way to waste tremendous talent while making choices that hurt him, his university and his chances to excel at the things he loves. Life is a series of tests, and Clarett provides examples of poor choices that lead a person to failure.

    It is also important to point out that a person can recover from mistakes. There are two ways to overcome poor choices and their consequences. Either one can learn from the mistakes of the past, take corrective action, and move on, or they can respond as Clarett has by pointing fingers of blame at others and/or quitting when things are not working out as he would wish them to.

    I have witnessed high-school students quit. They quit on tests. They quit on stage. They quit during classroom activities. They quit on the athletic field. Soon, they will begin to quit in their adult life as well. It is the easy thing to do, and with people like Tom Friend excusing such behavior, it becomes harder to teach young people how detrimental this behavior is.

    Clarett provides examples of a man that refuses to take responsibility for the choices he made as a student-athlete, then quits as soon as the going gets rough, and as a result, he will go from a potential first-round NFL draft pick to being lucky to be drafted at all. He has been labeled as a quitter, a poor sport, a person with a bad attitude, untrustworthy, and his actions on and off the field have done much to support these assertions.

    Our students need to learn, as early as possible, that we want them to succeed. We want them to grow and excel so that they can pursue their dreams. Accountability is a part of that process. Quitting will lead to failure. Blaming others, while refusing to accept responsibility for our actions, is a recipe for labels that describe you as less then trustworthy.

    A call to parents

    The issue of character and integrity is at the root of this conversation, and they are embedded in the makeup of a person. Parents are the most important teachers that children can associate with. Parents have the ability to discuss character issues much more effectively than teachers or coaches.

    Children of today are desperate for parental leadership in a plethora of issues, none of which are more important then character, attitude and accountability. Parents should make a point to address these issues by describing acceptable behavior and ramifications for poor behavior. Parents should provide examples of each with specific discussions about what their children see each day. Unfortunately, if parents aren't there to refute the negative actions of others, then their children will consider the unchecked behavior as acceptable, and in worst-case scenarios, even admirable.

    Stephen Winslow is a regular contributor to The Augusta Free Press.

    The views expressed by columnists do not necessarily reflect those of management of The Augusta Free Press.
    osugrad21 likes this.
  2. Wow what a great article.

    My favorite part was this

    "It is also important to point out that a person can recover from mistakes. There are two ways to overcome poor choices and their consequences. Either one can learn from the mistakes of the past, take corrective action, and move on, or they can respond as Clarett has by pointing fingers of blame at others and/or quitting when things are not working out as he would wish them to."

    It seems like some people understand.
  3. Yertle

    Yertle Pounding out aggression, turns into obsession

    The article trashes Friend pretty well, but doesn't really touch on the fact that ESPN is a bunch of money-mongering yes-men. They've become the TV sports equivalent of the New York Times in my mind.

    Still, a good article with a good point. The lack of taking responsibility is something that has amazed me at different times in my life. I see it in grown men and women at work everyday, and it drives me nuts.

    That's why when my 6 month old son spits up, HE'S the one cleaning that mess up!!! :biggrin:
  4. Steve19

    Steve19 Watching. Always watching. Staff Member

    A really good article with a message that I hope gets through to parents and to young people. Thanks for posting this.

    I just hope that in referring to Tom Friend as "respected", the writer doesn't lose total credibility with his audience! :ohwell:
  5. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member

    Intelligent, unbiased opinion...beautiful article
  6. Zurp

    Zurp I have misplaced my pants.

    You probably spit up your beer and then blame it on your son, don't you?
  7. KFelbinger

    KFelbinger Newbie

    Has Friend been the writer of past MC articles published in ESPN's "magazine"?

    If so, there may have been an agreement between the two parties (in order to get the original story) to not put MC in negative light.
  8. BuckeyeSkins

    BuckeyeSkins Go Bucks/Hail to the Redskins!!

    My thought exactly when I read that Steve. In what circles is he respected? The circles from the cesspool he came out of? The guy is a hack.
  9. BuckBojangles

    BuckBojangles Jooooooonyer

    Great Article

    Great article. You know, it's starting to hit me what a tragedy this whole MC thing is. If you divorce yourself from the situation from a minute as an OSU fan, think about the tremendous talent and potential that's been wasted in this MC-gate issue.

    The guy should be holding a Heisman right now and going in the top five of the draft. Now, he'll be lucky to make special teams on any team. The article is right though. It's about choices and mistakes.

    The whole thing makes me sad.

    I just want to say that Andy Geiger and JT will have my support on this matter for years to come. Thanks for your service to the greater Buckeye Community.
  10. i do not think the intent was to trash anyone-rather a motivational life story...its just more relevant if you can point out a guy who "had it all" and burnt out so bright long and hard
  11. BB73

    BB73 Loves Buckeye History Staff Member Bookie '16 & '17 Upset Contest Winner

    I recently spotted Friend on one of those Sports-Lists shows, talking about the greatest teams ever. He had some glowing quotes about the 2001 Miami team. It made me wonder if he really liked Miami, and might have even suffered a career setback when they didn't win the 2002 title, like if he was planning a book on the "Miami dynasty" or something.

    Pure speculation on my part, but I wondered if our Fiesta Bowl victory over the 'Canes he seemed to admire so much (as an unbiased journalist, of course) made him dislike the Buckeyes enough to want to get some revenge.
  12. AKAK

    AKAK Well, that's like hypnotizing chickens. Staff Member Tech Admin

    Revenge or not... if he thought that highly of the Canes, imagine the impression 13 must have left him with afterward...

    You also wonder if Friend's real first impression of the kid was the funeral/plane flight saga, and he really felt sorry for MoC... since we know that a lot of sportswriters have a less than Positive opinion of Geiger.

    Either that or he's pissed off about the Pass Interference call and decided to get us back... yeah.. who knows.
  13. BuckeyeSkins

    BuckeyeSkins Go Bucks/Hail to the Redskins!!

    Or better yet.........................who cares?????
  14. AKAK

    AKAK Well, that's like hypnotizing chickens. Staff Member Tech Admin

    Hey- i was just trying to further illustrate what a petty little simpleton fuck off the dude probably is. :wink2:
  15. BuckeyeSkins

    BuckeyeSkins Go Bucks/Hail to the Redskins!!

    I know I was just taking it one step further. :cheers:

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