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“Count it down with me . . . Five, four, three, two, one. The national champion is clad in Big Orange."
They are plugged into a system that offers all sorts of support. They are surrounded by people that would love to see them succeed. Not only do many of them make decisions to not try in class, many of them make decisions TO try. And you have no idea which path this young man will take, so please dont act like you do.
When did I compare the tweets from VU players to anything from Florida? I just said that the tweets were ridiculous and it's asinine to assume Rudy Ford won't do well just because he isn't going to Vanderbilt.
"When we step on that football field, everyone flips a switch. And it's on..." - Butch Jones
Ok just my two cents here but aren't you also spouting off and hiding safely behind a board of a team that you are not even a fan of? I am sorry you are no longer a fan of the big orange but move along.
No kidding, pot calling the kettle black there in terms of hiding behind a computer. Pretty childish of the player to make that statement on Twitter when Jones had the courtesy to stop by and talk to him. If he didn't want Coach Jones there, he should have had the guts to tell him. As far as the comment on UTThugs, really easy to say that behind the keyboard. Come say that in person to someone from UT.
But Vanderbilt's graduation rate for black male athletes is actually LOWER than for black males as a whole. Tennessee's is higher. That one fact alone renders your entire agenda null and void. The bottom line is that Tennessee is doing more for its athletes in terms of educational assistance than Vanderbilt, and your misplaced, simplistic focus on overall graduation rates overlooks a TON of factors (including admissions standards, curriculum at the respective schools, whether these "non-graduates" actually quit school, transferred elsewhere, or simply took longer than other students to graduate, etc). That report only tells a small portion of the story, and for you to use it to promote your agenda without considering the numerous other factors left out of the study renders your entire argument invalid on its face.
And let's be honest: if you really think that people are going to have their "eyes wide open" on Saturdays this fall when cheering for their favorite schools because you posted this on a message board, then you have absolutely no idea what drives a fanbase to root for their favorite team, whether at the college or pro levels.
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