Alabama BS wrote:
Why in the hell should our universities help develop foreign athletes? And give them free room and board too? There are tons of athletes in the United States that get absolutely nothing! Let Kenya develop their own athletes. Every time a foreign athlete gets a scholarship it means one American athlete didn’t!!
THIS is exactly why there are so many HS boys running 4:17 or 9:20 that feel they deserve a scholarship. Scholarships aren't given out based on what you MIGHT be able to do. It's amazing to me how we've become a society where we think mediocrity should be rewarded. Let's say a kid knows they can get a scholarship for running 4:15/9:15. What incentive does he have to run faster? The other factor to consider is, if someone is running just for the money, how motivated are they really to excel? I know we all understand how merit based systems work. That's what athletic scholarships are: merit based on athletic excellence. You want one? Be exceptional.