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|Let's hear it for class|
Just maybe college coaches are starting to get it.
Concordia Parish Sheriff's Deputy Lee Ford was telling me about a high school underclassmen camp his son, Lee Jr., and three other Vidalia High players, along with four Ferriday High football players attended at Zachary High in Zachary earlier this month.
Ford said the coaches told camp participants, about 500 total, that if they sent in a clip of their highlights that had crude language such as 'MF" in it or tasteless music to it, they would just discard it and move on to the next one.
OK, I'm not foolish enough to think if some super stud sent in a clip with some foul language the coaches are not going to take a look.
But what's important is those marginal players who do not get the exposure can gain an advantage by sending in a tape without all the nonsense attached to it that may be the difference in them getting a future look over someone else sending in clips with trash attached.
Maybe coaches have finally gotten to the point they are tired of taking chances on young men who are going to do something to embarrass their school down the road.
And it can happen anywhere.
Four players for two-time defending national champion Alabama were dismissed from school following their arrests after two robberies on campus early this year.
Linebackers D.J. Pettway and Tyler Hayes, safety Eddie Williams and H-back Brent Calloway are no longer enrolled after a judicial review.
Pettway, Williams and Hayes are charged with two counts of second-degree robbery. Williams and Calloway, who was not accused in the robberies, are charged with fraudulent use of a credit card.
Maybe, just maybe, coaches are tired of being baby-sitters. Sad thing is, some other college will welcome those guys with open arms.
But it's good to see someone with character and class apparently getting a closer look.
Sure it's not a perfect world.
If that was the case, teams would be stocked up with athletes such as Gary Stewart, Charles Chandler, Richard Jefferson, Jasmine Upchurch and Kimberlyn Duncan.
Duncan is the perfect example of someone reaching the top of their sport, but remaining humble, while continuing to work hard and become an even team player.
This exceptional young lady whose parents are from Ferriday has been a great representative of LSU.
I asked Kimberlyn half-jokingly earlier this month if she ever thought about pulling a Mo Isom and going out for football.
"I have no desire to play football," Duncan said with a laugh. "I'll let the boys handle that. They are doing a great job."
Yeah, but Kimberlyn has something some of those other guys do not -- worlds and worlds of class.
There's many a football player who could learn a lot from the way Duncan carries herself and represents her school.
But it's good to know college coaches are looking for more athletes who know what it means to be role models.
The younger kids need to take notice. Or their film clips may just end up in that discarded pile.
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