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Begrudging the Wildcats’ Success and Opportunities

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This NYTimes article by WILLIAM C. RHODEN is an extremely powerful indictment of the media position with regards to one-n-done athletes. Though not a new perspective, that the article includes comments of no less an authority than Coach Tom Izzo provides it singular credence. I highly recommend this article [Link] to the members of this forum. "So why has the prospect of five U.K. young players turning pro unsettled so many people? If the core of the Kentucky team had been made up of white players with phenomenal athleticism and acumen at every position — operating in the context of a largely black sport — we would not be hearing the complaining. Their success would not be seen as a debasement. The team would be celebrated and feted — as Butler was, as Gonzaga used to be. Last week, I asked Tom Izzo, the basketball coach at Michigan State, if he thought a highly talented, highly athletic team of white players would be viewed differently. "I want to answer that as honestly as I can," Izzo said. "I think it would be different. I hate to say that." The perception is that these five black players are not serious students and don’t belong at the university. If they were white, there would be more acceptance that they belong at the university. "It’s sad for me to say, but it’s probably the truth," Izzo said."

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