College Kickoff: TU ‘prostitutes themselves’ for LSU
ESPN college football analyst Desmond Howard said that when a college athletic department allows their football team to get pummeled by a higher-ranked opponent for money they are “prostituting themselves.”
I can’t agree more.
This weekend, our team will play against one of the greatest college football teams of all time, Louisiana State University, and we will undoubtedly lose. But will we lose much more then that?
In the beginning of the college football season, a similar situation took place with Savannah State’s football team, who played against such teams as Oklahoma State and Florida State. Savannah State lost by a combined 139 points.
It was a demoralizing defeat for the team, hurt its overall record, put the players’ health at risk for playing, as some of the players they faced are NFL-ready. The losses even hurt the reputation of the program because these games are such a blow out.
Just as Savannah State sold out its football program to the tune of almost a million dollars, our athletic program is getting paid for this game. Is it worth it?
Towson playing LSU this weekend will result in some of the same consequences. We are sacrificing the health of our players and the reputation of our program. We are showing, not just our football players, but Towson students, that losing and accepting defeat is OK at this institution.
The benefits of this game for our team are extremely shortsighted. We have the great opportunity to win it all this year, especially after gaining playoff experience from last season and having Terrance West, the best running back in the Colonial Athletic Association.
We risk a lot playing in this game. We are putting our offensive line and quarterback against one of the best defensive lines in the country, and because our players our not as prepared as these NFL-bound players are, there is a significantly higher risk of injury to our key players, who are not seeing a dime of this money.
Too many people view our athletic program, which really represents our great institution, as the laughing stock of the country because the basketball team has the longest losing record in NCAA history.
How much worse is this loss going to make Towson University look in the eyes of the public?
After we get beat down and our players look at the scoreboard in agony, remember that even though our athletic department received payment, no one wins in this situation.