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I read the article by Jemelle on ESPN and I kept thinking to myself, why can't a reporter write about something positive? Why must everything always be so negative and written in a conceded nature.
Even when everything was going our way leading up to January 7th, there was really no major story about how Notre Dame was #1 in graduation rate and #1 in the nation. That was only perpetuated by us, the diehard fans. To me that's really sad. There are so many good things that this university does, and yet, the so called leaders in sports and in news (CNN) continue to focus on everything that is ugly about some stories.
Anyone, who does just a little homework and given the right platform, can write something negative and therefore garnish interest in their articles. It is unbelievable that the only story we continue to talk about is how Notre Dame screwed up the Teo hoax.
Why must we blame Notre Dame? Perhaps because we know where to find it. Its very hard to blame a faceless coward who will not fess up to his crime. So what does the powerful media do, they focus their attacks on the biggest target of all, this University.
The University that stands for the following
"The University prides itself on being an environment of teaching and learning that fosters the development in its students of those disciplined habits of mind, body, and spirit that characterize educated, skilled, and free human beings. In addition, the University seeks to cultivate in its students not only an appreciation for the great achievements of human beings but also a disciplined sensibility to the poverty, injustice and oppression that burden the lives of so many. The aim is to create a sense of human solidarity and concern for the common good that will bear fruit as learning becomes service to justice."
If the University truly believes in the statement above, then its easy to see why they bothered to defend one of their greatest student athletes, one of their own.
This post was edited by doors6626 on 1/21/2013 at 8:07 PM
“This is that time when you say winning’s a choice.“
POTW 12/23-12/29, 2013
In regards to your 2nd paragraph......
You would hope there would be more attention placed on graduation rate AND going into the National Championship game ranked #1 but the truth is that most simply don't care. I'm not sure the NCAA even cares. They like to promote the idea of SCHOLAR athletes but they is merely part of a mission statement that gets largely ignored. Look no further than the new recruiting rules that will start taking place later this year.
Notre Dame could have really made a statement had they won on January 7th but it just wasn't in the cards. Until that happens the graduation rate platform will never really get the attention it truly needs and deserves.
I'm not sure where you got the impression that Notre Dame's combination of academic success and athletic success wasn't well covered by the national media. I spent a little less than five minutes searching for examples and here's what I found:
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by Dan Murphy on 1/22/2013 at 1:52 PM
This is all funny. LOL! You guys. Both sides.
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