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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Let's replace the current double standard in college athletics with a higher standard.  Let's focus for a moment on the athletes that are considered the "best of the best" - the scholarship athletes. 

When there has been a brush up with the law with one of these exceptional athletes have you noticed how most programs handled?  The answer is – it depends and it's not consistent.  From the outside looking in one could surmise it all depends on how important that young man is to the program and what they mean or could mean to a team's success on the field of play.

Criminal activity in college sports is nothing new and has occurred in all divisions, all conferences and in all states – but hasn't the time come where we put a University's academic credibility and student body safety above points on a scoreboard or ticket sales?

Would a university deal with a situation regarding criminal activity from a high profile professor in the same manner it would from a high profile quarterback?  I think we all could agree that it would not.  One ouster would affect a classroom the other a 100,000 seat stadium.

It's high time to end any special treatment for student athletes who break the law.  Let's continue to raise the bar of excellence and expectation for these student athletes on the field and just as important – off.

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