Dear Football Mom:
Our son is finishing his freshman year of college and was redshirted, which I still don’t understand, because he was promised to be on the team when they recruited him. But now, we just found out he flunked last semester and isn’t eligible to play on the team next fall. I am furious. At him of course, but then at the coaches, too. They tell us he has to stay on campus and take summer school courses to raise his grades so he’ll have a chance to play next year. Well, I wanted him home. What should we do?
Dear Football Reader:
Do you want the short version or the even shorter version? Oh golly.
First of all, it was a good thing he was redshirted his freshman year. It is supposed to give players a chance to settle in on campus and smooth out any wrinkles they could be challenged with as a new recruit. So actually, the coaches were right-on having him redshirted.
Second, the real question is how or what happened in the classroom for him to peddle such poor grades when he wasn’t even playing? Granted, I know, he still practiced, spent time in the weight room, and was part of the team whether he clocked time in a game or not. But, if he couldn’t get the grades with the pressures of traveling and playing in games, what do you suppose will happen when or if he does play next season? Sounds to me like the boy better hunker-down and getter-done in the classroom. Same thing happened once with us and, oh trust me, somebody got his head peeled like a peach even though he was, indeed, a first stringer. You never want to accept excuses. I suggest you make that clear to your son as well. No bragging here, but the head that was peeled did graduate and holds a bachelor’s degree. Peach-peeling works.
Third, thank those coaches till you are slap wore out from thanking them for giving your son a second chance through summer school. If his grades don’t get up to snuff, no worries. You’ll have him home soon enough.
Originally Posted in the Forsyth County News