Greener Grass

April 26, 2013

I know I have commented on this before, but it keeps coming up. Why do athletes think going far away from home is going to make their college experience better? If the Michigan players who came from Indiana had decided to play their college ball in Indiana, any of the Indiana colleges would have easily been in the final four. We can all blame the Indiana coaches for not recruiting local talent hard enough, but I wonder if that is the case. I find it hard to believe that either IU or Purdue would not have tried to get McGary, Robinson, or the shooting guard Albrecht who drained every 3 he took in the tournament. The Purdue football team usually comes from Texas or Florida and seldom contains more than a handful of Indiana born players. Both schools were big winners back when their athletes came from Indiana. The Plumlee Brothers’ mom played basketball for Purdue, and their grandfather was a professor at Purdue. Glenn Robinson’s dad starred for the Boilermakers and, as far as I know, did well from his basketball playing days there. Why did the Plumlees and Robinson feel they had to leave Indiana to play basketball? I think kids today have a hard time seeing past the end of their noses, and they believe they will be a bigger star if they go out of state to school. As you can tell, I have been getting my pet peeves out of my system with the last two blogs. I can guarantee these athletes that any of the major universities in Indiana can give them a good education, and many Indiana players have done pretty well in the pros playing college basketball right here in Indiana–just ask Larry Bird!

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