Why They Leave

May 6, 2013
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There has been a lot of talk recently on the mass exodus of Indiana basketball talent from the state’s high schools to out-of-state colleges. I have been quite vocal on this exodus. It really grips me that Purdue and IU get most of their star players from states other than Indiana. IU did have a few good Indiana players as well as Purdue, but either could have won a national championship if all those players who played for Duke, Michigan, and Ohio State had stayed home. I think most of it is image. IU is starting to get its image back, but still lacks the “I need to go there to be seen”. Purdue had it a few years ago, but lately it seems to be “I would go anywhere but there”. This is really a shame because Purdue’s track record in education takes a back seat to no one, and the IU business school is rated as high as any place else in the USA. I know one problem Purdue has is that the athletes are not only expected, but are demanded, to be in class. Not all schools do this. If some stories are true, a national championship team had several players who attended no classes the second semester of that season. This is obviously not right. One way to improve the situation is to win consistently again. Just check with IU when Coach Crean came on the scene. Players, I can guarantee you that the national press will find you if you can play like Thomas did last season at Ohio State. Have a little pride in your state and stay at home. I think more of Bryant McIntosh of Greensburg each time I consider his desire to go to Indiana State.

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