I have heard that on Senior Day, at the South Alabama/USC game, the Gamecocks who are leaving early will also be honored. This is wrong. Senior Day is for graduating seniors, who have earned their degree. Anything else is a sham. It’s glorifying dropping out.
Anyone who has spent time, money, blood, sweat and tears getting a degree should be up in arms. No matter how you want to put lipstick on this, these “student/athletes” are dropping out of college to go another direction.
It took me nine years to get my degree, and I’m extremely proud of the fact that I finished, and got to walk across the stage and get my diploma. I was not allowed on the stage without the correct number of hours. It’s an affront to think that people could drop out and get the same honors as me, especially in front of 80,000 people.
If they want to come back and finish their degree, I will be one of the first to stand up and applaud. But let’s not set new standards for kids who are dropping out of college.
Let the seniors and their family have their day. Lots of sacrifices, money and hard work went into the effort, and they didn’t desert their fellow players when money got waved in their faces by agents. If the university wants to do something for those dropping out, do it privately. But let’s not glorify dropping out. Opt-outs, career-path changes, whatever. Still a drop-out. Stop this before it’s too late.