After 8 years of college football dominance, the storied SEC has finally given up the title to the ACC. However, last night’s victory for the Florida State Seminoles was a tough pill to swallow for a University of Miami fan. Not quite in the same range as the Flutie miracle pass to top the Canes, but still tough. The frustration of losing 4 of the last 6 games after starting 7-0 or getting demolished by Miami decommit Teddy Bridgewater has made the pill go down slower than usual.
With 1:19 left in the game, Heisman Trophy Winner Jameis Winston drove his team down the field and capped off the drive with a sensational throw to another future Sunday player, Kelvin Benjamin. After such an emotional victory, it is easy to understand how Jameis Winston threw out the ordinary, everyday post-game interviews and brought out the Ray Lewis / Ron Artest cue cards. He addressed the “haters” and praised God, a noble message, and yet, thousands of Americans criticized Winston for speaking a ‘foreign’ language on a national stage.
I would like to see how a sample of college freshman handled impromptu interviews in the limelight. Sure, he did have his share of grammatical errors, but this should just make society reflect on how we treat our student-athletes and how often we forget “student” is before “athlete” in the phrase. The blame should not be put on Winston nor his family, rather society for throwing millions of dollars at athletes to forego their final years of college.
Remedies to this problem? Give some type of compensation for the millions of dollars generated by these spectacular athletes who, as of right now, make absolutely nothing. Maybe give them a portion of jersey sales? Anything to add on to the All-You-Can-Eat meal plan.
To end with, I am looking forward to next football season and all the college football playoff hype that everyone is partaking in. Hopefully Canes fans can actually be a part of it rather than denouncing the Florida State namesake. And can I get a Duke Johnson Heisman candidacy? We’ll see.