In the world of college football these days there’s very little certainty that first-tier, high-profile players will stay on campus all four years.
In the age of one-year, renewable scholarships that are left to the whims of the coaches that assign them, it isn’t a sure thing that a player who is the focus of attention one season will be the next.
Silas Redd, widely recognized as one of the top running backs in the country has been the focus of just a case recently as he considers whether to continue his career with the Penn State Nittany Lions or move across country to play for a USC Trojans squad that has it’s first legitimate chance at a national championship run since the early 2000s.
For Redd to make the move to USC, a yet-to-be-named player has been asked to give up his scholarship to make it happen and is reportedly hesitant to do so, but likely will for the greater good of the team.
It seems excessive to ask a young man who earned his way onto a team of USC’s caliber to just give up what he worked so hard to get, but should he choose to, you have to respect his decision.
On the flipside, should he take it that Lane Kiffin doesn’t respect what he brings to the table and should be looking elsewhere himself?
If you were a Division I football player and were asked by your coach to give up a scholarship for a first-tier recruit would you do it?
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Kris Hughes is the College Football Network Manager for Rant Sports and a member of the Football Writers Association of America.
Kris is also the host of Rant Sports Radioon the Blog Talk Radio Network Wednesday evenings at 8 Central Time.