Logan: Hernandez's situation and cheating in college football
Posted June 27, 2013
Former New England Patriots and Florida Gators tight end Aaron Hernandez was charged with first-degree murder and is being held without bail in connection with the death of 27-year old semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd. Hernandez could face life in prison without parole if convicted. Former East Carolina head coach Steve Logan said coaches put in measures to try and build athletes into productive, law-abiding citizens, but it is on the player to put those lessons into actions.
“These guys are in a culture and they refuse to separate themselves from that culture once they get into the big money and the big fame,” Logan said while joining Mike and Mark on The World’s Strongest Morning Show on 620 the Buzz Thursday morning. “That culture is going to drag you down.”
Every year, the NFL puts rookies through a program before the start of the preseason to educate them about staying out of trouble.
Logan, just as any coach, said he had a few incidents while coaching at ECU and Tampa Bay Buccaneers but said athletes ultimately control their own future and the staff can only guide them in the right direction.
“You educate, you do your best with them, but a percentage of them are going to blow themselves up,” said Logan. “You get a guy with a lot of time and lot of money, it’s a car wreck waiting to happen if they don’t have a spirit of discernment and discretion. If somebody is bound on self-destructing then they’re going to self-destruct.”
In the collegiate ranks, the University of Oregon received three years’ probation Wednesday for recruiting violations under former head coach Chip Kelly. The Ducks must surrender one scholarship for the next three years, but were not banned from postseason play. Kelly was hired by the Philadelphia Eagles shortly after the college football season ended and was issued an 18-month ban from college football Wednesday.
Logan brought up the old coaching saying, ‘Cheaters are Champions’.
“The risk for cheating and the punishment you may receive, it’s well worth the risk,” Logan said. “It’s well worth the risk to cheat your brains out and get as much money as you can as a coach then let the chips fall where they may. Every coach out there pushes that thing to the very limits of the rules. I don’t see where the cheaters are really getting punished enough.”
Logan will work with quarterbacks and wide receivers for rising 7-12 graders at the Football Flight Camp at Ravenscroft School from July 23-25. For more information, visit the Ravenscroft School website.