Ohio State third-string QB Cardale Jones must have had a rough Thursday night. Early this morning, likely as he was getting ready for class on a Friday, Jones used Twitter to show his displeasure with the "student" part of student-athlete.
In a strange series of events, the Buckeye's Twitter account has been either removed or made private, because there is no direct link to the tweet. But Ben Jones, writer for StateCollege.com and the Penn State Nittany Lions, was nice enough to direct us to the exact words Jones used.
Well..RT @cordale10 Why should we have to go to class if we came here to play FOOTBALL, we ain't come to play SCHOOL classes are POINTLESS— Ben Jones (@Ben_Jones88) October 5, 2012
That kind of attitude has no place in college, and frankly no place in sports.
If you look at the tweet, he prioritized the things most important to him. Football is king. School is pointless.
That's the kind of attitude that places student-athletes like Jones, and thousands of others across the country, in a category of troubling proportions. How long are we going to allow college recruits to prioritize football over class?
Jones is a freshman at Ohio State. He was a highly touted quarterback at Cleveland Glenville High School, where he passed for over 1,600 yards and 22 touchdowns as a senior for coach Ted Ginn.
The key there, though, is that he is a freshman. Still a teenager, Jones clearly expects to be treated like an adult, and his profession (football) is something more important than the higher institution of learning he's currently attending.
This doesn't bode well for Jones, or his head coach Urban Meyer. You can bet some kind of repercussion is coming from the early-morning rant, whether Jones really believes what he said about his classes.
In his defense, at least he was going to class. That time of the morning likely represents he was making an effort, something that's completely commendable.
But actions speak louder than words. With hundreds of thousands of Buckeyes fans across the nation, some of them children, what kind of example is Jones setting as a role model for aspiring Buckeyes?
Like it or not, Jones is an example. Third-stringer or not, he must take classes just the same as starting QB Braxton Miller, and he's going to have to face his actions in the form of extra discipline or a suspension.
In the technology-craved world we live in, it's funny that Twitter has such an impact on the day to day of high-profile people. But in less than 140 characters, Jones undermined the entire process of going to school while playing football, not the opposite.