"Yoshi" Hardrick - impact JC OL for Nebraska - JuCos as competitive (dis)advantage

Submitted by Sextus Empiricus on June 11th, 2010 at 4:46 PM

This guy is going to make a difference for the Huskers.   Hardrick along with Lavonte are both from Ft. Scott.  I had a dream where Dorsey comes to A2 as a Husker.  Did I say dream...nightmare.  Note their starting QB is a JC transfer.

Admissions has their standards - but Football has very tangible standards of its own.  These JC students are not below Nebraska standards.  Note Indiana, Minnesota and Purdue are restocking their CBs with JC athletes.  Rashad White (NT JC transfer with 3 years eligibility) for MSU is going to make waves.  Trulon Henry (who has his own past issues) is a full grown body at SS (contrast to Kovacs - whom I love BTW and root on to take it to the next level this year).

Sorry not to put more links in here...but PSU and OSU can afford to let underclass students grow and jell into bowl talent...we could too for many years...but not now (Misopogon has shown us all.)  The issue with JC and marginal academic athletes is whether or not they can succeed in the classroom.  It's not like we don't have the systems and coach to give these guys every opportunity to succeed.  Cissoko didn't get very far from the study table before he was shown the door.   APR aside - we are a textbook case where gifted Athletes - who would otherwise be turned away -  can get a great education and opportunity to play. 

I think we need to listen to the coaches when they are willing to put in the work to make it work.  This is not about DD, but rather the precedent Witty and DD set for RR.  RR did the right thing looking at marginal athletes who have compelling life stories.  That is what coaches feed on.  Hard work and turnarounds are what coaches offer athletes.  Pelini is doing that with Yoshi.  Expecting all students to compete in the classroom at the same level has never been the issue.  It's about opportunity to turn disadvantage into success.

I know this rant is apples to oranges in many respects...my fear is that it is more like roses to pizza.  Of course I haven't smelled or tasted either for a few years.


Zone Left

June 11th, 2010 at 4:52 PM ^

Most of the JUCO-laden schools tend to have a difficult time sustaining success.  The transfers have to come in and be solid right away for the team to win games.  Freshman and Sophomores typically get a couple years to season themselves first (except for Michigan over the past two years).

Sextus Empiricus

June 11th, 2010 at 5:16 PM ^

Have all used JC talent to maintain success, bounce back to it or outright win a national championship.

These are not programs that are having a hard time sustaining success.