During the telecast of the University of Texas’ spring football game on ESPN, analyst Chris Spielman left viewers to consider how we feel about hyped high-school achievers prior to their arrival on campus. In this instance, the comments were about freshman QB David Ash and incoming freshman RB Malcolm Brown. (Ash started school early/Brown will come on board shortly)
Spielman’s broadcast partners Joe Tessitore and Urban Meyer indicated (while Ash was on the field) players they spoke to about him were wildly enthusiastic regarding his work ethic and leadership qualities in the short time he has been at UT.
Chris almost immediately began a counterattack of sorts against the logic of feeling that way, indicating a player has to do it on the field, in the heat of competition, before a packed house, etc.
While I believe his goal to place into context how a 5-7 team from a year ago would buy in so heavily to the arrival of a stud prospect, I felt he almost tried to shout down his boothmates even after they attempted to meet him halfway and agree Ash was a newcomer but hope is after all…hope…and that’s ok, right…?
Later in the broadcast, cameras showed Brown in street clothes signing autographs. At that point, you could literally hear Spielman grinding his teeth. He did manage to say seeing that sight “was a reflection of our society.”
I agree with his basic premise neither young man has quite warranted Heisman consideration yet, but look no further than your own pay stub Chris. ESPN has done more to elevate, inflate and saturate the airwaves with high-school sports and the recruiting of its stars more than anyone.
That “reflection of our society” can be found by looking in the mirror of your employer.