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Today, in light of the SI/CBS report on criminal activity in college football’s Top 25 programs, we were glad to see the following comments from Boise State head coach Chris Petersen. We agree with Petersen's thoughts. We also believe the article is unnecessary.
The article centers around the statistic of the 2,837 players on Top 25 teams, 7% had criminal records; 8.1% of scholarship players in trouble.
In reaction to the pointless article, Petersen told the Idaho-Press Tribune:
“I'm really disappointed in that article. The reason why is that it paints the perception of something that's very different than what goes on here, and I think the players know that, the coaches know that, our administration knows that and the police around here know that.”
“The people I feel bad for in this thing is our fans. When you see something like that, you're like 'wow.' I saw it, going 'wow, what's going on?' and that's not how it is.”
“You're not going to win the games we've won and graduate kids if you're not running a tight ship.”
“When you've got 100 guys, you're going to have some issues. We're not living in fantasy land here, and I know we'll have issues in the future. It's the toughest, hardest, most miserable part of the job, but it's also the most important part of the job, to make sure that's correct, the discipline is in line, that if guys get out of line, we'll get them back in line.”
“Nothing goes away here. The thing I feel bad about is that we can't do a lot of this private. They've got to be put in the newspaper ... they get it way worse than any normal college kid.”
“It's hard enough what we put them through, let alone the public humiliation and this type of stuff.”
To read the rest of Petersen’s comments, click here.
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