Thursday, June 9, 2011

Is the Pony Express Award a good idea?

College Football is full of awards, and the field is about to get a little more crowded. SMU's  Pony Express tandem of Craig James and Eric Dickerson have created the "Pony Express Award" for college football two-and three-member combinations to "ultimately honoring the combination whose work ethic, desire, on- and off-field leadership and playmaking ability best fuel their team. "

So what's the problem? Other than the obvious narcissism of naming an award after yourself, that is? The SMU connection for one thing. The pair played during the scandal-plagued years that lead to the school receiving the NCAA's "death penalty." The period was chronicled recently in the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary Pony Excess. While James has never been implicated in any of the wrongdoing,  Dickerson raised eyebrows when in his senior year, he was driving a new Trans-Am he claimed his grandmother bought him. 

Look around college football right now. Ohio State and North Carolina are both plagued with recruiting scandals which could result in serious sanctions. Tennessee football is under scrutiny for events for recruiting irregularities under former head coach Lane Kiffin. USC is banned from playing in bowls at the moment because of the Reggie Bush scandal. Is this really the time for an award connected to the Mother of all College Football scandals? 

Whether James and Dickerson like it or not, they are connected to the only college football recruiting scandals. An award in any way, shape, or form connected to that period just isn't a good idea. Especially if its to honor the best in college football.

(via NFL Draft Bible, ESPN)

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