By Alex Coleman
Over the few weeks since I heard the lamentable news that a certain football player would be returning to old Virginia Tech despite his numerous attempts to provide the institution with ample excuse to expel him, I have been giving a lot of thought to what I personally can do about it in the next year.
I wonder exactly what our athletes have to do in order to be expelled. Short of murdering Coach Beamer, I am beginning to think that it is entirely impossible for a Tech athlete to suffer expulsion; they seem immune to the rules of this school. I find this deplorable, and feel that if I were caught in some of the delinquency perpetrated by our athletes, I would surely be out on my ear.
And so I've been tossing about ideas. Boycott the football team? Sure, but that really puts a stump on my senior year. Imagine going through four years of loyal Hokie fanaticism and not being able to see the team play in my last year. Besides, why hold it against the whole team, when it is only a minority that causes trouble? In fact, none too few of them are true leaders in the world of sports and the community.
Fine, then how about booing him whenever he walks on the field? Fair enough, and in all honesty, other than this column, that's about all I'll be able to do in the way of direct action to demonstrate my disapproval of this sabotage of our school's honor and integrity. Besides, I am a loud fan who loves to make his voice heard in the stands (are you surprised?). Perhaps if I am lucky I'll be close enough to the field to be heard.
But honestly, this solution just seems a few steps shy of childish. It will, in all truth, accomplish nothing and probably irritate many of my fellow Hokie fans. So, I got down to thinkin' about what I could do to positively, constructively aid this situation.
What do you do with athletes (or anyone for that matter) who need to learn respect for authority, discipline and a little bit about honor, integrity and civil behavior? Well, with luck, you can teach it to them. It's a tough lesson, and it takes tough teachers. Now who around Blacksburg knows anything about that?