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October 09, 2012 10:00 AM Ohio State Football Player: “We Ain’t Come To Play School”

By Daniel Luzer

Last week Ohio State’s freshman quarterback, Cardale Jones, provoked the anger of many college football fans with this tweet:

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Ohio State apparently suspended Jones from Saturday’s game against Nebraska.

Jones hasn’t had any playing time yet and, according to a piece by Mike Hoag at Bleacher Report, Jones is “still learning head coach Urban Meyer’s system. Meyer values integrity, and he’s sure to remember this incident when making decisions about Jones’ playing time in the future.”

Because, you know, it’s really important that he learn the lesson not to expose big college football for what it really is.

Wonder why he doesn’t feel like he’s a real student? There’s a lot of evidence that many courses college athletes take are essentially pointless busywork.

The problem isn’t that Jones is lazy (though he might be); it’s that Jones is right. Ohio State wanted him to play football. The college didn’t recruit him because it thought he needed a great academic experience.

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer