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Column: Hope, not hype

Senior Staff Writer

Published: Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Updated: Friday, August 23, 2013 16:08

All of these things give us hope. That’s part of the reason people spend thousands of dollars on their teams and schools; the reason they get tattoos representing these same clubs; the reason that no matter how many times we are betrayed by even the greatest of heroes, we return to sports because we have hope for what’s guaranteed to come next.

Truthfully, no one deserves all the flattery, attention and benefits the high school players in the country receive during this time. But, given the way in which college football recruiting has evolved, it’s become a necessity for coaches everywhere.

These players may not be heroes to us yet, if ever. They are, however, important potential pieces of a much bigger puzzle, just like coaches, managers, scouting departments and administrators. And it is the synergy of these pieces, each irreplaceable in their own way, which makes up the teams we love and provide the special moments we are eager to witness.

We all have bones to pick with the Armstrong, Rodriguez, the NCAA and others. You and I can have disdain for and debate all the hype involved with how sports are nowadays portrayed.

But, there’s something you can almost never, ever argue with, that's not going away no matter how a year starts or ends–


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