Are HBCU Sports Well Served Through Offering Second Chances?
Mike Garrett, a former Heisman Trophy winner and long-tenured athletic director at USC is headed to Langston University. He arrives there not through any demonstrated desire to be at an HBCU, but because an HBCU was willing to give him a shot after being disgraced at his alma mater in a firestorm of NCAA violations involving high profile student-athletes.
Seemingly, some black athletes, coaches and executives can only find an HBCU only after being ungraciously asked to leave a predominantly white program, or sitting on the bench. This works out for HBCUs seeking to stockpile talent on the field, in the media or in fundraising for short term success. But over a long-term, can HBCUs benefit from being the second-chance institution?
Are HBCUs well-served to be the sports destinations where you get your life, personal or professional, in order? Or does this damage the potential to attract high-level athletic talent at all?