Isaiah Crowell-Alabama State Rumors Drive HBCU “Back Up Plan” Stereotypes
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is today reporting that dismissed Georgia running back Isaiah Crowell is considering a transfer to Alabama State University. Yet another example of HBCUs bailing out a athlete in trouble – real or perceived.
Could Alabama State use a top-tier running back? Absolutely. What HBCU program couldn’t? But if there’s smoke about a Division I athlete who didn’t care to consider an HBCU until facing gun charges and expulsion, why is it Alabama State’s role to play firefighter?
Crowell, like many other athletes who’ve transferred to HBCUs after a hard times at PWI’s, would come in and likely be a player with immediate impact and draft stock at ASU. But its clear he believes his baggage won’t make him appealing to another BCS program, and its obvious that Alabama State was somewhere on his radar for this information to come out.
So which side of the HBCU argument are we making for cases like Crowell’s and other athletes with a troubled past? That we open doors to everyone? Or that we are a great back-up plan for knuckleheads?