It's not surprising that prospects are swayed by runners. Millions of dollars flow through athletic departments but the young men expected to create the cash flow can't take an equitable sip from the stream.
If there's anything to take away from this terrible Penn State news, it's an opportunity to talk to the kids in our care, to use this Penn State tragedy as a teachable moment about ethics and morality.
This conversation about Deshon Marman's arrest is about the race façade. Aspects of black culture inject an image of "gangstas" and "thugs" into the media, making it difficult for anyone to be immune to its subconscious effects.
While it's highly likely some of the young men who signed letters of intent with colleges will watch the Super Bowl and think: "That's going to be me someday," the numbers suggest it's not going to happen.
When LZ Granderson was growing up in Detroit, the state clearly belonged to Michigan, with the likes of Gary Grant and Desmond Howard owning the national spotlight. Today, the state may very well belong to State.
How many coaches will describe the game they are about to play as "war" in their pregame speech? How many athletes will refer to themselves as "soldiers"? Some lines shouldn't be crossed, particularly when we are at war.