Getting an athletic scholarship in college is not an easy thing to do. It takes a lot of talent and an ability to stand out among thousands of others across the country. If you are lucky enough to land an athletic scholarship (or really a scholarship of any kind, but for the sake of this post we are focusing on just athletics) then you would think you would do your best to keep it. Right? A school is handing you money so that you can get an education just for doing something that you are good at and supposedly enjoy. That is the dream right there.
Surprisingly though, some people are even better at losing their scholarships than they are at the thing they were given the scholarship for.
So, while we can’t give you a guide to get an athletic scholarship (you pretty much have to take care of that all on your own), we can give you a guide on how to lose it like a pro!
1. Profanely tweet about how you can’t wait to leave college.
Want to lose your athletic scholarship? A good way to start is to take a tip from Johnny Football. “Johnny Football” is Texas A&M freshman Johnny Manziel, a college football wunderkind. As a freshman he lead the Aggies to victory and scored himself the Heisman Trophy. He wasn’t even supposed to play in the 2012 season, but he did, and he did it well.
So why throw it all away Johnny Football? Why?
Because he can. And so can you!
On June 15th, Manziel tweeted “B******t like tonight is a reason why I can’t wait to leave college station…whenever it may be.”
This is not a very gracious way to speak of your college town (he didn’t even capitalize it!) And you would think that after being on thin ice after almost getting suspended after an arrest for a misdemeanor, Manziel would watch what he said so he wouldn’t blow his future. The tweet was quickly deleted and it has since been announced that after the 2013 season, Manziel plans on leaving college all together to be drafted by the NFL.
Oh, but he did try to apologize (sort of).
Don’t ever forget that I love A&M with all of my heart, but please please walk a day in my shoes
— Johnny Manziel (@JManziel2) June 16, 2013
So the moral of the story is, you may not lose your athletic scholarship if you tweet profanely about your college town (Manziel did not lose his scholarship) but it’s definitely a great place to start.
Everyone needs to lay down some groundwork!
2. Completely belittle the academics. Because it’s not like academics has anything to do with college or anything.
Newsflash for anyone who may be a little confused: college is still school. Sure, you are living away from home. There are parties. Sports. Weird dining hall food. But you still have to go to class and study and do well to stay apart of the school. And sure, academia isn’t for everyone and people struggle, we get it. They are still institutions of learning though, when it all comes down to it.
Some people, like the top defensive end recruit Arden Key, seem to forget that academics are a large part of well…school.
“The academic part, it’s like you have to try to fail,” Key told Palmetto Sports after announcing his commitment to University of South Carolina. So basically he is saying that he is going there because it isn’t hard and he will have to try very hard to fail out. That is definitely a great way to start your college career. Especially when you are just a high school junior. If a school is nice enough to give you free money to attend, you probably don’t want to thank them for being really easy.
People are saying that he could have meant that the athletic tutoring program at University of South Carolina is so great that it would be hard to fail with that kind of support but…well. It just sounds like he is saying it’s easy.
Again, Arden Key has not lost his place as a Gamecock and he has not lost any funding. But we still think this is a great second step to help you lose that hard earned athletic scholarship.
3. Create a graphic and offensive music video for the world to see.
So you think athletics may not be for you anymore? Want to pursue a career in music instead? Well we suggest that you take some cues from Jay Harris. Jay Harris lost his scholarship before he even graduated from High School, which is mighty impressive. Going out with a bang before you really even get it. Awesome. If you are unfamiliar with what happened with Jay Harris, let us fill you in. Harris was offered an athletic scholarship to play ball at Michigan State. He committed to the school after receiving other offers from other schools.
But Jay, also known as rapper “Jay DatBull” had other passions. And he displayed those passions to the world in a series of explicit rap videos in which he is seen smoking, and just kind of being a jerk. After the videos were called to their attention, Michigan State pulled their offer as did the other schools that were trying to recruit him.
With the release of Yeezus this month and everyone losing their minds over it, it does not seem like a great time to have a budding rap career right now. But hey, dream big DatBull.
While there are many other ways that you could lose your athletic scholarship, these three methods are tried and true, but we definitely recommend adding your own flair to them. Maybe try a different social media site to post your rants on! Or use a stronger vocabulary. Or just use music to express yourself.