In jeopardy

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By Henry G. Doble

Take Two

Tuesday, May 6, 2014


CHASING a basketball title is no longer as simple as it was before. Schools are no longer contented of having "homegrown" talents figure in the top four, or depend on available material from its enrolled students.

Scouting and "transferring" potentials is now the trend. And it is not surprising to see new faces now and then and wonder where these skillful basketeers came from. While there is no law against "recruitment," it creates some sort of a problem with academic heads once the "recruits" are in through the intercession of power wielders.

The new faces suddenly become star materials who are expected to bring honor and glory to the institution hungry for a championship. The transferees are admired and considered future heroes of the school's athletic department.

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But wait.

If school authorities start to question their age, grade levels and the "cost" of acquisition from their previous teams, conflict of interest comes in. The academicians and board of trustees will get involve and the "recruits" will be scrutinized to the max.

And when the top dogs battle, the innocent will be caught in the crossfire. These "little subjects" will either be crushed, sideswept, insulted, embarrassed or become collateral damage, without their knowing it.

The "recruits" protectors-benefactors-guardians will come to their rescue. What follows next would be reports of complaints, possibility of filing charges of child abuse through humiliation, public embarrassment and stress related-ailments.

When this minute problem ballooned to a bigger issue ready to explode, the basketball program is on its way to jeopardy. The team manager/s and the coaching staff are on its way to clash with the existing policy makers who for years have not encountered such a controversy.

The sports office will insist to make all necessary ways for the "recruits" to attend school, be eligible and bring prestige to the school's diminishing power in athletic events.

Everyone is hoping the two parties will meet halfway for a compromise. If nothing happens and nothing works, at least it was a good try.

Meanwhile, the player-student will just be confused as to his status. Will he be enrolled? Will he get the "promised" incentive for his transfer? Will the parents be comfortable of what their kids are getting into?

Somebody has to answer for their predicament.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on May 06, 2014.

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