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College football brings out best and worst in fans

Published 12:46pm Thursday, February 13, 2014

After reading, hearing and watching the recent events that revolve around college football recruiting, I have come to this conclusion: there are some terrific fans of college football, who actually “get it” when it comes to what college is all about.
Then there are those who, for whatever reason, feel a need to display their ignorance in the social media – be it Twitter, Facebook or blogs. I can only suggest that most of these ignorant, self-serving pea-brained individuals come from that wonderful underachieving group known as the “have-nots.”
I want to believe the individuals are a minority in numbers who over the years never learned from their mistakes and misgivings, and they feel the need to take their insecurities out on others. Unhappiness breeds unhappiness.
These individuals most likely derived from the same single-celled classification that gave us Harvey Updyke and others like him.
Mr. Updyke never attended the University of Alabama, and I would bet the recent Internet posters who tried to hurt the Evans family never attended Auburn.
You know who they are and furthermore, you know exactly who YOU are if you thought it was OK to try and destroy a child’s dreams. You are the individuals who have paid to post on a particular recruiting site, who hide behind your electronic devices and feel the need to post negative, vile comments about 17 and 18-year-olds.
You say things like, “I hope he tears his ACL in his first game,” or call for a boycott of the kid’s family-owned business.
Yes, I am speaking about Rashaan Evans and his family.
I have tried to look at all angles of why people do what they do. I have digested this for over a week now and I have come to this conclusion: if what I am writing offends you, so be it. I don’t care, just like you don’t care if you are hurtful and utterly disgusting in your attempt to be relevant.
You know what I mean, if the shoe fits!
In almost 21 years of living in Alabama, I have never encountered anyone suggesting or displaying this type of behavior. That goes for the Auburn fans and the Alabama fans as well.
Sure, there is a love-hate relationship when it comes to football, but I also know how everyone came together as a family during the devastating tornado outbreak a few years ago.
No, this is not about Auburn or any other particular school; this is all about the society we live in today.
Rashaan’s father, Alan Evans, said this when he was interviewed by Matt Scalici of AL.com: “It’s shocking and hurtful to find out people who used to support us have decided to try and hurt us simply because our son chose to attend a different school than the one they root for.”
Here is a kid who happens to live in Auburn and attends high school in Auburn, but he never, ever said he would attend Auburn University.
In fact, he did not commit early to anyone. It was down to Auburn, Alabama and UCLA.
For whatever reason, it was “understood” by some, that Evans was a lock and would ultimately commit to the Tigers. It just reinforces my theory that some people really live and breathe this college football stuff and that they actually rely upon a teenager’s decision to satisfy their happiness.
I spoke to many Auburn alumni prior to the Evans announcement. None of them – and I mean not one – ever suggested he was a lock and would commit to the Tigers.
Well, I’m sorry about that, but he is neither the first nor will he be the last to leave you standing at the altar of the college football gate of relevance.
I too was a bit surprised that he chose Alabama, but never am I shocked over a teenager’s decision, especially when it involves their future.
As I indicated last week, in three or four years, you will find out how smart their decisions were after all.
Most of the time, kids know best.
Until next time …
Meyers is a sports columnist for The Outlook. You can follow him on Twitter @brucemeyers11.

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