I remember the good old days of college athletes and academics. An entrepreneurial athlete used to have to find a nerd to his work for him. But that presented problems if the athlete couldn't find a nerd willing to do his work for him. Then the athlete would be forced to go to class - and no athlete should have to do that.
Luckily, in today's modern world, there's Facebook. Facebook allows lazy athletes everywhere the ability to hook up with individuals from all over the world who will do their work for them. Sure, said athlete might have to pay a small fee for the services, but he has a much larger pool of people to draw from to do his work for him.
That's exactly what Andy Robinson, the top scorer on the University of Buffalo basketball team this past year, did recently.
Robinson put up this rather awesome message on his Facebook page last week:
"I am paying anybody who have read the book "there are no children here' by Alex Kotlowitz $30-40 which in some classes you have to read at UB (even more money if you have to read the book a little more!!) to write a 3-4 page paper, on a couple questions which was assigned.'Obviously this is a guy who has no business whatsoever writing a 3-4 page paper on anything.
But with any new form of communication, you should be careful. Like don't let people easily know who you are while you're actively looking to commit academic fraud. Unfortunately, Robinson wasn't aware of that, and was snitched on by a U of B student who stumbled onto his Facebook page.
As a result, Robinson - a junior - is not allowed to participate in offseason workouts while the school determines whether he'll be disciplined further.
Which is a shame, really. In my mind, Robinson is just a brave - although admittedly stupid - pioneer.
Hopefully other athletes will learn from Robinson's mistake. And I don't mean that they should go to class, they just need to be slightly less of a dumbass when they use Facebook. Although that might be asking a lot.