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The Roger Clemens Award

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Evil Bastard (aka Chris_L), Apr 30, 2008.

  1. Currently the Roger Clemens Award is given to the best pitcher in college baseball. The award was originally called the Rotary Smith Award but was renamed the Roger Clemens Award in 2004. The award is considered the college equivalent of the Cy Young Award.

    The NCAA may want to rethink the name of this award or at least their support. Never mind the risk associated with naming an award after a player who was still active at the time - the NCAA should have had issues naming an award after a player who did not complete his college degree. The student part of student athlete was clearly missing in Roger Clemens makeup. If that is a message the NCAA really wants to send then they should go right ahead and start paying the athletes.

    I know that not every player who wins the Heisman Trophy, for instance, goes on to complete their degree or is a paragon of the NCAA supposed ideals. John Heisman at least was a man worthy of an award named after him.

    I suggest re-naming the award after Smokey Joe Wood who was one of the greatest professional pitchers in history (until injury cut his career short in his prime). More importantly, however, Joe Wood served as the head baseball coach at Yale for 20-years. You'd be hard pressed to find anyone who has said anything negative about Joe Wood and players should be honored to receive an award named after such a man.

    Roger Clemens was no Smokey Joe Wood as a person. It is time to get rid of the Roger Clemens Award and name it after a more deserving person.
     
  2. Simon_Cowbell

    Simon_Cowbell Active Member

    Kirk Dressendorfer?
     
  3. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    The NCAA does not sponsor the award, nor does it present the award. It can't make the Rotary Club of Houston change its name.
     
  4. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    Still doesn't fit the image they seem to be going for...

     
  5. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    I agree.

    The Rotary Club may very well change the name of the award but it won't be because the NCAA ordered them to.
     
  6. alleyallen

    alleyallen Guest

    Good catch, AQB. Let's name it after you? :D
     
  7. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    "The winner of the 2008 Sandy Lebatard Award is...."
     
  8. Oggiedoggie

    Oggiedoggie Well-Known Member

    No need to change the name of the award. Just change the recipient.

    Give it to the most attractive and gullible female country singer under the age of 16.
     
  9. poindexter

    poindexter Well-Known Member

    Keep the name of the award, give it to the married pitcher who nails the most broads on the side.
     
  10. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    Call em up and ask. TJ Simers could make a helluva column out of this.
     
  11. Simon_Cowbell

    Simon_Cowbell Active Member

    ... in a barn?
     
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