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Why the world is in trouble, college sports edition

Published: May 14, 2013, 3:06 pm, by Paul Klee

I love college basketball recruiting. It’s a guilty pleasure and something I thoroughly enjoy.

It’s also sick and disturbing, and by disturbing, I mean college sports fans are disturbing. Not all of them, but more than you’d think.

Case in point: The fallout from Andrew Wiggins’ decision to play his one season of college basketball at Kansas. Wiggins is the top-rated prospect in the country (or two countries, since he’s Canadian). Talked to three college coaches today and each of them still believe he’s the best prospect in any class, at any position, anywhere.

But you probably already knew that.

But did you know a legion of college fans — mainly from Kentucky and North Carolina — attacked Wiggins in ways that few, if any, high school kids should be attacked?

It all happened in a place where reason and rational thought flies out the window: Twitter.

One tough guy, a North Carolina fan, with the name Ryan Krejci (@RMKrej), told Wiggins to “Eat s***.” Another guy named Dan Sullivan (@sully1230), a Kentucky fan who lives in Lexington, told Wiggins “f*** you man.” A Florida State fan, whose name is Tyler Thomas (@TylerThomasBrew), told Wiggins to suffer a knee injury.

And those are only a few examples I found with a quick search. Dozens of poor souls used racial slurs, homophobic slurs and various nasty names and directed them at Wiggins.

All of this supports my theory the value of a college degree decreases every time one of its fans logs onto the Internet.

Some will say this is only a small sector of fans, that it’s the noisy minority. I disagree. It’s a larger percentage than people want to admit.

Is this where we are in college sports?

Sure is.

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