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Dominic Woodson, top 100 center in 2013, decommits from Baylor

May 20, 2013, 12:47 PM EDT

Scott Drew

Dominic Woodson no longer plans to attend Baylor in the fall, according to multiple reports.

Woodson was rated as the No. 80 recruit in the country, and the No. 9 center in the Class of 2013, by Rivals. But with Isaiah Austin and Cory Jefferson both opting to return to school, and with Rico Gathers still on the roster, Woodson is no longer a good fit for the Bears.

Neither side expected all three of Baylor’s big men to return to school.

That said, it’s still a bit concerning if you’re a Baylor fan. This is the third time in a week that a player expected to be a contributor during the 2013-2014 season has left the program. First, it was Deuce Bello transferring out of the program and to Missouri. Then LJ Rose left after just one season in Waco.

There is still plenty of talent at Scott Drew’s disposal, but hemorrhaging top 100 recruits for a team that is losing Pierre Jackson to graduation doesn’t exactly seem ideal.

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  1. Art Martin - May 21, 2013 at 12:07 AM

    Let him go….good riddance. He obviously is out for himself, and is looking for a school he can put in the least amount of time so he can get paid. These kids use the NCAA as much as they use them. College basketball has been severely impacted by the NBA. The good news is that we get one or two teams every year now, loaded with junior and seniors from a mid major who make watching March Madness fun. These kids may never be on an NBA team, but they sure send home some selfish Freshman and sophomores who go the Kentucky’s of the world early from the tournament every year. I say if a Kids not serious about getting his degree, or at least staying for 3 years, just go play,pro oversees for a year or two, and get drafted from one of those teams. Quit screwing up the college game for your own selfish reasons.

    • prez03 - May 21, 2013 at 1:51 AM

      Why do guys like you call kids selfish for wanting to realize their dreams, but coaches and schools make & keep %100 of the money tht is generated from the sports that they coach? I guess it’s only ok for you to strive for your dreams” if you ever had any” and the kids were not even playin that much the team won’t even miss them. You sound very bitter lol maybe sports wasn’t your thing don’t be THAT GUY put yourself in these young men’s shoes…… What would you do? I would love to know the truth lol

      • jdillydawg - Jun 1, 2013 at 7:49 PM

        College athletes ought to get paid. They should also be required to get an education. At least that’s what I thought college was for. Kids should play for the school they want to learn from, not the one that will get them to the NBA the fastest.

        To create a quick route to the NBA, they should create a farm system like baseball so they can start drafting kids at 13 or even younger.

        I have no problem with a kid wanting to make a zillion dollars as soon as he can, but college sports is so dirty, it’s getting embarrassing. It’s like the NCAA is a cartel of pimps and the kids are homeless prostitutes given promises of glory. Only for the few, sadly.

  2. harleyspoon - Jun 4, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    The scholarship athetes (a) are housed (at the college’s expense), (b) eat free (at the college’s expense), (c) are insured for the costs of sickness and injury (at the college’s expense), (d) get a monthly stipend (at the college’s expense) and are exposed to the pros for free..Oh yes, they work hard for it but so do the coaches and all the other support casts at the institution…

    I do think, as a former college coach, that there should be a fund at each institution to help college athletes–many of whom come from poverty–with emergencies, clothes, travel to and from home, dates and a reasonable entertainment. There should be a strict audit and accounting of every cent used for those purposes under tough rules and reasonwith penalties. When all is said and done, some, not all, athletes who help their teams and schools win championships, make a difference with alum gifts and contributions and the money made from filling stadiums, going to bowl game and TV. Many, however, do not make such a contribution…Note, however, very few colleges make a profit or even break even off their sports programs…Many institutions lose $millions year after year in order to provide the venue and the opportunity for the student athletes…

    Moreover, there are (in many instances) and should be a binding contract between the institution and each student athlete with strict provisions applied to (1) the effort and conduct of the student athlete in class, on the field or arena or track, in the community and the (2) obligations of the school to the student athlete for the deal made between the student athlete and the college within the rules.

    Willy nilly transfers based on hurt feelings and failure to be “the star” are harmful to the game, other student athletes who give their word and keep it, and the schools they jilt. We screech about accountability. By God, it is time for kids to learn about the consequences of their words and actions with rigid accountability and penalties attached. That same accountability should be rigidly applied, with penalties, to the institutions…

    Just as our nation is supposed to be a nation of laws, not of men, rules should and must be made and applied equally and fairly across the board. The exchange of an expensive education (and what that education costs and means to the rest of each student athlete’s life) for what every student athlete knows has to be expended for the team has to be clear and stand for something….

    When a boy or girl leaves home to “play” sports as if they were adults and receive a “paid for by someone else” education, they need to understand their own adult obligations and that they are accountable as young men and women, not children anymore!!!

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