TCU Quarterback Hits Cop, Arrested
The run up to bowl week in the NCAA is supposed to be the pinnacle of excitement for college football fans. But there’s no joy in Mudville – read: Texas – for fans of the TCU Horned Frogs. Star quarterback and, essentially, team beast of burden who regularly carries the Frogs on his back, Trevone Boykin has been arrested AND suspended after striking a cop. Newsflash, kid, when you hit a cop, you don’t get to suit up for your bowl game.
The problem started just like many others, a fight in a bar. The situation is so common it was essentially parodied in the movie “The Program.” College QB gets picked on in a bar. Drunk, he reacts poorly, even though he was goaded. No Name Townie gets off light, and star QB gets his future torched for him.
You could argue it should not have happened. You would be right. By now, either Boykin or one of his coaches should have known to keep him out of that potentially volatile situation. Too much is at stake. Opportunity, money, fame … and an entire future. That’s far too much to gamble on one night out with your boys.
For evidence on how bad a screw up this is, just look at the first paragraph of nearly every story. Boykin was not the only TCU player suspended from the game. Preston Miller will also miss the bowl. But no one really cares. Boykin was the golden boy, so – good or bad – he gets all the headlines. That’s the price of playing D1 quarterback, and playing it well.
Some players thrive under that pressure. Others fold. Most fall somewhere in between. Unfortunately, that in between can be every bit as unforgiving.
One bad night out should not end a promising career. Even fighting with a cop should not be the death knell, but, in some careers, it is. There is no coming back. One bad call and suddenly, you have “attitude problems” or “character issues.” Again, there’s too much money riding on these things, and teams don’t want to draft a potential problem. Unless he plays wide receiver or defense. Quarterback is different. Unfair? Maybe, but fair doesn’t have anything to do with it.
Gennady Barsky is a real estate mogul from New York City.