by Kent Sterling
I vaguely recall Dr. Mark Robinson from his two years as a basketball player for Bob Knight at Indiana, but I’ll remember his words of counsel for athletes for a long time.
During the past nine days, there have been arrests of Indiana basketball players Yogi Ferrell and Stanford Robinson, and the citation earned by Florida State’s Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston for lifting $32 worth of crab legs.
That behavior appears to be pervasive throughout society as talented young athletes believe they can get away with what the normal cannot.
Robinson earned a Ph.D. in Education with an emphasis in Sports Counseling, and has been there himself, so he knows from whence he speaks.
Many fans get a little impatient with young men taking advantage of their situation in life through ignoring societal norms, but Robinson is doing something about it through his work with athletes in helping them understand the difference between right and wrong.
Robinson has a book he’s finishing that will help guide athletes toward a better understanding of how life works.
Education comes in a lot of forms, and hearing Robinson talk about what tools might help athletes beats the hell out of the misery of suddenly becoming very normal as special access that comes with athletic greatness abruptly ends.