South Carolina Commit Sums Up College Athletics Pretty Accurately

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterJune 17, 2013

TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 01:  Coach Steve Spurrier of the South Carolina Gamecocks directs play during a 33 - 28 victory against the Michigan Wolverines in the Outback Bowl January 1, 2013 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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We can rest easy, because it seems that pesky school business will not get in the way of one student athlete's ability to play football. 

Ty Duffy of Big Lead Sports spotted an interesting quote from 2015 South Carolina commit Arden Key in a report over at In a recent visit to the USC campus, Key noted:

The academic part, it's like you have to try to fail. I love the coaches. They are always ready for something. And it isn't far from home. It gives you a different environment. It's in the city, but it's also in the country.

Kids say the darndest things. 


UPDATE: Tuesday, June 18, 2:45 p.m. ET

As Larry Brown Sports spotted, the initial report left out a very important part of Key's comments. Here is a tweet they cite from Wes Mitchell

Key decided to answer his critics in his own Twitter feed with the following posts. 

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I am going to assume the junior defensive end from Lithonia, Ga. will want that comment back, as head coach Steve Spurrier is no doubt shaking his head at it.

While we don't know a great deal about the young man outside of the brief report, we do know he had to choose among Clemson, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Miami, North Carolina, Stanford, Tennessee, Southern Cal and UCLA as possible destinations.

It seems Key preferred a school that was a bit country without losing that cosmopolitan feel—not to mention well-prepared coaches. Oh, and he wanted school to be a breeze. 

Well, South Carolina was that rare mix of collegiate perfection.

I will agree with Larry Brown Sports' Steve DelVecchio that Key's heart may be in the right place even if his choice of words weren't. Perhaps he is talking about assumed study halls, tutors and the wealth of help that follow student athletes into the program. 

If that's the case, we certainly applaud Key and his confidence that he will dominate the classroom with an arsenal of scholastic weapons at hand. You go on with your studious self. 

But I think we can all be adults and proclaim that isn't the first thing we thought of when we saw the quote.

The first image to hit me was the sight of football players killing themselves during practice only to catch a nap during class. 

Key now waits his turn at South Carolina, where the academics are hardly worth worrying about. I will leave it up to you decide what the reason for that might be. 


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