June Jones yesterday made official what he confirmed last week when he signed a three-year contract to remain as head coach of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League.
Jones told us he also will keep his position as Saint Louis School’s director of athletic programs and development. It’s a long title that essentially means fund-raiser.
And while Jones’ CFL salary was not disclosed, it has been confirmed his Saint Louis salary is zero. Nada. Zippo.
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Lavar Ball is a thoughtless man.
It has nothing to do with his empty boasts, or his ball-hogging coaching (no wonder he has a son nicknamed “Melo”) or his parenting. He actually has done a wonderful job of securing college scholarships for two of his sons, and that is significant. (My mantra: “Sallie Mae is not your friend.” And my plea to FAFSA: “Gimme $10, $5, a Jamba Juice coupon, anything …”)
No, he is thoughtless because, by forcing his middle son to withdraw from UCLA (and give up scholarship valued at $33,604 for a California resident), he is depriving him of a college experience.Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know there are a lot of successful people who have never attended college. I also know a lot of people who can’t get state jobs because they don’t have a degree. I don’t even think it’s important to earn the degree. But attending college — meeting people from different backgrounds and experiencing life without parental restrictions — is valuable in a person’s development. LiAngelo Ball will not be an NBA player, and chances are great he would not be a UCLA starter. But LiAngelo will never get to experience what his father did at four different colleges. And that’s a shame.
As I tell every UH student-athlete who asks (or doesn’t ask), enjoy college. It’s more fun than the real world.