Friday, November 14, 2008

Lendale White fires back at Jones-Drew

Former UCLA Bruins running back Maurice Jones-Drew, currently with the Jacksonville Jaguars, sounded off a month ago about the differences between USC and UCLA. He gave the typical “University of Spoiled Children” remark that is a haters favorite, and said he would want his kids to enroll on the campus in Westwood, because it produces a better education and people.

"To go to a great school like UCLA to get that degree where kids at other schools might become ... and this is no go to UCLA, you're guaranteed a job at NASA pretty much. That's what happens. You go to UCLA, you might become the next president. It's up there like that. Another great thing about UCLA, they don't lower their standards for their athletes. It was always the same as the regular students. I assume at USC they do other things like pay 'em. But they hold them up to the same standards and when you get like that it does scare some kids away."

For Mr. Drew to even focus on NASA, his Bruins education must have excluded factual points, such as the first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong, having a Master of Science degree that reads “The University of Southern California”. As for equal treatment of students and athletes, maybe he should check into why Jim Harrick was forced out of the UCLA basketball program. It seems to have had something to do with “false expense accounts”. And as Harrick moved on to coach Georgia basketball, his son was caught paying the phone bill of a Bulldogs player, and providing “fail-free” exams for members of the team attending his classes. And let’s not forget that before Sean Higgins was winning the National Championship for Michigan Hoops, he had a signed letter of intent to attend UCLA. The Bruins weren’t going to allow him out of the commitment, until Higgins threatened to start singing about recruiting gifts.

This week, Lendale White fired back at Jones-Drew, when asked what would happen if his kid wanted to attend UCLA.

“I probably would ground him until he realized that that’s the worst grief you would ever imagine about going to play. You know, powder blue. I guess enough said. Their powder blue uniforms and that ugly mustard color. I don’t know.

“UCLA sucks. It’s the worst school you could ever go to if you were a football player. You know, they never win anything, and SC dominates them, so … you gotta make your choice. If you want to get dominated by your crosstown rival where they can come on your campus and take your girlfriends and stuff, then you take that decision.“

In other words, Mr. Jones-Drew, your program and faculty may not see a difference between an athlete and student (according to you), but your co-eds are star struck, recognizing the rare sighting of a football superstar on the Bruins’ campus, and giving the cardinal and gold the umm…special treatment.

Here’s the audio, enjoy!

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