In light of recent events, Florida State University has taken action in an attempt to minimize future police interactions regarding their football program. The school’s most successful athletic team has had several misfortunes this summer leading to the dismissal of Freshman quarterback De’Andre Johnson and indefinite suspension of sophomore running back Dalvin Cook. University President John Thrasher recalled his talk with the team during a meeting with the Tallahassee Democrat editorial board on Thursday afternoon.
Having raised three kids himself, Thrasher challenged the squad to be leaders amongst their peers by avoiding these poor situations. In doing so, he also created a plan for his athletes that includes the following:
*A required course in social responsibilities.
*Creating an additional position in the compliance department to focus on student-athlete development.
*Scheduling additional speakers and former players to meet with the team.
Will the strategy work remains to be seen, however, the direction under Thrasher’s leadership seems to be the correct move. With the new era of social media, any misstep can be heard around the world and Thrasher certainly doesn’t want Florida State’s reputation to be hindered by their football teams off-the-field decisions.
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