ESPN analyst Greg McElroy didn’t quite appreciate Kayvon Thibodeaux’s thoughts on education at the University of Alabama.
During an interview at the national championship game, Thibodeaux said there was a “stigma” – although he did speak of the stigma – around soccer players “being stupid jocks” and a stigma about it. of education in Alabama, and said he was concerned that if he went there, he wasn’t sure his degree would mean anything.
On “McElroy and Cubelic in the Morning,” McElroy, an Alabama graduate, rejected his request, initially challenging him for his use of “stigma” over stigma and saying he “looked of an idiot “.
“What I don’t understand is why he felt the need to take down Alabama,” McElroy said on his radio show with Cole Cubelic. “And as a person who has always taken his academic situation very seriously, I’m just going to come to him with that – if he wants to take an IQ test, I’m available. If he wants to take the Wonderlic test, I “I’m available. As a proud graduate with multiple degrees from Alabama, I will compare my degree to his any day of the week.”
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Thibodeaux was interviewed in the college football playoff championship game on Monday with Fox’s Joel Klatt, and asked why he picked Oregon over Crimson Tide. He said education in Alabama “is not on the West Coast.”
He was also asked if he knew all of Alabama’s recruiting classes had won a title, and Thibodeaux said that while it’s important, he said, “I hope they all still have it. a job and stuff after that. “
Thibodeaux almost certainly won’t have to worry too much about jobs after college, as he is currently screened as one of the top two, if not the No.1 prospect, in the 2022 NFL Draft Class.
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“What people don’t realize is soccer is an American sport. So no matter how awesome Alabama is, you only play soccer in America, Canada and a few other places. “Thibodeaux told Klatt. “But a brand like Nike, I mean, for me it was like what brand associations do I want to be related to? For me, I already hate the stigma that soccer players are stupid sportsmen. “Do you know the stigmatism of education in Alabama? It’s not the West Coast. It’s not Harvard.”
Thibodeaux also said he didn’t like Saban’s speech telling athletes he would say when they’re ready to play rather than when players think they’re ready.
Thibodeaux also later appeared to push back on Twitter those who corrected him for using “stigmatism” rather than “stigma.”
McElroy explained that upon recruiting he received offers from Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Duke, Stanford, Northwestern, Vanderbilt and most Ivy League schools. In 2010, while a senior in Alabama, McElroy was a finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship, which is awarded to 102 postgraduate students wishing to attend the University of Oxford.
McElroy completed his undergraduate studies in three years, earning a cumulative GPA of 3.85 in business marketing, earning him the magna cum laude. On the NFL combine, he scored a 43 on the Wonderlic test, a test similar to the IQ test used by NFL scouts to test the intelligence of draft athletes. Ryan Fitzpatrick has the highest ever quarterback at 48, while kicker Pat McInally is the only known player with a perfect score of 50.
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“I’m just taking a real personal offense, man,” McElroy said. “I really do. I don’t care. Don’t come. If you think so little of us, don’t come. Good for me, because I know the people who live in this state. I chose the Alabama because I love Alabama.
“If you don’t want to see Alabama for the greatness it can potentially offer you, it’s up to you. Something is missing.”