First, he left the Utah State Aggies basketball program two days before the season started, irritating everyone under the sun. Now, David Collette is claiming he is being treated unfairly because the program is refusing to release him.
Well, duh, dude, what did you expect when you left the team two days before the season tipped off? Did Collette think Utah State would just honor his scholarship and pay his tuition like nothing ever happened?
Um, news flash, man: Once you leave a program–especially two days before the season opener–the program owes you nothing. Frankly, it’s kind of irritating that Collette doesn’t owe Utah State something monetary for skipping out on his teammates and coaches.
But, that’s the way college basketball works these days. If you don’t like the school at which you’re playing, just complain and request a release and/or transfer. Even better, allege there was misconduct by coaches or teammates. That will really speed up the process and get you moved to a school where you can do whatever you please. Of course, there will be rules–but not rules like the rules at your old school. Those rules were stupid.
“Who does that? It’s so childish,” Collette said Wednesday, whining about his lot in life in an interview with Yahoo Sports. “I compare Utah State to a bitter ex-girlfriend. I feel like I broke up with Utah State and now she’s doing everything she can to get back at me.”
Well, in the school’s defense, Collette did put the school in a bit of a bind, leaving two days before the Aggies were set to tip off against Weber State. (A game they won by the way, 73-70.)
What is going on with players like Collette who think that they’re entitled to special treatment just because they happen to be the second returning leading scorer?
It’s not like Utah State basketball has skipped a beat since Collette announced he was leaving the team. The Aggies are currently 4-0, unbeaten since Collette weaseled out of his commitment like a crybaby complaining that his coach Tim Duryea was being “insensitive” by suggesting the team sweep under the rug an incident occurring between two teammates at a practice.
According to Collette, a Utah State teammate reportedly sucker punched another teammate in the back of the head during said practice, leading to Duryea telling them all to keep the altercation in house–a common practice for teams handling issues internally.
In an email to ESPN, Utah State did admit “there was an incident in practice, and the athletics director and others within the athletics department were informed. Punishment for the incident was handed out and seen through.”
Fair enough. But, not according to Collette, who after hearing Utah State’s decision to refuse his transfer request has become a first-class whiner, talking to anyone who will listen to his sob story.
First, Yahoo Sports and now ESPN. Next will probably be TMZ Sports or FOX. Who knows? All Collette knows is Utah State did him wrong and now he has to pay full tuition for the next two semesters. You know, because he was such a great teammate to have in the first place.
Naturally, Collette will appeal the school’s decision, set to take place in a December hearing. Surprised? Of course you aren’t. Can’t wait for that decision. Collette will probably get his way because that is the way college athletics go these days.