“It’s been a great year for Carolina soccer.”
Couldn’t have been truer than North Carolina head coach Mack Brown’s opening remarks. But it wasn’t about the accolades of the year or the expectations of the next Orange Bowl game in Miami. Instead, Brown focused on praising the four irreplaceable players who opted out, Chazz Surratt, Dyami Brown, Michael Carter and Javonte Williams.
Embedded in his message of high regard, Brown had a subtle but noticeable message for fans who seem unhappy with the decisions of the aforementioned four players. fans all over the internet have had deep conversations about lives that don’t belong to them in any way. Instead of cheering for the future success of the amazing youngsters, some fans have decided to ignore them entirely and cast them as selfish, money-hungry, or anti-college. it is completely irresponsible.
observing the players firsthand and behind the scenes, his love for his teammates is beyond what most would think; trust, putting them ahead of the biggest game of bowling since the 1950s is not an easy decision, but football is a high risk and short lived sport, once you have the ability to make your coins, go for it.
according to the ncaa, there are around 74,000 players in college football, 16,000 of them are draft eligible and only 1.6% go pro. The average playing time for an NFL player is 3.3 years, and that’s if you’re lucky, barring injuries, or able to beat the competition. Getting to the next level is incredibly difficult and the opportunity of a lifetime. wanting these kids to let that go to appease people they’ve never met and also can’t care for the people they love is incredibly selfish not only as a fan but as a human being. Everyone deserves the opportunity to live out their purpose on their own terms, including you.
brown’s statement on the players’ departure is full of admiration for a job well done by his staff and the program. While she notes her disappointment that they are gone, there is no more satisfying feeling than having these incredible players represent the program with class and dedication during their time at Chapel Hill.
“Over the last four weeks, I’ve realized that I’m disappointed, the fans are disappointed, our team is disappointed, and even they’re disappointed that they’re not playing because they’ve worked so hard.
so what does it mean when you look at it? our responsibilities as coaches are to help these young people improve their lives and put themselves in better positions to have options when they get out. these coaches have done that.
We try to educate them on what’s in it for them, and then it’s your job to make the best decisions for them. that’s no different than anyone else on our team. is no different than you, me and/or an assistant coach; we may have an assistant coach who leaves right after the season, and well, some people will be disappointed, but if it’s what’s best for him and his family, that’s what he’ll do.
If I had a better chance for you, I’d take it; that’s what you’re going to do. So really, we should be celebrating how successful those four guys were because we wouldn’t be in the orange bowl without them.”
so here’s chazz, michael, dyami and javonte, good luck on the next level.