Friday, October 31, 2008

D-III: Football's Purest Form

Here is an article from the San Antonio Express-News on Division III football. We hope you enjoy it.

“The whole point of Division III is that student-athletes can be real student-athletes and put academics first,” he said. “They can make education the highest priority while continuing to play sports.”

"On a sunny afternoon this fall, Sul Ross State quarterback Monte Morales completed 13 of 25 passes and ran for a touchdown as the Lobos beat Howard Payne 17-0 at Alpine's Jackson Field.

Less than 24 hours later, Morales started an overnight shift at High Frontier, a residential school for teenagers who are, according to its Web site, “experiencing a wide range of emotional, behavioral and educational problems.”

Morales works at the center, which is between Alpine and Fort Davis in the mountains of West Texas, three nights a week. And takes a full course load at Sul Ross. And practices every day with the football team, makes the bone-wearying bus trips of the American Southwest Conference and manages to have a small sliver of a life outside school and football.

“I'm dragging pretty much the whole week,” he said wearily. “It's pretty rough.”

But for a lot of young men, if they're going to play NCAA Division III football, it's life."

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