For the second straight week we go all “in loco parentis” for SBP… here’s the soundtrack to match, from back in the day. Or as I call it, “The Day”.
Commentary- Family First
Whenever we have a high school student verbally commit to Ohio State, we always close our “… is a Buckeye!” article with the following words: “Welcome to the Buckeye family”.
Because, as Carmen Ohio says, the friendship through Ohio State is firm and will transcend the passage of time and seasons. It creates a challenge, to be sure, but all who wear the scarlet and gray are members of a proud fraternity- a brotherhood and sisterhood of shared experience and opportunity.
What’s been fun to watch as we’ve covered Ohio State sports, though, is how extensive that family is. Following the dads and moms of players, staff, and others connected with the Buckeye program on twitter, you get a real sense of camaraderie that’s bigger than just “our kids play football together”. Family is important.
That’s why, as disappointing as it is for Ohio State football fans, Mike Mitchell’s possible transfer from the program is something that should be supported as best as we can do. According to last week’s news, Mitchell’s concern for his dad’s condition is at least a part of his desire to be closer to home… and even if there are other factors, the significance of a father’s health is paramount.
It’s an interesting juxtaposition to last week’s commentary, where we talked about both the significance of Malik McDowell’s relationships with his parents and also the developmental movement that happens as a young adult transitions into taking ownership of their lives. Leaving home is something that is a part of the college experience, and students should graduate both with a degree and with a sense of self actualized adulthood.
In healthy cases, the family unit will still be a source of support; the roles may shift back and forth, but the support and encouragement and love that siblings and parents are formative and foundational. As heroic as life on the field is portrayed, raising children and caring for parents is undeniably more significant.
The Mitchell family will always be a part of the Buckeye program, even if none of the children ever play a down or a half for Urban or Thad. Here’s hoping that Mr. Mitchell will have a full recovery and be able to celebrate every score, tackle, and eventual graduation of his sons.
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Now this is the kind of research that I can get behind… Troy Smith might agree as well.