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Backup OSU QB tweets he hates class… and people are shocked by this?

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(Writer’s note: before anyone asks or comments, yes, today is a slow news day. We recognize this. As you were.) 

The term “student-athlete” is scoffed at plenty these days. College football is operated as a business — the core purpose of a business is to make a profit —  at the expense of athletes who, by and large, don’t care about getting an education… or, at least not as much as the NCAA would have you believe.

Backup Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones didn’t help the perception that college football players care about one thing and one thing only when he tweeted Friday morning that going to class — practically the only academic-related item athletes have to physically do on their own — should be, to put it delicately, optional.

Below is Jones’ tweet, which has since been deleted.

Believe it or not, this little number actually shocked people., which we’ll credit for this screengrab, asked rhetorically “Is this the most regretful sports tweet of  2012?

The answer is a clear “no”, but it might be one of the more honest sports tweets of 2012. So, athletes don’t like going to class. Big shocker, huh? You know what else? I hated going to class when I was in college too, and I skipped more than my fair share of ’em (sorry, mom and dad). There are only so many similarities athletes and the average college student share when it comes to the college experience. Loathing your 9:30 physics lab is one of them.

That, and not all students know what they want in life.

About the only thing Jones’ tweet is evidence of is that college kids say stupid things on social media, and that’s forgivable too since I say more stupid things on a daily basis than most people I know.

Jones has an incredible opportunity in front of him. He gets to play for a national championship-winning coach, and he can further his education at a fine academic institution in Ohio State. Maybe he’ll understand that in time, but whether he wants to take advantage of the educational gift in front of him or not is his prerogative only.

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48 Responses to “Backup OSU QB tweets he hates class… and people are shocked by this?”
  1. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Oct 5, 2012 2:05 PM

    Schools like Georgia Tech and UCF get investigated but Urban Meyer who has had 50+ arrests on his watch, lets his players run wild because he’s got their professors in his pocket and who knows how many recruiting violations gets to skate scott free from university to university.

    The NCAA is a joke. No two ways about it.

  2. brewcrewfan54 says: Oct 5, 2012 2:06 PM

    I don’t have a problem with him hating class, I hated class too. I have a problem with yet another athlete, while young, who made another regretable twitter.

  3. floridacock says: Oct 5, 2012 2:06 PM

    Must have an in at the local McDonalds after he flunks out.

  4. orthomarine says: Oct 5, 2012 2:11 PM

    Is he related to Ryan Leaf?

  5. bucknut1 says: Oct 5, 2012 2:14 PM

    Must be a slow sports news day! A 20 year old tweets he doesn’t like class and it makes the news… Come on man…

  6. canetic says: Oct 5, 2012 2:21 PM

    He should take a class called “The Usefulness of Your Education vs. Your Usefulness as a Football Player”

  7. palmbeachbuckeye says: Oct 5, 2012 2:21 PM

    Cardale Jones is NOT the back-up QB at OSU. He is the 3rd string QB and has NEVER played a down. Cardale had academic issues before entering OSU and had to go to a Prep School to gain eligibility. Obviously he is not too bright and would rather piss his life away than accept the free education that has been given to him. Meyer will not appreciate this at all and will bet he is 4th string after this ….. moron.

  8. southernpatriots says: Oct 5, 2012 2:33 PM

    Ben: Great and truthful line: “College football is operated as a business — the core purpose of a business is to make a profit — at the expense of athletes who, by and large, don’t care about getting an education… or, at least not as much as the NCAA would have you believe.”

    True student-athletes in football programs, especially at FBS schools have become scarce, moving rapidly toward rare. When we find one, we celebrate them. One case in point is Devon Walker, player for Tulane who fractured his spine and may be paralyzed from the injury he suffered while making a tackle.

    More common are student-athletes that participate in other college sports programs such often the Olympic sports which do not produce the revenue and profit that football does. To a lesser degree you can add basketball, and baseball at a few elite baseball program universities.

    This free education does give young men and women the opportunity for a free education which will benefit most much more than any possible athletic career. Even those who do achieve a long and profitable career in the NFL, often find themselves ill-equipped to handle their money and trust managers who sometimes wipe them out. The key is a good education, which often is neglected to the great detriment of the scholarship athlete.

  9. 10kmp says: Oct 5, 2012 2:33 PM

    Ohio State alum and Buckeye fan here: Cardale, you’re a dope… just like @YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou.

  10. blitz4848 says: Oct 5, 2012 2:38 PM

    “we ain’t come to play school” ?????

    That said–lmao–no further explanation is needed!!!!!!

  11. thepancreas says: Oct 5, 2012 2:38 PM

    This is coming from the same school that brought us Andy Katzenmoyer.

    Is anyone really shocked?

    I’m surprised the kid is actually attending a class, and that he was able to find it.

  12. MasMacho says: Oct 5, 2012 2:50 PM

    Sigh. I’m starting to wonder if tOSU athletics are infected with a terminal lack of chemistry. Rule #1: Protect the team.

    Why is it that tOSU insists on shooting itself in the foot, over, and over and over again?

    I’m a lifelong buckeye, and I’ll never understand this. I am very sad to see this message. Someone needs to get this young man some help.

    AD Smith: Please, please leave us.

  13. thepancreas says: Oct 5, 2012 2:55 PM


    Come on now. You’re outraged, and you want Gene Smith to bolt?

    Were you saying these things when Katzenmoyer was demonstrating his illiteracy to the world?

    This isn’t the exception in Buckeye land. It’s the norm.

  14. vincentbojackson says: Oct 5, 2012 3:19 PM

    The most astonishing thing about this is he’s a QB at Ohio State and thinks he has a pro career ahead of him. Name the last OSU QB to do anything productive at the next level.

  15. dkhhuey says: Oct 5, 2012 3:19 PM

    Cardale – you are an idiot and I’m guessing Urban will be telling you exactly that in a few minutes!

    Here’s your choice – go to class, keep your grades up and you can still play football for OSU! If not, drop out and go apply at the local fast food place and within 5 -6 years from now, you may be promoted to VP of the deep fryer! Guess what though – no class, no football. Either way, drop the twitter account because you’re obviously not bright enough to understand the consequencies of your stupidity!

  16. kelly8791 says: Oct 5, 2012 3:26 PM

    At least he’s actually going to class!!!!!

  17. charleslouis99 says: Oct 5, 2012 3:33 PM

    and this is exactly what is wrong with most athletes can’t appreciate a good education. what if this Guy never makes it and he can’t get a normal job he’ll have to remember when he slacked off at the most Important thing school.

  18. inconsonance says: Oct 5, 2012 3:46 PM

    The most shocking thing about his tweet is that he correctly used an apostrophe.

  19. ripster65 says: Oct 5, 2012 4:06 PM

    And to think the OSU is at the top of the Big 10 standings…

  20. hockinj25 says: Oct 5, 2012 4:18 PM

    He spelled his name wrong in his twitter handle. What an idiot. It doesn’t surprise me that he doesn’t want to go to class. He probably can’t follow along in remedial english.

  21. bigdeal67 says: Oct 5, 2012 4:44 PM

    He did not say he hates class, he can not understand why he has to go cause I am sure he was promised when recruited that they would get grades without going as per the Buckeye way

  22. kozbee says: Oct 5, 2012 5:37 PM

    Is he not speaking for the whole BIG 10..

    I HATE SCHOOL !!!!

  23. myschwartzisbiggerthenyours says: Oct 5, 2012 5:49 PM

    The state of Ohio is the armpit of America

  24. 1buckeye76 says: Oct 5, 2012 6:09 PM

    Buckeye fan and Alum – Urban, this guy wont be seeing the field in the next two years anyway, surely you can get another qb in next years class… do us all a favor and drive this idiot to the bus station… i’d say buy him a one-way ticket out of town, but that would be a violation. maybe he can beg for change and practice for his future career….

  25. sparty0n says: Oct 5, 2012 6:16 PM

    Come on, this is O$U. He’s probably pissed because he wanted a GI Joe coloring book instead of the one he got.

  26. southernpatriots says: Oct 5, 2012 6:19 PM


    Now that is the sense of humor and poignancy I have come to expect from good Buckeyes!

    When Urban finds out what Cardale wrote I think he will be doing something, maybe something similar…ha!

  27. jmfinsd says: Oct 5, 2012 6:26 PM

    “About the only thing Jones’ tweet is evidence of is that college kids say stupid things on social media, and that’s forgivable too since I say more stupid things on a daily basis than most people I know.”

    This attitude is typical on the dumb-us-down web, particularly amongst sportswriters. We can’t be critical of people who say stupid things because everyone does it. And more importantly it’s OK if I do it because everyone else does it. Maybe if writers showed some responsibility and integrity, didn’t write stupid things just for the hits more people, and didn’t pardon those that write stupid things, we might just be a little better off.

  28. buckeye94 says: Oct 5, 2012 7:36 PM

    I’m taking 7 classes that’s 20 credit hours where I’m goin. This guy is prob takin 3-4 classes and has the privilege of bein on The OSU football squad and he’s saying this….real classy. I may be a buckeye fan but he did take it too far with what all he said. Ohhh yeah all you haters here I’m assuming are MSU fans still upset from last weekends game haha.

  29. spunhead73 says: Oct 5, 2012 9:32 PM

    Typical for OSU. Nothing but thugs.

  30. dlaw5 says: Oct 5, 2012 10:08 PM

    Seriously? college student hates class, don’t see that news worthy. About as pointless as me posting this message. Guess this is the age we live in.

  31. raider2124 says: Oct 5, 2012 10:48 PM

    Find it amusing someone earlier stated what if he doesn’t make it to the next level. He will not make it to the next level. 4th stringer. I find it comical that this player thinks he will be a professional football player. Zero chance he makes it

  32. normtide says: Oct 5, 2012 11:27 PM

    Can someone tell me one good thing about twitter? Or why it is popular? Why would anyone care about the mundane parts of others lives? I only worry about the day to day activities of my family, and they make phones and Skype for that. If you follow anyone on twitter, I suggest getting out more, maybe take up a hobby. So many people read about some fourth tier star buying shoes, while their kids run wild, unchecked. Not to mention the number of death threats, over the likes of missed field goals, are tweeted. Sorry for the old man rant, but the world seems a bit to shallow lately.

  33. totallysirius says: Oct 5, 2012 11:33 PM

    All this proves is that he values football more than a college education. That is his right, I hope he changes his mind because he probably has no future career without it. That being said, what makes OSU players thugs? The actions of a few FORMER players who traded their own personal property for tattoos? oh, the horror.

  34. totallysirius says: Oct 5, 2012 11:38 PM

    Just curious,where is everyone getting the idea that he thinks he will be a professional player ?

    I must have missed that part of his twittering.

  35. mogogo1 says: Oct 6, 2012 12:08 AM

    totallysirius says:

    Just curious,where is everyone getting the idea that he thinks he will be a professional player ?

    I must have missed that part of his twittering.


    Well, the alternative to him believing that is just amazingly depressing. Having the delusion of making it as a pro at least allows for some hope on his part of a bright future where he wouldn’t need an education. If he doesn’t imagine himself raking in big bucks in the NFL and he still is mocking education, he must have just accepted his seat on a train to nowhere.

  36. ddjjddjj says: Oct 6, 2012 12:10 AM

    Maybe he should just concentrate on English class. (Ebonics is not an official course at OSU, go ahead and fact check me)

  37. glestonsimmons says: Oct 6, 2012 3:33 AM

    So is anyone surprised to learn Cardale wines and dines with EGG? (THE elwood g. gee)

  38. whitecandyman94 says: Oct 6, 2012 7:51 AM

    Mmm hmm, he don’t need no educations, know what I’m sayin’?

    How can we keep pretending “we’re all the same inside?”

  39. 1buckeye76 says: Oct 6, 2012 8:28 AM

    @southernpatriots – thanks. I’m tired of it. I called for tresses job after that scandal, and am sick of the entitled attitudes some of these guys have. It may be naive, but I expect us to be better than that.

  40. metalhead65 says: Oct 6, 2012 9:15 AM

    stupid or not he has a point. the ncaa is a scam! they should pay these kids 5 grand a month and if they want to go to class fine but enough of the student athlete nonsense. any of you ever play football while in school? try getting up early for workouts then heading to class then after class head to practice. then back to your dorm then head to study hall for the evening then back to your dorm to go to bed and start all over the next day. it does not end when the season does either. you may not have the practices but you still have the workouts. try going out on weekends with no money since you can’t have a job and it’s a violation if someone pays for your meal or entertainment. this while the schools rake in millions of dollars off your hard work.

  41. southernpatriots says: Oct 6, 2012 10:04 AM


    I completely understand. All tOSU alums and fans should be and all I know are upset with his attitude. Cardale may well be reflecting the attitude of many scholarship athletes (football, basketball, etc.) today.

    Everyone should know, and especially all the students at tOSU that tOSU is one of the best universities in the U.S. A degree from tOSU is prized and opens doors all around the country and world. I don’t know exactly how much the scholarship is worth at tOSU, but at LSU the football department directly pays the fees for each and every football player on scholarship.

    In other words, the LSU Football Department literally writes check to LSU for the tuition and fees (full retail amount) for each and every football player on scholarship. The LSU Athletic Department writes a check to LSU for the basketball, baseball, tennis, golf, swimming, track, and all other scholarship athletes.

    I think that the tOSU football department and/or Athletic Department does likewise and gives a check to tOSU for each scholarship athlete for his/her tuition and fees. For tOSU this amount paid for a scholarship athletes education will be several hundred thousand dollars! The tOSU degree is valuable, quite valuable. Why take it lightly, why waste it?

  42. kansas525 says: Oct 6, 2012 10:25 AM

    I have a better idea than paying the football players $5000 grand a month. Only allow athletic scholarships to students who otherwise would receive a scholarship at the university. There are plenty of intelligent athletes, maybe not quite as high quality, that would love to get a scholarship to a major university and would use it to get an education, in addition to playing sports. The quality might go down for a year or two, but after that, the people who are getting the borderline (C or D average, but really good athletes) scholarships would wake up at start studying in high school, also. This would improve the overall educational level of the entire U.S.

    I know “ain’t gona happen”.

  43. alligatorsnapper says: Oct 6, 2012 10:52 AM


    “I know “ain’t gona happen”.

    It is happening already and has for years….at Harvard University. They do not offer any athletic scholarships. Some other Ivy League schools do the same….but

    ….but, when have they had any football programs worth anything?…that’s the down side.

    You cannot change the overall educational level of the entire US until you change the cultures of the U.S. that families and sub-cultures would embrace the importance of education, parents would become involved with their children’s education, and we would reward good teachers the way entertainers and professional athletes are rewarded. You talk about, “ain’t gon[n]a happen” that definitely “AIN’T GONNA HAPPEN”!

  44. dannythebisforbeast says: Oct 6, 2012 2:30 PM

    Evidence of two things

    1. Cardale ain’t played school since about 4th grade

    2. Scholarships are wasted on most athletes. Plenty of kids who WANT to go to college and better their lives and can’t afford or owe their salary for 10 years to pay for it. Let them play football and stop pretending they will learn.

  45. godzilla111111 says: Oct 6, 2012 4:40 PM

    What language was that tweet in?

  46. kansacity88 says: Oct 7, 2012 10:13 AM


    I tried it…..albeit at a MAC school at NIU. It’s all about one thing that most athletes don’t really realize and don’t take advantage of. STUDY HALL!!!! Trust me, study hall is your best opportunity to stay ahead of things! Time management is something most guys don’t have. I know, I had a hand in helping friggin Garrett Wolfe keep HIS mind right. It took him two years afterward but he did graduate. Most of these athletes nowadays don’t plan on life after football because the coaches make them think that it’s their meal ticket (and in some cases it is IF they play by the rules) but there are always a few (maybe more) that get to an institution of higher learning with an elite athletic program and think they can just sit back and coast. Cardale probably can’t deal with the hustle and bustle of being on the go, back and forth, nonstop! Probably never had to anyway! This is new to him. I’m not condoning his thoughts or opinions either…..just saying, it CAN be done if you have the self discipline…..but Cardale has yet to get that! *shrugs* Oh well, I hope he does find his niche in life when it doesn’t work out for him.

  47. dmvtransplant says: Oct 9, 2012 10:52 AM

    The school is in the process of fixing it’s image in terms of players and their off hours. Wouldn’t dropping this guy help everyone, make a pretty bold statement?

  48. gmen1987 says: Oct 11, 2012 2:29 PM

    I have a feeling this dude will be saying “Would you like fries with that” quite a bit in a couple of years..if he is that lucky.

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