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Stephan Melsted, Fargo, Published September 08 2012

Letter: Remove players from the team

Concerning Bison football players facing voter fraud charges, North Dakota State University athletic director Gene Taylor says: “the school takes all charges seriously” and “in terms of other things that kids get in trouble for ... I do not think this rates where they should be suspended for a certain amount of time.”

A class A misdemeanor (exposure) gets you booted from the team, but disenfranchising an entire state from two ballot issues (a Class A misdemeanor) gets a pass?

In an interview with WDAY, Taylor in effect says: It was just writing on a piece of paper. They didn’t do the job at hand, so they faked it – excuses that won’t lead to academic success and shouldn’t be tolerated by a university or offered up by its AD. How did so many athletes get the same job? Seems like they may have been steered by someone at NDSU who should have better impressed upon them the seriousness of what they were getting into.

And obviously their employer failed that task as well. But these are college students. Do we expect them to have such faulty reasoning powers and lack of basic common sense? Then it’s time for all of us to re-examine our education standards and time for these students to leave the practice field to get back to class.

Lord knows I want the Bison to win. If only this season could live up to the thrills of last year’s title run. But at this cost? No.

Derailing the democratic process is serious. Remove these players from the team and let the chips of the Bison season fall where they may.