ESPN analyst Greg McElroy wasn’t too pleased with Kayvon Thibodeaux’s thoughts on an education at the University of Alabama.
In an interview at the national championship game, Thibodeaux said there was a “stigma” – although he meant a stigma – around football players “being idiots”. ” and the stigma about education in Alabama, and said he was concerned that if he went there, he wasn’t sure if his degree would mean anything.
In “McElroy and the Cubelic in the Morning,” McElroy, an Alabama graduate student, refuted his claim, first challenging him for the use of “stigmatization” instead of stigma and saying that ” he sounds like an idiot.”
“What I don’t understand is why he feels the need to cut Alabama,” McElroy said on his radio show with Cole Cubelic. “And as someone who takes his academic situation seriously, I’ll just tell him this – if he wants to take the IQ test, I’m available. If he wants to take the Wonderlic test” I ready. As a proud graduate with multiple degrees from Alabama, I would put my degree against his any day of the week.”
Thibodeaux is being interviewed during Monday’s College Football Playoff championship game against Fox’s Joel Klatt, and asked why he chose Oregon over the Crimson Tide. Education in Alabama, he said, is “not West Coast.”
He was also asked about whether he knew that all recruiting classes in Alabama had won the title, and Thibodeaux said that while that was important, he said, “Hopefully that they all still have jobs and stuff after that.”
Thibodeaux almost certainly won’t have to worry too much about graduate employability, as he’s currently projected to be one of the top two, if not No. 1 prospect, in the 2022 NFL Draft class. .
“What people don’t realize is that football is an American sport,” Thibodeaux told Klatt. “So no matter how great Alabama is, you just play it in the US, Canada and a few other places.” “But a brand like Nike, I mean, to me, it’s like brand associations that I want to be associated with? For me, I’ve come to hate the stigma of football players being those who are football players. stupid game. Do you know the stigma of an Alabama education? It’s not the West Coast. It’s not Harvard.”
Thibodeaux also said he didn’t like when Saban told athletes he would say when they were ready to play instead of when the players believed they were ready.
Thibodeaux later also appeared to push back on Twitter those who corrected him for using “stigmatization” instead of “stigmatization”.
McElroy explained that when he was hired, he received offers from Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Duke, Stanford, Northwestern, Vanderbilt, and most of the Ivy League schools. In 2010, as a senior at Alabama, McElroy was a finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship, which is awarded to 102 graduate students who wish to attend the University of Oxford.
McElroy completed his undergraduate degree in three years, scoring a GPA of 3.85 in business marketing, which made him the best. At the NFL mix, he scored 43 on the Wonderlic test, a test similar to the IQ test used by NFL scouts to test the intelligence of athletes. in the draft. Ryan Fitzpatrick has an all-time high with a midfielder of 48, while batsman Pat McInally is the only known player with a perfect score of 50.
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“I’m just really insulting personally, man,” McElroy said. “I really do. I don’t care. Don’t come. If you think too little of us, don’t come. That’s fine, because I know people who live in this state. I chose Alabama because I love Alabama.
“If you don’t want to see Alabama for the greatness it can offer you, that’s on you. You’re missing out.”