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It sounds like Nix is upset that he only skipped class once and got caught but others have done it and not got caught. I would not even answer the question like that by telling on others. Being a Captain is how you carry yourself on the court and off the court. Nix's tone in this interview disturbs me. This is the same nonchalant attitude he had when Izzo questioned his Captains leadership after the Payne and Dawson fight. Nix means so much to this team on and off the court. I really wish he could realize this and make better decisions.
Coach Tom Izzo wanted to send a message to his team captain, who missed a class and tutoring session at a point in his academic career when he is close to graduation.
his response to the discipline is dissapointing to say the least.
Nix talks too much. Not sure that will ever change. I'm sure he'll have an unpleasant few days at the Berk. I would guess that Izzo and Garland (Garland has long been Nix's shadow) will be on him quite a bit. Whether or not Nix listens is up to him.
Anyone. Anyplace. Anytime.
I will say, his reasoning for missing class was always better than mine, which usually revolved around something like "I drank 10 beers and played MarioKart until 4am."
Boys, I may not know much, but I know chicken shit from chicken salad. -- Lyndon Johnson
fortunately for him, being really good at sports doesn't require a whole lot of brains.
Yeah, I was thinking about this yesterday when they mentioned his absence in the lineup again. After all the chances that Izzo has taken on him (recruiting him as a 300 lber, him abandoning the team when they went to Hawaii, the incident this past summer, and now this bullshit), you'd think that he'd learn to not make headlines anymore and to accept it when he does something wrong.
Unfortunately, it seems again that our senior leadership is weak; really hoping that Appling steps up and becomes the team leader b/c it seems obvious that Nix isn't cut out for it.
I am looking forward to when we can name Trice, Valentine and Harris captains.
Yesterday's DetNews article about Appling's maturation was really telling.
It was a big headscratcher when the team voted Nix captain. I think he was picked more by default. Green (who was one of our best captains ever) was gone. Up to that point, Appling (who, from the outside, seemed the obvious captain choice) hadn't shown any inkling or ability to get the team to gel together. Nix was the only senior who gets playing time, so they picked him.
I'm glad App has come around. He's going to be a good one.
I love lamp.
Take some responsibility, Derrick. Other guys aren't senior captains.
On the other hand, how freaking lucky are we to have a man like Tom Izzo as the face of the University? That article made me more proud than anything despite Nix not getting it.
Champions work hard when no one Is watching.
I had at least 10 classes where I went the first day, the 2-4 test days and the final. Then again, I went to state for 5.5 years. I did graduate with 187 credits though!
Lack of leadership is exactly what we saw in the first half against ILL. Its not good. Talented bunch though.
When you are in a leadership position you have to carry yourself differently from everyone else. Skipping a class would be no big deal if he was not a senior captain student athlete on a top basketball team.
I watched his actual comments, and basically he's trying to downplay it as not a big deal. It was the only class he missed and unlucky he got caught and doesn't feel he let his team mates down because he knows they skipped class and didn't get caught.
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I remember a story a few years ago when the team played a late road game and had travel problems. They got back to EL around 3:00. The next morning a player was heading out of his apartment for his 8:00 class and Garland was sitting there in the parking lot to make sure he got up. They don't mess around. It is one of the few staffs that cares as much about graduation rate as W/L. Think how many former players are better off for it.
While I understand where Nix is coming from, I mean lets be honest I think almost all of us skipped classes at MSU from time to time and while it would suck to get called out when others are probably doing the same thing... he really needs to take the high road and be example for his teammates. He's the lone senior on this club plus he's part captain, he should act like it. There is really no point in pointing fingers or complaining about it. He's been around Izzo and MSU long enough to know what he's suppose to do and he didn't do it.
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I skipped class all the time, but I also wasn't the captain of the basketball team.
Did everyone actualy read the article? It doesn't sound bad at all to me. He didn't rat anyone out. He just said he's guessing he's not the only one, but he's the one that got caught so Izzo is showing that if you get caught you sit no matter who you are. And then Nix says he's got to make sure he never misses one again.
The only thing "wrong" is that he doesn't speak in cliches. He says it real.
The problem to me is him even bringing up what process they use to check on the athletes and saying others have missed class. If it's me, I was tired and did not go. I did not feel like it. I know it was wrong as someone in my position should be setting an example for others to follow. It won't happen again. Where in there did you hear me say "whatever"? There is also no way I am saying what others may or may not have done when it comes to attending classes. They are speaking about Nix missing a class. No need to speak about anybody else in generalities. Accept responsibility for your actions without bringing up others.
I'm concerned about the author's awkward syntax: "Nix said academics was important to him as well..."
I don't think Nix is a bad kid, but I do think he's just a kid. Clearly not captain material. Too inconsistent. Too immature.
The Maui thing. The weight thing The pot thing. The class thing. The missing every layup at Minnesota thing.
Just because he's a senior with a lot of games under his belt doesn't mean he should be captain. I'm a bit surprised that Izzo let the players "elect" Nix captain.
To fair to Nix, he's a damn good player at times, and has improved his FT's tremendously and primarily lost and kept most of the fat off. Still,he's a boy in a big man's body.
It was just a mistake;
I didn't mean to let them take away my soul.
Am I too old?
Is it too late?
I'm of the belief that we can still win big and overcome Nix's mistakes, but this is an entirely accurate and fair post.
Izzo comes out of this looking great (no surprise)
Nix comes out of this looking like anything but a leader (disappointing)
Izzo should remind Nix of his comments regarding senior leadership from 2 years ago. Lets hope none of the underclassmen throw him under the bus when times get tough in the next few weeks. He's made strides but yesterday is another example of how far he still has to go.
Sometimes, you don't get the true mettle of a person until you give them a chance to be a leader. This logic was played for comedic effect in Office Space.
Oh look another thread on RCMB throwing Nix under the bus.
We all skipped class in college. Stop being such babies about everything Jesus Christ
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