Scholarships to Foreign Players

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Scholarships to Foreign Players

Postby boulder3m on Sun Nov 12, 2017 1:24 pm

I know this is totally off the subject of our winning the Conference Championship, and it probably doesn't belong on the Football site. However, I just wondered if others are affected by some schools loading up various sports- soccer, tennis, golf, basketball, etc- with foreign players. Do those who give their money to a school for athletic scholarships have a problem with that school going outside the country to recruit players? It was obvious that South Carolina is recruiting heavily outside the US for basketball, and we have had an occasional foreigh player at Wofford. Thoughts?
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Re: Scholarships to Foreign Players

Postby walliver on Sun Nov 12, 2017 2:17 pm

We don’t hesitate to give out of the South Carolina scholarships, so I don’t think it is a big deal crossing a national boundary. It’s not like the US government is funding our scholarships.
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Re: Scholarships to Foreign Players

Postby Eyes of Old Main on Mon Nov 13, 2017 12:00 am

In football, this won't be the norm for anyone, although we have had more than our share of good ones with Pall and Wahrby. Outside of football, I don't have a problem with it so long as we don't become an international only destination. Adding international athletes could help our teams and enhance the cultural diversity of campus life which is a plus, but many of those athletes may go back home and be less connected to Wofford down the road. It's hard to say overall, but I'm a lot more interested in a few international players than becoming like some schools and taking a bunch of high major washout transfers.
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Re: Scholarships to Foreign Players

Postby Ruckus on Mon Nov 13, 2017 10:08 am

I am not interested in too many of either.
An international here and there is ok but they generally don’t support the colleges when they graduate and outside of the court/playing field aren’t necessarily involved in campus life. This is a broad generalization of course; and not indicative of our international student athletes. They are usually good students however. Some schools like Davidson, UNCG, Furman however have had success with them. McKillop at Davy was affiliated with the German International b-ball org for years which provides him a pipeline of talent.
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Re: Scholarships to Foreign Players

Postby boulder3m on Mon Nov 13, 2017 8:49 pm

This post was made while I was watching the ACC Soccer Finals at Charleston between Wake Forest and UVa. The game was loaded with foreigners. We are local to WFU and are and have been givers to the Deacon Club. When I write my check I never think of that scholarship money going to someone outside the US. I know there are plenty of exceptions, but I think most of us, when we give to Wofford, expect that the scholarship athletes are home grown.
I also bring it up because I think every athletic booster group should make their policy before it becomes a problem. Do we want to go after the best student athlete we can find, or do we want all, or mostly American athletes? If, for example, we hired a women't golf coach with a mainline to South Korean female golf development and she could attract all Korean girls to play golf, would the Terrier Club go along with that? It's an interesting topic, and I just wanted to hear comments on it. We are all well aware that there is no problem with it, but shouldn't there be a policy in place of which we are aware?
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