Sep 26, 2012
By Tom Weber
I was asked by ESPN.com yesterday if we were keeping Diamond Taylor on the team solely to avoid NCAA sanctions for the APR in 2013. I told him, no, it's unfair to link NCAA sanctions to any one player. In fact, I proceeded to explain that there will be NO sanctions, because we will have an excellent 2013 APR score. It's already in the can, and the Taylor situation has no bearing upon it.
That doesn't mean Southern can ignore the APR going forward. It will factor into personnel decisions at SIU just as it does at every school. Both Moccia and Hinson have acknowledged this. At the same time, if Coach Hinson didn't feel he could salvage Taylor's career as a student-athlete, he would not hesitate to remove him from the team.
I like the word "setback" that Coach Hinson used to describe Diamond's situation. Hinson does not condone the behavior, but he is treating his player like a member of his family who has gone astray. There will be punishment, not exile, and hopefully Diamond will be the better for it.