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Should Signee Keep Scholarship After Arrest?

All-Met baseball player Tyler Hibbs of Arundel faces several drug charges after being pulled over for speeding. Hibbs, considered a potential pro prospect, is practicing with the team but it has yet to be determined whether he will play this season. I'm sure that scouts will not look favorably upon the situation, but if you're Florida State, how do you deal with this? Do you let Hibbs keep his scholarship? Or do you simply part ways?

Update at 5 p.m.: Have to say I'm a bit surprised, but Florida State announced it has pulled Hibbs's offer.

"I met with [Athletic Director] Randy (Spetman) yesterday and based on the police report and related information available to me at the present time, we are rescinding our baseball scholarship offer to Tyler Hibbs," Florida State baseball coach Mike Martin said in a statement.

"If the situation changes, we will revisit the scholarship offer in the future."

I talked earlier with Florida Times-Union beat writer Bob Thomas, a longtime friend and Southern Maryland native, and we expected the school to simply follow the course suggested by one commenter -- that they were aware of the situation and would follow the case as it worked through the legal process. Surely, Bobby Bowden's charges have been found guilty of worse and simply sat out against Valdosta State or some other St. Leo.

But, as Bob noted, the timing couldn't be worse for Hibbs. FSU is going through quite a headache with players and tutors cheating on tests and has a new AD in Spetman.

By Josh Barr  | March 5, 2008; 2:48 PM ET
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Maybe this is too simplistic, but I think innocent until proven guilty is the proper call. He practices, plays (if the distraction doesn't interfere with his production) and retains his scholarship until proven guilty. If convicted, then all bets are off.

Posted by: TooLogical? | March 5, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Florida State has pulled their offer for the time being but if the situation changes, they will "revisit the scholarship offer in the future." The "situation" is what it is. Even if Mr. Hibbs is not convicted of the charges, he has exhibited behavior that is not worthy of their investment. Academic and athletic scholarships should be awarded to kids who possess the whole package - talent, grades, work ethic and most important, leadership ability. Mr. Hibbs' inability to "rise above the influence" is the sign of a follower, not a leader.

Posted by: laura cook | March 6, 2008 11:06 AM | Report abuse

I know tyler hibbs i have played with him at many showcases he is not a bad person but he should reconsider who he is around

Posted by: brandon | March 6, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Should Signee Keep Scholarship After Arrest? No, for the simple fact he had minors with him. He is 18, poor leader.

Posted by: Jet1994 | March 6, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Typical Anne Arundel County Schools..the parents work the system and the rules don't apply to the kid. Anne Arundel Public Schools has a policy 902.03K which addresses community offenses of a serious nature (this is one). The principal wishes to take action, but the baseball coach at the high school and parents go directly to the board and all of a sudden this offense does not matter--from the schools perspective. An average student, however, would be (and have been) immediately moved to a alternative educational environment pending a final outcome. Did this happen here? Not at all. Not only did he have drugs in the car and obviously dealing, but he had minors with him as well.

Why the special treatment? Word around Arundel High School is so he can play baseball. The school's teachers and administration are ticked off because of the special treatment of this student and the message that is being sent by the school board!

Yes I have school insider information, but reprisals are the norm when they determine the source of the leak.

Posted by: Bill | March 6, 2008 6:36 PM | Report abuse

I see some close ties to Hibbs' story and what happened to Pat Lazear at Whitman a year ago, any thoughts? Because of this kid's talent, DI programs will still take a chance on him.

Posted by: Samuel | March 7, 2008 12:20 AM | Report abuse

I thought of Lazear too. The administration is too scared of being sued by these pampered athletes families, so they won't do anything to suspend him. If this was a black athlete in PG County it would be a whole different story.

Posted by: Fred | March 7, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Thank God we were all not judged as harshly and publically for the errors in judgement most of us made at 18 yrs old. This boy has not even had his day in court, the facts are unknown. It is a flaw in human nature to want see those on top, fall. Let this boy have his day in court, wouldnt you want the same if it were your son?

Posted by: susan | March 8, 2008 11:10 AM | Report abuse

It was just three weeks ago that a news story was floating around about marijuana vending machines in California. It got a lot of coverage and was treated with humor by most news outlets.

In much of our culture (as well as several states) it is considered a normal any day item. For the majority of kids in high school, cocaine and pill use are perceived to be the larger problem. Marijuana's status as the drug of choice for teens has been receding since the early 80's, but only because most kids would hardly even call it a drug. It's one thing for its use to be pervasive in movies and music, two highly influential arenas for teens. When it starts getting friendly coverage within mainstream media, as it has increasingly over the last decade, a closer look is needed.

With regard to this specific teen and his scholarship, yes - what he is accused of doing is a crime and he will have to pay the penalty. I just wish that the messages teens receive about marijuana and its standing in society be at least somewhat parallel. We can't laugh about it and lock them up at the same time.

Posted by: spectre | March 9, 2008 1:48 AM | Report abuse

Do we know if it was simply Marijuana? Pat Lazear came to mind as well. But WVU has produced NFL products such as Adam "Pacman" Jones and Chris Henry. I hope FSU is consistent with recruits and current athletes. Is there going to be a no tolerance rule?

Posted by: Observer | March 9, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

This situation is similar to JamesOn Curry who got his scholarship revoked by the Tar Heels after getting busted for possession with the intent to distribute. See

Hopefully, things will turn out simiarly for him. Curry got drafted by the Bulls and has bounced from the NBA to the NBDL and back.

Posted by: e | March 10, 2008 4:44 AM | Report abuse

Tyler Hibbs has been protected and projected for some time now. Everyone at Arundel that has played with him knows it. From the hits that were errors , the failure in the classroom. Bernie Walters has known and been apart of this for quite some time. They know , we know and now everyone else knows.
It is a shame ... but he , his parents and Bernie need to look in the mirror. They knew before the public did... and did nothing about it.

Posted by: Odenton Resident | March 10, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

I believe if you can do the crime you can do the time. Tyler Hibbs should not be thinking scholorship. It is time for Bernie Walters to retire because he will do anything to win.

Posted by: Bob Walsh | March 13, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

I think everyone should stop talking like he is such a god..the kid is in high school and he gonig to play a college sport...many people do that...And also many people get cught, just stinks for him that he he has to be a man and face the consequences...he is just another human being.If he is the athlete he is supposed to be then we will work it out on his own

Posted by: ... | March 20, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Tyler Hibbs has had his numbers on the Team inflated, his grades changed , his attendance in the classroom covered. We laugh in the dugout when a player throws the ball away and Coach Walters yells over that ," that's a hit ". He was flunking out last year and Bernie had him go to after school .. and Tyler got over a 3.25 GPA. It has been embarresing for a while. There have been more talented players here that never had a chance to shine because Coach Walters was on them all the time. There was a player here last year that has hits taken off the books ; one was even a Homerun because he was outplaying Tyler. We knew this was going on and it didn't matter. I bet we play just fine this year with the Team we will have on the field.

Posted by: Arundel Wildcat | March 20, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

I want to personally thank Tyler for being another great example of how poor decision making can really get you in a lot of trouble. My son knows Tyler and has played with and against him as recent as this past fall so it was great to have an example be someone he knows. He knows pat Lazaer as well so guys keep making these idiotic decisions, you're proving my point to my son without me having to say a word.

Posted by: Bill | March 22, 2008 3:56 AM | Report abuse

I know tyler. He is a really nice guy. He is very VERY talented, no matter how inflated you all want to say his stats are. If he wasnt so good, why would there be pages and pages of hits when you google his name? I wish him the best. He shouldnt be dealing and hopefully this will be a wake-up call. I wish him the best!

Posted by: laaa | May 7, 2008 6:18 AM | Report abuse

Thanks Tyler .. or Mr Hibbs

I mean laaa ..

We know how long this has been going on .. Right?

Posted by: Baller | May 10, 2008 9:11 PM | Report abuse

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