Sports Illustrated- Two Iowa State football players were arrested in separate incidents following the Cyclones' spring game on Saturday, including Jake Rhoads, the son of head coach Paul Rhoads, reports The Des Moines Register.
Jake Rhoads, 20, was charged with public intoxication. He will be a sophomore in the fall, and caught three passes for 24 yards in the spring game.
I was going to start this by saying that there is only one person that you want to disappoint less than your coach, and that's your father. If they are both the same person at least it eliminates one person that thinks less of you. Then I read that this kid got arrested for public intoxication. Time out! Stop the presses! I know you can get a ticket for a underage drinking. I know you can get a ticket for an open container. Don't worry Jake, I've been there before. However, public intoxication during your college years isn't something I would call an arrest worthy crime. It's something I would call the offseason.
Should Jake Rhoads, who is only 20, be drunk enough to warrant an incident with a police officer? No, of course not. But, just like anything, drinking takes practice. You would think a coach/father would respect a player/son attempting to work on a weak part of his game. In this case that weak spot happens to be his tolerance. To quote the movie 'SuperBad', "the point is to be good at sex by the time you get to college". Same goes for drinking. Everyone drinks when they turn 21, but the point is to be good at drinking by the time you turn 21. Can't possibly do that without testing your limits when you are 20. As a veteran college student you can't "suck dick at fucking pussy" and you can't stink at chugging some drinks. Those are just the rules. I would hope that Coach Rhoads would understand that Jake's questionable arrest was a necessary evil. It's better to play it off as youthful ignorance now than to explain why your son can't hold his liquor later. Make no mistake, the latter is a far poorer reflection of who raised him, and his ability to get better at something is a great reflection on his coach.