It’s a risk Willingham didn’t have to take often in his first 10 years as a college head coach, when he coached at Stanford and Notre Dame, private universities with stricter academic admission standards .
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“Usually athletes in junior colleges who aspire to play at Division 1 have issues,” Turner said. “Either academically they weren’t prepared, physically they aren’t talented enough, or they
are there because of a character issue that someone else didn’t want to deal with.”