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Bolden's father deserves a lot of the blame

January 4, 2011 - Cory Giger
Does anyone else get the feeling Rob Bolden's dad is the one calling all the shots here?

Bolden's mother has come forward saying she hopes her son stays at Penn State.

"It's his decision. I had to stand by his decision," Tonia Williams told the AP on Tuesday. "I'm hoping he'll have a change of heart."

Maybe it is the kid who actually wants to leave. But so far, the dad has been the one doing all the talking and saying his son wants nothing else to do with the Nittany Lions.

Whether it is or not, all of this sounds like yet another situation in which an athlete's parent is too influential in overseeing everything that's going on in the kid's life.

I spoke with Robert Bolden Sr. on Sunday night, and he is a very respectful man who seems to want what's best for his son. But really, it's way too early in the process to know if staying at PSU will help or hurt his son's career.

The kid started eight games as a true freshman, for crying out loud, so what else does he and the dad want?

I've said many times there is plenty of blame to go around here. There's Joe Paterno being too stubborn about a backup quarterback, and Jay Paterno being unable to build enough of a relationship with a player to convince him to stay.

But Rob Bolden doesn't get off the hook here, and neither does his dad. Both, from this viewpoint, are being immature and impatient about this whole thing.

An 18-year-old kid needs all the guidance he can get. In this case, Bolden's father doesn't seem to be helping the situation by either enabling his son's impatience or, even worse, creating it.

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