Tom Izzo thinks we have taken aways the crucial formative years from the ages 12-21 and distorted them. "We obsess over career paths; play one sport, study one subject, focus on one goal," he says.
He would rather see athletes play three sports and play fewer games in the summer. "You’re not getting quite as good maybe, but you’re more well-rounded. We’re putting so much pressure on these kids. And it’s not just athletes. I saw a TV segment on a 15-year-old who went to Harvard and I felt bad for her. How will she ever have a life? "
--Adapted from sportsillustrated.com