In a few days, newspaper websites and cable programming will inundate sports fans with all-day updates of college football’s National Signing Day. It will be an ad nauseam celebration of guesswork done by college coaches. Fans will revel in the athletic potential of 18-year-old football players.
The blowout coverage should come with a warning, printed in plain language on the sides of computer and television screens: Recruiting might have a negative impact on young people. Dr. Eric Goldstein, a sports psychologist in South Miami, sees it nearly every day.