Postcard: Moving on
Michigan State's Tim
Hearon will forego his final year of eligibility. He's not returning
to the Spartans next season.
State wing Tim Hearon
League general managers aren't clamoring for his services. He won't
be making the jump to the major junior ranks in an effort to improve
his standing in the upcoming draft. There's not much demand for
a serviceable, fourth-line forward who's scored one goal and 13
points in 94 career games.
is pure: he wants to get on with his life.
He turned 24
in January, one of the elder statesmen on a squad where no fewer
than a dozen of his teammates can have a beer - legally, anway -
after a game. He'll graduate with a business degree in May. He's
been away from his girlfriend for the better part of three years.
Can you blame him?
"I thought about
it for quite a while," Hearon explained. "I know I'd be
able to graduate in the spring, and my opportunities to use my degreee
were a lot more promising."
Rick Comley and the MSU
coaching staff knew Hearon was in a position to graduate and, at
the start of the school year, they asked him where he stood about
the rest of his career.
"The coaches asked
me what I was thinking," he said. "By telling them early,
I could help them out and open up a scholarship for them. It was
the best decision for both parties."
After a stint
with the Omaha Lancers of the United States Hockey League, Hearon
joined the Spartans in the fall of 2000. But he never really left
Nebraska behind and, if he had a choice, he'd love the opportunity
to go back. But he isn't picky.
"I'm going to look
for someplace to start my career," said Hearon, whose ultimate
goal is to someday own his own business. "I'll just take what
Naturally, a few acquaintances
thought Hearon was crazy for making the choice he did - "Some
people take the approach that you've got the rest of your life to
work," he said - but most people respected his decision.
"A lot of guys are
realists," Hearon stated. "I don't have aspirations to
play beyond here. It's hard to walk away from hockey, but it's a
decision I hade to make."
For those who complain
about student-athletes who don't fulfill what fans consider a four-year
obligation to entertain them - without pay - Hearon should be applauded
for his decision. He came to East Lansing to play hockey college
hockey and get an education. He'll do both.