The hottest of all #hotsportstakes in recent years seem to center on LeBron James.
It started with “The Decision,” the television special in which James announced he would be leaving “taking his talents” from Cleveland to Miami to join fellow superstars Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.
Then, there was the tumultuous first season in South Beach in 2010-11, when the Heat started 9-8 before losing in The Finals to Dirk Nowitzki’s Dallas Mavericks.
And finally, the most recent event to criticize occurred during Game 1 of the championship series against San Antonio, when James missed the final four minutes of his team’s loss to the Spurs with leg cramps.
All of this adds up to James sporting the biggest bullseye in athletics.
“I know I’m the easiest target that we have in sports, I’m aware of it,” James said in an interview with ESPN’s Michael Wilbon on Friday. “I really am. I believe it.”
What about college sports? Who’s the easiest target in the collegiate sports world?
We’ve put a list together. It’s 10 names long, comprised of people currently involved in college athletics. Unfortunately, A.J. McCarron, Aaron Craft, Marshall Henderson and Johnny Manziel have departed from our world over the past couple of months. They’re not eligible.
The criteria: Who is “easiest” to target? The people on our list are usually a topic of debate, a focus of criticism. They’re under a metaphorical microscope. Everything they do is looked upon closely. Maybe they’ve been involved in a scandal or two, as well.
Whatever the reason may be, the following 10 people combine to make our list of “The Easiest Targets In College Sports.”
Disagree with the list? Please tell us. We can be an easy target at times, too.