Walk-on James Montgomery III has played two years for the Northwestern Wildcats without a scholarship. That won’t be the case this upcoming season.
Below is a clip that should hopefully fill your daily quota of Hey, Is Someone Cutting Onions In Here? videos. It features Northwestern Wildcats head coach Chris Collins, previously an assistant at Duke, bringing Montgomery up in front of the team and praising his work ethic and defense. Collins then announces Montgomery will be awarded a scholarship, which leads to a group hug from Montgomery’s teammates and an emotional call to his mother. Just watch:
It’s easy to be cynical about the “value” of athletic scholarships in this day and age, and while the video of Montgomery isn’t a refutation of, say, the belief that college athletes should be paid for their services — a view that’s gaining more and more traction — the clip does show how special a scholarship can be on an individual level.
[Source: Sporting News]