John Irving , speaking through TS Garp explains it quite well''I was as good as those other guys , they simply WANTED it more''.
Personally speaking ,I wasn't willing to make the total commitment the sport DEMANDS. no drinking or chasing women all hours of the night . The 6 mile runs at 5 am , then drill for an hour -then actually go to class -then practice 2 1/2 hours -then stagger home to a box of mac and cheese .
so to me , the NCAA's are akin to Valhalla -the true warriors may attend -we cowards stay at home and wonder ''what might have been ''.