Nov 28 2005

Why I dislike college sports

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If you’re a great athlete, but that 0.6 GPA is holding you back from playing college football, no worries, as a free ride to a big name school can be all yours for the small sum of $399!

This is one thing in particular that I like about the UK educational system – the universities there aren’t looked upon by players and coaches as stepping stones to professional sports. Are you a great basketball/football/[insert sport here] player? Great, stop by the athletic union and sign up for as many extracurricular teams as you like, but don’t count on your athletic talent to make up for a sub-par academic record and land you a full ride to a university.

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9 Responses to Why I dislike college sports

  1. From stuart:

    There are 13 identified talents which would qualify someone as ‘gifted’. Athletic ability one of the talents. If it takes that ability for an underserved youth to go to college, even if they don’t graduate, wouldn’t the experience be of greater benefit to all of society for their time at the school?
    Does it really matter why or how you get into school? No.
    Is the means worth the ends for those students who make use of the opportunity? Yes.

    Posted on November 29, 2005 at 1:22 pm #
  2. From Lindsay:

    Are you the athletic director for LSU or something?
    Did Allen Iverson’s two years at Georgetown contribute anything meaningful to society? Doubtful.
    Would society have been better served if Iverson’s seat in Government 101 was filled by someone who took advanced classes and worked hard in high school to attend an ACADEMIC institution? Probably.

    Posted on November 29, 2005 at 3:20 pm #
  3. From Todd:

    What’s the difference if they do nothing but play sports anyway? Its not like they actually go to class when in college anyway. That Government 101 seat was probably not filled by A.I.
    I also don’t agree with the idea of forced college for athletes as some sports do, it should be a choice for the athlete. If they don’t want to be prepared for that career-ending injury, that’s their fault. They can just be added to the list of people who everyone else supports anyway, its not like that list ever shrinks.

    Posted on November 30, 2005 at 1:44 am #
  4. From Lindsay:

    Whether or not they actually attend the class, there is still a cap. I can’t go into my prof’s office and ask him/her to sign me in because “so and so the basketball player won’t show up anyways.” A cap’s a cap. Same with housing. Why can’t sports teams be filled with students that were admitted on academic merit instead of a bunch of hired mercenaries?

    Posted on November 30, 2005 at 6:59 am #
  5. From Stuart:

    While I am not the AD at LSU, I wouldn’t mind the job. The LSU athletic department donates an average of $3,000,000 per year to the general scholarship fund. That pays for a lot of tuition for ‘nonathletic’ students. If offering scholarships to mercenaries to generate that kind of revenue is necessary I will continue to buy my season tickets.

    Posted on November 30, 2005 at 11:00 am #
  6. From Josh Centor:

    As a staff member at the NCAA, I have had the opportunity to experience a lot of the great things the Association does for its more than 360,000 student-athletes. I am a former NCAA student-athlete myself, and have been the beneficiary of numerous opportunities because of that experience.
    That said, the situation at University High School is utterly appalling. It gives intercollegiate athletics a bad reputation, and that is truly upsetting.
    When you’re dealing with lives of young people, everyone is accountable, the NCAA included.
    Student-athletes add a tremendous amount to campus environments, but they need to be able to succeed in the classroom. Academics must be the focus, and for the most part it is – NCAA student-athletes graduate at a higher rate than students from the regular population.
    I have written more extensively on this topic at the Double-A Zone (

    Posted on November 30, 2005 at 2:29 pm #
  7. From Cindy:

    May I just say that I was royally pissed, standing up at my HS senior awards ceremony after working my butt off academically for 4 years, to hear the football players getting over 4x the scholarship $$ I did… ironic they even call it a SCHOLARship…
    Scholar: A scholar is either a student or someone who has achieved a “mastery” of some academic discipline.
    It’s not like I could get a full ride on a football scholarship ’cause I am a lady and all, and oh yes GW doesn’t have a team :oP

    Posted on November 30, 2005 at 2:34 pm #
  8. From Lindsay:

    Hmm…good to know the NCAA has someone on staff who goes around spamming blogs discussing this very article.
    And Cindy, what are you talking about, GW has a football team! We are UNDEFEATED, remember? 😉

    Posted on November 30, 2005 at 11:27 pm #
  9. From Cindy:

    Oh that is right, how could I forget! I even have the shirt :oP

    Posted on December 5, 2005 at 1:52 pm #
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