Tuesday, August 10, 2010

College Football & Academics

Over the past week there have been a few articles that really caught my eye concerning academics and NCAA football. The first came from the Atlanta Journal last week: ACC tops SEC in academics. The second really bad news article also came out of the AJC: Branden Smith's academic "issues".

Both articles, mainly the second, got me to thinking about something that has really bugged me ever since I graduated from UGA. Why do so many athletes take the amazing education opportunity they are getting via scholarships for granted? I know for a FACT they are given every kind of support system you can imagine to succeed in the classroom (tutors, note takers, etc.) I could probably write a 10,000 word essay on my thoughts, but I am curious to hear some other opinions. What do you think?

1 comment:

  1. Its all about the culture. Most of these kids grow up thinking that learning is a step toward trying to be too much like "the man". It is not assisted or encouraged in most of the cultures that the majority of players come from. It is a very sad state of affairs, and the random individuals who are able to break away from the norm are usually alienated.



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