Division I college athletes, particularly those in the major sports, are not by-and-large the best students on campuses across the nation. It also is not surprising that athletes often take easy courses, courses that are athlete friendly, and professors often bend the rules to help these athletes. But, it is always somewhat astonishing to see these stories in print. A NY Times article yesterday discussed an Auburn University sociology professor who had been helping the Tigers’ football team keep its grades up. Apparently, this one professor allowed the football players to get credit hours without ever attending class.
It’s unfortunate that the NCAA, colleges and universities, faculty, coaches, and “student-athletes” all allow this too happen when it is quite apparent that the vast majority of them will never make any money as a professional athlete. All this does is cheat the athletes of their opportunity to capitalize on a free education because in the end it will be revealed that the emperors have no clothes.