Saturday, September 2, 2017

“Popular with” athletes

One more comment on the New York Times article about academics and athletics at Florida State: to describe certain courses as “popular with” athletes is to be exceedingly decorous. The truth is that athletes who lack the ability to do genuine college work are steered, routinely, toward Mickey Mouse coursework that will pose no danger to their academic eligibility.

I recall, many years ago, meeting up with a student-athlete I had taught in a summer program for incoming freshmen. He was now a junior, with more than two years of junk coursework and without the prerequisites to begin work on a major — any major. How do you think that happened?

comments: 2

Diane Schirf said...

http://falsehustle.blogspot.com/2008/09/end-of-illiterate-athlete.html

"That brings us to James Brooks (pictured above with the ball). My friend mentioned that Brooks later revealed in retirement that he had made it through Warner Robins High School in Georgia and four years at Auburn University without learning how to read."

If I remember right, Lawrence Taylor also said he couldn't read.

Michael Leddy said...

And then there are athletes like John Urschel, who just retired from the NFL to do a doctorate at MIT. But I think the optimism in that post is, well, optimistic.