With the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball tournaments in full swing and NCAA Football teams well into their Spring practices, one can think about all of the money these sports generate for their schools. What about the Academic side of things? These kids are Student-Athletes, correct?
I do not have to tell you about all of the stories in which academics take a back seat to athletics, but I found an article on the Daily Oklahoman Website on an upcoming HBO episode of Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel, which debuts at 9 p.m. Tuesday which discusses the never ending story of athletes and academics. The article that I have sited, features experiences of four different athletes and how their degrees, or lack there of, has not helped them in their post graduate career. Here is a description from the article on the show.
The segment, reported by Bernard Goldberg, investigates how decreased admission standards with higher graduation requirements led to many schools pushing players through with diplomas that did nothing to help them after their playing days were over.
Check out the article, and if you have HBO, check out the Real Sports episode this Tuesday.
Have a good week!