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The Student-Athlete

Marcus Bullock and Josh Furr

The Dumb Jock Stereotype
• They only know how to play sports • Don’t do good in class • Teachers favoritism

The “Student Athlete”
• 60% of freshman athletes see themselves more as athletes than students • Spend more time on their sport than in the classroom • “Football and men’s basketball players are admitted and given full scholarships almost entirely because of their athletic abilities. Academic criteria for their admission are far below those for other students (for example, their average SAT scores are about 200 points lower than those of non-athletes)” –New York Times

The Pressure
• Must compete and train in their sport • Must also maintain eligibility with grades • Receive no compensation for their hard work

SAT Scores
• Football players average 220 points lower on the SAT than their classmates. Men's basketball was 227 points lower.

• University of Florida
• Football - 346 points lower

What are the Odds?
• Basketball is the most difficult sport to succeed in.
• Both men’s and women’s basketball have the lowest percentages of players making it to the next level.


College Sports is Big Business
• Coaches will make sure their players play

• Even if they have to bend the rules
• UNC Football
• Academic scandal • Grades changes

Graduation Rates
• Graduation rates for football players is 16% below college average

• 25% for basketball players
• Underqualified athletes are admitted • Put in easy courses

Most popular player majors at BCS schools TEAM Ga. Tech Cincinnati Vanderbilt Wake Forest Miss. St. LSU UCLA Baylor Kansas Iowa MAJOR Management Criminal Justice Human and Org. Dev. Communications Kinesiology Sports Administration History General Studies Business Interdepartmental Studies NUM. 43 40 35 34 30 28 27 27 25 21

Boston Coll.



• Many student athletes when it comes to majors, are clustering in the same majors

New NCAA Rules
• Athletes currently need only a 2.0 GPA to play an NCAA sport • Starting in 2016, high school recruits will need to maintain at least a 2.3 GPA, along with a total of 16 core credits, to be eligible during their freshman year

NCAA Tournament
• APA (Academic Progress Association) • Every Division I team is tested • Cut-line of 900 on their four-year scores • University of Connecticut

Beating the System
• LeBron James • Played at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School • 1st overall pick in 2003 NBA draft to Cleveland Cavaliers • Now plays in Miami and has 2 NBA championships


Beating the System
• Michael Jordan • Cut from his high school team • Played 3 years at UNC Chapel Hill and drafted to Chicago in 1984 • Won 6 NBA championships
• ’91-’93 and ’96-’98

One and Done
• Kyrie Irving • Played at Duke University for one year • Injury caused him to miss half the season • Still left and was drafted first overall in the 2011 draft to Cleveland

Athletes Who Didn’t Make it Professionally
• Ernie Davis • RB for Syracuse University • Drafted to Washington Redskins in 1961 • Never played a single play in NFL due to being diagnosed with leukemia

The Struggle
• Tim Tebow • Starting QB for University of Florida from 2007-2009 • First sophomore to win Heisman in 2007 • Took Florida to a BCS Championship in 2008

The Struggle
• Jon Scheyer • Played SG for Duke University from 2006-2009 • Waived from LA Clippers final roster during 2010 training camp • Played in NBA D-League

Student-athletes who used their education
• Trevor Vittatoe started QB at the University of Texas at El Paso • He was cut from the Indianapolis Colts and was forced to fall back on his education • He was able to use his business degree to find a job, and has progressively worked his way to a professional business position

The Exceptions
• These guys balanced school and sports and still succeeded in their sport • They do have education to fall back on if their career abruptly ends • Jeremy Lin at Harvard • Ryan Kelly and Mason Plumlee of Duke
• Made ACC All-Academic team

What others Think
• Two year rule
• NCAA football requires players to participate in at least 2 years • This rule should be enforced on all NCAA sports

• They should get paid
• Collegiate sports is undoubtedly equivalent to a full time job • Some believe that college athletes should be paid

Our Experience
• Both of us played at least one sport in high school • We know the difficulty of transitioning from a life of sports to a life based solely on education

Works Cited
“Athletes sticking together in classes.” NCAA. The Associated Press. 8 Sep. 2011. Web. 28 Oct. 2013. Christensen, James. “Dreaming of becoming a college or professional athlete? – More likely to be killed this year.” 26 Mar. 2011. Web. 3 Nov. 2013

Dimengo, Nick. “The 30 Best Athletes Never to Go to College.” Bleacher Report. 22 June 2012. Web. 5 Nov. 2013.
Douglas, Shannel. “What Could Have Been.” Regal Magazine. 12 Oct. 2012. Web. 5 Nov. 2013.

Go, Alison. “Athletes Show Huge Gaps in SAT Scores.” U.S. News. N.p., 30 Dec. 2008. Web. 28 Oct. 2013 Gutting, Gary. “The Myth of the ‘Student-Athlete’.” The Opinionator. The New York Times. 15 Mar. 2012.

Works Cited
“Percentage Chance of Playing NCAA College Sport.” College Sports Scholarships. N.p. N.d. Web. 28 Oct. 2013.

Reed, Jesse. “Tim Tebow’s Inability to Find Work in the NFL Indicative of 2014 Youth Movement.” NFL Bleacher Report. 14 Oct. 2013. Web. 3 Nov. 2013.

Taylor, Jeff. “Comparing the Acceptance Rates of Athletes to the General Public.” The Husky Haul. The Husky Haul. 16 May 2013. Web. 28 Oct. 2013.