There has been a great deal of conversation regarding the money being spent on college athletic programs and the term “student-athlete.”
The reason for attending a university is to obtain an education. Athletics are an activity that are as important as the band, drama club, the debate team or any other sponsored event by the school for the development of the individual. Student-athletes should be students first and then if qualified participate in extra activities offered by the school. Entrance qualifications for the so-called athlete should be the same as any entering student.
My solution is an old one. Freshmen cannot participate on any varsity team. Their time should be spent concentrating on their educations and adjusting to their new lives, because that is why they supposedly enrolled in the first place. Any scholarships offered would be grant-in-aids that they would lose if their grade levels were not maintained. Imagine a sports team with seniors participating.
The problem is money and the quest for same. Coaches shouldn’t be allowed to make more than the school president or chancellor. I realize this is a dream solution; however, it could be implemented with a three-year notice and the cooperation of professional teams. I like to dream.
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Don Leo, Franklinton