College Athletes vs. Academics

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There is a reason that they are called student-athletes and not athlete-students, because being a student should come first. In many cases, however, it appears that it is the other way around. Colleges are focusing more on athletics than academics today, but colleges must start concerning themselves more with students' futures in the real world because very few will use their athletic experiences as much as they will use their education after they graduate. College sports has become like a job with players getting paid in scholarships, and the coach being the boss. The players must do what the coaches tell them to, and that is not always the best thing because coaches will do whatever it takes to win and earn money, even encouraging the use of drugs (Peck 36). Sometimes when coaches want players to come to their schools, they will give them preferential treatment and benefits while they participate in college sports regardless of NCAA rules (Saffici and Pellegrino 1 of 6). There is no doubt that college athletics are changing and becoming a big business, so the rules associated with how student-athletes are treated must change too (Saffici and Pellegrino 1 of 6). The majority of colleges do not have their priorities straight and that needs to change as well. There is proof that many colleges put athletics above academics. A survey done of 97 public schools that have major football programs revealed that spending on athletics between 2005 and 2008 increased at a rate of 4 to 11 times more than the spending on academics (Carey 1 of 2). What is worse is that if major programs continue in the direction they are headed, it will only cause athletic spending to rise and there will be an even greater imbalance in fiscal priorities (Ca... ... middle of paper ... ...ionary of American History 2.3 (2003): 4. online. 19 November 2013. Haney, Jim. "Coaches committed to graduation score." USA Today (2013): 2. online. 20 November 2013. Lee, Brian. "Are college sports worth the cost?" PBS (2011): 2. online. 20 November 2013. . Lenzi, Rachel. "Discipline outside of player's game also expected by NCAA, schools." The Blade (2012): 4. online. 19 November 2013. Peck, Rodney G. Drugs And Sports. New York: The Rosen Publishing Group, 1992. print. Saffici, Chirstopher and Robert Pellegrino. "Intercollegiate Athletics vs. Academics: The Student-Athlete or the Athelte-Student." The Sport Journal 15.1 (2012): 6. online. Zuvanich, Adam. "COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Permian grad Adams still shining as student-athlete." Odessa American (2013): 3. online. 20 November 2013.
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