The Athletic Advantage in a College Education

981 Words Jul 17th, 2018 4 Pages
Attending college is not only a chance to further one’s education; but an opportunity to experience lessons in life. One of the hardest lessons to learn is how life is not always fair. Students who work diligently to achieve academic success can realize all too soon how countless hours of studying to achieve the grade, may not pay off as much as the ability to kick a football fifty yards. It appears the ability of the student athlete to contribute to a winning season is valued much more than the ability of the academic student to graduate with honors. Evidence suggests that students who focus on a college education geared toward academics are not rewarded with the same advantages, resources, and fringe benefits that their student …show more content…
Many researchers believe that million dollar coaching salaries and commercialization of college athletics is destroying undergraduate education (Finn). The Knight Commission is a research group who unveiled that many universities spend over $100,000 annually to provide support services and special arrangements for each individual football player (Finn). This does not include what is already being spent on housing, food, and tuition. Those who are in opposition to this frivolous spending see if far more important to invest in the education of our children instead of investing in a win for the athletic department. Some people will continue to profess that our world should be a society geared towards entertainment. The primary focus of attending college is to obtain an education, and that is being lost along the way. There is no need to place such emphasis on college athletics. We need to take a moment to reflect on the decisions we make as a society. When the locker room is nicer than the entire medical department, or the head football coach is paid more than the governor of the state in which the university resides, it should be evident and clear that a major problem exists in the priorities of the university. Having said this, it is illogical to think that athletics should be prioritized over education. Education is the basis for advancement. Without advancing education the future lives of generations to come will suffer