The Effect of College Athletics on Academics

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When I first came to South Dakota State, I decided that I wanted to go pre-dental but after talking with my advisor, I ended up undecided on my major and took courses irrelevant to anything I wanted to do for a career. I still remain bitter that I let my advisor talk me out of what I wanted to do, but he did have a point. If I took the classes I needed to go pre dental, I would most likely get bad grades due to traveling, practices, games, and lifts that take up my study time. I decided to major in Exercise Science but still have to take summer school classes in order to fulfill my requirements in four years. This is just one example of how academics are put on the back burner for student athletes. Dave Meggyesy, former Syracuse…show more content…
Instead the money made by hardworking athletes goes to coaches and athletic directors. From 2011 to 2012, bowl- eligible schools increased their coaches’ salaries by 35 percent. Alabama head football coach Nick Saban makes more than $7 million per year to coach the crimson tide (Edeleman, 3). Meanwhile athletes can’t even fill their gas tank or fly home to see their parents since there is no time for a real job during season and athletic scholarships only cover tuition, food, housing, and books. “The coaches own the athletes’ feet, the collages own the athletes’ bodies, and the supervisors retain the large rewards.” (Wulf, 26) Advantages As a student athlete I experience firsthand what it’s like to balance school and sport and though it is hard work, I wouldn’t be doing it if I didn’t love it. I’ve talked a lot about the disadvantages of being a student athlete, but there are a great deal of advantages as well. Being a division one soccer player, I do receive a small athletic scholarship that helps with paying for school. Big time sports like men’s football and basketball receive full scholarships that can cover tuition, books, food, and housing for athletes. College is essentially paid for while athletes participate in their sport which means a free education and no need to take out student loans. There are also many academic support services for athletes to ensure grades stay up for eligibility. Another positive side to
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