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College football players reading at 2nd grade level

by grimgraphix / October 15, 2009 8:54 AM PDT
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No surprise to me, either
by Angeline Booher / October 16, 2009 4:24 AM PDT

I must admit that I am no fan of FSU, or of the Bowdens.

Colleges like Notre Dame and Penn State know how to compete while demanding a decent level of scholarship. It can be done.

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I know what you mean
by Diana Forum moderator / October 16, 2009 12:09 PM PDT

SU has some of the finest minds of the age going there and the news always has SU football players talking about the game and they have trouble putting a decent sentence together.


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You should look at some of the courses
by Steven Haninger / October 16, 2009 7:41 PM PDT

that are offered. One could think they are designed specifically to keep athletes (who are on scholarships) in school. I think Diana is right that a few colleges still try to adhere to old academic standards even in their sports programs. Unfortunately, this leaves them unable to compete for the big money that nationally recognized teams (football and basketball mostly) bring in. And, it's not so much from just ticket sales and broadcast rights but from keeping their alumni happily sending in checks.
On a local note and during a recently aired football game, a well known pro football star was interviewed about his college recruitment years. He'd mentioned his first interview with the much maligned Woody Hayes. He'd prepared himself to discuss his football aspirations with the man but Woody would have none of it. He wanted to discuss academics and the importance of getting a college degree. Football talks would come later. The man didn't select Ohio State but acknowledged a deep respect for Woody Hayes and his attitude. I know that many of his former players will tell stories of Woody paying surprise visits to classrooms to make sure his players were showing up for class. I think Joe Pa (Penn State) is cut from that mold as well. But, that mold is rarely used anymore.

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but if you tip the scale the other way
by jonah jones / October 17, 2009 4:28 AM PDT

you find someone like Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson

intelligent and super-articulate


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