The Bishin Cutter wrote:
[ Again, not saying Sun Belt schools aren't cutting it...but what percentage of the SBC school students have advanced math and sciences on their transcripts as compared to the big research schools?
As an undergrad, I took Calc. I and II and two units of biology and two of chemistry at one of those soon to be SBC schools but didn't major in any science and math. Change of major happens. While the lot of the SBC are not big research schools, there are doctoral programs in their midst. Grad work, I did the multi-big school endeavors.
Choices of schools to attend are not always about academic selection alone. For many, it is about cost, resources, and convenience. Most all the schools are going to get a sizable mixture in student academic profiles.
Big research schools, including AAU ones, both public and private, competing at major levels are 'dipping' when it comes to athletic recruitment. Some do it deeper than others, but they are all making allowances for recruited athletes that don't meet regular standards. Places such as Vanderbilt, Northwestern, and Duke, need not be excluded when it comes to a willingness to do some compromising per fb & bb.
Years ago, a high school teacher friend of mine in south Georgia taught a special education student (not the gifted program) who exhibited nothing to indicate he was college material from an academic standpoint. However, he was a very extraordinary fb player. His name would be highly recognized. He was a star athlete at a highly reputable campus well-known for engineering which is now an AAU member. Of course he didn't graduate, but he sure as heck got admitted and started until the pros' came calling. I know of other examples at other places.
When some big school want a guy and he does not even meet the minimum NCAA requirements, they employ a variety of ways to get him on campus and eligible, not for the school's admissions standards, but to be cleared to play. Results of such are getting more apparent. So many of these pursued guys are given such persistent strokes, benefits, and gifts, they end up receiving such a distorted view of 'self'. Often they lack the maturity to place such localized celebrity in context, and behavioral problems become quickly evident.
There's been more than one coach to lose his job because he was so focused on recruiting athletic talent and conditioning capabilities, that he falsely assumed player assimilation, character development, maturation, and academic progress, would go hand-in-hand with on-field athletic performance.