Does UT Really Care About Its Football Players Academics?
Many students around the country are noticing how UT football players are being judged in terms of academic performance. A UT student newspaper recently ran an article about the claims. There have been claims that the academic performance of many athletes at UT is far below what it should be.
It’s not only football players who have been subject to academic criticism. All athletes have been. The UT Independent has carried a variety of articles regarding the subject.
The topic is somewhat controversial, and some people seem to forget that certain aspects of the academic system are for the benefit of students, and not necessarily for athletes. It appears that the lack of competition on behalf of athletes makes it even more difficult for them to succeed.
It seems that football players are naturally more inclined to work harder than other athletes. They have less time off between games, meaning that they are getting little of the nutritional requirements that other students get. Their diet isn’t as healthy as others, and they are working fewer hours per week.
The academic arena can become more competitive for athletes when they are competing with other athletes for academic scholarships. In most cases the athletes have very little idea how to compete for a scholarship. They usually think that if they are good enough they’ll get in.
Academics Have Been Politicized
The academics on the athletic field have become highly politicized, with many athletes as well as coaches accusing other athletes of academic fraud. Some coaches and administrators want to make it even harder for athletes to succeed. They would like to see as few UT football players as possible get scholarship offers.
It appears that UT football players are at risk of being put on probation by the NCAA. This means that they could lose their eligibility for the next two years. The football program is not exempt from this rule. That’s according to the NCAA.
The most recent article from the Independent indicates that a researcher has had success in using new software designed to compare the academic performance of a large number of football players. That’s a great advantage. It will make it easier for coaches to choose the players who are the best in terms of academics.
If there are more academic challenges facing the football team, it may be harder for athletes to keep a good grade-point average. If it’s harder to maintain a good grade-point average, then it may lead to less interest in football. That may result in fewer players staying in college.
UT has several football teams. Each one has a coach. The academic atmosphere on those teams may not be similar. For that reason it’s a good idea to look at some of the different programs.
Education has become more important in today’s society. Not only should players be chosen on academic merit, but it’s necessary to look at all the options. The NCAA has a role to play, as does the school administration.
It’s unfortunate that athletics have become so politicized, especially when it comes to student-athletes. It seems that athletics at UT has become the focus of attention. It’s important to realize that athletics is part of education, and should not be looked at as separate entities.