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Buckeye Blitzes - Academics vs. Football

Posted on: November 12, 2011 9:05 pm

How much concern do you think OSU (or any other school) has for their players to do well in academics?  It sometimes feels strange that you rarely hear the coaches, administration, or the media comment on the player's academic performance - even when they have several kids who do quite well.  You would think that would resonate positively for the university, the Big Ten and within the graces of the NCAA, but in reality it comes far from trumping their football performance.

You used to hear about academics often and the program's diligence to ensure the players are doing what they are supposed to be doing to ensure their academic success.  I guess that highlights the fact that the football programs are what brings in the big bucks and academic performance has little fund-raising power.

Yet, it's academics that creates the whole purpose of the university's existence.  With all of the scandals concerning NCAA rule violations, I would also think that a return to demanding academic excellence would be a welcome trend and a necessary one too.  Notre Dame has always demanded this, but then their football program's quality has taken a beating for the past 10 years.  The coaches claim that the high degree of academic excellence demanded from their players makes it more difficult to find and attract recruits.

On the other hand, you don't hear of many of their players getting in trouble with the police or finding themselves in difficult social situations.  What do you think?  Is it time to put the importance of academics back in the lead of the football program's spin


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