Coaches, schools see the athlete before the student
Posted September 24, 2013
Updated September 25, 2013
When I was hired as the football coach at East Carolina, I was on a mission to make the admissions director my best friend. Why? Because he and I can make each other's job easier.
If the football team wins games, more students apply to the school, and he gets a better pool to choose from. That makes admissions happy.
If admissions is happy, that means when I have to ask for an exception to admit a player who might be a bit short of those standards, I am more likely to get that. Watch, interact: College $ports: #missionormoney
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Is it cheating to bring a player to campus who has no chance at a degree? What if he's the guy who will win you the national championship?
Some of these guys are so ill-equipped to even come to college, it's like landing on the moon for them.
When I coached, you had to have 12 hours of classes to stay eligible and a certain GPA in each class.
I would sit down with my academic counselor and we'd look through that course catalog and find something that could get my players the grade they needed.
Every student on campus knows those courses. So do those academic counselors who work specifically with the athletes.
UNC just took it to the next step: Find a professor and offer him season tickets.