From the ‘obvious’ file comes the New York Times feature article today about how easy Auburn football players have it. College athletes get preferential treatment and don’t have to study? That’s about as shocking as Gary Glitter being a pedophile.
According to the NY Times, a lot of student-athletes took classes with a sociology professor named Thomas Petee called directed-studies classes which required no attendance and very little work yet always resulted in high grades. (How’s that different from any other class at Auburn?)
One of the athletes, Cadillac Williams admitted that his whole spring semester of his senior year, he only took 2 classes and both were with Professor Petee. It seems the sociology department at Auburn is a “dumping ground for athletes”.
The Auburn football team appeared to be the biggest benefactor of Professor Petee’s directed-reading offerings.
The 18 football players received an average G.P.A. of 3.31 in the classes, according to statistics compiled by Professor Gundlach. In all of their other credit hours at Auburn, their average was 2.14
Naturally, the Auburn administration is in mock disbelief over these allegations and you know the NCAA is going nuts over it as well. They like to maintain the illusion that the football programs at any of the top schools are anything but cash cows. Listen, folks, we don’t really care about all this academic nonsense. We just want to know what the latest point spreads are going to be. If anything, their insistence that academics has anything to do with college football is the reason any of us would even be mildly upset about this report. This is like people saying they go to strip clubs for the food. Don’t patronize us and we’ll be fine.
[NY Times]: Top Grades and No Class Time for Auburn Players