Life after Sports: An Exploration of the Academic Challenges Facing Student-Athletes

Nick Stephens
2019 The Boller Review  
Any complaints from student-athletes regarding their college experience are often brushed aside in favor of the narrative that everything is handed to them. This is especially true in Division I revenue-generating sports where student-athletes often receive full athletic scholarships to attend school and are treated favorably on campus. Yet the lengths to which athletic departments are willing to go to achieve success often negatively affect the academic endeavors of student-athletes. Academic
more » ... athletes. Academic scandals have abounded in recent years at programs such as Auburn University, the University of North Carolina, the University of Michigan, and Florida State University, and student-athletes often find their academic needs devalued in favor of athletic ones. The purpose of this report is to recognize the academic challenges facing student-athletes, identify three potential causes and make recommendations to alleviate these problems. The three challenges addressed are overly demanding athletic schedules, eligibility-based education, and academic clustering. The report is based on academic research and supplemented by interviews with former Texas Christian University football players. Research focuses on student-athletes in revenue-generating sports (football and basketball) at Division I institutions.
doi:10.18776/tcu/br/4/105 fatcat:r76lofrbpnhwxkebn5bretfsmi