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What to do with stupid athletes

So it’s Opening Day and I love the Braves, so the fact that I’m writing this now and not fiddling with my fantasy team is a true testament to how much I love Tech football. What I propose is an industry standard for admitting athletes.

Observations: I go to KSU, which is by no stretch of the imagination a good school. Some of my classmates are just not supposed to be at any college anywhere—college just isn’t for them, but my school caters to them. The fact is that the majority of liberal arts universities are the same way. This is because—why not? Millions of students shoveling out money to go to school? The universities are understandably on board.

My other observation is that schools, usually beginning in middle school, simply pass students along, regardless of their grades. Schools are utterly failing their students by passing them. My dad is a low level math teacher at Campbell high school, which is not quite inner city, but is a rough school. His pass rates for his classes are about 30 percent, whereas statewide pass rates for his level of math are 70 percent. So he’s a bad teacher right? State wide EOCT* pass rates in 2013 were 22 percent. 20 percent of his students passed (sample 85 students). So by that measure, he is an average teacher, but the education system from principle up to superintended believes that pass rates equal education. A football player (or any student) can pass 4 years of math without ever doing any math, then go to college. *the EOCT is extremely easy

Assumptions: I would idealistically want football programs and colleges to take a "college isn’t for everybody" approach, but that simply isn’t going to happen. Even still, there should be no place for the Isaiah Crowell’s of the world.

Plan: Regardless of the educational system, there are always enough kids who are smart. There are enough students who can play football and go to Tech. There are always enough students who can play football and go to uga. Uga consistently brings on players who just shouldn’t be at that institution. What I endorse is Randy Edsall’s plan to make the schools in charge of scholarship offers and/or a rule that eliminates the special standards for athletes. I simply think Tech brings on student athletes that should not be there. There are more than enough students that can go to Tech and play at a high level of athletics. Placing scholarship offers in the hands of the school will place the institution as a reward for hard work, and not a tool for which athletes are able to go to college. I would rather have some nerd who joins the "foam sword fighting on the Green in front of everybody" club attend Tech than some idiot football player, no matter how good. Wouldn’t you?

Consequences: I don’t believe that this will create a talent void at smarter institutions. Because the 15 or so football players not able to attend Tech would be attending uga, the 15 of so uga players that could attend Tech but don’t would have increased competition at uga and would find their playing time at a more difficult institution. This would result in better placement for athletes, and would teach highschool player athletes like the ones my dad teaches that they have to earn their spot of the field in the classroom.

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