Academics or athletics? That is the historic question big-time state universities must address.
Athletes are exploited; admission standards corrupted and taxpayer resources diverted. The NCAA plays catch-up with its regulations while recently giving an OK for colleges to contact prospects in grammar school! The general public seems to expect entertainment rather than education from its biggest colleges.
The most recent comprehensive investigation of State U athletics vs. academics was published at the end of December 2008 in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Journalist Mike Knobler analyzed data, as reported in the NCAA Certification Self-Study, from the top 54 U.S. college athletic programs.