Coaching Student Athletes

With the steadily increasing interest in college athletics, the importance of academics has decreased. Why is this? The student athlete is supposed to be student first, athlete second. But these days it seems they are athletes first and students eighth or ninth. Is this coach’s fault? Is there too much emphasis on the sport and little to none on academics? Nowadays, the elite athletes are only worried about if they’re going to make it to the league. The NCAA needs to get back to the original student athlete and get these players grades up; especially men’s basketball and football programs.

Adding incentives to coaches contracts could decrease the problem. The athlete has to want to work in the classroom also so the incentives should include them as much as possible. Also, I would suggest all teams be in some kind of study table with tutors.

  • If team gets a cumulative 2.5 GPA coach gets $5,000 bonus and players get new game shoes
  • If team has 2.75 GPA coach gets $10,000 bonus
  • If team has 3.0 GPA team gets off of study table

Obviously, it would be a very difficult task for a full football team to have a 3.0 but the schools could rearrange the contracts however they wanted to. It’s just my personal opinion that these athletes need to think realistically and that they are not going to be able to play their sport forever and need to think about real life. Their education needs to come before their sport and the person who can start that tradition HAS to be the coach and backed up by the institution.

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