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Date: 01/09/14 02:51 PM

23 Responses to Some College Athletes Read Like 5th Graders

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    Mazztek Male 40-49
    586 posts
    January 9, 2014 at 2:53 pm
    Link: Some College Athletes Read Like 5th Graders - 10-18% of US college athletes in ``revenue`` sports read at an elementary school level. Some are outright illiterate.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    January 9, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    "The only place they can succeed is on the football field" and that`s the only reason they are there. They didn`t have the intellect to get into school, just fast and strong. That`s what they are paid to do.
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    beternal Male 18-29
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    January 9, 2014 at 3:25 pm
    Despite me loathing with a passion America`s preoccupation with rewarding people that can kick a piece of leather more than those that actually contribute to society (teachers, scientists etc), I`m pretty sure this isn`t just America and England`s football teams are a prime example - just watch the interviews!

    Salaries Washington State

    So despite how this might sound like America bashing, I`m saying it`s probably not just the US!
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    Squrlz4Sale Male 40-49
    6230 posts
    January 9, 2014 at 3:26 pm
    Any thoughts on this? This situation has bothered me for a long time. Bothered me a lot. But I`m not sure how it should be addressed. I really have the sense that these university athletic departments have gotten out of control, especially after what happened at Penn State.
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    drawman61 Male 50-59
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    January 9, 2014 at 3:53 pm
    That said, Gerry, what do they do at these colleges then? Surely there are lessons and exams. I genuinely don`t know how your college system works.
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    Nickel2 Male 50-59
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    January 9, 2014 at 3:53 pm
    If I had no brain in ma head but could kick a ball good and earn money doing it then I`d still earn more than all of you put together.
    Sadly, I cannot kick a ball to save my life, and being an engineer earn only a tiny fraction of life`s entertainers.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    January 9, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    drawman, they are treated like mentally slow students. Easy lessons that are read to them. Whatever to make sure they pass so they can play and make millions for the school.
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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
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    January 9, 2014 at 4:29 pm
    Colleges have no business being involved with sports. One`s to educate and the other are games separate them and give people scholarships for what they should be there for.
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    spanz Male 50-59
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    January 9, 2014 at 5:30 pm
    athlete? I recently heard college "graduate" journalism student on the radio. "um, uh...uh....ummm...like um....uh...like..." Who the heck educates these kids nowadays?
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    botfly Male 50-59
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    January 9, 2014 at 5:44 pm
    Most democrats think like third graders.
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    Draculya Male 40-49
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    January 9, 2014 at 8:50 pm
    For once, I totally agree with @McGovern1981
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    OldOllie Male 60-69
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    January 9, 2014 at 8:57 pm
    I`m with you, McG. College sports should be eliminated. Let the NFL and the NBA run their own farm systems just like MLB, and let the athletes get paid. Then if they want an education, they can go to school in the off season and pay their own damned tuition.
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    OldOllie Male 60-69
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    January 9, 2014 at 9:05 pm
    Most democrats think like third graders.
    Botfly, that was an unkind thing to say about third graders.
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    madduck Female 50-59
    7564 posts
    January 9, 2014 at 11:27 pm
    Your college- is that equivalent to a uni, or to a 6th form- or a technical college. Can`t see how you could have illiterates in either but American education is rather odd..
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    onoffonoffon Male 30-39
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    January 10, 2014 at 12:10 am
    I`m sure the kids with huge student loan debt are happy to hear that the excessive amount of money they pay is used to prop up illiterate, spoiled people.
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    DromEd Male 40-49
    1928 posts
    January 10, 2014 at 5:36 am
    I think there`s a lot broken with the current system but I can`t lay all the blame on the colleges and universities. We are talking about people that are 18 and older here. If they`re so far behind the curve by the time they are of college age that`s no fault of the college. These kids have been given a pass long before then by their high school and that also means grades 1-8 have let it slip too along with the biggest travesty..their parent(s).

    To say college`s have no business in sports is retarded. Letting kids slip through the cracks of the education system no matter who they are is.
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    Grendel Male 40-49
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    January 10, 2014 at 7:56 am
    onoffonoffon-"I`m sure the kids with huge student loan debt are happy to hear that the excessive amount of money they pay is used to prop up illiterate, spoiled people."

    The only problem with that is that the popular college sports (Football, baseball, soccer, basketball) programs prop up the school AND the less popular sports (gymnastics, volleyball, etc).

    These programs earn a PROFIT for the university. Without which that huge student loan debt would be even more huge, as tuition would be more.
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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
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    January 10, 2014 at 8:55 am
    The only problem with that is that the popular college sports (Football, baseball, soccer, basketball) programs prop up the school AND the less popular sports (gymnastics, volleyball, etc).

    Not if they do none of those which they should it has nothing to do with college.

    These programs earn a PROFIT for the university. Without which that huge student loan debt would be even more huge, as tuition would be more.

    That`s what they say so they can keep raking in money. It`s pretty obvious the amount the big ones make from this should mean tuitions should be much lower they`re not.
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    Grendel Male 40-49
    6171 posts
    January 10, 2014 at 9:21 am
    University of Alabama football program brought in ~$130.5 million in 2013, with $19.4 million of that being profit.

    Every home game has an economic impact on Tuscaloosa of about $25 million.

    So, the football program is not costing the University anything. It is, in fact, a money maker for the University.
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    drawman61 Male 50-59
    7740 posts
    January 10, 2014 at 9:48 am
    Maybe these athletes that are `helped` to gain their qualifications should be made to pay some of their mega salaries back into the school system. Or is that too much to ask?
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    DromEd Male 40-49
    1928 posts
    January 10, 2014 at 11:13 am
    Well seeing is that would be tantamount to theft I`d say bad idea.
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    Andrew155 Male 18-29
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    January 10, 2014 at 11:40 pm
    No shiite, beternal. I don`t know how anyone with international knowledge could think sports are an "American thing".
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    SavageChef Female 50-59
    2692 posts
    January 12, 2014 at 2:15 am
    Wow. College athletes can`t read. This is like, I don`t know, like, old news re: 1960, or something?

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